Obama might give speech about “greater context” of Arizona shootings. What could go wrong?

posted at 10:06 pm on January 10, 2011 by Allahpundit

He’s handled it well thus far, actually, by keeping things low key. But alas, my friends, alas.

Mr. Obama was considering delivering a speech about the greater context surrounding the shooting, but advisers said it was premature to do so until Ms. Giffords’s condition stabilized and more became known about the gunman’s motives…

The subtext for the political discussion was the new balance of power in Washington, and how the shootings might play into Democratic efforts to regain initiative — and Republican efforts to keep it — after their losses in November. Both sides emerged from the weekend cognizant of the ways in which a politically charged act of violence, whatever the actual motives or mental state of the gunman, can recalibrate the national dialogue…

Some Democrats were urging him to look back to recent history, when President Bill Clinton seized the political high ground after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, placing blame on the growing antigovernment sentiment.

There are indeed some Democrats who are urging that. One “veteran operative” who spoke to Politico yesterday said, with exquisite ruthlessness, “They need to deftly pin this on the tea partiers.” Meanwhile, at Newsweek, Jonathan Alter wonders whether The One can turn “tragedy into triumph” and actually cites Rahm’s now-infamous line from 2008 about not letting a crisis go to waste. (Quote: “The same goes for a shooting spree that gravely wounds a beloved congresswoman.”) And in a piece authored by Glenn Thrush, whom Karl singled out earlier for his narrative-building skillz, Politico is pushing the idea of an “Oklahoma City moment” replete with quotes from Paul Begala about The One moving us to a “higher ground.” There are three ways a presidential speech on this can go, I figure. One is Obama doing his gauzy “let’s disagree without being disagreeable” thing, which will give Chris Matthews a full-body tingle but leave pretty much everyone else feeling “eh, fine.” Two is giving the left what it wants by going full-bore demagogue on Limbaugh, Beck, Palin, et al., which would make an already toxic political moment insanely radioactive. If he’s remotely serious about promoting a healthier dialogue, he’ll avoid that at all costs. Three is Obama gently scolding the left for being quick to point fingers about the shooting before they had the facts (which, of course, The One was also guilty of vis-a-vis Henry Louis Gates and Sgt. Crowley). That would earn him some momentary, ephemeral goodwill from the right but would enrage liberals, who would see it not only as an instance of him blaming the wrong side but of trying to ingratiate himself with centrists ahead of 2012.

The only solution? Give a speech that incorporates all three elements so that everyone ends up with something to be annoyed about. Which, I assume, is precisely what he’ll do, if only because it would put him in the familiar role of an above-the-fray messianic figure helping Americans to become better humans by overcoming our petty partisan concerns. He’s headed to Arizona on Wednesday so he’ll have to say something. If not that, what? While you ponder that, for your viewing pleasure, here’s a flashback to November of, er, “veteran operative” Mark Penn casually suggesting that a “similar event” to Oklahoma City would help Obama out a bunch by giving him an opportunity to reconnect with Americans emotionally. I was going to give you the clip of O talking about Arizona in the Oval Office today (you can watch that here), but this is useful as an example of seeing how reptilian political ghouls think. As Nick Gillespie says, the real takeaway from the reaction to the Giffords shooting might be how instantly we politicize everything, including people being shot in the head, “for the cheapest moment-by-moment partisan advantage.” Can The One resist that? Stay tuned.


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I hope Dailey’s smarter than the pundits who think Obama can have an Oklahoma City moment here. If he tries it, I’d advise him to be extremely careful, there’s a thin line between asking for cooler heads and partisan rhetoric.

My advice, which I’m sure he won’t listen to, would be to call the partisan rhetoric wrong, absolve Palin of any responsibility, and say it looks like a mental person slipped through the cracks. Then ask everyone to take a step back and look at all the things we have a common and build on that, etc. etc. etc.

I don’t know, but something tells me he’s not quite leader enough to do that.

bflat879 on January 10, 2011 at 11:13 PM

BD57 on January 10, 2011 at 11:00 PM

Wake up BD….you’re dreaming.

