Obama Too Busy ‘Playing Ball’ to Worry About Brussels Attack
Once again, Islamic jihadists had committed a horrific act of terror and the world waited to hear from the president of the United States, the leader of the free world, who although on vacation, would make a statement.
Reporters and cameras focused on the president who paused, made a perfunctory statement offering his “thoughts and prayers” and repeated his belief that Islam is not to blame for such acts.
A brief time later, he was reveling in sport, breaking into his trademark grin, thoroughly engaged with his companions and enjoying the moment.
That scenario replayed in Cuba today as the news of the airport and subway bombings in Brussels shook the world was eerily similar to another in the summer of 2014 when the president’s poor judgment subjected him to charges of being “tone deaf” and insensitive to the terror threat presented by the Islamic radicals he once dismissed as “the JV team.”
President Obama later admitted, amid criticism from his fellow Democrats as well as Republicans, that he should have anticipated the “bad optics” as he drove off in a golf cart laughing alongside a former pro-bastketball buddy following his remarks about the beheading of American journalist James Foley.
But now, almost two years later, it seems the president has forgotten about “optics,” as he chose to forego the opportunity to appear presidential in the aftermath of the terror attacks that left over 30 dead and hundreds injured, including nine Americans, one of whom is a serviceman.
President Obama devoted 51-seconds offering “thoughts and prayers” and adding “speedy recovery” wishes for the wounded, before heading off to a baseball game with Cuban dictator Raul Castro.
Obama is in Cuba, the first president to visit the Communist island since Calvin Coolidge in 1928, to restore relations that have been frozen in time since the 1959 take-over by Raul’s brother, Fidel, and it was obvious that the terror attack was not going to divert him from his legacy tour, despite calls for his return to Washington.
The president threw out the first pitch amid lusty boos from the crowd, did the “wave” with Raul and gave an interview to ESPN while wearing his designer sunglasses.
“It’s always a challenge when you have a terrorist attack anywhere in the world. You want to be respectful and understand the gravity of the situation, but the whole premise of terrorism is to try to disrupt people’s ordinary lives.”
The president once again failed to comprehend that the attack in Brussels, just as the beheading of James Foley, had in fact, disrupted people’s ordinary lives.
What he meant to say is that the terrorists didn’t interrupt his life.
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