Obama acted in an "insensitive" manner when he followed up comments about the Washington Navy Yard shooting with jabs at the Republican Party according to some, CNN reported on Wednesday.
The Obama shooting tone was "surprisingly tone deaf" one senior Democratic consultant told CNN, but maybe a Republican strategist said it best when he pointed out that the local baseball team in the area publicly expressed how insensitive they thought they would be if they went forward with a ballgame scheduled for that night, but the president proceeded with "a self-congratulatory press conference to celebrate his miniscule economic accomplishments."
CNN contributor Alex Castellanous went on to deliver a knock out punch when he added that "Bill Clinton, 'who felt our pain,' would never have made this mistake." Bill Clinton might not have made the mistake of being insensitive to the families of the Navy Yard victims, but the Boston airport officials exhibited insensitivity too, when they planned a plane fire drill on the 9/11 anniversary date of when Boston's Logan Airport had planes transport passengers from their facilities to their fiery deaths.
Pres. Obama isn't the only insensitive person this year, therefore. But that still doesn't mean he should get a pass for being insensitive, or not try harder to be more sensitive, especially as he sits in the Oval office, making important decisions about national events. But it sounds like he couldn't resist the chance to try and turn the country's focus away from the tragic shooting to what was going on in his own life: a battle between what he wants and what the Republicans want.
Maybe the Alex Castellanous is right, maybe Bill Clinton would have felt our pain more than our current president does, and maybe he would have had the common sense to not be so insensitive as to talk money when people were losing loved ones. But how insensitive was it for Bill to use the Oval office to play around? Wasn't that insensitive to Americans and his wife?
Obama pictured with Dick Luger Photo credit: Wikimedia.org/Public Domain