White House blindsided on National Guard callout?

posted at 11:21 am on August 18, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

What we have here is a failure to communicate. The unrest in Ferguson has continued for more than a week, including several nights of rioting, looting, and accusations in both directions of violence between police and locals (and outsiders especially). Missouri has tried at least two different police forces in attempting to restore order to the St. Louis suburb to no avail, so Gov. Jay Nixon’s call to the National Guard could not have come to anyone’s surprise today, unless they’ve spent the last couple of weeks on vacation.

Well ….

“Folks didn’t know,” an administration official told BuzzFeed Monday. “The White House did not know they were sending it in.”

Nixon gave “no heads up,” the official said.

Nixon didn’t give Barack Obama a heads-up? The deuce you say! Gee, what might have been the problem — that Obama has spent most of the last week golfing, or the Department of Justice second-guessing Missourians over the last few days? Nixon had no particular requirement to notify the White House, either; the call to the National Guard is not a federal issue but completely within state authority.

Not only that, but the move appears to have won support from the local NAACP, too:

The St. Louis County Chapter of the NAACP says it supports Nixon’s decision to call in the National Guard in Ferguson, Missouri, where tensions remain high more than a week after a police officer killed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The NAACP wants an apology from the Ferguson police department to the Brown family, presumably for releasing the videotape of the strong-arm robbery that preceded the shooting. Ferguson police chief Tom Jackson claimed on Friday that he had little choice in the matter.  The media demanded access to the video via a FOIA request, and the police complied with the public-records request. That was prompted by the release by Ferguson PD of the police report on the robbery, though, instead of the report on the shooting itself, along with stills of the video — which certainly whet the curiosity of the reporters who got the handout at the briefing. Jackson’s explanation seems too cute by half, even if it did end up providing a clearer context of what led to the confrontation. The police certainly didn’t mind the release of the video, even if the DoJ wanted it kept quiet for its own purposes.

Obama returned to the White House for a brief break from his vacation to deal with the crises in Iraq and Ferguson, the AP reported earlier today:

Taking a two-day break from summer vacation, President Barack Obama returned to work at the White House Monday, replacing images of him bicycling and golfing on an island resort with those of him at the White House huddling over current crises with top advisers.

Obama interrupted his family getaway on Martha’s Vineyard, during which airstrikes in Iraq and violent clashes in a St. Louis suburb intruded on his golf and beach plans.

The exact reason for Obama’s return shortly after midnight remained unclear, though it appeared aimed in part at countering criticism that Obama was spending two weeks on the Massachusetts island in the midst of multiple crises.

After a week of photos depicting the president golfing or riding his bike with his family, the White House was making sure that press photographers would get pictures Monday of Obama in meetings with national security aides discussing Iraq and with Attorney General Eric Holder for an update on the federal response to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over the police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old.

Still, Obama’s brief return to Washington was planned even before the U.S. military began striking targets in Iraq and before the standoff between police and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. The president was scheduled to return to Martha’s Vineyard Tuesday night.

Obama does have an option to federalize the National Guard in Missouri in order to take control of the situation there from Washington DC. That option is fraught with political risk, though, and not just from accusations of abusing his power. So far all of the political damage is being absorbed by Nixon. If Obama takes control by federalizing the National Guard troops in Ferguson, then he’s responsible for everything that follows from that point forward. And if Obama does seize jurisdiction through that mechanism, he’d better command those troops from the Oval Office rather than the fourteenth fairway.


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Comment pages: 1 2

Change you can believe in

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2014 at 11:22 AM

“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for”

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2014 at 11:23 AM

WH loves the media-named ‘race war’.

The fools think this is good for them in Nov.

Good luck with that, thugs!

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2014 at 11:23 AM

“… so Gov. Jay Nixon’s call to the National Guard could not have come to anyone’s surprise today, unless they’ve spent the last couple of weeks on vacation.”

Nice one, Ed. Subtle but devastating.

Dusty on August 18, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Given the Obama administration’s agenda, the more they’re kept in the dark, the better.

