I am not going to criticize President Obama's appropriate remarks today on the terrible shootings that took place in AZ which included the murder of a federal judge and the shooting in the head of congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, D-AZ His remarks were made quickly after the event, showing harsh outrage, as all of America feels.
But lets compare these remarks to another massacre of 13 young people at Ft. Hood in Nov. of 2009. He took his time coming to a scheduled event, then talked for 2 minutes, not deviating from his prepared teleprompter remarks and even had time for a jovial "shoutout" before finally and briefly talking about the killings at Ft. Hood...telling Americans we should not jump to conclusions.
Why the difference? I agree with the outrage today. Shouldn't there have been outrage in the Ft. Hood massacre? Was it because the killer was a Muslim? Was it because this happened on a military base and not to a congressman? Whatever the reason, his response today... appropriate----his response at Ft. Hood---inappropriate.
Published November 06, 2009
As the U.S. military and law enforcement were scrambling to save lives after a deadly shooting rampage at Ft. Hood, Texas, President Obama opened his remarks Thursday with a two-minute "shout out" to audience members who attended the Tribal Nations Conference hosted by the Interior Department.
Obama's initial comments on the shooting that killed 13 and wounded scores of others came at the conclusion of Thursday's conference, which was attended by leaders from several of the 564 federally recognized American Indian tribes.
"I planned to make some broader remarks," he told the crowd. "But as some of you might have heard there has been a tragic shooting at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas."
The president's words on the deadly rampage came two minutes after he gave a "shout out" to an audience member and stressed the need to pass health care reform.
"I hear that Dr. Joe Medicine Crow was around, and so I want to give a shout out to that Congressional Medal of Honor winner. It’s good to see you," he said.