Eleven Dead? Now’s My Chance!
Commentary’s Linda Chavez couldn’t wait to exploit a tragedy, as her 5:27 p.m. Thursday post makes clear:
We still don’t know what was behind the killings at Fort Hood this afternoon, in which 11 soldiers and the killer died, but President Obama’s rushed press conference was surprising in its flippancy nonetheless. Before he got to the issue on everyone’s mind — namely the deaths of Americans in uniform — the president gave a “shout-out” to government bureaucrats gathered for a previously scheduled conference at the Interior Department, complete with appreciative chuckles. He treated the event like a pep rally rather than a tragic occasion with a wider audience than those gathered in the room. I wonder how many media outlets will compare Obama’s performance to President Bush’s “Pet Goat” moment on 9/11. I won’t hold my breath.
We’re not sure whether we qualify as a “media outlet”, but here goes…
Obama was addressing the previously scheduled White House Tribal Nations Conference at Interior, where representatives from 564 federally recognized tribes were attending. Although Fort Hood was certainly in the news all afternoon, some in attendance may not have been aware of it — and as this was a planned closing remark, it’s not surprising that Obama addressed those in the room before addressing the news for the TV cameras.
It was also three hours after the shootings, which happened at 2:30 p.m. Eastern.
At 3:19 p.m., the AP reported Robert Gibbs saying Obama had been briefed on the shootings, and was being “kept up to date through the White House Situation Room.” We were watching CNN when that news broke, and it was suggested that the escalation of Presidential attention was due to the possibility of a conspiracy unfolding on military bases — there were still multiple suspects at the time.
From what we know, in other words, Obama acted the moment he was informed.
George W. Bush, as we also know, was reading a children’s book to a Florida classroom the morning of September 11. The infamous video of the moment shows Chief of Staff Andrew Card telling Bush that “a second plane hit the second tower. America is under attack.” Bush remains seated another five minutes — and even longer after the video ends.
So perhaps the reason the media isn’t comparing Thursday to 9/11 is that Obama did not — what’s that word, Congressman Wilson? — dither. But if Ms. Chavez would like to score political points on the not-yet-cold bodies of murdered American soldiers, she’s more than welcome to demonstrate her spectacular venality for our pleasure.
Obama’s Pet-Goat Moment [Commentary]
Linda needs to update: 12 soldiers and one civilian were killed. Gunman still alive. I know–why bother her with facts.
@Mistress Cynica: It was a Thursday-afternoon post on an ongoing topic, so I’ll allow the lack of updating. She just wanted to get her dig in early.
It’s clear to anyone who watches Fox News that Obama might as well have shot those soldiers himself. In fact, there has been NO conclusive evidence offered that he didn’t. Why does Obama refuse to offer conclusive proof he did not shoot all those soldiers and policemen himself?
More of the pathetic wingnut projection: “See, he’s just as bad! Preznit Bunnypants wasn’t awful!”
Barry isn’t the perfect prenit many of us were hoping for (including me) but I’ll give him this, he makes decisions instead of floundering.
The wingnuts should have a field day with this:
The Muslim Public Affairs Council, speaking for many American Muslims, condemned the shootings as a “heinous incident” and said, “We share the sentiment of our president.”
What more proof do you need that Kenyan Islamofascist Obama and his Muslim hordes now implementing their plan to take over America and put conservatives in FEMA camps where they will be injected repeated with sine flu vaccine and then denied health care by the socialist health care system?
Yes, and it makes absolute sense to compare the Ft. Hood event to 9/11 because, really, there are so many suspicious similarities.
If Obama had to rearrange his agenda every time some US American wacko went on a shooting spree, why, we’d probably never get to hear any of his pretty speeches.
Anyway, his comments yesterday were, as usual, restrained and appropriate.
@Pedonator: “Everytime some US American wacko went on a shooting spree..”
BREAKING HARD NEWS: And now we have a shooter on a rampage in Orlando.
Since we’re now going after religious zealots in the armed services, can we clean up the Air Force?
@SanFranLefty: *sigh* I’m so tired. So very, very tired.
@Jamie Sommers: Me too. Is 10:30 am too early to leave the office, go home, crawl into bed and pull the covers over my head?
Since it’s an office building, my first thought it was someone who just got laid off. Did you read the ABA Journal article about the law firm partner who committed suicide in his office after getting laid off?
@SanFranLefty: No, but I remember reading about it on Above the Law. Back when I myself was employed.
Hmm, maybe I’ll save this article for another day….
@Jamie Sommers: @SanFranLefty: I have got to start keeping vodka in my desk drawer. Waiting until 5 PM just isn’t working for me this week.
@Mistress Cynica: Watching Season One of Mad Men on DVD (no more surprises those of you on #3) has me constantly wondering what year it was when it was no longer socially acceptable to have a full bar next to your desk. The lack of efficiency by the ’50s era workers is amazing.
I had two martinis last night and nearly passed out walking home from the bar. I can’t imagine doing business with a martini or two under your belt. At noon.
