Some days, it feels like we don’t have a president.
Obama has made "no such calls to foreign leaders" today in the wake of this attack. – Jon Karl
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) July 17, 2014
Of course. RT @markknoller: AF-1 wheels up from Delaware. Pres Obama en route to NYC for two Dem fundraisers. Both closed to press coverage
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) July 17, 2014
Reports indicate 23 Americans just got killed* by someone when their airliner was blown out of the sky — perhaps pro-Russian separatists.
This is the president who didn’t address the country for three days after the attempted bombing of an airliner over Detroit on Christmas Day 2009, who gave a “shout-out” to an audience member moments before his first comments on the Fort Hood shooting, and who attended a campaign rally on September 12, 2012, when most Americans awoke to the news of the murder of four Americans in a terror attack in Benghazi, Libya.
I understand the Obama White House never wants to look like they’re overreacting. They behave as if it’s impossible to underreact.
UPDATE: Around 4:30 p.m. Eastern, Vice President Joe Biden addressed the Netroots Nation political conference. He began by making comments about gay marriage and then awkwardly pivoted to the news out of Ukraine. He said that there may have been Americans on the plane, and that the government was seeking to confirm that. That seems a bit surprising, since the plane went down five hours ago.
Then he reverted to his usual political remarks.
* As of Friday afternoon, the report is that “at least one”, not 23 Americans were killed in the attack on the plane. The magazine of Stephen Glass and
Zach Scott Thomas Beauchamp seems to think citing a report from Reuters constitutes dishonesty.