Obama's Frightening Insensitivity Following Shooting
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 House was 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?
I hate to say that this doesn't surprise me, but it really doesn't. Since the Vietnam War, the left's attitudes towards the U.S. military have generally ranged from callous indifference to vitriolic hostility. President Obama's misstep here and the casual remarks by the meteorologist lambasted in my co-author's post below are two sides of the same coin.
The left doesn't care about the military. It doesn't bother to understand military culture. To the left, the death of a U.S. soldier is, at best, an opportunity for political preening and at worst, a cause for celebration. Have you ever wondered why the military has become so dangerously unbalanced ideologically? This is why. Our troops - and those of us in their families - sense the contempt emanating from the left and have elected to throw their support behind politicians who don't hate them. It's as simple as that.