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Obama Issues Condolences Re Michael Brown Shooting

From the Washington Post:

Michael Brown shooting: Obama expresses condolences, calls for ‘reflection’

By Wesley Lowery, Katie Zezima and Mark Berman August 12, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. — President Obama on Tuesday offered his “deepest condolences” to the family and community of Michael Brown, an unarmed black Missouri teenager who was shot to death by police Saturday.

Wonder if the media will end up reporting that Michael Brown was unarmed even more times than they noted that Trayvon Martin was unarmed. (And never mind that unarmed people can still be dangerous. As was the case with Mr. Martin.)

In a statement, Obama said … “I know the events of the past few days have prompted strong passions, but as details unfold, I urge everyone in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country, to remember this young man through reflection and understanding,” Obama said. “We should comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds. Along with our prayers, that’s what Michael and his family, and our broader American community, deserve.” …

Well, at least Obama didn’t say the cops ‘acted stupidly.’ Or, that if he ‘had a son he would look like Michael Brown.’ And he didn’t even blame a video on YouTube. So maybe he is learning. Still, we didn’t hear any condemnation of the looting and rioting. Why is that? Isn’t looting and rioting wrong no matter what?

Obama’s comments came after protests over Brown’s death turned contentious late Monday and early Tuesday, leading to an hours-long standoff in Ferguson between several dozen local residents and dozens of officers in full riot gear just blocks from where he was killed.

The protests "turned contentious"? Isn’t that a bit of an understatement in view of the rioting and looting?

By the way, are we sure that all of the protesters are residents? All of the looters who have been arrested so far have been from outside of Ferguson.

Law enforcement officers lobbed tear gas canisters and shot rubber bullets at enraged protesters who refused to clear the street… Some residents stood down police dogs, armored vehicles and pointed guns while chanting, “we’re unarmed don’t shoot.”

Excellent. The media loves scenes of police dogs attacking innocent protesters.

Not long after Obama’s statement, the Federal Aviation Administration said that it had banned flights from operating below 3,000 feet over Ferguson, at the request of police. The agency’s notice said it was issued “to provide a safe environment for law enforcement activities.”

The temporary restrictions were implemented at the request of the St. Louis County, Mo., Police Department. Police asked for the restrictions on Monday because their helicopter was shot at “multiple times on Sunday night,” Brian Schellman, a spokesman for the police, said in an e-mail to The Post.

Which Obama also failed to condemn.

The consensus — among many residents, community leaders, and journalists both visiting and local — is that the unrest that has gripped this town for fours days has only just begun…

Well, that’s their hope, anyway. And they will all do their best to try to make the wish the father of the deed.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Obama Issues Condolences Re Michael Brown Shooting”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    No condolences for the many victims of Black on White assaults, or the dead of Chicago or the thousands dead along or Southern border .. etc etc ad nauseum ..

    • Petronius says:

      I suppose the President is a busy man, and hasn’t had time yet to weigh in on the recent murder-by-strangulation of Maggie Daniels, the North Carolina Teacher of the Year, while her accused murderer smirks in court.

      (Sounds of crickets chirping.)

      Nor has there been an opportunity to issue condolences and calls for comfort regarding the savage beating of Steve Utash, who remains in a coma up in Detroit, while the perps laughed about it in court.

      (More crickets chirping.)

      Or the senseless murder of 42 year-old John Palmer Shelley, married father of two and Collierville, TN contractor, gunned down by three black killers after he had already surrendered his wallet.

      (chirp … chirp …)

      And the brutal murder of devout Christian and proud father-to-be Nathan Trapuzzano, who, while out jogging in Indianapolis, was forced to strip naked at gunpoint, humiliated, then murdered by Simeon “Red” Adams.

      Or Adiele and Marley Galbraith, ages 6 and 4, and their father.

      And baby Antonio Santiago.

      (chirp … chirp … chirp …)

      Or Chris Lane, 22 year-old Australian ballplayer shot in the back while jogging. (Seems that jogging in America can be hazardous to one’s health.) Or 89 year-old WW2 vet Delbert Belton. And 62 year-old Jeffrey Babbitt, retired train conductor.

