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Character Counts

Posted by: John Schroeder at 06:11 am, April 18th 2013     —    Comment on this post »

Says Time of yesterday’s presser by the president in the wake of the defeat of a gun control measure in the Senate:

Calling the defeat of his gun control efforts “a pretty shameful day for Washington,” a defiant and angry President Barack Obama announced in the Rose Garden Wednesday that the fight would go on.

Stoned faced and curt, the President used unusually pointed words to criticize the 45 Senators, including four Democrats, who successfully defeated the bill, which would have expanded mandatory background checks to gun shows and online sales. Obama said the bill met his own test of worthwhile gun regulation, but “too many Senators failed theirs.”

Frankly, I think they are being kind. Here’s the video:

It was a childish, petty and petulant little fit worthy of any toddler that has had his or her toy taken away.

Says Ecclesiastes:

The end of a matter is better than its beginning;
Patience of spirit is better than haughtiness of spirit.
Do not be eager in your heart to be angry,
For anger resides in the bosom of fools. (Eccl 7:8-9)

Yesterday, President Obama abandoned all pretext of leadership.  Our nation has to rise above this sort of churlish tantrum and whine fest if things are to truly get better.  A president leads a nation, not merely asks for laws and executes those that exist.  This sort of behavior on the part of the president leads the nation down paths it does not want to proceed.  Much more of this and the nation will resemble nothing so much as a pre-school.

Not to mention the fact that he threw this little tantrum before the dead of the Boston Marathon bombing have even been buried.  Does the grief of the Newtown families outweigh the grief out of Boston?  And who the h^%$ is he to decide if it does?

There was shame in Washington yesterday alright.  But I’m thinking Obama tried to lay it on the wrong end of Pennsylvania Avenue.


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