President Obama barely noticed, but there was a horrific mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday. In what has become a signature of this administration, a tone-deaf Obama pressed ahead with his plans to attack the tea party Republicans at an event marking five years since the financial crisis erupted.
After some perfunctory remarks of condolence, Obama commenced with what the Associated Press described as a "blistering warning to congressional Republicans."
"I cannot remember a time when one faction of one party promises economic chaos if it can't get 100 percent of what it wants," reported AP's Jim Kuehnenn. This was straight out of the Obama playbook. He was referring to those who want to defund the Obamacare monstrosity. Their plan would fund (SET ITAL) everything (END ITAL) in the government, except Obamacare.
And that is "economic chaos," says this "reporter."
This dispatch made no mention of the attack's timing next to a mass shooting. It was noticed on Fox News. White House Correspondent Ed Henry reported on the timing for "Special Report with Bret Baier" and offered this Obama clip: "Are some of these folks really so beholden to one extreme wing of their party that they're willing to tank the entire economy just because they can't get their way on this issue?"
Henry noted Obama even managed some trash talk about Obamacare and defeating Romney:
"It was an issue in last year's election and the candidate who called for repeal lost." Henry added: "Asked today about the tone of those remarks in the middle of an active manhunt, spokesman Jay Carney said the White House did not consider calling off the speech, and he said it was appropriate to keep the pressure on Republicans over the looming budget crisis."
It was tasteless, inappropriate and diminishing of the presidency. ABC, CBS and NBC skipped over Obama's refusal to let breaking news of a gun massacre deter conservative-bashing remarks. These were the same networks that went absolutely bonkers when Romney made what they saw as inappropriate political comments on the heels of the Benghazi attacks.
Other outlets were also staying in sync with the White House. On the "PBS NewsHour," there was no conservative-bashing Obama clip, but government-subsidized anchor Judy Woodruff was clucking at former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson about the negotiating plans of "prominent members of your party" and whether the debt-ceiling vote was an "appropriate tool" to launch a debate on limiting government spending.