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Barack Obama 'insensitive' over his handling of Fort Hood shooting
Times Online (U.K.) ^ | November 9, 2009 | Chris Ayres

Posted on 11/09/2009 1:08:33 AM PST by Schnucki

President Obama came in for growing criticism over the weekend for his “insensitive” handling of the bloody shoot-out in Fort Hood, Texas, where 13 people were killed by a Muslim officer in the US Army.

Mr Obama is not scheduled to arrive at America’s largest military base until tomorrow to attend a memorial service for victims of Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist who opened fire on a group of unarmed soldiers.

The President’s jarring absence from Fort Hood — in contrast to a low-key visit by the former president George Bush on Friday — is not the only element of his response to the tragedy that is bothering his critics, Democrats and Republicans alike.

In particular, much has been made of a transcript of the press conference where Mr Obama first gave his official response to the mass shooting. The President opened his remarks — he was attending a Tribal Nations Conference for America’s 564 federally recognised Native American tribes — with jocular “shout-outs” to various people in the audience. Only later did he turn his attention to the attack, saying: “I planned to make some broader remarks. But as some of you have heard, there has been a tragic shooting.”

“(Obama) did not appreciate the gravity of what he represents,” Brad Blakeman, a former deputy assistant to George Bush, told Fox News. “He should have begun his official remarks with the tragedy. The fact that he used colloquialisms like ‘shout out’ — and was so cavalier at the beginning — was a reflection of his inability to be presidential. He’s not comfortable enough in his role yet.”

Unusually, the liberal Boston Globe agreed. In an editorial at the weekend the newspaper said: “It takes more than scripted eloquence for Presidents to connect

(Excerpt) Read more at timesonline.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhodod; cicobama; forthood; fthood; globaljihad; hasan; impeachobama; massacre; nidalmalikhasan; obama; pcshooter

1 posted on 11/09/2009 1:08:38 AM PST by Schnucki
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To: Schnucki

Thank you Schnucki for that report and now let’s go to the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9QVQVu_o9s


2 posted on 11/09/2009 1:15:39 AM PST by Cindy
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To: Schnucki

A president is also the Commander-in-Chief and for the CIC to act as Obama did is more than insensitive. The only reason he will be going to Fort Hood is the face time he will have on national TV. With Obama it is all about mirrors without he could not admire himself.


3 posted on 11/09/2009 1:21:26 AM PST by monocle
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To: Schnucki

Boston Globe:

OBAMA’S DELAYED EMPATHY

http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/editorials/articles/2009/11/07/obamas_delayed_empathy/


4 posted on 11/09/2009 1:24:29 AM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Schnucki

“He’s not comfortable enough in his role yet.”

Perhaps because the poser should never have been in that role to begin with. It IS his intention to make a mockery of the office of President of the United States and of this country. Ten months is more than enough time to be able to play the part without the teleprompter.


5 posted on 11/09/2009 1:34:00 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: Schnucki

Obama read what he was told to read from the teleprompter, as he’s always done, as he always will do. It’s his job, and he puts a lot of effort into presenting the proper emotion for the subject matter.

Shout out - casual happy hip and easy. Muslim slaughter of Americans - cautious concern about bigotry. So what’s the problem? Give the guy a break already.

I wish people would stop attributing self-motivated behaviors to him - it’s incredibly annoying.


6 posted on 11/09/2009 1:43:35 AM PST by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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To: Schnucki

Obama is clueless so thinking he could be sensitive when required ain’t gonna happen.

Giving the “shout out” was bad enough but then giving a shout out to a guy as a Medal of Honor “winner” was even more pathetic. The fact that the guy was a Medal of Freedom recipient not Medal of Honor was just another error from this POS.

Medal of Honor “winner”.... How many people go to war hoping to “win” one of these?

Makes you wonder just what is going through this guys head.


7 posted on 11/09/2009 2:29:25 AM PST by maddog55 (The enemy is domestic and it's the government.)
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To: Schnucki

Obama probably was thinking, “So? What’s one more shooting in the ‘Hood?”


8 posted on 11/09/2009 2:32:31 AM PST by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (IN A SMALL TENT WE JUST STAND CLOSER! * IT'S ISLAM, STUPID! - Islam Delenda Est! - Rumble thee forth)
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To: maddog55
Makes you wonder just what is going through this guys head.

From Chicago to Afghanistan to the Mexican border to Fort Hood, obviously nothing as long as it isn't his head. (I don't miss a pun.)
9 posted on 11/09/2009 2:40:27 AM PST by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (IN A SMALL TENT WE JUST STAND CLOSER! * IT'S ISLAM, STUPID! - Islam Delenda Est! - Rumble thee forth)
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To: Talisker

Hussein is Clinton redux without Clinton’s connection to the real world. A narcissist withour sexual preoccupations is more dangerous.


