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Obama's Ft. Hood Reaction is Far Worse than the Left's Smear of Bush's "Pet Goat" Moment

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Posted on November 7 2009 5:00 am
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Will President Barack Obama be able to avoid negative attention for his initial reaction to the Fort Hood Massacre?  His first speech after the killing of at least 13 soldiers on a US military base showed a complete lack of any presidential leadership.  It may (and should) go down in history as far worse than the “Pet Goat” incident.

On September 11, 2001 President George W. Bush heard a plane had hit the World Trade Center when he was about to hear elementary kids read a book to him at a school in Florida.  Bush had a whisper in his ear from Andrew Card about the plane while he was in front of a group of small children.  At that point the complete picture of a full scale terrorist attack was not known.  Bush knew something was happening, but he did not know how bad, and he did not want to frighten the kids in front of him.

The book the children read to him was called “The Pet Goat” and that incident has been used to attack Bush by the Left ever since.  Some have tried to use it to say Bush was a poor leader. Many (those we now know as 9-11 Truthers)  have even used the incident as “proof” that Bush knew 9-11 would happen.

Editor’s Note: For more on 9/11 Truthers see NewsReal’s “Crackpot Chronicles” series.

After meeting with the children and getting more information, President Bush gave a short but powerful press conference to the country.  It showed great leadership and clarity on what was going on. You can debate if he should have immediately ran out on the kids and then made his speech, but there is no debating the strength of his first public words on the incident.

As the world watched he started out his speech:

“Freedom itself was attacked this morning by a faceless coward, and freedom will be defended.”

Now compare that to Obama’s first public statement on the Ft. Hood Massacre.

While the world was watching and waiting for a strong President – what they got were comments about how good some little conference was and shout outs to a buddy of the President.  The media was reporting on a terrorist (though many are afraid to use that term) killing US soldiers on our own soil and they went to the President live, setting him up for one of those great Obama speech moments. But this is what we got as his first words:

“Let me first of all just thank Ken and the entire Department of the the Interior Staff for organizing just an extraordinary conference. Uh, I want to thank my cabinet members and senior administration officials who participated today. Uh, I hear that Dr. Joe “Medicine” Crow was around.  So I want to give a shout out…My understanding is, is that you uh had an extremely productive conference.”

You have got to be kidding me! Those type of comments go on for two minutes.  He ignores Ft. Hood while below his video feed, every cable news channel talks about a massacre and soldiers dead. When he finally gets to talking of Ft. Hood there is no sign of a President ready to respond to terrorism. As details scrolled on news feeders below him, his first words on the incident were:

“We don’t yet know all the details at this moment.  We will share them as we get them… We will make sure we get answers to every single question about this horrible incident… I hope all of you recognize the scope of this tragedy.”

President Obama then goes on to make closing comments about the conference he was at. He shows no grasp of “the scope of this tragedy.”

Remember the 2am phone call commercial that Hillary Clinton‘s campaign put out that questioned Obama’s readiness to lead in crisis?  That ad was meant to scare Democrat voters about Obama’s ability to lead. Well, the President’s reaction to the Ft. Hood Massacre should scare us all.

Editor’s Note: See NewsReal’s previous commentaries on the Fort Hood Massacre:

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