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Obama Shuns Politics in Aurora

President Obama performed admirably Sunday in one of the most difficult tasks a president must face – comforting the grieving victims of national tragedies – spending time with the families of those killed and injured in Aurora and ably expressing the nation’s sadness and empathy.

Obama’s remarks following the University of Colorado Hospital visit, which I play for you below, are a little too self-referential, but the president does convey to the nation a sense of the tragedy as well as the the heroism of those who helped the survivors.

Most notably, Obama skipped the mass vigil Sunday evening, eschewing a national spotlight for himself while allowing Aurora to come together in its grieving on its own terms.

This is no small thing. Bill Clinton’s April 1995 speech at the memorial to the victims of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing was a significant component – whether planned or not – of the political turnaround that led him to his 1996 reelection.

Here are Obama’s remarks:

Obama spent three hours with the victims’ families – an hour longer than intended – and had to be torn away by staff.

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60 Responses to Obama Shuns Politics in Aurora

  1. Good to see the President do this. Hats off to how he handled it and I commend his presence there. As much as I think he is to blame for many things there is no question the man also does many things correctly and this was one.

  2. Love ya like a brother, Keith but I disagree with your title. Each action this man takes is calculated for political benefit. Thankfully, someone had the sense to stop him from auctioning off photos of himself with the family members and at least act tastefully. For POTUS to become the Chief Griever is inappropriate. Granted, the loss of 12 lives at one time is horrific but I saw that a 4yr old boy was killed in the Bronx yesterday by a stray bullet. Will Marine One drop Obama off to console the mother? I doubt it.

    • Rick, different scenario. This is a mass murder and a rarity. The president should be there and he should need to be pried away by his staff….

      • Len, are we to have a minimum body count that determines POTUS arrival? What value do we place upon a death? Example: 9/11 we lost hundreds of brave firemen and police officers. Death benefits were spiked WAY upward for their families. But what about the family of a cop killed say in Brooklyn on 9/9/01? They got the regular death benefit. Family loss was the same, either date.

        I do agree with you that at least Obama’s staff handled it fairly discretely, for him anyway.

      • Did he bother to show up for the drought until the last minute? Or address the Chicago violence? Or all the tornados last year? He has ignored everything and anything that has befallen our country in the last couple years. And don’t get me started on the Middle East restructuring him and Hillary are doing. That damage is done now, we can’t turn that one back, and mark my words, the MB WILL have Jordan and Syria in the next 4 years, as well as the disaster going on in Africa. There are 44conflicts going on in the world with Muslims against non Muslims, and Iman Barry thinks its all good. He gets zero credit from me, as the COUPLE things he did good on we’re just for votes anyways or were seriously overshadowed by absolute failures on other fronts. We have all of Carter, the smugness of Clinten and the bullshit of Nixon. What else can go wrong?

        • The only reason Skeletor selected this venue was the size and intensity of the press coverage surrounding it. As stated, the hell with tornadoes, drought, and Chicago-massacre land.

  3. And you can be sure that Obama is using this tragedy as an opportunity to orchestrate a turnaround to his political fortunes (a la Bill Clinton and Oklahoma City). Let no crisis go to waste.

  4. Sorry, too much bs from this man and his party the last 6years, I don’t care what he says,it’s all for political gain, as he has no morals or scruples. My cat is more considerate.
    Everyone needs to pay attention to the story concerning the Muslim Brotherhood ties with the administration too, and not the white wash from the MSM, go to Spencer or Frontpage.. This charlatan needs to go

  5. Call me a cynic, Keith, but I saw Mitt Romney running loose in Obama’s head yesterday. First of all, he opened with a nearly verbatim line from Romney’s condolence message. (See below) Secondly, Romney quoted a passage from the Apostle, Paul – Obama followed suit.

    When Obama quotes from Scriptures, it sends shock waves through my system – piety is antithetical to every bone in Obama’s body. He has done nothing but spew angry rhetoric for the last 4 years. Romney, on the other hand, is truly an honest, God-fearing man. His entire life is living proof.

    Obama may end up with Colorado in his column, but I doubt if the rest of the country will look at his ‘performance’ in Aurora as anything but another day in the trenches. Aurora is NOT his Oklahoma City! If anything, AZ was his “Oklahoma City”…and he blew it. He launched his 2012 campaign in AZ.

    We may see a ‘toned-down’ Obama in the coming weeks, but it’s only because Rommey is winning the ‘Statesmanhip’ category. Americans are not stupid – they can spot a phony a mile away. We know who Obama is – and we reject him wholeheartedly! Leopards do not change their spots.

    Obama: “Visiting families, I come to them not so much as president, but as a father and a husband.”

    Romney: “I stand before you not as a man running for office, but as a father and grandfather, a husband and American.”

    VIDEO: ROMNEY CONDOLENCE REMARKS
    http://kunc.org/post/video-mitt-romneys-remarks-shooting-aurora

  6. So was it necessary he brought his Presidential Seal podium with him? Whatever his motives (though doubt this was from the heart, but I guess the Seal makes it an official visit so the taxpayers could help with his travel expenses to the west coast).

    I would have been much more appreciative of his visit if it were closed press.

    • I thought the Presidential Seal was out of place. We all know who Obama is anyway. President Bush didn’t carry a Presidential Seal with him when he used a bullhorn to speak to rescue workers at 9/11.

      Agree about the closed press visit. I would have felt his visit more sincere had he not posed for all those press photos.

  7. One more thing….Obama claims he didn’t stay for the Prayer vigil because he didn’t want to disrupt the mourners. Sounds like the same alibi he have about attending Church services in D.C. – didn’t want to ‘disrupt’ the churchgoers!