@Tommmcatt is hunkered down in the trenches: My two Hendrixes had me in bed by 10 pm or so. It was a long, tough week and I was drained. Chillin’ today, going fishing with Son of RML tomorrow. I’ll be tying flies tonight, maybe a movie, reloading, something quiet. Might bust out the chainsaw and head for a firewood spot near town Sunday afternoon.
Cool week for friends and the outdoors. Went deer hunting with a guy who is taking it up in his 60s after retiring from long haul trucking, then my buddy Hector from Mexico showed up with some fish for me that he caught that day. He got waaay into it after I gave him a rod and reel last spring for his birthday. I’m taking him backpacking next summer up to the Pecos wilderness for some fishing, grilling and cheladas by the fire.
@Mistress Cynica: It was a tradition at my college paper for the news editor to keep a bottle of Jim Beam in the lower left hand desk drawer. We also had a beer joint across the street for a quick draft if any of us had some money.
@SanFranLefty: If I had had a full bar in my office, I would have stayed at my last job a lot longer. And I would have been a happier lil camper.
@Jamie Sommers: Are you between jobs now?
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@SanFranLefty: When I began, in the late 80s, it was still common for an older lawyer to have a wet bar in the office, or at least a nice bottle of scotch and a couple of rocks glasses nicely displayed on the credenza. And I had cocktails during interview dinners.
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@Prommie: My old firm in OKC had a wet bar with locked liquor cabinet in the “lawyers’ lounge” (eliminated when we moved to a new office building). The senior partners would hit it at 4:30 or 4 every day. In fact, you knew it was 4:30 when one of them poured his Scotch on the rocks and turned on the TV in his office to watch Jeopardy.
@SanFranLefty: About the only thing that could cheer me up today would be a cocktail, a cigarette, and Don Draper on the couch in his office.
Hearing someone scream “Allah Akbar!” might be the first clue.
@Mistress Cynica: A photo of a ridiculously hot Jon Hamm might cheer you up, Sister Cynica.
That man is so fucking good looking.
@SanFranLefty: It’s almost enough to make a girl wish she’d gone out for cheerleading.
@SanFranLefty: @mellbell: If he’s been that ridiculously hot his whole life, how can it be possible that he’s also nice and personable, as has been reported? I have to think his guest role on 30 Rock last year–as someone who’s so beautiful and nice that he has no concept how the world functions for “normal” folks–can’t be that far off the mark.
@SanFranLefty: I’ll match that for those who like girls with a shot of Kari from Mythbusters.
BTW, Lefty, the photo was posted by Grant.
“Today I will be remotely driving a full-sized car while my coworkers shoot at it. Thinly disguised as work. ;)”
@flippin eck: @mellbell: One of the Jezzies posted this video showing his hockey love. And several commenters had accounts of his regularness – one from her mom who met him, the other from a Joel Stein article.
That man could be wearing a prison jumpsuit and reading from the phone book and I’d be
drooling paying attention.
@redmanlaw: I shared my story of running into him at Trader Joe’s, right?
@SanFranLefty: Yes, and the image of SFL going into a swoon – or was it turning into the Tex Avery wolf? – is priceless.
@redmanlaw: I’m more Tex Avery wolf over that smokin’ piece of Hamm.
Grant was more of a casual “Well, hello, I know who you are” look sort of thing. Mr. SFL is quite jealous of Grant, as he has Mr. SFL’s dream job. Not to mention the obvious excitement I had when I got home and was relating how I’d seen Grant in the chips aisle.
@SanFranLefty: Did he beg you to let him sniff your wrist? Did you have to slap him away and stop embarrassing you?
@redmanlaw: for those who like girls
…all three of you. Wait, four! I forgot WonkRefugee.
ADD: The not-MSNBC ad at the mo is for some blood pressure something or other and features a graphic of a heart and vessels. Out of the corner of my eye, I honest to god thought it was Bill the Cat. I was so disappointed to realize it wasn’t.
@Tommmcatt is hunkered down in the trenches: The two martini lunch is a phrase that’s always stumped me. Like who has ever done this? And actually gone back to work and done anything useful? Lunch is dangerous enough. Some yummies. Then siesta time comes around. What can you do but grab the teddy bear and dive the duvet?
@redmanlaw: I loved that she was still on the show when she was about 8 months pregnant. Looks like that photo was taken when she was just starting to show.
@flippin eck: I console myself by thinking that it’s because he’s probably dumb as a rock.
From what I’ve read and seen, Jon is not.
Damn Hamm. *kicks rocks in jealous fit*
@SanFranLefty: That is the best commercial I’ve ever seen in my entire life.
@RomeGirl: @SanFranLefty: Who else wants season tickets?
@Mistress Cynica: Season tickets to HIS DICK you mean. Yeah, I said it.
@RomeGirl: Too bad that’s not available on iTunes.
@Mistress Cynica, RomeGirl: That commercial is so many ways of awesome, it makes me forget that I associate that shithole of a city with an asshole ex on whom I wasted two years of my life.
Miss Expatria Rome Girl, you said it.
/scurries off to pay attention to her fabulous male partner who is feeling a tad bit threaten by my new teevee boyfriend
@Mistress Cynica: They kept us drunk. It was bizarre.
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