Fighton03 on January 10, 2011 at 11:13 PM

Eff the left

to them this tragedy is a late holiday gift

they were walkin lost with a new congress and other indicators showing serious problems with the public and voilà

A horrific tragedy which they managed to jump all over with Borg like efficiency

the scum party that has never had a problem with yelling fire in a movie is now concertadly attempting to attach this murder to the tea party and SP

Evil Knieval snake river rocket car jump was a small hop compared to this leap by the commie scum

eff all of them and their mindless support

Sonosam on January 10, 2011 at 11:17 PM

There is no ‘greater context’. It is what it is…a murder spree by a mentally ill individual.

Screw the Left and their blood libel.

Asher on January 10, 2011 at 11:17 PM

Oh wait, what this country needs is a national civilian security force as well funded as the military; that’s what we need.

Dhuka on January 10, 2011 at 11:19 PM

Loughner may not be crazy he simply may be extremely evil and knows how to play the crazy game as a responsibility avoidance strategy perfected over time. There are those who destroy lives who have no conscience or scruples. Bernie Madoff destroyed lives (practically) for money and greed. Loughner apparently destroys lives permanently for the thrill. Similar to Mao, Richard III, Kim Jong Il, Capone and others who saw killing as merely another business day.

viking01 on January 10, 2011 at 11:22 PM

“They need to deftly pin this on the tea partiers.”

Pin the Tail on the Tea Party is a fad that will pass.

Pin the Tail on the Donkey has a higher rate of accuracy over time. Plus, it has never experienced a recall for poor quality.

I’ll pass on the fad and stay with the classic.

rukiddingme on January 10, 2011 at 11:23 PM

Oh wait, what this country needs is a national civilian security force as well funded as the military; that’s what we need.

Dhuka on January 10, 2011 at 11:19 PM

Careful with that ‘militia’ talk. Big bad janet will want to talk to you.

ohhhhh, you meant Obies “preatorean guard”…sorry….

Fighton03 on January 10, 2011 at 11:24 PM

giving him an opportunity to reconnect with Americans emotionally.

Narcissists have no emotions. He never connects – he only knows himself. If the morons connect to him, it’s their peril.

Will he use this politically? Will the sun rise in the East?

Schadenfreude on January 10, 2011 at 11:27 PM

Will he use this politically? Will the sun rise in the East?

Schadenfreude on January 10, 2011 at 11:27 PM

oh c’mon….there is no other purpose for a speech about this.

Fighton03 on January 10, 2011 at 11:34 PM

i can’t believe his advisors told him it was premature to speak…
—-
he’s apparently having TOTUS withdrawals?

cmsinaz on January 10, 2011 at 11:42 PM

Well, that about covers it.

Paul-Cincy on January 10, 2011 at 10:38 PM

Pretty much.

Missy on January 10, 2011 at 11:58 PM

I can just hear him now, wth absolutely NO evidence: “Sarah Palin acted stupidly. Rush Limbaugh acted stupidly. FNC acted stupidly. The TEA Party acted stupidly.”

*That* never blew up in his face when he used it against the CT police! Nah.

Oh, and it’ll show his hypocrisy because when it was Ft. Hood he told us not to “jump to conclusions” and blame Islam. Heh.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on January 10, 2011 at 11:58 PM

There is no ‘greater context’. It is what it is…a murder spree by a mentally ill individual.

Screw the Left and their blood libel.

Asher on January 10, 2011 at 11:17 PM

This is exactly the right response.

I refuse to be the witch of their witch hunt.

thuja on January 11, 2011 at 12:17 AM

Good grief. I sat through his ridiculous race speech in March 2008. I won’t be sitting through this one.

Obama and the left have behaved horribly with political power in the past two years. They got their a**es kicked in November, so for good measure the behaved poorly in the lame-duck session. The past weekend the left behaved about as badly as you possibly can. And now we need to have Obama explain “the larger context” to us.

What kind of an arrogant POS does this clown think he is? And how stupid does he think Americans are?

Have at it, Barry.