Stoic Patriot on August 18, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Hey, they’ve learned about everything else from news reports, why not this, too?

rcpjr on August 18, 2014 at 11:26 AM

The DOJ objected to the release of the theft video because it sort of destroys their narrative of Little Innocent St. Brown.

Steve Eggleston on August 18, 2014 at 11:27 AM

obama, Holder, Nixon, Kareem, Sharkton, Jackson, are all the biggest race-hustlers and thugs of the land, racists, one and all.

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2014 at 11:28 AM

The MO house and senate are controlled by Republicans by 2 to 1 majorities. Nixon has not reached out to the leadership of either yet, and has returned one phone call to the Republican Lt. Gov. in five years.

Akzed on August 18, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Amazing what our president learns when he reads a newspaper…

right2bright on August 18, 2014 at 11:28 AM

The St. Louis County Chapter of the NAACP says it supports Nixon’s decision to call in the National Guard in Ferguson, Missouri, where tensions remain high more than a week after a police officer killed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

$20 says the NAALCP’s reaction would be the exact opposite if the governor were a Republican.

Taking a two-day break from summer vacation, President Barack Obama returned to work at the White House Monday, replacing images of him bicycling and golfing on an island resort with those of him at the White House huddling over current crises with top advisers.

Normally, that would be the other way around.

“Talking a two-day break from hard work in the Oval Office…”

Obama interrupted his family getaway on Martha’s Vineyard, during which airstrikes in Iraq and violent clashes in a St. Louis suburb intruded on his golf and beach plans.

Poor baby.

I love how the AP phrases it. “Obama interrupted his family getaway,” as if it was such a difficult and unfair thing that Obama was forced to do. Then again, it probably was difficult for him to do.

Aizen on August 18, 2014 at 11:28 AM

What an embarrassment.

forest on August 18, 2014 at 11:28 AM

The DOJ objected to the release of the theft video because it sort of destroys their narrative of Little Innocent St. Brown.

Steve Eggleston on August 18, 2014 at 11:27 AM

And that incredibly foolish Nixon blabbed against it on TV.

He is derelict of all his duties and s/b pitchforked, politically.

He also should fire Capt. Johnson, alas. Instead both will get promoted…because it’s the leftist fascist thuggish way…to promote incompetence.

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2014 at 11:29 AM

After a week of photos depicting the president golfing or riding his bike with his family, the White House was making sure that press photographers would get pictures Monday of Obama in meetings with national security aides discussing Iraq and with Attorney General Eric Holder for an update on the federal response to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over the police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old.

Once again the whole world is disappointing Dear Liar. Why, now he has to interrupt his vacations for photo opportunities that he doesn’t like.

let’s all pray to The State to grant him the energy to get through this tough time.

rbj on August 18, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Whether the national guard is federalized or not we know that some people will put responsibility of anything that happens at Obama’s feet.

America has 50 governors but when sh!t goes wrong the president is the only name people remember. It happened with Katrina and it has happened with everything under Obama. Things near and far are all in Obama’s power to fix or break. Even city level stuff are his responsibility now. He has to stop being responsible for Ukraine and Kurds and some backwater place in Afghanistan to come to a small city in Missouri and take blame for that too.

Mothers if you want your children to be presidents you have lost your minds.

coolrepublica on August 18, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Given the Obama administration’s agenda, the more they’re kept in the dark, the better.

Stoic Patriot on August 18, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Racist, you :)

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Keeping the trend, he found out in the news reports.

Tater Salad on August 18, 2014 at 11:31 AM

so Gov. Jay Nixon’s call to the National Guard could not have come to anyone’s surprise today, unless they’ve spent the last couple of weeks on vacation.

obaME! is going to be madder than hell when he finds out about THIS ONE on friday………..

VegasRick on August 18, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Alternate headline: Semi-Retired President Returns to Old Haunts in a Pique of Nostalgia

parke on August 18, 2014 at 11:31 AM

“Folks didn’t know,” an administration official told BuzzFeed Monday. “The White House did not know they were sending it in.”

The elitists call you sheeple “folks”.

