Today, as we heard the horrible news of Malaysian Air Shoot Down. It brought back memories of 1983 when the Russians shot down the passenger liner Korean Air Lines 007. That night President Reagan went on national television to address the nation. In heart felt words Reagan honored the dead, including our fellow Americans, then set the stage for world wide condemnation of the Soviet Empire.
In September 2011, George W. Bush stood in the ashes of the World Trade Center and shouted through that bullhorn that the terrorist would soon hear from us.
On Wednesday afternoon military intelligence officials and the CIA briefed Obama that they had detected at least one BUK surface to air Soviet missile system that was moved from Russian into the Ukraine. Apparently Barack was unphased. No worldwide warning went out nor were our allies notified.
Instead, this morning Obama boarded Air Force One to fly to Delaware to make a speech about how nasty Republicans are. While airborne he learned of the Malaysian Air shoot down. The State Department called and advised him that Americans were on board that plane. Upon arrival Obama did that "swing ape" descent from Air Force One, was driven to his speech event, climbed up on the stage and spent exactly 30 seconds by saying "we may have had a tragedy this morning". He then spent the next hour castigating Republicans for giving him only $15 billion for roads and bridges and spoke of how nasty Republicans are for blocking everything he wants to do.
Obama then climbed down from the stage, shook hands with local officials and said "I'm hungry, let's go get a burger". The photo op had been planned for days and neither the burnt corpses of Americans nor the other innocents could ruin Obama's appetite for both a photo op and a hamburger.
So there's another victim, apart from the Malaysian disaster; it is us. We no longer have a leader with even the smallest measure of stature. We no longer have a President who has a sense of time and place, or what a silly photo op might offer in the way of hurt, of American citizens, and certainly not for the families of those Americans who died in that horror.
Sad. Damned Sad.