BuckeyeSam on January 11, 2011 at 12:30 AM

Thousands of Americans are killed EACH YEAR (likely dozens alone since this shooting), so hey, let’s legalize them. Will that be the psychopath Obama’s idea? Congress is so moved by the shooting of one congressperson, but does not seem to give a rat’s rear that Americans being killed by Mexicans illegally in the U.S. is a daily multiple occurrence. To them an ‘ordinary’ American citizen is not worth 3/5,000 of a member of congress.

Luka on January 11, 2011 at 12:46 AM

No, he’ll play the “everybody is to blame” card, absolving the left of their rampant blood libel, and probably back a treacherous attack on freedom with various restrictions on innocent and uninvolved people.

I’d be shocked if that wasn’t the outcome.

Merovign on January 11, 2011 at 12:48 AM

I recently discovered that by “context” they mean “narrative”. If he’s giving a speech about the “greater context”, it means Obama’s going to put his foot in it by faking connections between dots that are rather obviously not connected. I don’t know whether to cheer at his future impotence or scream at the continued divisiveness of his presidency.

alwaysfiredup on January 11, 2011 at 12:49 AM

alwaysfiredup on January 11, 2011 at 12:49 AM

Yep, to liberals the proper meaning of ‘context’ has been grossly broadened so that ‘putting something in context’ now means ‘see it my way’.

slickwillie2001 on January 11, 2011 at 1:12 AM

greater context

They used to call it the “Inquisition”

faraway on January 11, 2011 at 1:25 AM

“greater context”=Obama’s reelection campaign

PattyJ on January 11, 2011 at 1:32 AM

This is what the left dreams of:

“well what is going to happen to those people we can’t reeducate, that are diehard capitalists?” and the reply was that they’d have to be eliminated.

And when I pursued this further, they estimated they would have to eliminate 25 million people in these reeducation centers.

And when I say “eliminate,” I mean “kill.”

Twenty-five million people.

I want you to imagine sitting in a room with 25 people, most of which have graduate degrees, from Columbia and other well-known educational centers, and hear them figuring out the logistics for the elimination of 25 million people.

And they were dead serious.

faraway on January 11, 2011 at 1:43 AM

What will TOTUS have for him to read?

Gohawgs on January 11, 2011 at 2:07 AM

Obama needs to give another speech and address these former speeches he gave, notably, these quotes:

** Obama on ACORN Mobs: “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I’m angry!”

** Obama to His Mercenary Army: “Hit Back Twice As Hard”

** Obama on the private sector: “We talk to these folks… so I know whose ass to kick.“

** Obama to voters: Republican victory would mean “hand to hand combat”

** Obama to lib supporters: “It’s time to Fight for it.”

** Obama to Latino supporters: “Punish your enemies.”

** Obama to democrats: “I’m itching for a fight.”

“Don’t you think we’re not keeping score, brother” – Obama

“Bring it on”- Obama Regime to The American People.

“Get ready for hand-to-hand combat with your fellow Americans” – Obama

“I want all Americans to get in each others faces! – Obama

“You bring a knife to a fight pal, we’ll bring a gun” – Obama

“Republicans are our enemies” — Obama

“I am going to strangle all Republicans who don’t agree with me politically” – Joe Biden

Lourdes on January 11, 2011 at 2:56 AM

As someone eloquently stated in another thread, he had his Reagan “Challenger explosion” moment, his George W. Bush “911 moment” and his Clinton “Oklahoma City” moment – it was the Fort Hood shooting massacre and he failed spectacularly.

Marcus on January 10, 2011 at 10:14 PM

Thread winner, issue winner, end of story.

Lourdes on January 11, 2011 at 3:00 AM

Obama is coming to AZ to attend the memorial service Wednesday and you can be sure he’s going to give a speech about the greater context surrounding the shooting. He’s taking Rahm’s advice and taking advantage of a crisis.

GrannySunni on January 11, 2011 at 3:37 AM

Never waste a good crisis. Heck, even the Hubble Space Telecope is ZEROING IN (their words) on TARGETS. It the way we talk for goodness sakes. Hubble is known for its educational value and yet they can’t help but use ‘point and aim’ terminology. Its a telecope for god sakes.

