I get being fair-minded, open and objective -- I think most of us get all of that. What I don't get, and what has bothered me ever since I happened to turn the television on in the middle of his short statement, was how much President Obama seemed to focus on these subjects and how little he focused on the actions of a defiant terrorist. I could only imagine had a member of my family, or a neighbor, or a friend lost a limb due to this vicious attack, how I would have taken this one-sided address to the nation.
As noted, we all know that America is a melting pot of people of all races and ethnicities. But let's be clear, it didn't take much time for authorities, once again, to trace what took place in Boston to a certain religion and a certain attitude about all that is American. One report this week suggests that a potential victim of the two brothers accused of the "Marathon Bombings" was actually spared his life by the two terrorists because he was not from this country.
At a time when Americans were glued to their televisions, residents of an entire city had been locked in their homes, families were mourning those they had lost and other victims were still fighting for their lives, it seemed not only odd but actually offensive to have the president grab the airwaves with a message that, when truly examined, was intended to lecture us about political correctness one more time.
As a columnist, I don't get to read everything that every other columnist or pundit in the nation has written, so my apologies if I am late to comment on this presidential moment. I guess I was just so stunned by it that it took a week, and reading the actual text of President Obama's comments, to truly sink in. It certainly was a lesson learned -- just not the one the president likely wanted to deliver.