Former Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen was on the Kelly File, Monday night to share his thoughts on the president’s decision not to attend the historic rally in France, Sunday.
“This is the same president who went to a fundraiser the day after an American Ambassador was killed in Benghazi, this is the same president who went golfing after an American was beheaded by ISIS,” Thiessen began. “So he doesn’t adjust his schedule when there are American victims of terrorism – why would he change his schedule for the French?”
Martha MacCallum harkened back to President Bush’s World Series pitch in the wake of the 9/11 attacks “that must have given Secret Service some gray hairs,” but he was determined to do it.
“Absolutely he was,” agreed Thiessen. “And he was on Ground Zero just a couple of days after 9/11 standing on top of the rubble.”
Thiessen said that he didn’t buy the security excuse, but giving them that – no one else could go?
We had forty world leaders — a million people marching behind 40 world leaders walking arm and arm saying we are going to combat Islamic radicalism together. And the U.S. is completely absent from that picture.”
All good points.
Another example of Obama’s bizarre apathy in the wake of a terrorist event would be in 2009 when Obama shocked the nation for the first time with his insensitive, disconnected demeanor in the wake of the Ft. Hood massacre.
After news broke out of the shooting at the Fort Hood Army post in Texas, the nation watched in horror as the toll of dead and injured climbed. The White Housewas notified immediately and by late afternoon, word went out that the president would speak about the incident prior to a previously scheduled appearance. At about 5 p.m., cable stations went to the president. The situation called for not only his trademark eloquence, but also grace and perspective.
But instead of a somber chief executive offering reassuring words and expressions of sympathy and compassion, viewers saw a wildly disconnected and inappropriately light president making introductory remarks. At the event, a Tribal Nations Conference hosted by the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian affairs, the president thanked various staffers and offered a “shout-out” to “Dr. Joe Medicine Crow — that Congressional Medal of Honor winner.” Three minutes in, the president spoke about the shooting, in measured and appropriate terms. Who is advising him?
Anyone at home aware of the major news story of the previous hours had to have been stunned. An incident like this requires a scrapping of the early light banter. The president should apologize for the tone of his remarks, explain what has happened, express sympathy for those slain and appeal for calm and patience until all the facts are in. That’s the least that should occur.
Over five years later, and this president remains weirdly detached in the face of Islamic terrorism.