Friday, October 26, 2012

Obama Grieves with the Families of the Benghazi Victims

Beware loud displays of self-righteous moral indignation.

People who hide from responsibility by taking offense are not to be trusted.

Witness our president during the second presidential debate on Long Island. Asked about his management of the Benghazi crisis, Barack Obama took serious umbrage that anyone would accuse him or anyone on his team of playing politics with the “crime:”

Obama said:

The day after the attack, governor, I stood in the Rose Garden and I told the American people in the world that we are going to find out exactly what happened. That this was an act of terror and I also said that we’re going to hunt down those who committed this crime.

And then a few days later, I was there greeting the caskets coming into Andrews Air Force Base and grieving with the families.

And the suggestion that anybody in my team, whether the Secretary of State, our U.N. Ambassador, anybody on my team would play politics or mislead when we’ve lost four of our own, governor, is offensive. That’s not what we do. That’s not what I do as president, that’s not what I do as Commander in Chief.

Grieving with the families…. That’s not how Charles Woods, father of Tyrone Woods, one of the Navy SEALS who was killed while awaiting an intervention that never came.

The Weekly Standard provides a transcript of a radio interview the grieving Mr. Woods did with Lars Larson:

When [Obama] came over to our little area” at Andrew Air Force Base, says Woods, “he kind of just mumbled, you know, ‘I’m sorry.’ His face was looking at me, but his eyes were looking over my shoulder like he could not look me in the eye. And it was not a sincere, ‘I’m really sorry, you know, that your son died,’ but it was totally insincere, more of whining type, ‘I’m sorry.’”

Woods says that shaking President Obama’s hands at his son’s memorial service was “like shaking hands with a dead fish.”

“It just didn’t feel right,” he says of his encounter with the commander in chief. “And now that it’s coming out that apparently the White House situation room was watching our people die in real time, as this was happening,” Woods says, he wants answers on what happened—and why there was no apparent effort to save his son’s life.

Obama could not look him in the eye and could barely shake his hand.

Whatever this means, it speaks ill of the president. It does not look like the behavior of someone who had done everything in his power to save the man's son.

The failure to uphold the minimal standards of decency, to treat the event as a perfunctory obligation speaks volumes about Barack Obama.

And then, Woods met with that monument to human empathy, Hillary Clinton.

Here he describes her remarks:

“Well, this is what Hillary did,” Woods continues. “She came over and, you know, did the same thing—separately came over and talked with me. I gave her a hug, shook her hand. And she did not appear to be one bit sincere—at all. And you know, she mentioned that the thing about, we’re going to have that person arrested and prosecuted that did the video. That was the first time I had even heard about anything like that.”

Could there be better evidence of how two-faced the Obama administration has been? Could there be a better picture of false sincerity?

On the one side the self-righteous president wants to bring the criminals to justice. On the other side, Hillary Clinton tells the father of a Navy SEAL that his son was murdered by a filmmaker who now needs to be brought to justice.


Malcolm said...

"Watch it fast before Neil Young has it pulled. Thanks Richard. I hope the last line of this tune becomes a meme."

Sam L. said...

Cold fish and reptiles; not my kind of people.