How disrespectful of obama and his goons to call the ones whom they’re supposed to work for sheeple.

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Taking a two-day break from summer vacation, President Barack Obama returned to work at the White House Monday, replacing images of him bicycling and golfing on an island resort with those of him at the White House huddling over current crises with top advisers.

The world holds its breath awaiting 0braino’s input.

Akzed on August 18, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Obama returned to the White House for a brief break from his vacation to get away from Moochelle. deal with the crises in Iraq and Ferguson, the AP reported earlier today:

PatriotRider on August 18, 2014 at 11:33 AM

I’m sure he found out by reading the paper or watching TV. The same way he finds out about everything else.

Oldnuke on August 18, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Nixon didn’t give Barack Obama a heads-up?

He did, but obama outdid Nixon (the other), heh. It’s the irony of many.

My two favorite ironies in the US history of fools:

1. “Chimpey” destroyed obama.

2. obama will, for good, destroy Hillary.

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Perry calls out National Guard to protect border and gets indicted….

Nixon calls out the National Guard and….

Oh yeah, Nixon is a democrat….

redguy on August 18, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Sorry, this s/b in quotes, from Ed

Nixon didn’t give Barack Obama a heads-up?

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2014 at 11:34 AM

I saw Bernie Karik and others this morning suggesting Capt. Johnson screwed this whole thing by apologizing to the “community” on behalf of the police for the death and the riots. In essence admitting wrong doing by the police.

Tater Salad on August 18, 2014 at 11:35 AM

The NAACP wants an apology from the Ferguson police department to the Brown family, presumably for releasing the videotape of the strong-arm robbery that preceded the shooting.

Fu*k off, you thugs!

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2014 at 11:36 AM

America has 50 governors but when sh!t goes wrong the president is the only name people remember. if you want your children to be presidents you have lost your minds.

coolrepublica on August 18, 2014 at 11:30 AM

If Obama hadn’t inserted himself into Ferguson by sending his flunky,Eric Holder,to turn this into a federal case nobody would be talking about him.

Oldnuke on August 18, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Racist, you :)

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2014 at 11:30 AM

I thought it was homophobic. After all, it’s dark in the closet. =P

Stoic Patriot on August 18, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Okay that made laugh out loud.

What a worthless admininstration

gophergirl on August 18, 2014 at 11:36 AM

OT:

“Jumpin’ Jim” Jeffords dies at 80.

Bitter Clinger on August 18, 2014 at 11:38 AM

The police certainly didn’t mind the release of the video, even if the DoJ wanted it kept quiet for its own purposes.

They can also fu*k off.

Holder has bigger fish to fry, alas.

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2014 at 11:38 AM

This morning’s Duh statement:

Brown Family ‘Appalled’ By Release of Surveillance Video, Says Attorney

ABC News video

Uh, yeah, if my kid was acting like a huge, overgrown thug, I’d be appalled as well.

parke on August 18, 2014 at 11:40 AM

The idiot gets blindsided by the sun coming up in the east every morning.

Flange on August 18, 2014 at 11:41 AM

“Folks didn’t know,” an administration official told BuzzFeed Monday. “The White House did not know they were sending it in.”

Nixon gave “no heads up,” the official said.

What, a State Governor didn’t inform the Feds on a State issue?

/vapors

BlaxPac on August 18, 2014 at 11:41 AM

“Tin soldiers and Nixon’s coming, we’re finally on our own…”

The race war inciters must be getting pretty excited about tonight’s festivities! Ahh the ironies write themselves.

Harbingeing on August 18, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Oh FerCrhistSakes…

Get off the frikkin Golf Course and Control Eric Holder’s People.

::::choom wagon:::: f/k/a Air Force One

Key West Reader on August 18, 2014 at 11:42 AM

with those of him at the White House huddling over current crises with top advisers.

