Panelists on Morning Joe today harshly criticized President Obama and his administration for their decision to deliver a partisan speech in the first few hours of yesterday’s Navy Yard shooting rather than postponing it. Host Joe Scarborough pointed out that the reaction would have been different had George W. Bush made the same decision.
“Everybody here at this network would be killing George W., everybody at the New York Times would be killing George W., every journalist in Washington, D.C. would be killing George W.,” Scarborough said. “It’s unbelievable.”
“On the day while people were hiding, while people were bleeding, while people were dying, while the nation was locked in on this, he’s talking about harsh partisanship and Republicans wanting to hurt people,” he added.
Mike Barnicle said Jay Carney’s explanation that the White House never considered delaying the speech shows “there’s something wrong with the management” while Willie Geist chimed in that the president should have had the “instinct” to recognize the situation.