      And retirees Nancy Strait and her husband Bob Strait. And 99 year-old Fannie Gumbinger up in Poughkeepsie. Or Jason Taylor Paul, 22, working two jobs while going to school, murdered by Mychal King because (Mychal said) he was having a bad day. (Guess Jason Taylor Paul had sort of a bad day, too, huh?)

      Or Eve Carson, Morgan Harrington, Anne Pressley, Channon Christian, Heather Muller, Ann Walenta, Laura Dickinson, Emily Haddock, Beverly Hope Melton, Brianne Ginty, Wendy Fisher, Lauren Burke, Jennifer Ross, Kristen Warneke, Julie Love, Pam Gentry, Sandra Rogers, Lena Triano, Bonita King, Carissa Horton, Tracey McBride, Ann Harrison, Ashley Neeves, Pam Kinamore, Gina Wilson Green, Charlotte Pace, Chelsea Porter, Eugenia Calle, Brittny Watts, Lauren Garcia, Ashley King, Sabina Rose O’Donnell, Sharlotte McGill, Shannon Collins, Nancy Harris, Jacqueline Gardner, Martha Jones, Elizabeth Hucheson, Lily Burk, Jacqueline Wisniewski, Aysha Dawn Ring, Nicola Furlong, Christina Edkins, Brenna Machus. Adiele and Marley Galbraith, Colleen Ritzer, Stephanie Neiman, and Kimberly Leto.

      (chirp … chirp … chirp … chirp ….)

      Yes, those things –– and the conspiracy of silence surrounding them –– “they kind of speak for themselves,” don’t they?

      So “you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk,” right?

      Yes, “We’ve made enormous strides, but you’re going to continue to see this percolate up every so often.” (In fact, lately we’re seeing it percolate up at an exponential rate.)

      But it would probably be in bad taste to mention it, so I won’t.


  2. Petronius says:

    Implicit in the President’s public announcement of his “deepest condolences” and call for comfort and healing is the assumption that this is an unambiguous case of murder-by-police.

    Whereas in former times (before the Age of Obama), such determinations were normally left for courts and juries to decide.

  3. captstubby says:

    “I suppose the President is a busy man, and hasn’t had time …”

    “What will be clear to you as the president goes through the next several days is that he will be paying all of the necessary attention to make sure that American interests are represented in each of these circumstances,” Earnest said. “He can do that through phone calls. He can do that through conversations with staff either in Washington, around the globe, or traveling with him along the West Coast. That will be the urgent priority.”

    White House press secretary Josh Earnest

    Revealed: Obama’s record-breaking effort to tap wealthy donors for cash
    Obama has made 30 separate fundraising trips since April – more than twice the rate of his two-term predecessors – in bid to help Democrats win in 2014 midterm elections.
    Dan Roberts in Washington and Kenton Powell in New York theguardian.com, Tuesday 12 November 2013
    President Obama talks with Justin Timberlake in April. The president has clocked up more than 20,000 miles travelling to the fundraisers.

    A record-breaking fundraising spree by Barack Obama has seen him make 30 separate visits to wealthy donors since April, according to a Guardian investigation into campaign finance trips that are running at more than twice the rate of the president’s two-term predecessors.
    Although unable to run again for election himself, Obama is estimated to have raised up to $40m for other Democrats since his last inauguration in January as he devotes a growing portion of the second term to financing efforts aimed at winning back control of Congress in next year’s midterm elections.
    Travelling to the 30 fundraisers, mostly held in private mansions and luxury hotels across 10 cities, has also required him to clock up more than 20,000 miles on Air Force One at an estimated cost to the US taxpayer of more than $6m.
    In contrast, the Guardian research reveals presidents of both parties previously averaged only 13 fundraisers in the equivalent period of their second terms. George W Bush attended just 11 similar events, Bill Clinton managed 18 and Ronald Reagan only 10.