The free world is indeed being penalized for existing and to lay all this at Sarah Palins feet is out of the blue. They (the left) are so obsessed with her and they clearly are quaking in ther boots over her. Also, Hannity hit on it yesterday (more violent slang, my fault), by playing in succession, all the hate words out of Obamas mouth and the countless other Lefties whom he aired. Play back some of his inauguration speech. Its littered with hate. They are now shooting one another and blaming those who are off adventuring and enjoying the fruited plain living like we are meant to live, free and happy. Hannity, keep it up. Rush I missed your take but, your the master sir. Well, lections are two more years and we will demostrate again how we feel.

johnnyU on January 11, 2011 at 4:48 AM

Obama could profit from an appearance in AZ, if he plays it right. SuperCop Dupnik, however is an open can of worms, from all the little tidbits I’m finding, if Obama doesn’t stuff Dupnik under the bus in a LOUD fashion , it will be a big Fail on Obama’s part.

bigmike on January 11, 2011 at 4:54 AM

How would a community organizer trained in the art of Saul Alinsky tactics approach this?

long_cat on January 11, 2011 at 5:13 AM

As a constitutional expert he needs to sound the alarm at the failure of the media to remain the objective source of information envisioned by our forefathers. Instead he will cheer on this modern day version of Krystalnacht.

We are getting terribly close to a precipice in this nation. The institutions are all working against it, when freedom itself is threatened and people like King George Soros can determine what its future may be. We have turned our backs on goodness and truth and failed to realize that the inevitable price of such folly is our freedom.

Don L on January 11, 2011 at 5:43 AM

Lourdes on January 11, 2011 at 3:00 AM

2nd that

cmsinaz on January 11, 2011 at 6:21 AM

There is no ‘greater context’. It is what it is…a murder spree by a mentally ill individual.

Screw the Left and their blood libel.

Asher on January 10, 2011 at 11:17 PM

Dittos. ‘Greater context’, my butt.

petefrt on January 11, 2011 at 7:06 AM

There is no ‘greater context’. It is what it is…a murder spree by a mentally ill individual.

Screw the Left and their blood libel.

Asher on January 10, 2011 at 11:17 PM

Dittos. ‘Greater context’, my butt.

petefrt on January 11, 2011 at 7:06 AM

The “greater context” is how can the democrats spin this to their political advantage. It’s the only “context” they see.

Rational Thought on January 11, 2011 at 7:16 AM

Is he going to ‘bring a gun’? Just for context…

RalphyBoy on January 11, 2011 at 7:18 AM

If so, that would be a mistake. He will merely elevate the political tension. The guy didn’t even vote in the last election.

AnninCA on January 11, 2011 at 7:20 AM

Mr. Obama was considering delivering a speech about the greater context surrounding the shooting, but advisers said it was premature to do so until…

…he knew wtf he was talking about. Which hasn’t yet happened in his young life.

Our President is a Clown.

Jaibones on January 11, 2011 at 7:24 AM

Ten bucks says he spends the whole time lecturing everyone about “rhetoric” and “political climate.”

And curiously leaves himself out of the discussion.

They bring a knife…we bring a gun.”

- President Barack H. Obama to supporters, June, 2008

Good Lt on January 11, 2011 at 7:35 AM

If so, that would be a mistake. He will merely elevate the political tension. The guy didn’t even vote in the last election.

AnninCA on January 11, 2011 at 7:20 AM

Ah, but you see, Sarah Palin FOX News, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Tea Party, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, political rhetoric, tone, climate of hate, rabble rabble rabble.

So there.

Good Lt on January 11, 2011 at 7:38 AM

Why not go all the way? Call for Congressional hearings on Sarah Palins facebook account.

Dash on January 11, 2011 at 7:42 AM

Maybe he should address Muslim terrorist and terror, instead.

Truth never hurts for the truth challenged.

