When nation mourns, President Obama consoles

  • Article by: Richard Parker
  • Updated: April 20, 2013 - 6:38 PM

The president has already had to console so many places: Fort Hood, Tucson, Aurora, New Jersey, New York, Newtown, Boston.

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owatonnabillApr. 20, 13 7:05 PM

Spare us the crocodile tears. Any "consolation" on the part of the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania is nothing more--or less--than a calculated political gambit.

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jdlellis1Apr. 20, 13 8:28 PM

Pardon me for not being a President Obama cheerleader on this but U.S. tragedies are not unique to his tenure and recent history (50 years) would suggest all Presidents set politics aside during a national tragedy and speak or issue statements to that effect. In this case Obama is as was, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Reagan, Carter, Nixon, Johnson, Kennedy, Eisenhower, etc. How tragic that there's are those who would attempt to elevate Obama as better than others.

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hawkeye56379Apr. 20, 13 9:45 PM

jdlellis1: If you would set aside your personal feelings and just read this article objectively, it does NOT say that Obama is "better than others" at this, only that he has had to do so frequently.

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SnippetApr. 21, 13 8:13 AM

Is it "Puff Piece for Obama" day? Since it falls on a Sunday this year, do federal workers get Monday off?

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obamafone4meApr. 21, 13 8:40 AM

Obama is not consoling. He is politicizing these tragedies and dividing the country with his ongoing rhetoric. He believes, as his right hand man, Rahm Emanuel, eloquently stated: "You never want a crisis to go to waste. It allows you to to things you normally couldn't get done". Obama's motive is not to console - it is to divide and conquer using the victims of these tragedies as props. Obama has no shame.

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firefight41Apr. 21, 13 9:14 AM

Obama should just go off and take a vacation or play golf somewhere.

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jdlellis1Apr. 21, 13 9:19 AM

hawkeye56379, while your perspective has merit the number of tragedies is no different. I wil acknowledge today's 24/7 media demand unavailable just ten years ago, however, there was no need for the President to respond to the incident early in his administration when a police officer and Professor Gates had a conflict. Nor was there a need for him to respond to the Florida incident when two hormonally imbalanced teenagers, one Hispanic and one Black (Travon Martin) bumped heads as both were local incidents which should have been handled at the state/local level. One of my leadership concerns with President Obama is his propensity to engage the masses with TV political ideology and not engage Congress with the same fervor as did Presidents Reagan and Clinton.

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kleindropperApr. 21, 13 9:29 AM

Well, when you elect a guy whose political career started in the house of a terrorist who blew up cops and the Pentagon, chaos should be expected. I still question who Obama has more empathy for: the Tsarnaevs, who were fighting against colonial invaders (like his father did), or the bombing victims who were mostly rich white Americans. History indicates Obama leans strongly towards the former.

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kleindropperApr. 21, 13 9:42 AM

Remember when Obama said the Cambridge police "acted stupidly" by entering an unknown home burglary situation? I wonder if he still thinks the cops are "stupid" for being careful now that a Cambridge (MIT) cop was killed by the Marathon bombers? Just another indication of which side the President is on.

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firefight41Apr. 21, 1310:31 AM

The media went way overboard to cover the capture of the Boston bomber.

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