    President Barack Obama has been on a third as many vacations as George W. Bush had at this point in his presidency, according a statistical analysis of the two presidencies that was published today.
    By CBS News Correspondent and White House historian Mark Knoller’s count, President Obama has taken 20 vacations, including the one he is currently on in Martha’s Vineyard, since he took office in January of 2009.
    Bush had taken a whopping 58 vacations midway through his second term, Knoller told Yahoo News.
    The current occupant of the White House still has his predecessor beat by a long shot in terms of the number of fundraisers he’s attended and golf games he’s played, however.

    Obama has hit the links 186 times since taking office, according to Knoller’s records. Bush only played 24 rounds of golf throughout his entire presidency.
    Then-president Bush put a halt to the hobby after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, explaining years later that he felt ‘playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal.’
    ‘I don’t want some mum whose son may have recently died to see the commander-in-chief playing golf. I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity as best as I can with them,’ Bush said in 2008.
    Meanwhile, President Obama has went golfing three times this week already while on holiday in Massachusetts even as the U.S. launched airstrikes on Islamic extremists in Iraq and contemplated a humanitarian rescue of Iraqis stranded on a mountain.
    Bush attended far fewer political fundraisers that Obama while living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, as well.
    In announcing Obama’s 400th fundraiser as president on twitter Monday, Knoller said Bush had headlined 224 cash-gathering events at the same point in time.


    Obama’s 18th visit to the Bay Area as president – an in-and-out fundraising stop – is handing GOP opponents an opportunity to needle him for hitting up wealthy donors for contributions at a time of international crises.
    Even some loyal partisans say they’re scratching their heads about the president’s strategy.
    “It defies every principle,” Garry South, former adviser to Gov. Gray Davis and a Democratic consultant, said of Obama’s pure-fundraising itinerary. “Official activities should always drive the schedule.”
    Set 2 weeks ago
    The three-stop fundraising trip to the West Coast was set up two weeks ago, before the Israeli-Gaza conflict erupted and a Malaysian passenger jet was shot down over Russian separatist-controlled territory in Ukraine.
    South acknowledged that “the president has to raise money. They all do it. They’ve all done it.”
    But he added, “You potentially blunt the criticism if you plan your fundraising trips with official activities – and (the Obama White House) has not been good at doing that. It’s a five-hour-and-50-minute flight out here (from Washington) … so why not twin it with something where people see you in your official capacity?”
    ‘I don’t understand’
    If Obama’s friends weren’t defending him, his foes weren’t about to come to his rescue.
    “I don’t understand this president,” Obama’s 2008 Republican opponent, Arizona Sen. John McCain, said Sunday on Fox News. “The crisis on the border and he did the fundraisers, the fundraisers in New York while there are major, major conflicts … I do not understand it.”
    Ken Goldstein, University of San Francisco professor of politics, said Obama is simply doing what has been de rigueur for Democratic candidates for years: “You come to California and the Bay Area to raise a lot of money from the people in new media, so you can spend it on old media in battleground states.”
    White House press secretary Josh Earnest, at a briefing Tuesday, bridled at questions about the appropriateness and timing of the trip.
    “What will be clear to you as the president goes through the next several days is that he will be paying all of the necessary attention to make sure that American interests are represented in each of these circumstances,” Earnest said. “He can do that through phone calls. He can do that through conversations with staff either in Washington, around the globe, or traveling with him along the West Coast. That will be the urgent priority.”