I wonder, can BJ lend him his lip to chew on?

tarpon on January 11, 2011 at 7:47 AM

Obama is attempting to find ways to pin this tragedy on the right, don’t be fooled by his rhetoric. His speeches have one central entity in mind . . . him.

rplat on January 11, 2011 at 7:53 AM

He can’t help himself. I think he lives in such a bubble that he thinks the Huffington Post and Daily Kos represent most Americans, notwithstanding the last elections. He will pander to those people and slam the Teaparty. He can’t afford to anger them.

ctmom on January 11, 2011 at 8:04 AM

If 0bama wanted to talk about the ‘Greater Context’, maybe he could establish an outreach for the criminally deranged and maybe name a “Nutjob Czar” or something.

But I won’t hold my breath for that.

I hope Fox, Palin, Beck, etc… are filing lawsuits against anyone who mentioned them in any way being connected.

cntrlfrk on January 11, 2011 at 8:05 AM

Why am I reminded of that scene from Mars Attacks where President Jack Nicholson tells press secretary Martin Short, “I’m going to need a really great speech. Abe Lincoln meets Leave it to Beaver sort of thing.”

Quisp on January 11, 2011 at 8:05 AM

He will basically compound what is now being done by liberals in the media, just do so in a round about way. He’ll come down on violent speech and images, probably add the word cross hairs or target in there somewhere to make sure people are thinking of the Palin map that is by now well saturated by the media. Then he’ll toss in a few token “both sides are guilty (but we all know it’s the tea party, Sarah, Rush and Glen Beck *wink wink*)”

I think he’ll clearly set the stage to try and blunt any opposition to his policies as hate speech while his side continues unabated.

Dash on January 11, 2011 at 8:39 AM

Pass the popcorn. This is getting good. The Dems are playing lowest common denominator with a mad gunman.

Osis on January 11, 2011 at 8:41 AM

“They bring a knife, we bring a gun,” -Hussein Obooba.

“Punch back harder,” -Hussein Obooba.

“Get in their faces,” -Hussein Obooba.

“Doctors wanna chop off your feet,” -Hussein Obooba.

“We must stop the incendiary rhetoric,” -Hussein Obooba.

Akzed on January 11, 2011 at 8:53 AM


The subtext for the political discussion was the new balance of power in Washington, and how the shootings might play into Democratic efforts to regain initiative

Let’s see we have a leftwing lunatic that goes nuts and the Oppressive-left pounces on it like a union thug on a tea partier.

As Dana Carvey said once as the ‘Church lady’:

“Well, isn’t that convenient?”

Fake8 on January 11, 2011 at 9:07 AM

I agree, pass the popcorn.
This idiot (Obama) can’t help himself. It presents two oppurtunities that he can not resist. The first is to assert himself as the smartest, brightest leader of the world. The second is to flip this into political points for himself.
He’ll screw both up.

ORconservative on January 11, 2011 at 9:08 AM

This is what the left dreams of:

“well what is going to happen to those people we can’t reeducate, that are diehard capitalists?” and the reply was that they’d have to be eliminated.

And when I pursued this further, they estimated they would have to eliminate 25 million people in these reeducation centers.

And when I say “eliminate,” I mean “kill.”

Twenty-five million people.

I want you to imagine sitting in a room with 25 people, most of which have graduate degrees, from Columbia and other well-known educational centers, and hear them figuring out the logistics for the elimination of 25 million people.

And they were dead serious.

faraway on January 11, 2011 at 1:43 AM

Where did you read this? Link please. Thanks

True_King on January 11, 2011 at 9:21 AM

After watching a couple hours of straight news coverage after I heard of the shooting, 0bama gave a speech, which gave me a good chance to go to the bathroom.

I am guessing I will probably do the same during this speech.

I was able to stomach him ‘leading’ a moment of silence, though. Comforting to watch him get in front of a camera and not say a word.

cntrlfrk on January 11, 2011 at 9:22 AM

The Left and the MSM are so fanatical that if somebody discovered a turd on the sidewalk in West Memphis, it would be, in the greater context, proof of the superiority of liberalism.