10 posted on 11/09/2009 2:41:50 AM PST by ThanhPhero (di tray hoi den La Vang)
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To: freeangel

In my view there is no “role” to play. As an american I was instantly pissed off by this attack on my countrymen.


11 posted on 11/09/2009 2:50:17 AM PST by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide

As usual, he schedules himself to make announcements during the hour of Glenn Beck’s show, 5 p.m. (I know he was out due to appendicitis, but it was still during his show.)

obama started off making it clear where he was and what he was promising to Native Americans.

Glenn Beck exposing Van Jones showed videos of him shouting about returning the wealth to the Native Americans.

This was just another childish stunt on obama’s part. He was totally inappropriate. He is inept and unfit to be president.


12 posted on 11/09/2009 2:57:57 AM PST by Bluebird Singing
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To: freeangel; Schnucki
“He’s not comfortable enough in his role yet.”

In fact, he IS comfortable with his role.

His role, however, is this.


13 posted on 11/09/2009 3:05:00 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: maddog55
Giving the “shout out” was bad enough but then giving a shout out to a guy as a Medal of Honor “winner” was even more pathetic. The fact that the guy was a Medal of Freedom recipient not Medal of Honor was just another error from this POS. Medal of Honor “winner”.... How many people go to war hoping to “win” one of these?

Remember when the MSM destroyed Dan Quayle for reading a 3"x5" card in a spelling bee that had "potatoe" printed on it? He simply read what was on the card.

Where is the MSM for Obama's gaffe not knowing the difference between the Medal of Honor and the MOF? Oh, and by the way, guess who gave that guy the MOF? Well, well......it was Barack Hussein Obama! What Barack Hussein was really doing was patting himself on the back with his "shout out!"

14 posted on 11/09/2009 3:09:08 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: Schnucki

Just a little OT, but I happened to see the NFL pre-game show yesterday that was broadcast from Afghanistan. THe usual sportscasters were there and they were doing their show from a base in Afghanistan before a large assemblage of soldiers and marines.

Despite lots of jokes and attempts to draw the soldiers into the show, I thought that many in the audience looked awfuly sober and grim — unlike the films when Bush visited the base when he was CIC, or when Bob Hope and the USO visited bases from Korea to Kuwait. There were not a lot of happy campers yesterday.

Yes, they would laugh at the jokes aimed specificallly for them, or for the NFL broadcasters, but the smiles would immediately disappear afterward. Some of the guys couldn’t seem to produce a smile at all. It made me very sad.


15 posted on 11/09/2009 3:09:26 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: monocle

I could not disagree more with this.
The President should stay away from FT Hood until the ceremony. His (a Presidents) presence makes it about him and not about the men and women of the military. A President can not sneeze today withut it becoming the main item of any news story. The President should make annoucement and comments surely, but not be at the scene prior to the ceremonies. There is nothing he can do that is not being done by the right people.


16 posted on 11/09/2009 3:20:46 AM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Proud to have made Communist Leader Obama's hit list at flag@whitehouse.gov)
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To: SECURE AMERICA

I did not praise his presence. I surmised that his sole motive for going to Fort Hood was the face time he would get from the media. Media hogs, like Obama, are my top pet peeve.


17 posted on 11/09/2009 3:28:22 AM PST by monocle
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To: Schnucki
Tuesday is the first opening on his Golf Dance Card, following a "Peaceful Weekend" at Camp David with the squeeze, kids, grandma and the pissie dog!

Sorry Fort Hood, you'll just have to wait your turn!

Forgot to add, there is time needed to tank up AF1, AF2 and the C-5a Galaxy to haul the POTUS "Bullet Proof" limo and all the big black SUVs with their "baby carbon foot prints". Hopefully, "Lady Grace" will fly with Zer0 to avoid having two more aircraft taking all her staff and pals.

Let's hope he has a more meaningful visit than the one to Copenhagen for his "fifteen minutes" of pushing for the Chicago land development for his old cronies with the Olympic Village in the mess he calls home.

Just to help, here's a "preamble" to all the bull crap about this not being a religious experience:

Easy enough for him to say but what about the linked interview about the Islamic visitor to the shooter's digs?

Only found on one posting but linked here.

Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...

18 posted on 11/09/2009 3:34:38 AM PST by jws3sticks (Sarah Palin forever!)
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To: maddog55
Thing is he was not a CMH receipient.

He was awarded the Metal of Freedom, by the way Obama is the one who gave it to him

19 posted on 11/09/2009 3:43:39 AM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: Cindy
Please read the statement by Col.Allen West, the man I wish was our CIC! http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2381861/posts

HEADS UP EVERYONE!

Col.Allen West Will be on FOX & Friends this morning 11/9 at about 8:15AM to discuss his statement about the attack on Ft.Hood! Be sure to tune in and please spread the word!