    How Obama is saving the DNC money on his fundraising trips — at your expense
    By Susan Crabtree | July 23, 2014
    Over the last few weeks Obama has made a practice of sprinkling in a few public-policy speeches on trips devoted mostly to fundraising, even as he’s faced new foreign policy crises in Ukraine and Gaza.
    His top spokesman says he’s not letting the money chase distract him from his commander-in-chief responsibilities and would not hesitate to make changes to his schedule if duty calls.
    “When the president travels, he travels with an array of staff and advisers and communications equipment that allows him to do his job from wherever he happens to be,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday. “And if it becomes clear that there’s a need for him to come back to the White House in order to fulfill those functions, then we’ll make a change in his schedule.
    “Right now, it’s not apparent that that’s the case,” he added.
    But critics say the fundraising visits — one of which will take place at the Beverly Hills home of the producer of the ABC-TV series “Scandal” — during crises at home and abroad are particularly ill-timed because they’re funded by taxpayer dollars.
    “What I think the president has failed to do is the job he was paid to do, which is to lead the country, and where legislation is necessary, to engage with those who actually pass legislation, which is all of us.,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday.
    And if Obama includes a public event on a trip otherwise dedicated to convincing supporters to write checks, the Democratic National Committee and other party arms that benefit only have to pay back a fraction of the Air Force One travel costs.

    And if Obama includes a public event on a trip otherwise dedicated to convincing supporters to write checks, the Democratic National Committee and other party arms that benefit only have to pay back a fraction of the Air Force One travel costs.
    While Obama can rely on Air Force One and other military aircraft at his disposal for official business, federal election laws require the DNC or individual campaigns that benefit to pay for these presidential perquisites at just a fraction of the costs — the equivalent of a commercial airline ticket — whenever he or other administration officials use those federal government resources for political activity.
    Like many of his predecessors, Obama tends to piggyback official events onto fundraising trips, further diminishing the costs the DNC must repay the U.S. Treasury, and figuring out the details of just how much they must reimburse taxpayers for the mixed trips is complicated and opaque, confounding even the most experience federal election law experts.
    Brett Kappel, an expert on election law at Arent Fox, said the formula has long been a mystery. The only clarification he’s received since 2012 is that now the DNC, not the president’s re-election campaign, must reimburse the U.S. Treasury.
    Meredith McGehee, policy director at the Campaign Legal Center, says the reimbursement rate on mixed events has remained a mystery over the course of several presidencies and only the White House counsel knows the formula.
    “The White House counsel seems to hold the key to this in every administration,” she said.
    Regardless of the murky laws requiring some level of reimbursement, McGehee said taxpayers end up footing most of the president’s fundraising travel bill.
    While McGehee doesn’t take issue with the taxpayer-funded fundraising travel, she is concerned about “the lack of transparency for the whole process.”
    Despite Obama’s pledge to run the most transparent administration in history, the White House and the DNC have done nothing to clarify the situation.
    DNC spokesman Michael Czin said “the DNC reimburses for political travel as dictated by relevant federal rules and regulations, as in previous administrations” but did not elaborate about how the party determines the formula for mixed events.
    The White House spokesman did not return a request for comment by press time.
    A search of DNC Federal Election Commission reports turned up $227,000 in payments so far this year to the White House Airlift Office, which organizes and plans all presidential travel. Last year, the DNC reimbursed the same office approximately $1.2 million and in 2012, during Obama’s re-election campaign, the party committee paid $1.7 million.
    Those figures are just a minor fraction of the costs of operating Air Force One, with its extensive advance teams, Secret Service agents, vehicles and military and civilian personnel required to travel with the president.
    The Air Force estimates the cost of operating Air Force One, a modified Boeing 747, at $228,000 to $288,000 an hour.
    After this latest West Coast swing, Obama will have done 77 fundraising events across the country so far this year, according to Brendan Doherty, a political science professor at the U.S. Naval Academy and an authority on presidential fundraising and travel.
    Obama has hosted more fundraisers than the last 5 presidents…combined
    April 30, 2012 by Morgen Richmond
    Barack Obama has already held more re-election fundraising events than every elected president since Richard Nixon combined, according to figures to be published in a new book.
    Obama is also the only president in the past 35 years to visit every electoral battleground state in his first year of office.
    The figures, contained a in a new book called The Rise of the President’s Permanent Campaign by Brendan J. Doherty, due to be published by University Press of Kansas in July, give statistical backing to the notion that Obama is more preoccupied with being re-elected than any other commander-in-chief of modern times.
    Doherty, who has compiled statistics about presidential travel and fundraising going back to President Jimmy Carter in 1977, found that Obama had held 104 fundraisers by March 6th this year, compared to 94 held by Presidents Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush Snr, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush combined.
    If these figures are accurate, and apparently they are, I don’t know what is more contemptible: that the most ethical President ever has spent more time raising money than his 5 predecessors combined, or that virtually no one within the mainstream media has seen fit to track and report this. I don’t know, might this possibly have some connection to the fact that President Obama has no legislative accomplishments to speak of over the past year? Just spit-balling here, but this seems like a story angle the media probably would have shown an interest in from say 2001-2008. After all, they seemed pretty interested in tracking the number of rounds of golf President Bush played. But I guess even this is no longer considered newsworthy since, with 93 rounds of his own, President Obama has already exceeded his predecessors total over two full terms by almost a 4 to 1 ratio.

