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OFFICIAL SCHEDULE: “NO PUBLIC EVENTS”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jul. 22, 2012) — As The Post & Email has been reporting for many months, the White House official schedule does not accurately reflect what Obama is doing in real time. The customary weekend “No Public Events” is all that is listed for July 21 and 22, respectively.
Nothing is posted for July 23, but a reporter with access to the official schedule states that Obama will be in California on Monday for a speaking engagement and fundraising events. Obama’s schedule is apparently made available only to certain organizations or individuals; it is not placed publicly on the White House website until after the fact.
Obama’s campaign has stated that it will not run advertisements this week in Colorado as a result of the mass murder which took place in the first hour of the morning of July 20, in which 12 people were killed and 58 others wounded in Aurora, CO. A second report states that ads will be withheld in Colorado through Monday.
Whatever his plans had been for the weekend, on Sunday Obama made a special trip to console families of victims and those recovering in local hospitals.
Obama had visited Aurora before.
When ten people were murdered by a gunman in Samson, AL in March 2009, Obama did not go to console a grieving community; he sent the U.S. Army, which was later declared a violation of the Posse Comitatus law by the Army’s Inspector General and from which arose a criminal complaint of treason which has never been addressed.
General Martin Dempsey had authority over Ft. Rucker at the time, from which the soldiers were deployed, and is now Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dempsey has stated to Congress that he considers it “irrelevant” in regard to making decisions to send U.S. military troops into combat situations around the world. Rather, he said he takes his orders from the “international community.”
Is the mainstream media sensationalizing the atrocity which occurred Friday morning?
After the Ft. Hood shooting on November 6, 2010, Obama did not visit until the memorial service on November 10. His behavior that evening was characterized by one writer as “disconnected and inappropriately light” as he proceeded with a scheduled Tribal Nations Conference. Obama had termed the murders, committed by a Muslim who had been communicating with radicals outside of the country, “an act of violence that would have been heartbreaking had it occurred anyplace in America” after giving a “shout-out” to someone about his health care plan.
Former President George W. Bush and his wife visited Ft. Hood the day after the shootings which killed 13 people and wounded 30. Some reports say that 12 people were killed because one of those slain was a pregnant female soldier. The Bushes’ visit was reported to have been “private” and done “in secret” without press coverage.
Obama vowed that Dr. Nidal Malik Hasan, the shooter, would be “met with justice — in this world and the next,” but he has yet to face trial. An Army general testified in front of a Senate committee that Hasan should have been discharged because of his “open displays of violent Islamist extremism.”
Putative Attorney General Eric Holder chose not to prosecute Hasan on charges of terrorism.
Like the Colorado shooting, most of those killed at Ft. Hood were young people.
Did the survivors of the attack need a visit from Obama with his Secret Service detail, or did they need privacy less than 72 hours after the “heinous” event took place?
On Friday, Obama went to what had been planned as a campaign event. Although he spoke about the Colorado tragedy, he began his speech by saying, “…There are a lot of people here who have been so engaged in the campaign and have sacrificed so much…people who have been involved since 2007. So I want all of you to know how appreciative I am. And I know many of you came here today for a campaign event; I was looking forward to having a fun conversation with you about some really important matters that we face as a country, and the differences between myself and my opponent in this election. But this morning, we woke up to news of a tragedy…”
Last fall, Colorado was described as a “pivotal” state in Obama’s re-election campaign. Today, Obama said in a press conference that he had an “opportunity” to visit with “each family” who lost someone in the attack. “My main task was to serve as a representative of the entire country…” he said.
Why did Obama “dash” to Colorado on Sunday?
Editor’s Note: The Post & Email extends its deepest condolences to all of those who lost loved ones in Friday’s atrocity.