That right there scare the bejeebers out of me. A 14 year old huddled together with a couple of fifth graders figuring things out. That ought to work well.

jukin3 on August 18, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Obama does have an option to federalize the National Guard in Missouri in order to take control of the situation there from Washington DC. That option is fraught with political risk, though, and not just from accusations of abusing his power. So far all of the political damage is being absorbed by Nixon. If Obama takes control by federalizing the National Guard troops in Ferguson, then he’s responsible for everything that follows from that point forward. And if Obama does seize jurisdiction through that mechanism, he’d better command those troops from the Oval Office rather than the fourteenth fairway.

Obama is not about to do that. He fears sending any “boots on the ground” anywhere. He’s certainly not going to do that in Missouri.

Bitter Clinger on August 18, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Riot blamed on video.

faraway on August 18, 2014 at 11:42 AM

If Obama hadn’t inserted himself into Ferguson by sending his flunky,Eric Holder,to turn this into a federal case nobody would be talking about him.

Oldnuke on August 18, 2014 at 11:36 AM

But he had to – if he had a son he would look like Michael Brown.

Though in honesty I don’t see Obama producing a son weiging in that close to 300lbs.

katiejane on August 18, 2014 at 11:43 AM

This whitehouse would be blindsided by the sun rising in the east, is MSNBC did not tell them about it the night before.

Old Country Boy on August 18, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Obama is not about to do that. He fears sending any “boots on the ground” anywhere. He’s certainly not going to do that in Missouri.

Bitter Clinger on August 18, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Well, maybe he’d do that in Wyoming.

Aizen on August 18, 2014 at 11:44 AM

He saw it in a newspaper in the pro shop.

Galtian on August 18, 2014 at 11:44 AM

“Taking a two-day break from summer vacation”

Taking a break from a vacation? Seriously? Well, in Obama’s case, maybe it does make sense.

Dan_NV on August 18, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Obama does have an option to federalize the National Guard in Missouri in order to take control of the situation there from Washington DC.

I think you are getting way ahead of yourself, Ed, and I’ll guess that you make this comment out of ignorance of the law. In fact, the option Obama would have has been effectively closed off for the time being, because Nixon took the action he did in bringing in the National Guard.

Here is the relevant statute for Obama choosing to intervene:

10 U.S. Code § 333 – Interference with State and Federal law

The President, by using the militia or the armed forces, or both, or by any other means, shall take such measures as he considers necessary to suppress, in a State, any insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy, if it—
(1) so hinders the execution of the laws of that State, and of the United States within the State, that any part or class of its people is deprived of a right, privilege, immunity, or protection named in the Constitution and secured by law, and the constituted authorities of that State are unable, fail, or refuse to protect that right, privilege, or immunity, or to give that protection; or
(2) opposes or obstructs the execution of the laws of the United States or impedes the course of justice under those laws.
In any situation covered by clause (1), the State shall be considered to have denied the equal protection of the laws secured by the Constitution.

It will take some time now for Obama to be able to act, since he will have to wait to see if Nixon is ineffective or not up to the task of quelling the lawlessness.

Dusty on August 18, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Uh, yeah, if my kid was acting like a huge, overgrown thug, I’d be appalled as well.

parke on August 18, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Especially if I was trying hard to sell the “gentle giant” meme.

katiejane on August 18, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Make sure you get this photo of me really working hard for the people
-obama

cmsinaz on August 18, 2014 at 11:44 AM

White House blindsided on National Guard callout?

You mean Nixon didn’t tell Obama whose ass needed to be kicked? Poor form when you consider the administration has an agenda that centers on this being a race thing. They were trying to hide that video from the public because it didn’t paint their precious snowflake as the innocent that their propoganda wanted to be the narrative.

BTW, my mother grew up in Ferguson. She’s aghast this week that the two big items on the news are the conflicts in Iraq and Ferguson.

Happy Nomad on August 18, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Though in honesty I don’t see Obama producing a son weiging in that close to 300lbs.

katiejane on August 18, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Well, if the mom is moochelle…………………

VegasRick on August 18, 2014 at 11:45 AM

The NAACP wants an apology from the Ferguson police department to the Brown family,

Don’t hold your breath. A thug was killed. He had just committed a Strong Armed Robbery of an innocent business owner, then charged like a bull at a cop that was only armed with a gun. Thug got shot, thug got killed.