    If the truth be known, Obama didn’t stay for the vigil because it wasn’t ‘staged’ well enough – no huge auditorium or celebrities – just regular ‘folks’ from a small town.

  8. Yeah, Obamao showed up, but true, heartfelt sincerity was AWOL. I realize an appearance by BHO is all but mandatory, but he really makes me want to puke.

  9. His speech was well scripted – I can give him that (although, as some have noted remarks followed Romney’s lead in some ways). But, what I can’t get my arms around is the Hasan shootings and how that was handled. BTW, I see BHO made time for some photo ops in hospital with victims for ABC News. I do not trust him at all – it’s just about him and not about the country. He will not get my vote!

  10. Speaking of photo-ops…..who can forget the Navy Seal tragedy in Afghanistan. When the caskets were returned to Dover AFB, the famlies requested NO photographs. That didn’t stop the narcissist-in-chief:

    “President Barack Obama attended the ceremony, called a “dignified transfer,” for those killed in the worst single loss of the nearly 10-year war. An official White House photo of a saluting Obama was distributed to news media and published widely. It also was posted on the White House website as the “Photo of the Day.” It showed Obama and other officials in silhouette and did not depict caskets.

    http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/obama-seal-families-photo/2011/08/11/id/406984

    • Oh gag!! I didn’t see the article regarding the ‘Seal-families’ photo. To think of him pretending to salute those brave, courageous WARRIORS just offends me to no end. I’m a Vietnam (67-68) veteran & it just creates a big knot in my stomach every time I see the Narcissistic/Grifter-In-Chief salute the marines when he gets off the helicopter. What a fraud!

  11. Maybe I’m just too jaded, but I think this guy is a huckster who was putting on a really good show. Too much water under the bridge to believe this man cares about his fellow Americans, much less his fellow man. I found his quoting of scripture from Revelation 21 particularly offensive.

  12. Two things.

    First I see that he brought his pet fly with him. I find it hilarious that Obama attracts flies, mice and other vermin whenever he gives this type of speech.

    Second, and most importantly, his comment at the end of the speech was actually frightening. He stated, “And I hope that over the next several days, next several weeks, and next several months, we all reflect on how we can do something about some of the senseless violence that ends up marring this country . . .” With all that has happened with Fast and Furious, and the illegal sale of guns that were allowed by the government, and now this tragedy in Colorado, I would look for Obama and his minions to push for some additional form of federal gun control laws. The Second Amendment is the antithesis of liberalism, and the left has been looking for a reason to crack down on legal gun ownership for years.

    This administration tried to destabilize our southern border by way of F & F, and bring about an out cry for tougher gun regulations. However, Issa shined a light on what was really going on along the Rio Grande. Look for the Dems to jump all over the Colorado shooting to reignite the control push.

  13. Yes, hats off. I’m in no way an Obama supporter, but I will always give credit where credit is due. And, he surely gets it here. I’ll sum it up in one word — dignified.

  14. Lizzy, Moochie is probably taking a mini-vacation at an undisclosed location in preparation for her starring role at the Olympics later on this week. From her appearances of late, it looks like it’s time for more ‘nips and tucks’. Ann Romney is giving her a run for her money!

  15. Of course it’s “politics”. Just like his photo ops of the returning coffins at the Air Force base.
    “Never let a good crisis go to waste”. Especially during an election year!

  16. He (Mr. Obama) is still a half-wit arrogant, got to be in the spotlight Libtard.
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    Sorry Keith but, this is not a national tragedy. A tragedy yes but the world didn’t stop spinning because of one asshole with need for attention.

  17. Another thing, which I only mention because Rush brought it up (I’m not a dittohead, but I am listening to today) – why does he always have to mention his daughters ? Trayvon could have been his son. He thought about what if HIS daughters had been at the movies… etc.

    I’m a mother, but that wasn’t the first thought in my head. I don’t need to be a parent to feel for those that suffered and died. I feel horrible w/o having to imagine being in their place.

    Nitpicking, but I did notice it and then Rush mentioned it.

    • He failed to mention that if his daughters were in that movie house, the shooter would have been turned into hamburger by the girls’ Secret Service detachment. Yes they are just like another other pair of daughters…….Baloney.

      • If the girls were in that theater, the Mall would have been closed, the theater empty and guard at every exit/entrance for safe measure.

        This family does disrupt others for fun and pleasure. When Obama was in my city for a campaign event, the interstates were shut down in both directions for hours and for miles from his event. It took my husband 2 hours to get home what’s normally a 20 minute drive.

        So, can you imagine the extra burden on the local police for his “healing a nation” visit to Aurora?

  18. He should show up. He is the President. The fact that he “performed admirably” only speaks to the fact that he did not embarrass himself or the nation as he usually does. If this becomes regular behavior somebody wake me up..

  19. It’s telling that some find it necessary to congratulate Obama for doing exactly the right thing that any president would do in such tragic circumstances. Last year’s pep rally in Arizona following the mass shooting involving Gabriel Giffords was very bad form. I was relieved to see that he did not turn this most recent heart wrenching event into a spectacle.

  20. There was a report on FOX today that Obama has only spent 4% of his time meeting with Cabinet members over the past 3.5 years. Unprecedented! He is so in love with hinself that he spends 90% of his time on AF One, limos,, motorcades – basically just ‘showing off”. He has been in my city 20x and it’s exactly the way DeniseVB described. None of the 3 past Presidents ever caused one traffic problem in this city – only Obama. He is drunk with power….and, quite frankly, he looks like he is drugged out most of the time. He’s barely coherent anymore.

  21. It’s already been asked, but I’d really like to know why the FLOTUS was not present with Obama in Colorado. Keith do you have any sources who can confirm where she was on the 22nd, and if there is any official stated reason for her absence?

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