Jack Strayer: President Obama’s explosive weekPublished 10:26am Saturday, April 27, 2013
By Jack Strayer, Speaking From Experience
I just crumpled up and threw away the column I spent the weekend writing because it suddenly became outdated by the swift pace of the national news cycle.
The column I trashed was about the lack of concern regarding the 11 first responders killed by last Wednesday’s fertilizer plant blast in West, Texas, and how the Boston Marathon terrorist attacks and the grizzly shoot-out with the Chechen brothers Tsarnaev on Thursday became the bigger story.
My column became trash when President Obama announced on Monday that he would attend the memorial service in West, Texas, for the fallen first responders on Thursday, April 25, the day before my column runs.
It was not a good week for President Obama. Shortly after the bombing at the Marathon, the President’s political advisors were already (wrongly) suggesting that the terrorists were probably right-wing, gun-totin’ anti-government, tax-hating Americans, because the bombings occurred on April 15. Obama spoke that night and did not use the word “terrorist” and that upset a lot of people at Fox News.
Senate Republicans suggested that the CIA and the FBI were to blame for letting this happen and that Obama was “lax” about admitting terrorist attacks by radical Islamic jihadists were happening on his watch. Partisan politics was now being played while Boston’s Boyleston Street was still wet with blood.
Then, on Wednesday, the Senate defeated the already watered down gun control bill that 90 percent of Americans supported. The President was crushed as were the families of the Sandy Hook victims, and 90 percent of Americans.
Then the blast in West, Texas, and the horror of an entire town being leveled by a fertilizer explosion filled our television screens.
But on Friday night, the surviving Tsarnaev brother was captured and we knew justice would be served.
Now that President Obama will be attending yet another memorial service for victims of unspeakable tragedy, I am glad that I trashed my original column critical of the President. He has enough on his plate and deserves our emotional support.