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Obama to Observe Moment of Silence . . . in Private

by Keith Koffler on April 22, 2013, 11:07 am

President Obama this afternoon will observe a moment of silence for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, with a twist: the press and the American people will be barred from seeing it.

From the White House:

UPDATED:

Later in the afternoon, the President will observe a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. The moment of silence is closed press.

EDT 

2:50PM           THE PRESIDENT observes a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings

                        The White House

                        Closed Press

Obama bills himself as presiding over the “openness White House,” but with respect to the Boston bombings, the place has been strangely opaque.

There have been only two televised White House briefings since the bombings a week ago. Both have been by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

No members of the president’s national security team have come to the briefing room podium to discuss the bombings, take questions on urgent matters such as why the terrorists were able to circumvent federal counterterrorism efforts, and to update Americans on the investigation and address whether there are further dangers to the public.

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Sadie April 22, 2013 at 11:11 am

Keith, are you sure you don’t want to add:

A note from our attorneys: This is not a real quote.

Keith Koffler April 22, 2013 at 11:19 am

I wish I could add it . . .

Geoff Caldwell April 22, 2013 at 11:13 am

Wouldn’t have anything to do with a rug and facing Mecca would it?

rawheadrex April 22, 2013 at 11:20 am

Sorry, I didn’t se your entry. Very good, Mr. Caldwell!

Geoff Caldwell April 22, 2013 at 11:25 am

No apology necessary, the more that speak the more is heard. KFTGF

Julie Brueckheimer April 22, 2013 at 11:44 am

Well, you deserve a smile too. I didn’t see your comment before rawheadrex’s. : – ))

Geoff Caldwell April 22, 2013 at 12:10 pm

After all O’s done, all we’ve got left is our laughter! Thxs!

GotFreedom April 22, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Along the same lines of thinking. . .

Maybe all his suits are at the cleaners and he only has his muslim garb left in the closet (along with Reggie Love) to wear?
http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/obama_in_muslim_garb/

pianogirl88 April 22, 2013 at 11:17 am

He doesn’t want us to see just how “short” a moment of silence can actually be….if the press was permitted to observe, we might find out.

cincycinco April 22, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Short moment, for a small man…

srdem65 April 22, 2013 at 11:18 am

This is satire, right?
If it’s not satire, or a smarmy hoax, MrObama’s moment of silence, held in private, is another example of the depth and length of the distance between the inhabitants of the WhiteHouse and the rest of America.

Keith Koffler April 22, 2013 at 11:20 am

Right on target.

rawheadrex April 22, 2013 at 11:19 am

Will he be on his knees on his prayer rug facing Mecca?

Julie Brueckheimer April 22, 2013 at 11:45 am

: – ))

Ron Kaye April 22, 2013 at 11:21 am

Typical Obama . . . cash is king . . . so sorry about those rednecks in West Texas and their little explosion . . . no marathon involved and remember . . . this is Ted Cruz country. Aside from the fact this is a stupid political move; it shows the young man never learned to be a gentleman.

Playrighter April 22, 2013 at 11:21 am

If you add up oh, say, 100,000 of those “closed press moments of silence” you might have the answer to all those blank hours in Mr. Obama’s schedule.

What could all those moments of silence be for?

Transparency. Lack of influence peddling in the White House. Decorum in political speech. Accountability. Respect for the Constitution. Stewardship of tax dollars. Laser focus on jobs.

How much space to do we have to answer this question?

Scottso April 22, 2013 at 11:25 am

People stop over exaggerating this.

Yes, he’s a awful President and not the greatest guy in the world.
BUT, you kill him if he does a moment of silence without press and you would’ve killed him if he did it with press.

You crucify him if he goes to pay respects and you crucify if he doesn’t.

WE (conservatives) don’t get our point across if all it looks like we are doing is getting angry with him no matter what he does.
It just makes us look bitter.

And enough is enough with the cracks about him being a Muslim or black or whatever. Let’s stick to the fact that he’s a narcissistic, self-believing Liberal Stateist who has tyranical visions on the U.S.

Geoff Caldwell April 22, 2013 at 11:29 am

You’ve got a point but with the damage of the last 5 years and the future even dimmer, sarcasm’s the only thing keeping us from going into full blown depression.

As for making us look “bitter”, it wouldn’t matter what we do, the minion media will make sure the country swallows its “bitter” pill each and every day.

