Grinning Obama Wisecracks During Munich Attack Tribute, Compares Sorrow To Daughter Moving To College
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In what is not the first instance of President Obama displaying a poor sense of timing and a shocking lack of sensitivity, he turned a Washington press conference into a jarringly bad sound bites and photo that even the liberal media was forced to edit before airing.
Obama’s presser had been scheduled to allow him to comment on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s acceptance speech while standing with Mexican President – and harsh Trump critic – Enrique Pena Nieto in a symbolic show of opposition to Trump’s longstanding vow to not only build a wall at the southern border, but to have Mexico bear the cost of its construction.
Criticizing Trump’s speech as an “overreaction,” Obama said, “This vision of violence and chaos everywhere doesn’t really jibe with the experience of most people,” while the battle cry of Islamic terrorism was heard as children eating “Happy Meals” in a Munich McDonald’s were murdered in cold blood.
The attack would leave nine dead and sixteen injured before it was over hours later, but it was still an ongoing terror scene as Obama opined about the safe world he and former Secretary of State and soon-to-be Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will be leaving to his successor.
But even more bizarre was Obama’s diversion from his comments on the Munich situation, to joke about his oldest daughter’s departure for college.
“Some of you are aware there were shootings in Germany. And we don't yet know exactly what's happening there, but obviously our hearts go out to those who may have been injured,” Obama said, using the clichés that have become meaningless with repetition.
He then repeated the standard and equally meaningless offer to “stand by our allies,” before making the event, as he so often does, all about… Obama.
Riffing on every day life-like “raising our kids,” the president launched into a brief on his life and his kids. “And seeing them grow up and graduate from high school, and now about to leave their dad…”
Even Obama may have sensed that he had misstepped, adding while laughing, “I’m sorry. I’m getting a little too personal. Getting a little too personal there.”
Too bad that didn’t occur to him before he made the horrific loss of the lives of innocent children all about his teenager going off to Harvard.