Rightly so. He took that speech and jammed it into the ground. Very sad to see the leader of the Free World do such a thing.
President Obama sparked a backlash on Twitter after making comments on gun control during a speech honoring the five fallen police officers killed in last week’s sniper attack in Dallas.
As he led a memorial to the officers alongside former President George W. Bush in Texas on Tuesday, Obama made unifying comments about the relationship between police and black communities, trying to articulate the viewpoints of both.
Obama spoke near five empty chairs for the white police officers killed last week by a black man seeking vengeance for police killings.
Behind him, underscoring his message of unity: Dallas police officers, a racially diverse church choir and local officials who ranged from black Police Chief David Brown to Bush, a Dallas resident.
But then Obama waded into more controversial territory when he spoke of gun control, saying: ‘We flood communities with so many guns that it is easier for a teenager to buy a Glock than to get his hands on a computer.’
It led to criticism on Twitter from conservatives and reporters, who branded him ‘the worst’ for the polarizing remarks during the speech.
Ben Shapiro, the editor of the conservative Daily Wire, wrote on Twitter: ‘Cops murdered by racist. Obama eulogizes them by lying about cops and gun control. What a nasty piece of goods.’
Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich said: ‘How am I surprised Obama would use a memorial for police to lecture about gun control and politics? He is the worst.’
Josh Kraushaar, politics editor at the National Journal, added: ‘Agree or disagree, the second part of Obama’s speech polarizing. Felt like a State of the Union for a moment based on who was applauding.
Before arriving in Dallas, Obama had called the families of the two men killed, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
The president, echoing Dallas Police Chief David Brown, said the country expected too much of its police force ‘and we ask too little of ourselves.’
‘As a society we choose to under-invest in decent schools, we allow poverty to fester so that entire, we refuse to fund drug treatment and mental health programs,’ Obama said.
‘We flood communities with so many guns that it is easier for a teenager to buy a glock than get his hands on a computer or even a book,’ the president continued.
‘And then we tell the police, you’re the social worker, you’re the parent, you’re the teacher, you’re the drug counselor, we tell them to keep those neighborhoods in check at all costs, and do so without causing any political blowback or inconvenience, don’t make the mistake that might disturb our own peace of mind and then we feign surprise when periodically the tensions boil over,’ the president added.
Bush, in a rare public appearance said, ‘the shock of this evil has not faded,’ taking the stage at the Morton H. Meyerson Sympnony Center before his successor.
The former president and Dallas resident called the slain officers ‘the best among us’ and said the Dallas Police Department has ‘been mighty inspirations for the rest of the nation.’
President Obama followed Brown onstage, who spoke the lyrics of Stevie Wonder’s ‘As,’ to show love to his fellow officers.
‘I’m so glad I met Michelle first, because she loves Stevie Wonder,’ President Obama said once he took the stage.
Becoming quickly solemn, Obama spoke of the Bible.
‘Scripture tells in in our suffering there is glory because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance character and character hope,’ the president said.
‘Sometimes the truths of these words are hard to see,’ he continued.
‘Right now those words test us,’ Obama added.
The president went back to that night, acknowledging that the police officers became targets because they were helping protesters act on their constitutional rights.
‘For awhile the protest went on without incident and despite the fact that police conduct was the subject of the protest, despite the fact that there must have been signs or slogans or chants which with they profoundly disagreed,’ Obama said.
‘These men and this department did their jobs like professionals that they were,’ the president noted.
‘Then around 9 o’clock the gunfire came. Another community torn apart. More hearts broken, more questions about what caused and what might prevent another tragedy,’ the president said.
The president said he realized that Americans were struggling: ‘First the shootings in Minnesota and Baton Rouge, the protests, then the targeting of police by the shooter here.’
‘An act not just of demented violence but of racial hatred,’ Obama said.
The three incidents together exposed some of the ‘deepest fault lines’ of the American democracy, Obama continued and widened some wounds.