I did not listen to Obama's speech last night, I never listen to his speeches. It does sound though like he gave a good one and some of the quotes I have heard, although coming up far too short of calling off the dogs on the left, were good ones.
I do have a couple of questions though.
First, what took so long?
I know this may sound petty to some but hear me out.
The shooting happened Saturday. Obama knew about it Saturday. Since then we have had some of the most divisive rhetoric from the left that you will ever hear from anybody anywhere in one 4 - 5 day period.
The dialogue from the left has been as hateful as it has been false.
We have had everyone from the local sheriff, who was supposed to be spending his time investigating this horrendous crime, to national media personalities, bloggers, tweeters, columnists, Senators, Congressional members, etc attacking Sarah Plain, Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, and company for a crime that they had not even a remote connection to.
We have had an ex-Congressman who has previously called for the shooting of a Republican candidate for Governor of Florida penning an editorial condemning the violence on the right.
It has been an orgy of hate from the left.
Why wasn't Obama making these comments Saturday to head all of this off? It would be hard to argue he didn't see it coming.
Why didn't he make the comments Sunday when the hateful attacks were in full throttle? Or Monday? Or Tuesday?
Why did he wait 5 days?
Why didn't he make the comments before we had this?
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I have an answer. He didn't want to. It really is as simple as that.
This is an old tried and true strategy for Obama. Let surrogates on the left attack the right while he stays above the fray. Come in later and make a couple of tepid remarks about bipartisanship and unity and look Presidential.
In short, the left was doing exactly what he wanted them to do.
There is a second reason, another tried and true modus operandi for Obama, don't say anything unless the cameras are rolling.
Obama is the most ego-centric, self-absorbed, self-serving president we have ever had. There has not been one moment in his Presidency in which he has done something simply because it was good for the country.
If he had made these comments Saturday, or Sunday, or even Monday, they would have been lost in the noise of the tragedy itself.
No, Obama had to save them for a time when a few days had gone by and there weren't as many distractions. He had to wait until it was just him on the stage with all of the cameras trained on him.
This was an incredible tragedy and he was going to be damned if he was going to waste it.
Finally, I have one more question about all of this - why the t-shirts?
No folks, this was not a defining moment in Obama's Presidency, it was merely the first political rally of the 2012 elections.