Sadie April 22, 2013 at 11:46 am

I am not bitter. I am angry, frustrated, annoyed, outraged and disgusted.

Was it really necessary for the WH to release what Obama is “observing” for a moment today. Reminds me of my kids when they were little…”Hey mom, guess what I just did.” Only to be rewarded with some wisecrack like, “I farted.”

Julie Brueckheimer April 22, 2013 at 11:48 am

It just kind of reminds me of the words in the Bible about when you pray, pray in the silence of your chamber . . . but then, don’t go out and make a press statement about it.

cincycinco April 22, 2013 at 1:07 pm

“It just kind of reminds me of the words in the Bible about when you pray, pray in the silence of your chamber” – Julie Brueckheimer

“Therefore when you do your alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Truly I say to you, They have their reward.” – Matt. 6:2

He has, indeed, had his reward. His earthy one, that is.

I wonder if he’ll enjoy his celestial one as much? It may just give him some sympathy for Michelle’s lobsters.

And for all his boiled dogs’ as well…

gracepmc April 22, 2013 at 12:12 pm

There is never press around when he is trying to make the putt. Silence is appreciated as well. You don’t need a course to practice.

Bkhuna April 22, 2013 at 12:15 pm

You forgot crypto fascist.

veritasesequitas April 22, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Just playing the same game as the left plays. Why should we cut him any slack? They don’t cut us any.
The guy NEVER does anything without making sure that he is front and center.
I mean really…a moment of silence where no one really knows what the heck he is doing? He could be snoozing off a pot high for all we know.
Why say anything at all? It is boastful and self serving.

cincycinco April 22, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Anarco-Syndiclyst? Always been fond of that one…

cincycinco April 22, 2013 at 1:15 pm

I’m with you, Scottso, to a point. I MUCH prefer he stay inside and lie to us, than to come out and shove his taqiyya in our faces some more – especially when we all KNOW it’s rank hypocracy.

As to worrying about what liberals think about us, I SERIOUSLY doubt there’s ANYTHING we can do to make them ever say anything nice about us.

Except die. Even then, not a sure thing….

McCain, Romney, Dole…All tried to run a “LIKE ME!” campaign for historically Dem voters. Worked out pretty well, too – for Dems.

We need to stop worrying about their perception thing. They will NOT like us. They don’t even like themselves. It’s a mental disease, but you don’t pamper a spoiled child further if you want it to start behaving, now, do you?

Nope, time to get stern with these folks, and let them know the adults are back. If Junior says he hates us and wishes we would die as he stomps off to his room…it’s a pretty good sign we’re on the right track…

Susan April 22, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Well said, cincycinco. After listening to all the excuses the press (aka Democrat operatives) are making for the murderous Islamists, I honestly believe they hold those terrorists in higher esteem than their fellow Americans who won’t fall in line with their Marxist agenda.

Janna April 22, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Scottso

I AM angry at him and I AM bitter.

srdem65 April 22, 2013 at 11:28 am

re: the absence and silence of our national security team

Let’s face it, everything about the Boston massacre goes adverse to everything the Obama administration is all about. The first thing from the administration was a pre-emptive declaration from MsNeapolitano that the terrorists acted alone, as in wishful thinking.

What could they possible say? the terrorists didn’t have legal gun permits, were legal immigrants living off the taxpayers, were radical Islamists who plotted to kill Americans just because, the FBI was asleep again, or that we should be grateful they didn’t arm themselves with the dreaded “assault” weapons? MrObama has already instructed us not to “rush to judgement” or to turn against immigrants as a response to the immigrant’s terrorist actions.

Julie Brueckheimer April 22, 2013 at 11:53 am

I see a real downplaying going on. Maybe it will end being a cover-up. We’re not supposed to rush to judgment, but he had several dupes out there on the weekend saying it was an isolated act. I’ve also read things setting up the surviving suspect as the victim himself of his older domineering brother. Tom Brokaw this morning wondering if US action in Muslim countries did not provoke the brothers into violence.

Star April 22, 2013 at 12:10 pm

I saw that–great speculating, Tom. Got any facts? Just another aging journo trying to stay in the game.

GWShrub April 22, 2013 at 12:11 pm

>>>>> wondering if US action in Muslim countries did not provoke the brothers into violence.<<<<<
..oh, gag me with a spoon! What bafflegab!!

cincycinco April 22, 2013 at 1:22 pm

” >>>>> wondering if US action in Muslim countries did not provoke the brothers into violence.<<<<<
..oh, gag me with a spoon! What bafflegab!!" – GWShrub

Let's provoke them some more, and see if it's true!

