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Presidential or Prejudicial? POTUS Remarks in Dallas

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Presidential or prejudicial? POTUS Remarks in Dallas

David Reeder
The memorial service for five murdered police officers was very hard to watch. Truth be told, some of our Minions started it, then — and this is terrible, we know — turned away. Others sat through it out of respect, tough as it was. Afterward, much of the discussion centered on remarks made by President Barack Obama. Some of those remarks were spot on, and had they been delivered as part of a message of commiseration would have been, well, presidential. In their totality, however, they were interpreted by many as crass exploitation of what ought to have been a solemn event honoring and eulogizing murdered policemen, made for blatant political, even anti law enforcement, ends.

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So. This seems reasonable:

Well put. Hard to argue with.

Unfortunately, then there’s this — an eloquently phrased, well delivered few minutes on racism almost universally received by LEOs and LEO supporters as a grossly inappropriate arrogation of what was to have been a memorial service for the murdered officers. Some argue his comments were out of line. Some argue they were spot on, but delivered at entirely the wrong time in what is obviously not the right place.

Is this presidential, prejudicial, a moment of terrible judgement or just hubris?

Now, let’s show some contrast. Some point to this statement by former POTUS George W. Bush as an excellent example of the sort of message President Obama should have delivered. Others, in large part (as best we can tell) people who never cared for him in the first place, have described it as the pretty and timely delivery of platitudes.

As with virtually any topic, the contributors here at Breach-Bang-Clear have a variety of opinions on the matter, so I won’t pass unilateral judgement. I will say this: regardless of what President Obama intended, the decision to include those elements of his speech, however accurate, were taken very, very badly by many people where there and even more of those watching. I find it difficult to believe they were of any of any comfort to the families and friends of the murdered officers. I am certain they’ve further added to antipathy between what have become two tribes in a cultural conflict. There’s a time and a place for things; but as I see it, this was a blatant exploitation of a massive captive audience. It was tasteless, unseemly and entirely unworthy of the Office of President of the United States.

As POTUS, other political figures, and celebrities continue to pass public judgement on police-involved shootings long before the evidence comes out, as protests that should be constructive expressions of concern continue to devolve into the violent vilification of an entire career field and “the establishment”, as officers continue to be injured or even killed attempting to police those protests (in many cases protecting the protesters), it becomes harder and harder to view things with dispassionate equanimity. Even the most reasonable of us become less and less able to remain objective.

There are terrible things happening, truly terrible things, and nothings seems to change that. If you agitate for attacks on LEOs, you are exactly the same sort of despicable human a bigoted cop is. If you post a picture on social media of an officer getting his throat cut by a black man in a mask, you’re just worthless as the officer who posts in his Facebook feed that he’s wearing his plates that night because “the niggers are getting out of hand.” If you beat a black suspect down outside the ethical use of force, you’re no better than the protester who drops a rock on an officer from the bridge overhead.

If you’re the president who strays from a focused message of rapprochement and sympathy during a memorial service…well, you might not be part of the problem, but you damn sure aren’t part of the solution.

Do your fucking job.
-DR

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4 Comments

  1. Once again the Divider and Chief has taken an opportunity to show his true colors as an traditional American values hating, ethnic and racial divide then conquer TRAITOR that he is. Having been in Law Enforcement for 22 years I have never seen any institutionalized or systematic racism that he tries to make the public believe is out there. Have there been isolated incidents, sure. But this man continually makes it sound as if white cops deliberately go out hunting young black men to harass, arrest or exterminate.
    Is there a heightened awareness in certain black communities, I would have to say yes, but no one wants to address this issue, no one wants to ask why. Until we as a nation are ready to address both sides of this equation (why there is more crime which causes the heightened awareness) nothing is ever going to be resolved. In the area I work it is mostly a white population, however in our metropolitan housing areas I also patrol with a heightened awareness and suspicion, because this is where the crimes are taking place. This is where 90% (I feel Im being generous here)of the drug issues occur both dealing and consuming. One only need look at the calls for service to see we are CALLED to these areas more often. Does Obama and the black community for that matter want us to start ignoring these calls. That would be racism in my opinion.
    From what I have seen in my 22 years is criminals come from the breakdown of the family, kids being raised by one parent or no parent at all. This in turn leads to no motivation to achieve in school which leads to no motivation to do good work for an employer which leads to poverty and the perpetuation of the welfare state. It is not politically correct to point out that these people continually make poor life choices that got them in this state in the first place. No it is easier to point the finger at law enforcement who make arrest in places they are RESPONDING to and the objects (guns) that are used in crimes rather than address the real issues that cause the problem, people and their life choices.
    But hey who am I, Im just a street cop, an expendable person in fly over country clinging to….. Well you get the picture.
    Rest in Peace my Brothers You have fought the good fight.

  2. As a former green bennie and now police officer, I have had to suffer under this president during my deployments and on the streets of the city I serve. I watched the speeches before heading off to work in the city deemed the third most dangerous in Texas.

    I felt Bush delivered a message which a president should in a time when people are brought together in order to remember lives given in the line of duty. When the president stood up and spoke I did not want to listen but curiosity got the best of me. While he started strong and I agreed with about 80% of what he said, the 20% I did not agree with was utterly ridiculous.

    Respect in not something he will ever receive from me until he is willing to admit there is a serious problem in the ghetto black community. While a large majority of black people do not and are not the cause of the problem, that percent of those who are the problem are a very big problem.

    Making it seem as though there are trucks coming into the streets with crates of Glocks is outlandish. Suggesting police put on a badge and carry a gun in order to oppress the black community is unacceptable.

    I went to work that day and served an area in which the demographic is overwhelmingly black. I love this area because it reminds me of being overseas where most of the people are good but then there are a few shithead’s causing the problem. I felt as though my job became a little harder following Obama’s speech. So thank-you Obama for dividing races further and setting this country back decades.

  3. As someone who is a fan (somewhat) of Obama, and voted for him twice, I couldn’t agree more, BBC. Well said.

    I heard the remarks from friends who are staunchly against him, and I advocated an open ear.

    I try to actively listen, to hear those you’re against (and support), to hear their point of view.

    He started strong, but lost focus the rest of the way.

    Well said, BBC. You’ll always have a fan here, (provided I actively listen to each post).
    Good work as always.