20 posted on 11/09/2009 3:52:08 AM PST by seekthetruth ("They heard us on 9/12 and they will hear from us again on November 2, 2010!")
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To: Schnucki

He’s not insensitive. He hates the USA and its military. He loves the death cult. He doesn’t give a damn about our innocent American soldiers killed by a death cult practitioner.


21 posted on 11/09/2009 4:08:11 AM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: Schnucki

I bet that the One uses the funeral ceremony as an opportunity to tell us evil “racist” Americans that we should not condemn ALL members of the middle eastern death cult that preaches killing Christians and Jews.


22 posted on 11/09/2009 4:15:13 AM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: Schnucki
Can anyone imagine Bush or Reagan or even Clinton not being at Ft Hood within 24 hours of this event? In fact, I believe W has already been there.

Obi only probable reaction is gratitude for the diversion so his suicide plan could get though the House.

23 posted on 11/09/2009 4:16:00 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Obama: The Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers)
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To: monocle

I heard the remarks POTUS Obama gave on last Thursday afternoon opening with his “cute & corny” remarks to his Indian (American) audience. The Fort Hood shooting massacre remark was given as an afterthought. Disgusting to say the least, and non Presidential by far. IMHO, this POTUS has zero regard for our military and I hope his attendance at the memorial service on Tuesday along with the first lady will be met with silence. I, personally would love to see them receive a grand round of deserved boo’s, but that would demean the office of our POTUS, so the silent treatment is the way to go. This incident, terrorist, as it is proving to be, shows the ill concern our POTUS has for the safety of our nation at large. I suspect the American people are learning that this administration will not do all possible to protect the American people or our magnificent military folks across the board. Yes, America, elections do have consequences!!!!


24 posted on 11/09/2009 4:17:23 AM PST by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: Schnucki

Won’t it be speshul to watch the TOTUS wipe a fake tear from his eyes at the Ft Hood memorial service, sitting beside some faux imam doing the same

I’m sure he will say that when the Senate passes healthcare bill these tragedies will stop. Then he will lecture everyone about forgivemness and tolerance and quote from the koran the Torah and the Bible.

gagging gagging gagging


25 posted on 11/09/2009 4:23:08 AM PST by silverleaf (Ours is the only country on earth with a ventriloquist dummy for President)
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To: Schnucki
Won't it be speshul to watch the TOTUS wipe a fake tear from his eyes at the Ft Hood memorial service, sitting beside some faux imam doing the same

I'm sure he will say that when the Senate passes healthcare bill these tragedies will stop. Then he will lecture everyone about forgiveness and tolerance and quote from the koran the Torah and the Bible.

gagging gagging gagging

26 posted on 11/09/2009 4:23:25 AM PST by silverleaf (Ours is the only country on earth with a ventriloquist dummy for President)
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To: Schnucki
If we need another indicator, how about Obama's statement on Friday, 11/06 just before noon, where he cautions;

"I would caution against jumping to conclusions until we get all the facts," he said. "What we do know is, families, friends and an entire nation is grieving."

This was also the point where he also ordered the US Flag to be flown at half-staff until Veterans Day (almost a whole day after the incident). We, myself included, here at FR, frequently ask what would Bush'43 have done when talking about various Presidential Actions. This one, I submit, would be CRYSTAL CLEAR and would have started that afternoon of the attack.

There would have been apologies to the "Native Nation's Conference" but sorry, circumstances will keep the President from attending. The 5pm presser would have been about what is known about Ft. Hood and the flag order would have been given then while he would ask for the nation's prayers for the wounded and families of the fallen. Obama FLUNKS in every way.

I want to think that the reason Obama is being so cautious is BECAUSE of the firestorm he justly earned for the Professor Gates incident BUT I just cannot believe it! This is a part of the whole man, Obama is a revolutionary and despises the traditions of the United States, the military, the police and the US Constitution. Day-by-day I find my disgust rising at this Administration.

27 posted on 11/09/2009 4:42:10 AM PST by SES1066 (Cycling to conserve, Conservative to save, Saving to Retire, will Retire to Cycle.)
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To: maddog55
Medal of Honor “winner”.... How many people go to war hoping to “win” one of these?

Turns out, he wasn't a Congressional MOH recipient anyway. He'd been awarded the civilian equivalent by BHO a few months ago.

28 posted on 11/09/2009 7:07:23 AM PST by zeugma (Raise the IQ of the planet: Nuke mecca during haj.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Comments on the article are quite enlightening.


29 posted on 11/09/2009 10:51:28 AM PST by mel
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To: mel
Thanks. This is interesting from one comment:

[Wow, ever since Peter Canellos took over as edit page editor, i’ve noticed these more conservative editorials, and of course, i like them. . .]

Guess I'll check the Globe more often.

30 posted on 11/09/2009 11:17:44 AM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: silverleaf

I bet he is practicing with a bottle of liquid tears as we speak. You know how can he put them in eyes without anyone seeing him.


31 posted on 11/09/2009 2:38:37 PM PST by mel
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