When it Comes to Injecting Himself in a Controversial Debate, Obama Has No Filter

Do you remember when you were a teenager and you got into a fight with your parents because you thought you should be able to stay out until 11:30, but your parents said you had to be home by 11:00 p.m. even though, that one time, your brothers got to stay out until 11:30? Remember how the mayor of your town made a statement about parental unfairness to the press and mandated parenting classes for all? No? That’s because government has no business intruding in the private affairs of citizens and because, frankly, they have better things to do. Unfortunately, Obama doesn’t possess this filter. His need to weigh in and rush to judgement on random situations is, quite frankly, bizarre.

Our first taste of this was the infamous “Beer Summit.” In case you forgot, here’s a quick recap. Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was arrested on July 16, 2009 after trying to break into his own home, as the door was jammed shut. A neighbor saw an attempted break-in and, as good neighbors do, called the police. Cambridge, Mass. police officer Sgt. James Crowley responded to the call. There are various stories about what happened next, but Gates was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

On July 22, Obama criticized the arrest, saying that the police had “acted stupidly,” but also admitted that he was friends with Gates, which might have influenced his take on the incident.. He admitted that he did not have all the facts, but was ready to pass judgement. He later backpedaled on his comments, saying he hoped this whole affair would prove to be a “teachable moment.”

Obama invited the two to attend what came to be known as a “Beer Summit” at the White House. Crowley and Gates joined Obama and Vice President Joe Biden for a beer to discuss what had happened, the molehill out of which this mountain had been made. It would seem that, not only did Obama want to comment on the story, he wanted to be part of the story.

There is no reason to believe that, although Gates is African-American, this was in any way racially motivated. Obama agreed that there was no evidence, but that didn’t stop him from rushing to judgement: “I don’t know…what role race played in that,” he said, but “separate and apart from this incident is that there’s a long history in this country of African-American and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately.”

Then why bring it up? Why does Obama feel the need to inject himself into stories and make them into examples of larger problems which may or may not be related? Why would a president would be involved publicly in such a non-issue at all?

This was a gross misstep for a novice politician, and one from which he would be expected to learn. It was, after all, a teachable moment. Unfortunately, nearly three years later, he is still at it.

In March, without knowing the facts, Obama weighed in with another rush to judgement in the death of Trayvon Martin. This time, he even even got the Justice Department involved. Obama again inserted himself into a local police matter, making it a racial issue when there is no evidence of such motivation. Another common thread? He flung himself into the story.

We still don’t know what happened the night Trayvon Martin died. What we do know is that the media took this tragic story and tried to create one in which America is a land of rampant blind racism.

I shared last week why the media focused on Trayvon Martin, and why Obama was ready to chime in, but it remains remarkable that he would presume to involve himself in a local police investigation. As per usual, Obama couldn’t help but make it, at least a little bit, about himself. He said that if he had a son, he would look like Trayvon. He says we need to “do some soul searching…examine the laws and context for what happened.”

If he wants context, why we didn’t see this kind of outrage when a 13 year-old Caucasian boy was set on fire by black attackers in what we know was a racially motivated crime? Why did so many media outlets not even mention race? Obama, in telling us to look at the laws, is referencing gun control. We don’t see this kind of outrage when black youths kill other black youths in gun crimes. It’s equally tragic, and much more common. It seems, from these examples, that Obama selects issues strictly to stir up discontent and to divide Americans. It’s not very presidential.

Another issue he is using to stir up discontent is the so-called “Republican War on Women” or “Reproductive Justice” – if anyone can adequately define that, you get a cookie – or whatever they are calling it this week. There is a lot about this meme that’s questionable, one of which being the timing. This storyline popped up not long after the Left called for a women’s summit in the wake of the fabricated War on Women.

Is Obama now taking direct orders from the likes of Rachel Maddow? In this instance, Obama could make a case for being relevant to the discussion insofar as it related to Obamacare as an issue of government encroaching on personal religiously influenced decisions, but it was because a Georgetown Law student named Sandra Fluke was called a rude name that he tried to make it a presidential issue. Now he’s taking the advice of radical leftists to exploit women on a national level.

