During President Obama’s address to the nation following the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, previously known as Suspect 2 in the Boston Marathon bombing, a few things bothered me greatly. While I was pleased with the fact that the president spoke so quickly following this capture, that feeling wore off as soon as he started speaking. From delivery to substance, this was not a Presidential speech following the capture of a terrorist who terrorized and killed American citizens on American soil.
First of all, the president’s delivery was incredibly robotic. There was absolutely no emotion in his voice. There was no sound of anger. There was no sound of relief. There was no sound of resolve whatsoever. Instead, what I heard was a robotic, monotone president who said words that even he himself has not typically followed.
He chastised the American people, again, and said that ‘we should not rush to judgment’ about this terrorist bomber (like he rushed to judgment when saying that the Boston police acted stupidly years ago). He decided to finally mention the people and tragedy at West, Texas 2 days late during a time when the focus should have been jubilation due to the capture of a terrorist. He even quickly ran over the words “one nation under God”, with no pause and no reverence, so quickly that it seemed like he just wanted to get it out hoping that not many would notice.
To top it all off, President Lack of Compassion got the name of one of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing wrong. He got a victim’s name wrong! This was during prepared, rehearsed, robotically read remarks. The three victims of this terrorist attack in Boston were 29 year old Krystle Campbell, 8 year old Martin Richard, and 21 year old Lu Lingzi (pictured above). It was Lingzi’s name that Obama didn’t just mispronounce. He got it wrong! He called her Ling Su Lu. THAT is unexplainable, inexcusable, and downright insulting. The president’s full remarks can be seen below.
President Obama addresses the nation following the capture of Boston bombing suspect 2, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
“Tonight, there are still many unanswered questions. Among them, why did men who grew up and studied here as part of our communities and our country resort to such violence. How did they plan and carry out these attacks and did they receive any help. The families of those killed so senselessly deserve answers. The wounded, some of whom have to learn how to stand and walk and live again, deserve answers. And so, I have instructed the FBI, and the Department of Homeland Security, and our Intelligence community to continue to deploy all the necessary resources to support the investigation, to collect intelligence, and to protect our citizens. We will determine what happened. We will investigate any associations that these terrorist may have had and we will continue to do what we have to do to keep our citizens safe.”
“One thing we do know is that whatever hateful agenda that drove these men to such heinous acts will not, cannot prevail. Whatever they thought they could ultimately achieve, they have already failed. They failed because the people of Boston refused to be intimidated. They failed because as Americans, we refuse to be terrorized. They failed because we will not waver from the character, the compassion, and the values that define us as a country, nor will we break the bonds that hold us together as Americans. That American spirit includes staying true to the unity and diversity that makes us strong. In this stage of instant reporting, tweets, and blogs, there is a temptation to latch on to any bit of information, sometimes to jump to conclusions. But, when a tragedy like this happens, with public safety and the stakes so high, it is important that we do this right. That’s why we have investigations. That’s why we relentlessly gather the facts. That’s why we have courts. That’s why we take care not to rush to judgment. Not about the motivations of these individuals, certainly not about entire groups of people. After all, one of the things that makes America the greatest nation on earth, but also one of the things that makes Boston such a great city, is that we welcome people from all around the world. People of every faith, every ethnicity, from every corner of the globe.”
“So, as we continue to learn more about why and how this tragedy happened, let’s make sure that we sustain that spirit. Tonight, we think of all the wounded, still struggling to recover. Certainly, we think of Krystle Campbell. We think of Ling Su Lu (sic). We think of little Martin Richard. Their lives reflected all the diversity and beauty of our country and they were sharing a great American experience together. Finally, let me say that even as so much attention has been focused on the tragic events in Boston, understandably, we’ve also seen a tight-knit community in Texas devastated by a terrible explosion and I want them to know that they are not forgotten. Our thoughts and our prayers are with the people of West, Texas, where so many good people lost their lives, some lost their homes, many are injured, many are still missing. I’ve talked to Governor Perry and Mayor Muska and I’ve pledged that the people of West will have the resources that they need to recover and rebuild and I want everyone in Texas to know that we will follow through with those commitments.”
“All in all, it’s been a tough week. But, we’ve seen the character of our country once more. And as president, I’m confident that we have the courage and the resilience and the spirit to overcome these challenges and to go forward as one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Thank you everybody.”