Open thread: Obama to address Ferguson unrest at 12:15 ET; Update: Back to the golf course

posted at 12:01 pm on August 14, 2014 by Allahpundit

Actually, the announcement doesn’t say what the topic is (maybe there’ll be an Iraq update too?) but c’mon. One of the major subplots on Twitter last night while the commentariat was gawking at police-soldiers shutting down media coverage in Ferguson was how freakishly tone deaf it was for Obama and Hillary to be partying the night away on Martha’s Vineyard. I kid you not, a White House spokesman tweeted this right in the middle of it:

That prompted this, the plain elegant truth of which has drawn 500 retweets and counting as I write this:

The main target last night for the media’s outrage at political passivity was Missouri’s Democratic governor, Jay Nixon, who’d ducked the standoff until today but has finally bowed to pressure and ordered St. Louis County police off the case. That means The One will be all alone out on a limb unless he speaks up quickly. Expect something terse, uncomfortable, and verrrry carefully scripted before he heads back onto the links for another 18 holes. Although, to be fair, Charles Cooke had a point when he wrote about this a few days ago — no matter what Obama says or doesn’t say about this, he can’t win:

If he remains silent, he will be accused by the Right of vacationing while the country burns, and by the Left of not caring enough about justice. If he does say something, he’ll be accused of interfering with — and possibly prejudicing — an ongoing legal inquiry, of making the story about himself, and of feeling it necessary to involve himself in each and every issue that makes the national headlines. As for the detail, any official statement would be fraught with peril. If his comments were delivered in a less-than-perfect manner, he might inadvertently say something that gave a poor impression; by contrast, if he read prepared remarks from a teleprompter, he’d be accused of sounding disinterested. Worse, perhaps, he might be seen to be taking sides. If he pleases those who wish to see a restoration of law and order, he will look as if he is siding with authorities and ignoring the concerns of black Americans who consider the police to be a threat. But, if he discusses race in a general sense, he will look as if he is deciding what happened prematurely, and as if he is stirring up grievances that have — in some quarters — already been blown out of proportion. Some will even accuse him of stoking a “race war.”

The only person on either side who looks forward to Obama wading into a racially charged incident involving the police is Chris Matthews, who gets another chance to dust off some Washington/Lincoln analogies. Benjy Sarlin makes a fair point too: As easy as it is to say “Obama should go to Ferguson!”, him doing that might turn a situation where there’s some rare bipartisan outrage into a red-versus-blue thing. We’ll find out soon. Exit quotation:

Update: One more leftover last night from Guy Benson, who imagined how President Strawman would frame the debate this morning:

Update: He said there’s no excuse for violence, but these two reactions pretty well sum up the rest:


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Here’s an interesting article on bush’s vacation days…

It’s August, so the new chapter in the saga is “Amiable Dunce Goes on Vacation.”

lol
 
triple on August 14, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Can anyone explain why CK would write two columns, about the same thing, and take opposite positions?
 
Oh right, partisanship.
 
triple on August 14, 2014 at 1:46 PM

 
Anyone else remember when the U.S. elected Obama in large part because he wasn’t Bush?

rogerb on August 14, 2014 at 1:53 PM

triple on August 14, 2014 at 1:46 PM

How the hell should we know, contact him with questions about him.

Cindy Munford on August 14, 2014 at 1:54 PM

No. Just recommending a well-deserved punishment for Ferguson police.

Ned Pepper on August 14, 2014 at 1:07 PM

What about the looters and rioters? That’s cool, right?

Chuck Schick on August 14, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Can anyone explain why CK would write two columns, about the same thing, and take opposite positions?

Oh right, partisanship.

triple on August 14, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Yeah, the events of August 2001 are exactly as what is happening in August of 2014.

Can you explain why the folks at MSNBC, Mark Knoller at CBS suddenly stopped tracking presidential vacations sometime around 2009 or so?

HumpBot Salvation on August 14, 2014 at 1:55 PM

“Izzint da preznit gwine ta blame da Fuhgussin’ poh-lease?”

—- Revrum’ Al

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viking01 on August 14, 2014 at 2:05 PM

You’re dead to rights, this is a no win for Obama.

