Obama whining? Why, he’s almost a victim here.
President Obama condemned the killings of officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. But there have been calls for the nation’s first African-American president to do more to diffuse tensions after two grand juries cleared white officers in the deaths of black men.
As protests raged throughout the country, the White House debated ways to put President Obama at the center of the race and justice debate. Obama dismissed many as too showy or distracting. Among the ideas floated, a town hall on racial divisions, an event highlighting black and white churches building racial reconciliation, trips to memorialize Michael Brown or Eric Garner, or an ambitious national speech on race.
“The speech that needs to be had ultimately is the speech about citizenship and democracy,” said Ben Jealous, who led the NAACP from 2008 to 2013. “This president’s greatest power is to call citizens of the country into action to shape the future of their country. He should not give that up.”
Top advisers bristle at accusations the president is AWOL. They describe an intense push for law enforcement reform built around the president’s new task force due to report in early March. Obama spoke to its leader, Philadelphia police chief Charles Ramsey and New York police commissioner Bill Bratton hours after the police murders. In addition, top White House adviser Valerie Jarrett counseled New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on ways to reduce tensions.
Oh, Valerie Jarrett called? Well, that makes everything OK, we guess. Meanwhile, Obama’s dispatching the idiot Biden to attend one of the police funerals this weekend. He’s too lazy to put the golf clubs down and interrupt his vacation.
This pretty much sums up Obama’s stance on police shootings:
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