BobMbx on January 11, 2011 at 9:40 AM

Where did you read this? Link please. Thanks

True_King on January 11, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Bill Ayers’ Terrorist Group Discussed Genocide of Americans

Charles Johnson
Politics • Thu Oct 23, 2008 at 3:14 pm PDT • Views: 494

Former FBI informant Larry Grathwohl infiltrated the Weather Underground and helped prevent several bombing attacks by the group. In this clip from the 1982 documentary No Place to Hide, Grathwohl describes a Weather Underground meeting at which the terrorists discussed the need to murder at least 25 million

Eliminating 25 million Americans

Eyewitness to the Revolution

Tango Yankee to faraway for her/his reminder of this.

Fake8 on January 11, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Stand in silence.
Stay home,better.
If there meet with each family that wants to meet him.
Ask for GOD’s saving Grace for us all, shut up get back on the company plane and go home.
Same for congress get back to work,do our work.

Col.John Wm. Reed on January 11, 2011 at 9:44 AM

It is sickening for anyone to compare this relatively minor shooting incident with the Oklahoma City bombing. Bill Clinton would not have gotten anywhere trying to trump up an attempted assassination of one politician. Yes, America is horrified by any mass shooting, but we also know this isn’t the first one and it isn’t going to be the last one, because there are a lot of crazy people in this country who think they can accomplish something by killing a famous person. That was not Tim McVeigh’s motivation at all. They are apples and oranges.

rockmom on January 11, 2011 at 9:46 AM

If the Joaker In Chief does anything other than console the victims and condemn this tragedy, he will go down in history as The-Most-Evil-And-Revolting-Man-In-History, bar none.

The “greater context” in this case is quite simple– the shooter is mental ill, unbalanced, delusional, psychotic, and disturbed. Period. End of story. To say anything else is simply political exploitation of a terrible, terrible situation and completely and totally DISHONORS the memory of the dead, the recovery of the wounded, and struggle of the members of this community.

I pray that for once in his political career this guy shows some class and temperance and does the right thing by showing concern for the victims, their families and the greater Tucson community.

azlindy on January 11, 2011 at 9:46 AM

Obama is a bigger LIAR than Clinton, so the answer is no. Obama cannot pull a Clinton.

However, Obama can LIE again with a straight face.

Ricohoc on January 11, 2011 at 9:47 AM

I know this guy is a true metally ill individual and he should have been off the streets long before now.
However, I think that there are alot of this profile running around the US and the political toxicity of our current times makes for a perfect storm.
It certainly looks like it was only a matter of time before this guy went off but my point is that I think it is easy for someone of this mindset to think they are not alone in their views and that their violence might be for a greater good. Maybe it has always been like that but it sure looks like partisan hate is out there and easily accessible.

ORconservative on January 11, 2011 at 10:01 AM

I think the chances are pretty slim that Obama won’t use this moment to tell his political opponents they need to shut up.

mbs on January 11, 2011 at 10:08 AM

Oh great another professorial speech talking down the American Public – the real power in this country.

Poor Media they hate that government doesn’t hold all the power.

I am all ears, I can’t wait till the President explains how we are all responsible…as if we are infants who don’t understand personal responsibility. NO we all are not responsible for what Laughner did – Laughner and all those who did nothing about him, even when there were multiple complaints are responsible, and it has nothing to do with politics. It has a lot to do with incompetent law enforcement in PIMA county Arizona.

The speech should address the demogouging Sheriff of PIMA county Arizona and his FAILURE to fulfill his duty to the People of PIMA County Arizona. Who is so delusional he thinks the Federal Government is going to give him cover? After a dead Federal Judge and Assassination attempt on a U.S. Congresswoman? We are going to see if there is anyone left with a clue in the Obama Administrations speech writing department.

The Cover up is always worse than the original Crime Sin.

Dr Evil on January 11, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Good. Take the bait, you little shite. Let’s hear your version of the “greater context” of lunacy. Will it include the only “greater context” so far apparent: the symbiotic class of sick elites in the left and media swarming over a bloody crime in opportunistic libel. That’s the only “greater context” here. That and the fact you all wish more people had been killed, and the killer had a year-old buried link on his home computer to an article about Sarah Palin.

rrpjr on January 11, 2011 at 10:44 AM

Another Obama speech?

Great.

Should accomplish tremendous things. Ummm…yeah, sure it will…

The pundits are already saying that this speech will be a defining moment for the Obama Administration.