But that doesn’t mean he want seize on it, sooner rather than later. It is the best incident he has to create another divisive Trayvon Martin situation right before an election. He will grab it and will try to capitalize on it.

Esaus Message on August 14, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Can anyone explain why CK would write two columns, about the same thing, and take opposite positions?

Oh right, partisanship.

triple on August 14, 2014 at 1:46 PM

I would focus on this part:

Sometimes something happens overseas that might bring him back to Washington — an invasion of Kuwait, a coup in Moscow.

Should we name off all of the things that are happening overseas that might bring Obama back to Washington? How about the things happening domestically? You answered your own question in your post. Are you feigning outrage or are you legitimately too blind to see it?

GAbred on August 14, 2014 at 2:07 PM

gotta love the Washington Examiner comparison of Obama golf rounds to Tiger Woods’, with TFG tipped to surpass the injured Tiger shortly.

Combined with the reimagining of press coverage if a President Romney, or any Republican, were pulling this crap on America, you have to wonder when the sheer idiocy of continuing to blindly support the Progressive Sun-God will occur even to the press.

MTF on August 14, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Everybody is at fault! The police are out of control; the looters are out of control; the media is out of control. The looters should be allowed a little rioting to, you know, blow off some steam. What we need is the calm, neutral, very competent hand of the Federal Government to deal with this situation.
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TarheelBen on August 14, 2014 at 2:20 PM

As per Jon Karl: 7 minutes from end of statement to tee time.

aquaviva on August 14, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Triple…troll

Jamson64 on August 14, 2014 at 2:30 PM

If the one shot and killed were white there would never have been riots, looting. The real salient point of this whole incident, the most obvious thing, and no one ever mentions it. Never, ever. Not a single time. Not even the first black President who’s been happy to wade into controversial racial issues in the past.

If a Martian were to land here and look at the coverage of this, he’d think we’re all insane. It’s like going to a grocery store and there are no prices on any of the items, or any mention that they’re for sale.

LashRambo on August 14, 2014 at 2:45 PM

You neglect to mention bush, at this point in his presidency, had taken *three times* as many vacation days. (129 v 349)

strikeout on August 14, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Such a stupid talking point. The only people who repeat it are DU members and those so stupid (like yourself) that they don’t know how the calculation for Bush’s “vacation days” were manipulated by your Democrat Media, and how we here on Planet Reality busted those numbers wide open years ago.

In there (and your) BDS-addled 5-ringed world, when Bush left D.C. at 6 PM on a Friday night and then flew down to Crawford, that entire day counted as a “Bush vacation day”; likewise when he left Crawford early in the A.M. and was back in D.C. before noon, that too was also counted as a “full vacation day”.

F-

Del Dolemonte on August 14, 2014 at 2:58 PM

but NOT ONE “journalist” asks the Truly Important question:

after 6 years of nearly non-stop golf, how has Mr, Obama’s handicap improved? what are the numbers? Inquiring Minds Want To Know!

WaldoTJ on August 14, 2014 at 3:28 PM

I didn’t watch Barry’s presser, did he even take the time to take off his golf gloves?

slickwillie2001 on August 14, 2014 at 3:43 PM

but NOT ONE “journalist” asks the Truly Important question:

after 6 years of nearly non-stop golf, how has Mr, Obama’s handicap improved? what are the numbers? Inquiring Minds Want To Know!

WaldoTJ on August 14, 2014 at 3:28 PM

He’s still got a duffer’s swing. I would be truly surprised if he can break 100 on a decent course.

TarheelBen on August 14, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Open thread: Obama to address Ferguson unrest at 12:15 ET; Update: Back to the golf course

Present!

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 14, 2014 at 4:37 PM

“Officer! Officer! They’re looting the Food King!”

Katie
Animal House

Khun Joe on August 14, 2014 at 4:49 PM

He’s still got a duffer’s swing. I would be truly surprised if he can break 100 on a decent course.

TarheelBen on August 14, 2014 at 4:22 PM

He’s a better golfer than any golfer he’s ever met.

slickwillie2001 on August 14, 2014 at 5:05 PM

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