The Obama administration is trying to get ahead of the curve with muted statements about the assassination of two New York City police officers Saturday night.
“The officers who serve and protect our communities risk their own safety for ours every single day — and they deserve our respect and gratitude every single day,” President Obama said, according to the New York Times. “Tonight, I ask people to reject violence and words that harm, and turn to words that heal — prayer, patient dialogue and sympathy for the friends and family of the fallen.”
Attorney General Eric Holder also issued a statement that was a far cry from the passion he showed in the aftermath of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, both of whom perished in altercations with police officers.
But then again,”they’re not gay football players,” Educatéd Hillbilly (@RobProvince) pointed out in a tweet.
“I condemn this afternoon’s senseless shooting of two New York City police officers in the strongest possible terms,” he said, according to the Times. “This was an unspeakable act of barbarism, and I was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of these two brave officers in the line of duty.
“Our nation must always honor the valor — and the sacrifices — of all law enforcement officers with a steadfast commitment to keeping them safe. This means forging closer bonds between officers and the communities they serve, so that public safety is not a cause that is served by a courageous few, but a promise that’s fulfilled by police officials and citizens working side by side.”
Politico reporter Glen Thrush was unimpressed with what he called Obama’s “low-key” approach, and many of his followers agreed. Here’s a sampling of their comments:
Really puzzled by Obama’s low-key statement on the NYC cop killings — murdering cops because they were cops isn’t of national importance?
— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) December 21, 2014
@GlennThrush Did he put out a statement when the nut in the Poconos recently murdered cops because they were cops? This is hardly isolated.
— Alec MacGillis (@AlecMacGillis) December 21, 2014
@GlennThrush did Obama issue any statement when two Vegas cops were killed in June+corpses covered with Gadsen flag? (asking–don’t know)
— Joe Adalian (@TVMoJoe) December 21, 2014
@GlennThrush they didn’t look like his sons
— Michael (@mikeypredsfan) December 21, 2014
@GlennThrush They’re not gay football players.
— EducatédHillbilly (@RobProvince) December 21, 2014
— PJ (@museisluse) December 21, 2014
— Jay Anderson (@Andfinsoln) December 21, 2014
Of course there were some who didn’t get it.
— pmfh (@Guruzilla) December 21, 2014
You mean like Michael Brown and Eric Garner were local news stories?
Editor’s Note: President Obama congratulated Michael Sam in May in a White House statement for coming out as gay.
“The President congratulates Michael Sam, the Rams and the NFL for taking an important step forward in our Nation’s journey. From the playing field to the corporate boardroom, LGBT Americans prove everyday that you should be judged by what you do and not who you are.”
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