Eff You. Control Eric Holder’s People.

Reject the Thug Culture and this behavior will stop.

Key West Reader on August 18, 2014 at 11:45 AM

The media demanded access to the video via a FOIA request, and the police complied with the public-records request.

Obama: “WTF? We ignore those FOIA things all the time.”

BuckeyeSam on August 18, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Though in honesty I don’t see Obama producing a son weiging in that close to 300lbs.

katiejane on August 18, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Well, if the mom is moochelle…………………

VegasRick on August 18, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Oooof! +1

Key West Reader on August 18, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Not sure I want the president getting involved anyway. Look at his track record, everything he touches turns to crap.

tommer74 on August 18, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Seems fair, the Whitehouse isn’t telling governors when and where they are dumping illegals so …

clippermiami on August 18, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Make sure you get this photo of me really working hard for the people
-obama

cmsinaz on August 18, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Nah. I think Mooch kicked his ghey butt out the vacay home and back into the WH prison. Mooch.. She got the powah.

Key West Reader on August 18, 2014 at 11:48 AM

White House blindsided on National Guard callout?

Blindsided? Wasn’t that a movie starring that gentle giant Michael Brown?

Bitter Clinger on August 18, 2014 at 11:48 AM

It will take some time now for Obama to be able to act, since he will have to wait to see if Nixon is ineffective or not up to the task of quelling the lawlessness.

Dusty on August 18, 2014 at 11:44 AM

:::chin tug:::

Does Obama have the powah to oust a State’s Governor?

Key West Reader on August 18, 2014 at 11:50 AM

The police certainly didn’t mind the release of the video, even if the DoJ wanted it kept quiet for its own purposes.

And why, exactly, should the police have kept that video hidden from public view? It shows Michael Brown as a huge bully who literally stole by brute force minutes before he died. That’s part of the facts in this case even if the DoJ and the Martin family lawyer don’t want the truth- just carefully pruned nuggets to suggest that Brown was an innocent snowflake gunned down by a racist cop for no reason other than “walking while black.”

Happy Nomad on August 18, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Brown Family ‘Appalled’ By Release of Surveillance Video, Says Attorney

In all tragedy there is macabre wondering.

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2014 at 11:50 AM

The exact reason for Obama’s return shortly after midnight remained unclear, though it appeared aimed in part at countering criticism that Obama was spending two weeks on the Massachusetts island in the midst of multiple crises.

I hate this “reporting” regardless if it’s on a Republican or Democratic president. Did anybody say or hint at this? No? OK, then let the reader decide why the President returned, rather than pass off flair-for-the-obvious speculation as reporting.

bobs1196 on August 18, 2014 at 11:51 AM

This clueless WH is blindsided when the sun comes up in the east every morning.

Midas on August 18, 2014 at 11:51 AM

LoL kwr

+1 buckeye

cmsinaz on August 18, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Let’s face it, it would be better if Obama just stayed on vacation. We need to stop making fun of him for all his time off, so that he’ll just stay away.

William Teach on August 18, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Also tends to destroy the narrative that the POTUS can easily perform his job while on vacation, because “communications”.

This is an easily available stick to beat him with: both events requiring him to travel back to DC were caused by his own actions.

Bif Malibu on August 18, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Obama: “This isn’t going so well. We need another crisis…. quick!”

flyovermark on August 18, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Oooof! +1

Key West Reader on August 18, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Just sayin’………….

VegasRick on August 18, 2014 at 11:54 AM

But….Obama can tell you the titles of the songs on the next Beyoncé record (unreleased) and when that Al Green “Best of” CD is coming out and what the hot new dance moves are on campus this fall and he has ordered that new fancy tech gadget which puts GPS tracking in ever golf ball….

albill on August 18, 2014 at 11:54 AM

This whitehouse would be blindsided by the sun rising in the east, is MSNBC did not tell them about it the night before.

