Friday, July 18, 2014

Obama Jokes, Fundraises After 23 Americans Killed On Malaysia Airlines Plane Shot Down Yesterday

"This is a very sick man, this Obama."

That's what Mark Levin said last night on his radio show on the response, or lack thereof, from Richard Milhous Obama after he refused to cancel fundraisers in New York in light of yesterday's events. A Malaysia Airlines 777 was shot down over the Ukraine yesterday, and on board were 23 Americans (Fox News).

The Boeing 777 bound for Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam was shot down Thursday afternoon at cruising altitude about 35 miles from the border, according to Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine's Interior Minister.

Malaysia Airlines originally said there were 280 passengers and a crew of 15 aboard the flight, though it later upped the number of passengers to 283 to account for three infants.

The flight manifest reportedly included the names of 23 Americans, though U.S. officials were unable to confirm Thursday whether any Americans were onboard the plane.

The incident touched off immediate finger-pointing between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government. Eastern Ukraine separatist leader Alexander Borodai told Reuters that Ukrainian military forces shot the jet down, but Kiev denied involvement and labeled the incident a "terrorist act."
Even worse, Obama only addressed the airliner shoot down at a public event in Delaware for 40 seconds, saying it "may be a terrible tragedy." (UK Daily Mail).
President Barack Obama provoked fury in the U.S. on Thursday by casually devoting less than a minute to the deaths of 295 people aboard a Malaysian airliner, as he began an often jokey 16-minute speech about the need to expand America’s transportation infrastructure.

There are no confirmed American dead and the White House issued a statement on Thursday evening which said they were still seeking any 'information to determine whether there were any American citizens on board'.

An earlier Reuters report claimed that it was feared that as many as 23 U.S. citizens had perished. Obama declared in Wilmington, Delaware that 'it looks like it may be a terrible tragedy,' but not before enthusiastically declaring that 'it is wonderful to be back in Delaware.'

'Before I begin, obviously the world is watching reports of a downed passenger jet near the Russia-Ukraine border. And it looks like it may be a terrible tragedy. Right now we’re working to determine whether there were American citizens on board. That is our first priority.'

'And I've directed my national security team to stay in close contact with the Ukrainian governemnt. The United States will offer any assistance we can to help determine what happened and why. And as a country, our thoughts and prayers are with all the families and passengers, wherever they call home.

Obama then jarringly quickly returned to his prepared remarks.

'I want to thank Jeremie for that introduction' he said. 'Give Jeremie a big round of applause.'

'It is great to be in the state that gave us Joe Biden. We’ve got actually some better-looking Bidens with us here today. We've got Beau and his wife, Hallie, are here. Give them a big round of applause. We love them.'

Obama also acknowledged the presence of Treasury Secretary Jack Lew with a joke.

'Jack Lew’s signature is actually on your money,' he said, 'although it's kind of illegible. We teased him when he first became treasury secretary that he was going to have to fix his signature a little bit because it looked just like a caterpillar running along the bottom.'

From there he launched into a 16-minute speech about transportation projects he wants Republicans to fund, complaining bitterly about their objections to his end-runs around the federal legislature.
Just like the aftermath of Benghazi, or even the Ft. Hood jihadi shooting, it's always politics first. The only thing Obama hasn't done yet is blame the killing of these passengers on a YouTube video, or refer to their deaths as "bumps in the road."

Compare Obama's "ho-hum" response to the last time the Russians, then the Soviet Union, shot down a civilian airliner.

Not only that, but according to the New York Daily News...
In 1983, Ronald Reagan cut short his beloved Santa Barbara vacation after Soviet jet fighters blew Korean Air Lines Flight 007 from the skies
"Reagan knew the importance of the President of the United States getting on the plane and returning to take command in the place where the American people want their President to be," said Ken Duberstein, Reagan's chief of staff.

But not with Obama. If it hadn't been a fundraiser or campaign speech, he'd have probably ended his 40 second statement on the attack yesterday with, "I have to go, it's tee time."

He is a very sick man.

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