Those who ever voted for Barack Obama owe our overseas friends an apology. For yesterday, a day of great gravity and tragedy, he once again not only acted unpresidential, but also with a complete lack of class and sensitivity.
Here’s the beginning of his comments in Delaware, supplied by the White House:
Hello, everybody! (Applause.) Everybody, please have a seat. Please have a seat. It is wonderful to be back in Delaware.
Before I begin, obviously the world is watching reports of a downed passenger jet near the Russia-Ukraine border. And it looks like it may be a terrible tragedy. Right now, we're working to determine whether there were American citizens onboard. That is our first priority.
Huh? Looks like it may be a tragedy? When he made these remarks, it was already well known the Malaysian Airlines plane has crashed from high altitude. And then his next sentence makes it sound like the reason that it may be a tragedy is that there may have been Americans aboard.
Now even I will give him enough credit that he surely did not mean it would be a tragedy if Americans were aboard; if it’s just Europeans and Malays then no big deal. But could he have worded his statement with less sensitivity? I don’t think Obama is a Kenyan, but he sure as heck is an Ugly American.
And I've directed my national security team to stay in close contact with the Ukrainian government. The United States will offer any assistance we can to help determine what happened and why. And as a country, our thoughts and prayers are with all the families of the passengers, wherever they call home.
Well, now that we’ve got that annoying event out of the way, let’s laugh it up!
I want to thank Jeremie for that introduction. Give Jeremie a big round of applause. (Applause.) It is great to be in the state that gave us Joe Biden. (Applause.) We've got actually some better-looking Bidens with us here today. (Laughter.) We've got Beau and his wife, Hallie, are here. Give them a big round of applause. We love them. (Applause.) We've got Governor Jack Markell. (Applause.) Senator Chris Coons, Congressman John Carney, County Executive Tom Gordon, and the Mayor of Wilmington, Dennis Williams. (Applause.) We've also got two terrific members of my Cabinet -- Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is here -- (applause) -- and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is here. (Applause.)
Jack Lew's signature is actually on your money. (Laughter.) Although it's kind of illegible. We teased him when he first became Treasury Secretary that he was going to have to fix his signature a little bit because it looked just like a caterpillar running along the bottom. (Laughter.)
If only we could fix our President.
And as if that is not bad enough, he went on as if it’s just another day. He went out for a photo op burger. Another crisis; another photo op. And he went to New York for fundraisers. Of course.
Couldn’t he at least look like he cares?