Old Country Boy on August 18, 2014 at 11:43 AM

LOL, I just read this, sorry – wouldn’t have typed essentially the same thing as OCB – sorry! ;)

Midas on August 18, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Odumbo heard about it from the media, like everything else he hears about!

rjoco1 on August 18, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Why did King Putz really go back to DC? I doubt it has anything to do with Ferguson.

dogsoldier on August 18, 2014 at 11:54 AM

We need to take up a collection so Obama can get sat TV on his golf cart.

faraway on August 18, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Brown Family ‘Appalled’ By Release of Surveillance Video, Says Attorney

Dudes be crappin’ all ovah our law suit n stuff. Dang.

Key West Reader on August 18, 2014 at 11:55 AM

What ticks me off is this trial balloon being floated that the WH was “Blindsided”.

Hint, Hint Ivy College Boys & Girls: You can’t be blindsided if you are willing to *stay* informed…OTOH, you can’t claim ignorance if you follow same, so I guess this works out for you…

Instead of looking ignorant, you just look stupid …which are mutually exclusive, with the latter being worse.

BlaxPac on August 18, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Hold it, Ferguson is now saved and peace is there, forever!

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Obama found out about it , between golf rounds, from his most reliable intelligence source–the ‘NY Times’ editorial page.

MaiDee on August 18, 2014 at 11:56 AM

This clueless WH is blindsided when the sun comes up in the east every morning.

Midas on August 18, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Yep.

Remember back in December of 2008, when all the lefties were in a tizzy because Obama wouldn’t be sworn in until late January? They were squealing and rending their garments because it was so friggin’ obvious that Obama should be allowed to take office immediately, so that this super-genius could immediately get to work cleaning up all of Bush’s messes.

LOL. Good time, good times.

AZCoyote on August 18, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Amazing what our president learns when he reads a newspaper…

right2bright on August 18, 2014 at 11:28 AM

I wonder which publication he read it in?

Us Weekly, Jet, or Mad magazine?

txdoc on August 18, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Why did King Putz really go back to DC? I doubt it has anything to do with Ferguson.

dogsoldier on August 18, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Meh. Mooch emasculated him. Again.

Bummer.

Key West Reader on August 18, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Holder released a statement today claiming it was evidently racist for the conservative press to be using the dead 18 year old’s last name.

///

Walter L. Newton on August 18, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Blindsided?

Whatever happened to “unexpectedly”?

formwiz on August 18, 2014 at 11:57 AM

BlaxPac on August 18, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Yup.

When you’re disengaged from everything but golf, food and the beach, it’s amazing how easy it is to get “blindsided.”

dogsoldier on August 18, 2014 at 11:57 AM

I thought the DOJ had their Community Relations task force on the ground in Ferguson…

d1carter on August 18, 2014 at 11:57 AM

txdoc on August 18, 2014 at 11:57 AM

ValPac? You know.. the coupon thing?

Key West Reader on August 18, 2014 at 11:58 AM

The NAACP wants an apology from the Ferguson police department to the Brown family, presumably for releasing the videotape of the strong-arm robbery that preceded the shooting

Shouldn’t that be:

The NAACP wants an apology from the Brown family to the Ferguson community, presumably for failing to properly discipline Michael Brown, the man in the videotape of the strong-arm robbery that preceded the rioting

turfmann on August 18, 2014 at 11:58 AM

:::chin tug:::

Does Obama have the powah to oust a State’s Governor?

Key West Reader on August 18, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Oust anyone? This buunch?

All they would do is drive Nixon deeper into the country and let ‘em out somewhere…or maybe Mayor “Dead Bodies DO Vote” Emmanuel will offer him a place to live…

BlaxPac on August 18, 2014 at 11:58 AM

This is an easily available stick to beat him with: both events requiring him to travel back to DC were caused by his own actions.

Bif Malibu on August 18, 2014 at 11:52 AM

And, as was pointed out, both events came after the announced return from vacation for “meetings.” That being said, something’s afoot. Obama had to fly all the way back from Hawaii for sequestration negotiations. He was in a snit the whole time and left town again as soon as possible (the bill was auto-penned into law). So, whatever the reason for his return to DC, it is not fear that the public thinks he isn’t doing his job. The rat-eared bastard checked out of working months if not years ago.

