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What? No Calls for Civility This Time?

What a difference a reelection bid makes.

Incredibly, in the wake of the massacre in Aurora, we hear nothing from the White House about the need for Washington to set an example of civility.

Now why would that be?


Yes, Obama and his henchmen and henchwomen – I want to be inclusive here – are ripping Mitt Romney to shreds, alleging that he mistreats dogs, ships American jobs to Ceylon, and cheats on his taxes.


As we knew then, the calls for civility from Obama and other Democrats in the days after the Gabby Giffords shooting had nothing to do with reducing gun violence or honoring the fallen Congresswoman, and everything to do with SHUTTING REPUBLICANS UP.

But now these stones would be thrown in a glass White House.

And so Obama Press Secretary Jay Carney dodged the question entirely during a gaggle with reporters Friday:

Q    Also after the Gabby Giffords — in the wake of Gabby Giffords, the President gave a speech not only talking about gun safety but also talking about civility in our culture.  And there’s been some sense that since then, maybe Washington — and I think the President has addressed this — has not always remained civil and that the dialogue can get hostile.  I’m wondering if today there may be a change of tone and respect?  We’re not Pollyannas that this would change the campaign, but do you think that there’s any sense from the White House that there does need to be any kind of toning down of some of the back-and-forth, not just today but going forward?

MR. CARNEY:  Well . . . the President will address Aurora at this event.  He’s obviously pulling down the ensuing event.  I think you should wait to hear what the President has to say when he speaks.

I would also — I attempted earlier to give — to describe to you what the President told me his reaction was, and I had a little trouble with it.  He talked — he mentioned to me how heavy his heart is and the pain he understands parents and loved ones must be suffering.  And it’s — children across America go to the movies, as do adults, and it’s just a terrible tragedy.  And he feels that deeply.

“Meet the Press” host David Gregory tried to stir the pot Sunday by recalling Bill Clinton’s attempt after the Oklahoma City bombing to blame conservative talk radio for the deaths

I was thinking, harkening back to President Obama’s words after Gabby Giffords was shot and then to Bill Clinton back in 1995 after Oklahoma City, and I’ll put something he said up on the screen. He said–back then, President Clinton–“We hear so many loud and angry voices in America today whose sole goal seems to be to try to keep some people as paranoid as possible and the rest of us all torn up and upset with each other. They spread hate. They leave the impression that, by their very words, that violence is acceptable.

Let me emphasize as we sit here today, we know nothing about motivation in this particular case, political or otherwise. But President Clinton’s words back in 1995 could be true today, couldn’t they, about how some of the public discourse can fall on more vulnerable ears?

Gregory caught himself later and said “it’s kind of a bipartisan deterioration” in tone, but we all know what people are talking about when they say politicians are being nasty. They mean they’re being conservative.

Gregory’s comments, though, are way off the talking point page at the DNC and Obama 2012 headquarters in Chicago and unlikely to generate much sound in the liberal media echo chamber.

Because with Obama setting off every rhetorical stink bomb he can find, complaining about incivility is so yesterday.

20 Responses to What? No Calls for Civility This Time?

    • I agree Mike. The hypocite in chief and his minions are dispicable. Shame on them. And I repeat, Carney is the village idiot.

        • Baghdad Bob would not claim Sparky he’s beyond inept. Obama
          will go down as the most divisive, hypcritical President ever! As
          for civility this campaign is the worst in my lifetime he’s as civil as
          he is transparent and we all know how that’s working out for America.

  1. David Gregory is a weasel. Glad I never watch that tripe. There is no “bipartisan deterioration”. The left isn’t interested in having an open discussion about the issues facing this country. It is their way or the highway, and they’ll do everything in their power to silence their conservative opponents.

  2. “He’s obviously pulling down the ensuing event.”

    I don’t speak top-level Washingtonese — what does the above sentence mean?

    • Note to myself: No one seems to know, but it appears to have satisfied the White House press corps as meaning something informative.

  3. It’s over already. Unless someone proves that MrO is a android composite from the planet Hoperchang or MrR is really a Mexican national with ties to a major drug cartel, the voters have made their choice.
    All the negative ads are sum zero, neither candidate will win anything by trashing the other.
    If they like where we are today, they”ll vote for Obama
    If they don’t like where we are today, they’ll vote for Romney.
    It’s all about the economy.

  4. I may be on a crusade, but I am becoming more and more aware that Obama is just a figure head POTUS….Sure, he “reads good” , makes his grin-and-glitz appearences like a great opening act for the main attraction, but notice how seldom he takes responsibility for the actions of his “staff” and those who speak FOR him. His various ‘czars” set policy on their own, carefully following the agenda of the hard left which he was mentored in, but showed no action except for the community organizer bit. He has to be “explained” after his off-TOTUS remarks, but it is always through synchophants like Carney et al. He has been manufactured by books,and various mentors, with scant vetting. He spends very little time on affairs of state compared to his out of D.C trips and actitivities. He is an empty suit who is all show with very little substance; this must be more thoroughly exposed.! I truly believe he is a mere figure-head.

  5. Good question, Anonna…(rolling eyes). Haven’t watched MTP since Tim Russert died. Hear Gregory is on his way out – they’ll probably replace him with Al Sharpton or Ed Shultz.

    The war on ‘civility’ began the minute The Won told the Republcans to drop dead and go to the back of the bus. Harry Reid assumed the role of ‘dictator’ and refuses to bring Congressional bills to the floor. Why is he getting a paycheck?

    For the first time in nearly 4 years, I have the sense that Obama is running scared. I caught a glimpse this morning of a reporter who cornered him about the Roanoke debacle – Obama tried to say that his comments were taken out of context – he looked like the kid who was caught with his fingers in the cookie jar. The sweat started bubbling on his forehead!

    Politics aside, Romney is a captain of industry compared to the lowly under-achieving street thug. Obama knows the jig is up! He’s scared. If the sycophant lame-stream media allows Romney equal time – it should be a shoo-in for Romney. According to the foreign press, European leaders are preparing a ‘statesman-like’ reception for Romney – giving credence to the possibility that the WON is on his way out.

    Romney is going to get a ‘royal’ reception from David Cameron and he will meet with Lech Waleska (sp) in Poland. Who can forget the snub Obama gave to this Polish hero!

    The tide has turned! Hope and change is on the way!

  6. Jezz folks…Obama isn’t preaching gun safety, he’s touting total government gun control along with “Nanny Hillary”, “Nanny Chuck” Schumer and Nanny Mike Bloomberg. And his “pit bull” George Soros of the “Cerebrus” Corp (and also the founder of Progressive Insurance) is out there trying to buy up and shut down as many small firearms manufacturers as he can. Must be nice to be able to “name your own price” and attempting to rewrite the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution.

    What happened to Gabrielle Giffords and the shootings in Aurora were horrible…and the work of some VERY sick people who should be treated like Timothy McVeigh….MAke an example out of a few of them and we might solve the problem. Don’t forget, these few warped individuals do not represent the vast majority of legal gun owners.