Skip to comments.Obama 'heartbroken' by Japan disasters, restates U.S. support (during "Education Month" photo op)
Posted on 03/14/2011 10:30:46 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
President Obama, "heartbroken" by the unfolding tragedy in Japan, reiterated Monday that the United States stood ready to support its ally in the aftermath of Fridays devastating earthquake and tsunami.
"The United States will continue to offer any assistance we can as Japan continues to recover from multiple disasters," Obama said.
His remarks came at a Virginia middle school, the latest event in what the White House has called "Education Month." The president used Mondays event to call on Congress to reauthorize "No Child Left Behind" before the start of the next school year.
"I want every child in the country to head back to school in the fall knowing that their education is Americas priority," he said. "Lets seize this education moment."
At Kenmore Middle School in suburban Washington, Obama said that in the new global economy America needed not only to make sure no child was left behind but also to ensure that they got ahead.
Both parties widely agree that the 2002 law needs an overhaul. The nature of the changes, however, are the subject of considerable debate.
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Thats all well & good, but did he shoot par on Saturday?
This must mean that there is another high dollar vacation in the works.
...major damage control by Team Dumbo
Seize this, Bambi. A child's education is his or her parents' responsibility, not America's.
obama will pray to allah for the Japanese while picking his March Madness brackets.
I suggest somewhere on the Pacific Rim.
Thats all well & good, but did he shoot par on Saturday?
What did you do Saturday? I guess I should feel bad as I did not stop my life due to Japan. I mean come on. We are getting worse than the blame Bush group who did this for eight years. I mean what the heck do you want him to do. I wonder if the Japanese Prime Minister stopped his life when New Orleans had their hurricane. It is bad enough that Obama is spending our money sending the carrier Ronald Reagan over to Japan which we cannot afford.
Obama golfs when he’s “heartbroken”.
I had no idea that President Obama was Prime Minister of Japan. You guys are ridiculous.
If he "stands by" the Japanese in the same way...
...they are toast...
When president Zer0 says he is "standing by" someone, maybe that someone should take it as a threat?
“President Obama, “heartbroken”.
Objection: Assumes a fact not in evidence.
Zero has his Jazz hands on.
Well, I thought he was president of the US and thought maybe he should act like it.
I can see now that would be silly.
Oh I’m SOOOOO broken hearted!... My heart is bleeding!... now pass me that 9 iron.
I guess that's why he waited three days to say anything, and didn't see fit to mention this cataclysm in his Saturday radio address.
Someone must have told him how hard we the people were beating him up over the weekend for his utter lack of human empathy.
He is. Hopefully if we have another New Orleans or California earthquake that is a disaster he won’t take a week to speak on it. He has already said he was saddened about the tragedy in Japan and sending our resources to Japan. Hopefully he won’t do anymore. Of course, Japan just asked us for some help so I guess we will be sending more soon.....can you say 16 trillion in debt any minute. How do you suppose we are going to pay Japan? With what? I thought we were broke. We can’t be broke one day and then give away money the next. Conservatives anyone????
That speech reminds of an incident that took place many years earlier. When Albert Shanker, the former head of the American Federation of Teachers was asked about where the interests of school children ranked among his priorities, he responded: "When school children start paying union dues, thats when Ill start representing the interests of school children."
Didn’t stop him from enjoying a round of golf on Saturday.
The president is largely symbolic & has a bully pulpit. When he says he's 'heartbroken' I expect him to be at least believable. He makes a fool out of ALL of us when he doesn't.
Bush, whom I did not care much for, gave up golfing while soldiers were dying in Iraq because of appearances. I respect that.
U.S. President Barack Obama signs a screen showing Duke Ellington during a visit to Kenmore Middle School in Arlington, Virginia March 14, 2011. Obama wrote, "It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing!"', a reference to a Duke Ellington composition. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
As it is I have the stomach flu... you can’t make that crap up! Does the SOB asswipe think he is funny or charming?
But somehow I was hoping he would shuthefreakup today as I am sick already.
Obama and family will take another vaca when the girls get spring break from school. You heard it hear first.
Friday the first Fam plus entourage are leaving for a well deserved vacation in Brazil. Golf can be soooo tiring doncha know.
If he had a heart; might be believable. But. . .we know better. Not a chance. he really should try and practice ‘sincerety mode’. Empty, empty words. . .
No. . but making the statement that you’re “heartbroken” rather than some less dramatic statement would require you to ACT LIKE IT! He comes across as a hypocrite with the dramatics.
Obama: "I am so heartbroken about Japan"
Caddy: "Here's your 5-iron, Mr. President"
Obama: "Thanks, FORE!"< swip >"Get on the green you...!"< turns >"Really, I'm very upset".
What specifically are you suggesting would be appropriate or “his job”? He should curl into the fetal position and weep until it’s all cleaned up? I detest the man but I don’t understand what people would expect as “presidential” in this case, a natural disaster in a foreign country...
I expect the President to pay attention to things like that rather than worry about his gold game.
Gold game????? I suspect you are trying to say golf game.
“We are getting worse than the blame Bush group who did this for eight years.”
Bush eventually stopped playing golf during his administration, saying he didn’t think it’s right when soldiers are dying for their CIC to be seen playing golf.
Obama, on the other hand, is Nero with a golf club.
He quit in 2003. He took up biking to clear his mind. I hope that Obama does not do that. Can you imagine the pictures in the paper and internet over that.
No smart ass. Did you read my post? There is a possible danger to our country besides showing some measure of concern to an ally. Get off your lazy ass, quite golfing and partying and at least “act” like you know what you are doing. No reports of any briefings etc. on possible problems we may face. Sometimes a President has to act like a President. There is style and substance. Presidents need to know how to do both.
Oh yeah. He has MUCH more important things to deal with, the “March Madness” brackets. You and Zero are the ridiculous ones.
Why didn't he seize the "education moment" when he got elected.... Oh right, he was busy cramming socialized medicine down our throats.
The one small thing he could have done was exhibit a bit of decorum. Out of respect, he should not have gone golfing in the immediate aftermath of the devastation. I mean... it just looks bad.
Why don’t we have C-17s, C-5s, C-141s and C-130s flying a bridge between here and Japan? Every bit of emergency supplies we’re not currently using should be getting loaded and flown in.
Japan is our ally, and modern, not some little cesspit. If we can pony up for Haiti, we need to do a lot more for Japan. Don’t worry about the cost; they’re good for it.