Happy Nomad on August 18, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Is there really a “right” time for that video to come out? Wasn’t the decedent a gentle giant until its release and then those who knew him had to admit he wasn’t perfect? Did he deserve to die, no but until I know how much responsibility he has in the outcome, I don’t understand all the choreography.

Cindy Munford on August 18, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Oust anyone? This buunch?

All they would do is drive Nixon deeper into the country and let ‘em out somewhere…or maybe Mayor “Dead Bodies DO Vote” Emmanuel will offer him a place to live…

BlaxPac on August 18, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Nixon’s a Dem. He safe. Yo.

Key West Reader on August 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM

I thought the DOJ had their Community Relations task force on the ground in Ferguson…

d1carter on August 18, 2014 at 11:57 AM

They do, in the form of the New Black Panthers.

But that conflicts with Jay Nixon’s agenda. Hence, the “blindside”.

Bitter Clinger on August 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Should Nixon resign?

faraway on August 18, 2014 at 12:01 PM

The NAACP wants an apology from the Ferguson police department to the Brown family, presumably for releasing the videotape of the strong-arm robbery that preceded the shooting

Just think how outraged the Brown family will be when the police release the photos of the cop’s bruised and bloody face after “gentle giant” Mikey punched him and tried to take his gun from him.

AZCoyote on August 18, 2014 at 12:01 PM

The NAACP wants an apology from the Ferguson police department to the Brown family, presumably for releasing the videotape of the strong-arm robbery that preceded the shooting.

This demand is about as serious as Tom Hagen demanding an apology to Michael Corleone from the congressional committee in one of the Godfather flicks.

BuckeyeSam on August 18, 2014 at 12:01 PM

the call to the National Guard is not a federal issue but completely within state authority.

Well, that’s true of pretty much everything in this case, but that hasn’t stopped Holder from sticking his nose in.

Obama does have an option to federalize the National Guard in Missouri in order to take control of the situation there from Washington DC.

Actually, no he probably doesn’t. Once he nationalizes them – unless he’s declared martial law – they get hit with the posse comitatus act and can’t really stand around doing law enforcement work.

GWB on August 18, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Jackson’s explanation seems too cute by half,

What is this supposed to mean?

MistyLane on August 18, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Knowing how The One likes to shift the blame, he’s got Holder to point at:

(from his Aug 14 statement-interrupting his Martha’s Vineyard vaca)
“He{Obama} also said that Attorney General Eric Holder will work with local officials to find out what happened…the local authorities, including the police, have a responsibility to be open and transparent about how they are investigating that death and how they are protecting people in their communities

socalcon on August 18, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Is there really a “right” time for that video to come out? Wasn’t the decedent a gentle giant until its release and then those who knew him had to admit he wasn’t perfect? Did he deserve to die, no but until I know how much responsibility he has in the outcome, I don’t understand all the choreography.

Cindy Munford on August 18, 2014 at 11:59 A

Cindy.

If you were in a parking lot and you had a 6’4″ 290 pound male coming at you full force, ,would you shoot it? Or would you just let him kill you? That’s the question.

I know you have a very sweet and gentle heart. But sometimes, people just need to be stopped. By any means necessary. the officer was in distress. This man did NOT come after this officer with his hands up. He came at him like a Bull and he was shot like a Bull.

Now, let’s get the tox reports.

Key West Reader on August 18, 2014 at 12:04 PM

GWB on August 18, 2014 at 12:02 PM

King Putz, the imperious reader has been known to ignore those silly laws that are inconvenient for him.

dogsoldier on August 18, 2014 at 12:05 PM

I think the cops screwed up by releasing the store video. But only due to their timing.

We were two or three days away – at most – from pictures of an 8-year old Brown in his Easter outfit and stories of how he was on his way to help out at the local orphanage or old folks home.

This video would have been even more devasting to the race hustlers and the “race war” media vultures once the press had firmly planted that narrative.

Megyn Kellys Lipstick on August 18, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Comment pages: 1 2