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Even as the yellow “CRIME SCENE” tape remains, cordoning off blocks of downtown Dallas, as mounds of flowers and cards grow and thousands attended a prayer rally as the city and nation mourn five police officers assassinated and another seven wounded during a Black Lives Matter march, President Obama enjoyed a laugh as he joked and posed with leaders at a NATO meeting in Poland.

The nation was shocked by the scope and premeditated nature of the massacre – the greatest loss of life by a law enforcement agency since 9/11 – especially as the march in Dallas had been peaceful.

The city has earned a reputation for diversity on its police force and is considered a model for positive relations with communities of color.

In fact, photographs of the prayer service show black, white, Hispanic, Asian, covered Muslim women, young, and old Texans mourning together, but the photographs of President Obama show him smiling, grinning, and joking with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

One news source described the two leaders, both of whom are soon to be out of office, as “yukking it up,” while another said Obama was “grinning ear to ear.”

Like the visual image of the President taking off in a golf cart for 18 holes with a buddy immediately after issuing a statement on the beheading of journalist, James Foley, Obama's response to the attack on the officers seemed perfunctory, inconvenient, and less than heartfelt.

Obama did not immediately return home from the meeting, but took time to seize the opportunity to renew his criticism of the American people for past wrongs against minorities, and plug his two favorite causes: massive gun control and the federalization of local law enforcement.

Congressman Pete Sessions, who represents Dallas, called Obama “MIA,” and the chief of the National Association of Police Organizations said “the Obama administration is the Neville Chamberlain of the war cops,” referencing the British Prime Minister who believed he could negotiate with Hitler in the months leading up to the invasion of Czechoslovakia.

Two former Republican presidential candidates criticized the president for the tone-deaf response as the nation mourns, Dr. Ben Carson saying, “This is not the time to get political,” and former Gov. Mike Huckabee slammed Obama as a “wedge-issue divider for pushing gun control at a time of great grief.”

President Obama will cut his European trip short and plans to go to Dallas next week.

Meanwhile, the people of Dallas seem to be comforting each other just fine without him.




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