Or how about this?

Iran's been wanting some nukes anyway, maybe we can deliver them? Have the 509th drop them off about 1600 feet over Tehran and see if they'll be our freinds then…

mo1 April 22, 2013 at 3:53 pm

What concerns me even more that the possibility the FBI was asleep is the probability the FBI was prevented from following up on poeple like the older borther by this adminsitration’s politically correct and pro-Muslim policies. If the FBI has been restricted in following up, then we face more instances of danger. An error can be corrected. A policy by this administration cannot.

Julie Brueckheimer April 22, 2013 at 5:20 pm

That’s a legitimate concern with this administration.

sportinlife10 April 22, 2013 at 11:40 am

In the words of Barney Fife, “He’s a nut”.

RickW April 22, 2013 at 11:41 am

This is more than a little creepy. For a man who loves to plaster his face on TV screens for ANY reason, this moment of silence should be right up his alley. Is he planning some Satanic ceremony to contact the dead or what? I’m sure all of us here have had our private moments of silence for these and other issues without having to publicize it.

cincycinco April 22, 2013 at 1:24 pm

No Satanic ceremony. He tried once, between his lessons at madrassa, but then Satan said, “Get thee behind me, Sotero…”

Susan April 22, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Granny Robinson is supposedly into Santeria. Maybe she’s performing a ritual for him…

Jim W. April 22, 2013 at 11:41 am

If a moment of silence happens in the West Wing and nobody sees it, does it really happen? Maybe he doesn’t want anyone seeing him on his prayer mat facing Mecca.

Julie Brueckheimer April 22, 2013 at 11:42 am

: – ))

Julie Brueckheimer April 22, 2013 at 11:42 am

That’s got to be the silliest announcement the WH has ever made.

DeniseVB April 22, 2013 at 11:51 am

I know. Why announce you’re going to do something then say “but you can’t watch me” ? Usually LEADERS lead with a special tribute like this.

And as silly as Obama saying he gets his spirtual fix from his Blackberry so he doesn’t need to go to church regularly. True story :)

Julie Brueckheimer April 22, 2013 at 11:55 am

I recall him doing a public moment of silence, though. Was it for Sandy Hook?

Susan April 22, 2013 at 11:56 am

I agree, Julie. If he’s going to observe a moment of silence in seclusion why make an announcement about it? No doubt there will be some Pete Souza halo photo of Preezy released to the slobbering press to commemorate this ‘historic’ event.

Julie Brueckheimer April 22, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Bingo!

cincycinco April 22, 2013 at 1:32 pm

” That’s got to be the silliest announcement the WH has ever made.” – Julie Brueckheimer

No, the SILLIEST announcement ever made by The White House would be when they referred to Obama as “The President of the United States”. I don’t know if they’ll EVER be able to top THAT one!

cincycinco April 22, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Or maybe that they even called him Obama? After all, his REAL name is Sotero, anyway…

QueenOfScott April 22, 2013 at 11:54 am

Hum, well maybe he is honoring the bombers, not the victims. We will probably never know.

cincycinco April 22, 2013 at 1:49 pm

“Hum, well maybe he is honoring the bombers, not the victims. We will probably never know.” – QueenOfScott

They WERE going to line up the 72 virgins as the traditional Islamic “honor” for THAT guy, but then the democrats realized they didn’t have ONE virgin in the ENTIRE PARTY, let alone 72…

Star April 22, 2013 at 11:55 am

Oh, whatever…this could be a nap. I never heard of such a thing–isn’t a moment of silence a brief communal exercise.

Star April 22, 2013 at 4:41 pm

He should have many HOURS of private, unphotographed thinking or prayer time about how to handle this. I do my meditating at night, when the images just won’t erase.

Papajonl April 22, 2013 at 11:58 am

Should we expect any less… It is hard to campaign during a moment of silence..

Bkhuna April 22, 2013 at 12:13 pm

A moment of silence please while the president lines up his putt….

Julie Brueckheimer April 22, 2013 at 12:18 pm

!

Sadie April 22, 2013 at 3:41 pm

A moment of laughter while the president lines up his putts/putz!

That one is for you Biden, etc.

