“Character is defined by what you do when no one is looking”~JC Watts
Luckily, not every President’s term in office has the daunting task of speaking to the American people about a tragedy so great that people look to them for comfort. But, almost every President has made a speech about a tragic incident during their term. So far, in the 10 months Obama has been in office, we have heard two such speeches made by him. The first was regarding the botched and blatantly rigged election in Iran and the subsequent uprising. The next was in connection with the horrific massacre at Fort Hood Army Base in Texas. One was not as personal as the other but both were equally reprehensible, as were the remarks given to us by Obama on them.
In the beginning of Obama’s comments on the Fort Hood he said this, and I quote:
“I planned to make some broader remarks,” he told the crowd. “But as some of you might have heard there has been a tragic shooting at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas.”
Well, we are so sorry your Majesty. We know that when someone shoots up American Soldiers on their own soil days before they deploy to Iraq, that such said maniac should check with you first to make sure it doesn’t interrupt your speech! The only other time I can remember such an act of blatant disregard for the feelings of a President is in 2001 when Al Queda decided to fly some planes into buildings right when Bush was reading a book to some school children. How rude!
The next sentences Obama said surely mentioned the slayings right? I mean after that statement he must have said something to smooth things over. Let’s see shall we?
“I hear that Dr. Joe Medicine Crow was around, and so I want to give a shout out to that Congressional Medal of Honor winner. It’s good to see you,”
There are a plethora of blameworthy undertones and outright ignorance in that statement. Dr. Joe Medicine Crow has won medals in his life, the Congressional Gold Medal and earlier this year Obama himself awarded him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Never has Dr. Crow won the Congressional Medal Of Honor.The Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom are the two highest awards given to civilians. You think that if you gave him one of the awards, you would know what award it was. You’d think, but you’d be wrong. To salt the wound a bit more, he said “give a shout out”. Was he on a call in talk radio show? A shout out? Really? Dr. Joe Medicine Crow is 96 years old! Do you think he has even a inkling of what a shout out actually is? Remarkable. The only way he could have made it worse would have been to say:
“I wanna give a shout out to my homeslice and nigga Dr. Joe Crow. You da man.”
If your mind is inquiring what it would be like if other Presidents had done what Obama did speaking on a tragedy…let me give you an idea.
George Bush on 9/11: “I was trying to finish reading Red Fish Blue Fish to some kids at a school, but I couldn’t. Most of you know by now that some planes crashed into buildings. I hear Harry Whittington is here today I wanna give him a shout out. Good to see my Vice President hasn’t shot you in the leg again.”
FDR on Pearl Harbor: “I was going to teach my wife how to become a ghost and chat with a First Lady in the year 2000, but unfortunately those pesky Japs bombed a harbor in Hawaii. I hear that Daddy Warbucks is here and I wanted to give a shout out to him and Little Orphan Annie. Let’s sing “Tomorrow” together in the Oval Office later.”
At the beginning of this blog post I quoted JC Watts. If character is in fact defined by what you do when no one is watching, what then does that say about what Obama does when he KNOWS people are watching?