Never heard of him? That's because he worked for the wrong side. If he'd been the security guard for, say, the Progressive Policy Institute, he'd be in line for the Medal of Freedom by now.
Leo Johnson was the victim of a politically motivated crime and a doughty hero. He was the security guard on duty at the offices of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. in August 2012 when Floyd Lee Corkins came through the door. Corkins was armed with a gun, 100 rounds of ammunition and 12 Chick-fil-A sandwiches, which, he later explained he planned to stuff in his victim's mouths. The plan was to murder as many FRC employees as possible. When Johnson asked for ID, Corkins pulled a gun out of his backpack and said, "I don't like your politics" and fired at Johnson, shattering his left arm. Johnson nevertheless was able to tackle Corkins and get the gun away from him.
Leo Johnson had to undergo several surgeries to repair the bones in his arm, including one that harvested bone from his hip to replace the bone that wouldn't grow back in his arm. As Mark Hemingway reported in the Weekly Standard, Johnson paid a high price for his heroism, suffering no fewer than five blood clots in his lungs and undergoing prolonged blood thinner therapy requiring a lengthy hospital stay. Since Johnson is the primary caretaker for his mother, who has health issues of her own, and his 103-year-old grandmother, it was an ordeal for the entire family. A phone call from President Obama might have cheered him considerably, but it was not forthcoming.
Obama's constant invocation of "politics" to explain what's wrong with Washington is shallow and silly. Politics belongs in the capital city. But it's also galling, as this president has demonstrated almost no ability to transcend politics -- even when it would be nearly effortless for him and provide balm for the nation.
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