The horrific events over Ukraine are getting worse by the minute.
A Malaysian airliner cruising at 33,000 feet over the Ukraine was shot down on Thursday — killing all 295 aboard, including 23 Americans — and the government blamed pro-Russian Ukrainian militants.
The Boeing 777 headed from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed near the Russian border about 4:30 p.m. local time after it was shot down by a Russian rocket, an adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Minister said.
The adviser, Anton Gerashenko, said on his Facebook page the plane was hit by a missile fired from a Russian-made Buk rocket launcher.
As they say, why let a crisis go to waste:
"I'm starving," said Pres Obama as he sat down to lunch with letter writer Tanei Benjamin. He order a cheeseburger and fries. (Medium well)
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) July 17, 2014
Does Mooch know about this?
Pool: The president ordered a 4-ounce “Pit special,” which is burger with fries. He asked for it to be done medium well, w/ lettuce+tomato
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) July 17, 2014
We hear he likes his dog rare.
Twenty-three dead Americans? Pfft.
President Obama has plenty of influential folks from Delaware working for him, including Vice President Biden and White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer. So it’s no surprise the president decided to stop off at the Charcoal Pit, a legendary restaurant just north of Wilmington, Del. on Thursday.
Known for its burgers and sundaes. Obama shook hands and mingled with many of the diners, stopping at one point to pick up seven-month old Jaidyn Oates, and pose for a photo. He invoked Biden’s name multiple times, noting to some diners, “Me and Joe, we share shakes all the time,” and to others, “Biden told me the burgers are pretty good.”
Notice he starts his sentences with Me.
— Mongo the Bear (@oldcalidude) July 17, 2014
Update: Finished with his photo op and Pit Burger, the so-called Commander-in-Chief issued a strongly-worded condemnation. Just kidding:
President Obama: The world is watching reports of a downed passenger jet… looks like it may be a terrible tragedy. http://t.co/38WUYiHx6w
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 17, 2014
It’s going to be a busy day dealing with this international crisis, so it’s off to some fundraisers, of course:
President Barack Obama is traveling to New York City Thursday for two campaign fundraising events during a national transportation tour.
He is scheduled to attend one event for the Democratic Party and another for the House Majority PAC, which tries to help Democrats win House seats. They are being held at separate private homes in Manhattan and are closed to media coverage.
Obama will spend about five hours in the city, arriving at Kennedy airport at 4 p.m., then heading to the fundraisers. He will return to the White House just after 9 p.m.