MichelleIndependent April 22, 2013 at 12:21 pm
swedishlady April 22, 2013 at 12:30 pm

It´s true Keith, the White House silence is deafening. But oh dear, it really IS tough to “spin” the bombings in a satisfying way.
Whenever terrorism appear in the West the heads of the Western Mosques are ominously silent. They have an opportunity to render their religion at least some “goodwill” but I don´t think I have ever heard any condemnations. Law enforcement and media ought to investigate these places thoroughly , what are the Imams preaching how are they financed ? I do hope that the Boston Brothers finances will be scrutinized in order to find the network.

sportinlife10 April 22, 2013 at 12:44 pm

In my community, the Foundations are beginning to cover CAIR projects.

Mandy Manners April 22, 2013 at 2:26 pm

It’s hard to condemn what your “good” book mandates.

Julie Brueckheimer April 22, 2013 at 2:27 pm

There’s got to be a money trail independent of all the government handouts these two received.

cincycinco April 22, 2013 at 12:55 pm

That’s NOTHING! He had a moment of silence about the facts and responses to Benghazi that’s STILL going on, and that was SEVEN MONTHS AGO!

Being pretty private about that, too…

CBader April 22, 2013 at 12:56 pm

As Ronnie might have said: There you go again Mr. President, leading from behind.

cincycinco April 22, 2013 at 1:36 pm

“leading from behind.” – CBader

Like the hillbilly in Deliverance led Ned Beatty from behind?

Wasn’t it was important to the story that they disarmed them first? Would have been a REALLY short movie if the GOOD guys had been carrying…

Star April 22, 2013 at 1:42 pm

You talked about Ned the other day…no looping, LOL.

cincycinco April 22, 2013 at 1:51 pm

BUSTED! But give me a break, I didn’t think about the gun violence connection then

And thanks for paying attention!

cincycinco April 22, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Are the Feds going to kick Lord & Taylor’s out so they can build the victory mosque with a good overlook on the latest “holy” site in Islam?

florida gal April 22, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Everyone on this thread should go to infowars.com and watch the video named “Americans ordered out of homes at gunpoint by SWAT teams”. This video was taken by a neighbor in MA while her neighbors were being taken out of their homes for a “search”. It is very scary knowing that this is happening in our country and will happen again. Make sure you read some of the comments posted after the video.

srdem65 April 22, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Thanks for the heads up.

That is the most terrifying thing I have ever seen happen in America. Outrageous, un-constitutional, and criminal.

Some of us argued yesterday that we didn’t know if such a thing was happening and there is the proof.
God Bless America, please.

Girly1 April 22, 2013 at 1:53 pm

The Science Fair is being televised LIVE from the WH. Obama is roaming the grounds ot the WH admiring exhibits….as we speak.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/04/20/watch-live-2013-white-house-science-fair

Girly1 April 22, 2013 at 2:00 pm

The cameras have been following him around all morning…so where is he going to be at precisely 2:50 this afternoon? Enquiring minds would like to know!

troy c April 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Because he’ll be on the tarmac waiving goodbye to the Saudi National

justine April 22, 2013 at 2:36 pm

It’d be more genuine if it wasn’t announced and simply happened.
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gracepmc April 22, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Mourner in chief. (going to Texas too )
Fundraiser in chief. (Texas fundraiser, hence the drop by to mourn)
Golfer in chief.
Vacationer in chief.
Domestic policy. A mess
Foreign policy. A mess.
Healthcare — A mess.
And every terrorist and enemy of the US is watching us bumble our way through the Boston Marathon Terrorist Attack — who are they, why or why did they do it, where do they come from really, enemy combatant or American citizen.
The US is one hot mess. And we are vulnerable as all get out. And the world is watching.

Junius April 22, 2013 at 7:04 pm

“A moment of silence” broken only by the sound of Moochelle belching while gnawing on the bones of the wild boar she brought down with her bare talons the night before while hunting along the wooded banks of the Potomac River.

Manosteel April 22, 2013 at 7:48 pm

He probably was constipated. He went off to the reading room, where most his policies and speeches belong. Courtesy Flush Please.

David Badash April 23, 2013 at 9:58 am

Stupid story, stupid “reporter,” and you’re wrong. What a piece of work. Get a life.
Look: President Obama Observes Moment Of Silence For Boston Marathon Victims
http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/look-president-obama-observes-moment-of-silence-for-boston-marathon-victims/news/2013/04/22/65757