Friday, November 6, 2009
Obama's "Pet Goat" Moment in Crisis
The Ft. Hood tragedy reminded us of the power of the President to lead the country through support, sympathy and compassion. President Obama addressed a conference for OVER 2 MINUTES before getting to the Ft. Hood shooting.
This included a shout out for a "Congressional Medal of Honor" winner (Joe Medicine Crow) -- but that's actually incorrect as well -- it is the Medal of Freedom, but who's keeping score in the Obama Nation.
The suave, super intelligent President makes gaffe after gaffe, but compared to his predecessor, anyone would look smooth and smart.
After the shout out, an applause, praising the "productive conference", maintaining the priority of the conference, recognizing the challenges that lay ahead for Native Americans - he finally mentioned the attack.
2:20.....Two Minutes and Twenty seconds....
If he held up a copy of "The Pet Goat" the circle would have been complete.
The former Senator voted present over a hundred times, can't decided how to handle the advice from his handpicked general in Afghanistan, so it shouldn't surprise any of us that he would fumble this situation.
To me this the real story was NOT the tragedy of the shooting because the motives of Major Hassan will be revealed at a later date: insanity, terrorism or otherwise.
The immediate fact we can observe is the President's inability or trepidation to deal with tragedy and difficult decisions. What the President should have done was say: "Before I get started, let me first speak to the tragedy that is unfolding in Texas as we speak..."
Instead our President had a "Pet Goat" moment, playing to his comfort zone as a Community Organizer for nearly 2 and half minutes. Our leader rambled about a conference instead of speaking quickly and directly to the country.
Michael Moore railed on President Bush for reading with the children "My Pet Goat" as the news of 9/11 unfolded. Well, now we'll see if Moore and other extreme Obama supporters will recognize this President's "Pet Goat Moment"