President Obama, please focus on issues that concern you and try to run the country. You only have a few months left, and then you can go back to whatever shenanigans take your fancy. Just pretend to be presidential for a few more months, please.

Comments

Comments

  1. VT says:

    “Just pretend to be presidential for a few more months, please.”

    When he has he ever pretended to be presidential? He’s been a joke from the day he took office.

Polititainment

Actress: I made 'constitutional' stand

Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts said Monday morning that she made a stand for her "constitutional rights" in resisting the LAPD late last week.

Gillibrand Madam Secretary inspiration

After first revealing that CBS' upcoming "Madam Secretary" series was inspired by Hillary Clinton and Benghazi, the show's producers are now saying that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) was more of the inspiration for the lead role.

 

Maher compares GOP rep. to ISIS, Ebola

Liberal comedian Bill Maher announced who he calls the "winning loser" in Congress during a live taping of "Real Time with Bill Maher" in Washington, D.C., Friday, and that loser is Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.).

Paul Ryan not keen on Rage

Everyone’s favorite iron-pumping, fiscal-hawking, ice bucket-lifting, Rand-reading, chart-drawing 2016 presidential possibility is Raging no longer.

Sharknado 3 could be heading to D.C.
Because apparently two “Sharknado” movies weren’t enough, the SyFy Channel has already confirmed a third film in the series. The official location has been kept hush-hush, new reports indicate that Washington D.C. may be the latest city to be devoured by flying sharks. Showbiz 411 reports: “‘Sharknado 3,’ the next installment of the now classic […]

White House

Two remarkable stories show why these Vietnam vets earned an exemption to receive the Medal of Honor

Two Vietnam War veterans who were granted an exemption to receive the Medal of Honor were officially recognized Monday, recalling the extraordinary courage of servicemen often obscured by the tumultuous domestic politics of the era.

Obama orders airstrikes in Syria for first time

WASHINGTON (AP) — Opening a new military front in the Middle East, President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria for the first time Wednesday night, along with expanded strikes in Iraq as part of a broad mission to root out the violent Islamic State militants whose reign of terror has spread across both countries.

Golf courses are now rejecting President Obama

A president can no longer just golf like a major champion today.

Crushing: The golf industry fights the Obama administration

How's this for a hook: The golf industry is fighting the Obama administration.

Little boy face plants on White House couch in front of President Obama

The above photo from the White House Flickr account shows a little blond boy more taken with the White House's comfy couches than with President Obama himself.

Congress

GOP has advantage in midterms on immigration

Politico poll conducted between August 29 and September 7 shows that voters deciding this tight races trust Republicans over Democrats to handle immigration.

Poll finds that likely voters remain uninformed
A Rasmussen poll released on Thursday found that just weeks before the midterm elections, more than one-third of Americans likely to vote in 2014 don’t know which party controls the House and Senate. For months political analysts have been anxiously trying to predict if the country’s dissatisfaction with President Obama’s policies will be enough to […]
WaPo analysis shows Democrats driving polarization
President Obama and many leading Democrats are publicly complaining that Republicans have created a polarized political environment which prevents them from accomplishing necessary business, like immigration reform and Obamacare. But according to the analysis of L.J. Zigerell, a political scientist writing for the Washington Post, the reverse is true. Over the past 30 years, Democrats […]
Clyburn: 'Sexting' can encourage people to vote
Freudian slip or simple mistake? Rep. James Clyburn (D- S.C.) encouraged the use of “sexting” on C-SPAN recently, calling it a great “tool” to get people out to vote. As first noted by the Daily Caller, Clyburn was responding to a caller who was concerned about the Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin shootings. He told […]
Dems attempt to amend the Bill of Rights fails
Senate Republicans unanimously rejected a proposed constitutional amendment Thursday afternoon that would have restricted political speech. The amendment was designed by Democrats as a way to allow Congress would authorize Congress and the states to regulate and limit fundraising and spending on federal candidates. It would also prevent the Supreme Court from reversing any future campaign finance […]