Nate Jackson / July 12, 2016

Dallas Provides Presidential Contrast

Presidents Bush and Obama will speak today at a police memorial.

There will be a memorial service today in Dallas for the five police officers slain in the line of duty last Thursday. George W. Bush will speak, which is appropriate given his status as not only former president but former governor of Texas. He also lives in Dallas. After the murders, Bush said, “Laura and I are heartbroken by the heinous acts of violence in our city.” He commended the “dedication, professionalism, and courage of the Dallas Police Department,” and offered prayers for the families of the dead and for the wounded. It was, as is characteristic of Bush, full of graciousness and respect.

Barack Obama will also speak today, and that is far less welcome. His remarks both before and after the Dallas murders were full of bitterness and division, blaming police for systemic racism. On Sunday, he condemned those who attack officers … for doing a “disservice to the cause” of reforming criminal justice. And if it wasn’t racist cops, the problem was access to “powerful weapons.” Both grievances merely echoed politically charged themes Obama’s been harping on for his entire presidency.

Naturally, his Leftmedia super PAC was already at work. The New York Times “reported” on Obama’s speech preparation, fawning and lamenting on his behalf, “Mr. Obama approached the effort with the frustration of a man who has poured his heart and soul into similar speeches, only to later feel that nothing has changed and no one is listening.” Perhaps that’s because, for Obama, the concern is all about his political agenda, not for the officers or the real causes of such violence. As Fox News’ Brit Hume so eloquently put it, “The president has consistently chosen to see things through the eyes of an aggrieved black activist rather than of a president of all the people.”

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