Barack Obama is not right in the head. From the Daily Mail:
President Barack Obama provoked fury in the U.S. on Thursday by casually devoting less than a minute to the deaths of 295 people aboard a Malaysian airliner, as he began an often jokey 16-minute speech about the need to expand America’s transportation infrastructure.
There are no confirmed American dead and the White House issued a statement on Thursday evening which said they were still seeking any ‘information to determine whether there were any American citizens on board’.
An earlier Reuters report claimed that it was feared that as many as 23 U.S. citizens had perished.
Obama declared in Wilmington, Delaware that ‘it looks like it may be a terrible tragedy,’ but not before enthusiastically declaring that ‘it is wonderful to be back in Delaware.’
‘Before I begin, obviously the world is watching reports of a downed passenger jet near the Russia-Ukraine border. And it looks like it may be a terrible tragedy. Right now we’re working to determine whether there were American citizens on board. That is our first priority.’
‘And I’ve directed my national security team to stay in close contact with the Ukrainian governemnt. The United States will offer any assistance we can to help determine what happened and why. And as a country, our thoughts and prayers are with all the families and passengers, wherever they call home.
Obama then jarringly quickly returned to his prepared remarks.
‘I want to thank Jeremie for that introduction’ he said. ‘Give Jeremie a big round of applause.’
‘It is great to be in the state that gave us Joe Biden. We’ve got actually some better-looking Bidens with us here today. We’ve got Beau and his wife, Hallie, are here. Give them a big round of applause. We love them.’
From Boston Globe reporters Matt Viser
Ronald Reagan reacted far differently to the downing of a passenger jet:
Yesterday’s morning’s email from Jim Geraghty included more thoughts about Obama’s bizarre reaction to this latest disaster.
As I noted, this is part of a pattern, going back to the Underwear Bomber, Fort Hood and the Benghazi attacks. Something dramatic, sudden, and terrible happens, and the president sticks to the previously established schedule — continue the Hawaiian vacation, make the shout-out at an event with supporters, go to Las Vegas for the campaign rally. All of that looks like petty political silliness when life-and-death issues are going on elsewhere. (I remember Obama doing his ESPN March Madness brackets as the Japanese were desperately trying to avoid a devastating meltdown at the Fukushima reactor. I realize there wasn’t a ton that the president could do about a nuclear crisis on the other side of the world, but it just seemed . . . out-of-touch, solipsistic, unserious, and un-presidential. Had Japan experienced the worst-case scenario, how would historians look upon the American president goofing around with sportscasters at that moment?)
Gabe Malor via Geraghty:
The problem isn’t that Obama didn’t ‘react instantly.’ Part of the problem is that he didn’t act decisively previously. But another big part of the problem is that Obama and his team refuse to cancel a photo-op in response to events.
Ace, also via Geraghty:
Look, I’m just going to say directly what Peggy Noonan sort of implied and what people are kind of worrying about, silently:
People are beginning to become alarmed that the president may not be mentally well.
This is [really] weird. There are people who don’t give a [hoot] at all about social conventions or expected modes of behavior or conforming to anyone else’s expectations of what one is supposed to do at one’s job during a time of crisis.
We call these people crazy.
When someone shows up for work wearing nothing but a bathrobe and cowboy hat, we don’t tweet #TheBearIsLoose; we ask Human Resources to have a check ’round.
Even Obama’s traditional allies noticed that this was a little odd. Piers Morgan, no firebreathing right-winger he, tweeted that the president “massively dropped the ball just now. 23 Americans killed and he says ‘it looks like a terrible tragedy’ then back to jokes?” Matt Viser, White House correspondent for the Boston Globe summed up Obama’s reaction thus: “A plane crashed. It may be tragic. We’re trying to see if US citizens were on board. Hey, great to be in Delaware!” Singer Josh Groban — a staunch progressive and vicious critic of the Right — concurred. His verdict: “Bad prep. I was shocked.”
The criticism here is not that Obama did not immediately spring into action, flying as Superman into the air, safety to escort the air traffic to its final destination. Nor is it that Obama was insufficiently bellicose. Instead, the president’s aristarchs were troubled that a major international incident was treated as a mild irritation — as little more than a brief and unwanted overture to the usual fractious stump speech.
I agree. Barack Obama is not right in the head and I said so three years ago.
In other words, it’s all about him. And if it’s not about him, he doesn’t give a rat’s ass about it. He is a sociopath.
Here are a few of the characteristics of a sociopath:
* Glibness/Superficial Charm
* Manipulative and Conning
* Grandiose Sense of Self
* Pathological Lying
* Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt
* Shallow Emotions
* Incapacity for Love
* Need for Stimulation
* Callousness/Lack of Empathy
He’s not right in the head.