Really?

Thought Obama and his Administration have been pretty clearly defined already,

Trying to make political hay out of a tragic event?

Seems like it.

Grandstanding?

Perhaps.

But having to listen to the President of the United States (not just the President of those who voted for him) talking down to the public in general…I will not watch.

Frankly I am getting a might tired of this sort of stuff.

Prayers for the families of the victims of this senseless crime are and will be forthcoming.

Disgust for parents who abrogated their parental responsibilities to the state is now deeply embedded.

coldwarrior on January 11, 2011 at 10:57 AM

American’s aren’t the only ones not buying the leftest media fantasy – they get it clear across the pond.

Arizona shooting: America’s elite hijacked massacre to take revenge on Sarah Palin
http://www.dailymail.co.uk

Dr Evil on January 11, 2011 at 10:57 AM

The greater context is obvious … ObamaCare is flawed and must be amended to add mandatory health evaluations of everybody. Based on that evaluation, should the Secretary of HHS, or a newly established committee deem you a danger to yourself, others or, the party: mandatory re-education in one of the newly established regional “Mental Health Centers.” I’m sorry, is that already in there somewhere?

Up-Chuck on January 11, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Greater context?

Sorry there is not ‘greater context’ of this, and all of the evidence is STILL not in.

The only ‘greater context’ will be the count of ‘me’ and ‘I’ in whatever he says, plus some program push. That is his reaction to ‘greater context’ on anything: make it about himself and push something out in the way of programs.

And nothing, not one single thing, will add ‘greater meaning’ to this event… it is what it is.

ajacksonian on January 11, 2011 at 10:58 AM

I won’t be watching. He can say what he will..I just don’t care.

Terrye on January 11, 2011 at 11:15 AM

oh goodie! Do we get a lesson today? I love learnin’….
/

ted c on January 11, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Obama is going to read from a prompter the words penned by a gang of liberal castrati 20 somethings. Youths that have never produced one thing of value in their life, have no sense of mortality, or even a sense history.

Worthless words from a dangerous fool.

Inanemergencydial on January 11, 2011 at 11:39 AM

yeah…that whole Race speech sure did change our country now didn’t it….

How about he just releases his speech as an E-Book and we read it just like he would have?

SDarchitect on January 11, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Obama will cry that their are death threats against him like he is the first President in history to have such. Then he will ignore that Bush had death threats from people in open leftist gatherings.

PrezHussein on January 11, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Liberals have believed from the beginning that conservatives are irrational bigots inclined to anarchist violence. The Left does not believe it can incite its followers to violence, because it does not believe its followers are violent people. Obama can speak of bringing a knife to a gun fight, or Krugman of “hanging Lieberman in effigy,” without concern for the consequences, because liberals are rational and peaceable people. The reason they are so absolutely committed to the belief that Tea Partiers will commit violence is because they believe that Tea Partiers are unhinged and violent people. To believe otherwise would be to grant that the Tea Party movement is based on reasonable premises and deserves serious consideration.

Mr. “I am not an ideologue” Authoritarian Obama who personally issued the antipathy fatwa against conservatives during his potus campaign, and denounced those who disagree with authoritarianism as his terrorist enemies, personally pissed that ASU failed to provide him a degree-feather for his resume-bonnet, angry as hell that AZ State Legislature and AZ/American citizens demand Constitutional Governance under Obama’s watch, launching his Attorney General Federal Judicial Branch abuse of prosecuting powers in order to refuse rule of law in Arizona and usurp any legitimate local governance, funded Bill Ayers’ authoritarian indoctrination workshops, built his career on pinstripe crime, is coming to Tucson to demand that everyone extend their adoration to himself as a sign of “tolerance” for what he’s responsible for having promoted. And FBI Chief Mueller is ordered to the scene following Pima County Sheriff’s failure to secure the scene of the crime for three hours after the murderously insane shooting spree. What could go wrong given the White House penchant for revisionism, and Leftist self-righteous neglect for historical fact in favor of ideological convoluted DOGMA identifying logic to be bigotry.

