The presidency of Barack Obama has been characterized by – among other things – his inability to lead during times of crisis. And just when it looked like he was doing and saying all the right things with regard to the Aurora shooting. Just when it looked like the president might have actually struck a “presidential tone” during his remarks to the victims and their families, he decided to end his weekend remarks with the following:
“I hope that over the next several days, next several weeks and next several months, we all reflect on how we can do something about some of the senseless violence that ends up marring this country. But also reflect on all the wonderful people who make this the greatest country on earth.”
He had to go there. He couldn’t leave that podium without pandering to gun control advocates who’ve been salivating over new regulations since the shootings took place. We need to do “something about some of the senseless violence that ends up marring this country”. We just have to do something. This was when I cringed. Liberals give these ambiguous statements about “what we need to do” but we all know exactly and precisely what they want. As do they.
Terrible events like this have happened throughout history here and around the world – regardless of the laws that are on the books. As I said yesterday, if bad people intend to commit crimes, there isn’t much in the way of stopping them. It is impossible to rid the world of evil. As much as Barack Obama wanders through his pipe dream, we will never see utopia in this world. Evil has existed since the beginning of time and no amount of new gun legislation is going to eradicate it. More red tape is not the answer to gun violence.
It was my hope that the president could get through his remarks without politicizing this disaster, but as usual, I marvel at Barack Obama’s ability to disappoint, embarrass, and infuriate.
Mr. President, we should “reflect on all the wonderful people who make this the greatest country on earth.” I just wish that you actually meant it. You were so close to looking and acting presidential on this.