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Washington Post: Obama Has Been Briefed On Ferguson

From a relieved Washington Post:

White House: Obama briefed on Ferguson

By Katie Zezima | August 14, 2014

VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. — The White House said early Thursday that President Obama has been briefed on clashes that again erupted between police and protesters in Ferguson, Mo., days after police shot and killed an unarmed black teenager…

We bet Obama was hopping mad too, when he found out. But just thank goodness he didn’t have to learn the terrible news from the TV. (Heck, he might not have a TV in his hotel room on Martha’s Vineyard.)

The White House said Obama was briefed on the situation Wednesday night by Attorney General Eric Holder and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett…

That is also very reassuring. Clearly, the country is in good hands. Although we are mildly surprised that Mr. Holder didn’t show up on the scene alongside his spiritual soul mate, the Reverend Sharpton.

The White House also said Obama will be notified by staff on the situation as needed, and is scheduled to be briefed on the latest developments in Ferguson Thursday morning…

Wow, Obama’s staff is simply relentless at keeping Obama abreast of important events. In fact, it’s a wonder they have let Obama get away with skipping half of his daily intelligence briefings over the years. But they must have their own set of priorities.

Obama is in the middle of a two-week vacation to Martha’s Vineyard. A White House official was criticized Wednesday night for tweeting about a party Obama attended as another night of unrest unfolded in Ferguson."

Those critics must feel pretty small now. After learning about how closely Obama is following the situation.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, August 14th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Washington Post: Obama Has Been Briefed On Ferguson”

  1. Rusty Shackleford

    And everyone in the country knows where he is while Furguson burns.

    (Say, could we rename Ferguson to something a little more cosmopolitan? Like, say, oh…..something like Benghazi?)

  2. Reality Bytes

    Never waste the opportunity to exploit tragedy.

  3. captstubby

    Justice Department division leading Ferguson investigation hasn’t had a director in more than a year
    In March, the Senate filibustered Obama’s pick to be the nation’s top civil rights lawyer because of election-year politics — and what’s happening in Missouri is unlikely to change that
    By Meredith Shiner, Yahoo News 5 hours ago Yahoo News

    The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, which has been tasked by Attorney General Eric Holder to help lead an investigation into the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, has been without a confirmed leader since July 2013.

    And because of Congressional gridlock and election-year politics, it’s likely that the civil rights department will not get a confirmed assistant attorney general any time soon.

    In March, the Senate blocked President Barack Obama’s pick to lead the division, civil rights lawyer Debo Adegbile. Seven Democrats joined Republicans in opposing Adegbile because of his leadership role at the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund, which in 2009 submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court on behalf of Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted in the 1981 murder of a Philadelphia policeman.

    Major police unions lobbied senators, especially in the Philadelphia area, to vote against proceeding on the Adegbile vote on the grounds that he sympathized with a cop-killer. A mix of senators up for re-election in 2014, red-state Democrats, and those representing Philadelphia-area constituents voted to filibuster the nomination.

    Spokespeople for the Department of Justice referred inquiries to the White House because the agency does not “really comment” on nominations. They declined to say whether the lack of a confirmed assistant attorney general affects the department’s operations.

    “Spokespeople for the Department of Justice referred inquiries to the White House because the agency does not “really comment” on nominations. They declined to say whether the lack of a confirmed assistant attorney general affects the department’s operations.

    and drum role please,

    “The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.”
    ‘badum tssssh’




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