…When asked “Why?!” at his impeachment, Bill Clinton responded, “Because I could.” Sick.

maverick muse on January 11, 2011 at 12:14 PM

If someone would kindly refresh my memory, but did Obama go to Fort Hood within days of that jihadi attack and give a speech about the “greater context” of that event?

Can’t seem to recall such a speech.

Just wondering if there was one.

coldwarrior on January 11, 2011 at 12:24 PM

PrezHussein on January 11, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Exactly. I wondered last night exactly how Obama would weave into “It’s all about Me” transposing himself as the victim to be publicly supported, never to squander a crisis. Never to honor honesty, either.

Obama funds Bill Ayers’ organized indoctrination “educational” Small Schools Workshop that prepped Jared Lee Loughner, an unstable person with a willingness to choose violence “for the better [authoritarian supremacy] good”. Obama, the buck stops with you.

maverick muse on January 11, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Obama says something stupid almost every single day, so this would just be par for the course.

scotash on January 11, 2011 at 12:28 PM

…the cheapest moment-by-moment partisan advantage.” Can The One resist that?

Examples where he has done so?



I got bupkis.

eeyore on January 11, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Politico: Obama’s Oklahoma City Moment

MAKE IT GOOD, MR. OBAMA! IT’S YOUR MOMENT OF GLORY!

TAKE IT! THIS WILL GIVE YOU ANOTHER +10 ADVANTAGE IN POLLS.

AS ASSURED BY WAPO AND POLITICO.

Gosh. That Chicago Mayor wannabe said it exactly:

CRISIS … OPPORTUNITY …. DON’T WASTE IT!

Paul Krugman would wish that the victim would be much bigger … say tsk tsk tsk! That would mean AN ASSURED 2ND TERM.

Congratulations, Obama, Democrats and MSM cohorts!

Obama’s the winnah! [Thanks to the victims for their sacrifice!]

TheAlamos on January 11, 2011 at 12:49 PM

heAlamos on January 11, 2011 at 12:49 PM

/s

TheAlamos on January 11, 2011 at 12:53 PM

Obama needs to Milk it – Milk it like a Holstein – Milk it dry.

I hope to God, he follows the advice of Alter, Thrush, and Begala.

It’ll serve him right.

franksalterego on January 11, 2011 at 12:58 PM

What kind of self-absorbed fools are running America? Oklahoma City Moment…are you freaking kidding? America has over 200 years of REAL MOMENTS – more people have risked their lives for our possibility to exist as a beacon of freedom than these nincompoops could ever understand! The way these foolish fools look at a current tragedy as a means to gain political ground is sickening. The greater context is…God help us all!

redwhiteblue on January 11, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Loughner may not be crazy he simply may be extremely evil and knows how to play the crazy game

Maybe but hes been playing crazy long enough for classmates to worry. what was the answer to some math problem? “eat+sleep+brush teeth=math.” Dont get me wrong this was premeditated and he should die for killing people.

Greed on January 11, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Loughner may not be crazy he simply may be extremely evil and knows how to play the crazy game

The guy IS AN INDEPENDENT LIBERAL LOON!

TheAlamos on January 11, 2011 at 1:31 PM

IMO, Obama should step back and not comment anymore on Rep. Giffords.

However, I don’t believe he’d pass up a good crisis, nor walk away from TV cameras, and his teleprompter that he’s become daily addicted to.

byteshredder on January 11, 2011 at 2:00 PM

No matter what he says during the speech, be prepared for the elite media to proclaim Obama’s words historical, profound, and the best thing from an American leader since Washington.

Mutnodjmet on January 11, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Where did you read this? Link please. Thanks
True_King on January 11, 2011 at 9:21 AM


Let me google that for you…

Akzed on January 11, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Oh great I heard McCain is joining OBlahBLah in Tuscon!

I’m sure McCain will tell his “good friend” how to handle this for the best effect for OBlah!

Has McCain even said a thing or stood up for the Tea Party or SP?

AZ is your whole state a bunch of wackjobs? Ya sure elect a bunch of em.

dhunter on January 11, 2011 at 10:00 PM

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