Obama's defeat on the gun control measure must have been particularly annoying to him after he had exploited and showcased the poor parents of Sandy Hook victims in furtherance of his legislation. Everyone, left to right, agrees that Obama reacted angrily and bitterly and lashed out at his opponents -- a most unpresidential performance, to be sure, but nothing out of the ordinary for Obama, who has demonstrated his petulance on numerous occasions. Just ask Rep. Paul Ryan, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce or the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, who sat silently for his regal tongue-lashing during a State of the Union address.
After his bill went down to defeat, Obama said: "Families that know unspeakable grief summoned the courage to petition their elected leaders ... to protect the lives of all of our children. A few minutes ago, a minority in the United States Senate decided it wasn't worth it."
Don't let those nasty words slip by you. The president of the United States actually accused certain senators of calculating that it wasn't worth it "to protect the lives of all of our children." This is an exceedingly harsh moral judgment and a vicious personal attack.
Obama then proceeded to accuse "the gun lobby and its allies" of "willfully" lying about the bill. He said: "There were no coherent arguments as to why we wouldn't do this. It came down to politics." He said those voting no "caved to the pressure." According to Obama, "this was a pretty shameful day for Washington."
Obama clearly depicted those who opposed his dictates as caring less about preventing gun violence. He said, "The point is those who care deeply about preventing more and more gun violence will have to be as passionate and as organized and as vocal as those who blocked these common-sense steps to help keep our kids safe."
But fear not; in keeping with his usual practice, Obama promised to move forward through executive action to get his way: "Even without Congress, my administration will keep doing everything it can to protect more of our communities."
If Obama truly cared about preventing gun violence, he might look at the unspeakable gun violence in his home city, Chicago. He might investigate solutions actually designed to address the problem rather than to deprive citizens of their constitutional rights with measures that will not prevent or reduce mass shootings.