    Taxpayers footing bill for Obama’s trip to the West Coast
    By Brianna Keilar and Adam Aigner-Treworgey, CNN
    September 28, 2011
    Washington (CNN) — During President Barack Obama’s three-day swing through the states of Washington California and Colorado, he fielded questions at a town hall meeting in Silicon Valley and visited a high school in Denver. Two official events to promote his jobs plan.
    Compare that to seven fundraisers he headlined, raising at least $8 million for his re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
    Who paid for the trip? You did. And so did we. Taxpayers are footing the bill for almost the entire trip, which also cost millions of dollars.
    It’s standard practice for presidents, both Democratic and Republican, to go on predominantly fundraising trips with taxpayer’s paying for most of the travel costs. It’s completely legal. Do some official White House business on the trip and — voila! — the president’s re-election campaign and party shoulder very little of the cost.
    “Usually, a political party only covers a fraction of the costs of presidential travel, usually in the single digit percentages,” says Pete Sepp with the National Taxpayers Union, a nonpartisan nonprofit group against wasteful government spending. “Most of the money raised really comes at a free cost to the parties. They only reimburse for a few hundred thousand dollars, on a given trip, if tax payers are lucky.”
    The price tag on presidential travel is exorbitant. Air Force One costs $181,757 per flight hour to operate, according to the Air Force. There’s a C-17 military support plane to fly the president’s limousines to his destination, perhaps another if Marine One will be used during the trip.
    And the personnel: the salary costs of a Secret Service detail and dozens of White House staffers who also required meals, transportation and hotel rooms. There are also local security costs like overtime pay for police officers who escort the presidential motorcade or provide security along the travel route.
    There is little transparency in determining the cost of presidential travel. A White House spokesman declined to say how the White House and the DNC divided the cost of Obama’s western trip, citing security concerns. Other administrations have declined to comment on the same grounds.
    A report conducted by the Democratic-controlled House Oversight and Government Reform Committee while President George Bush was in the White House concluded taxpayers paid for about 97% of presidential travel, the Republican Party just 3%.
    Sepp says there’s no reason to believe the breakdown is much different with the Obama administration or other White Houses.

    President Obama has held 393 fundraisers in his six years in office
    Sebastian Payne July 16
    On Thursday morning, President Obama is off to a party fundraiser in New York. Next week, he’s flying to the west coast for another fundraiser with the Hollywood glitterati. When Obama was in Denver last week, he attended no less than four cash-gathering events in the space of 24 hours.

    In his first term, Obama attended more fundraising events than any other president in recent history. According to author Brendan J. Doherty, from 2008 to 2012 Obama went to 321 events, compared to just 80 for Ronald Reagan. And, as the chart below shows, he’s done 72 events in his second term – 34 this year alone. So far, he’s ahead of the pace of George W. Bush, who had been to 30 events at this point in 2006. In his two presidential terms combined, Bush hosted 318 fundraisers. Obama has already smashed that number with 393 events to date.

    Bill Clinton holds the record, however, having held 638 fundraising events in two terms. By this point in his second term, Clinton had hosted 127 fundraisers, meaning Obama has a ways to go to take the title as fundraiser-in-chief.

    all hail the Campainer in Chief.

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