The Daily Caller is reporting that President Obama referred to himself 45 times over the course of the speech he delivered Tuesday at the memorial service for the five police officers killed in Dallas last week. Balanced media were not impressed.
Obama referred to himself twice before finishing his opening salutations and before mentioning the slain officers or their families. After noting the presence of President Bush, members of Congress and Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings, Obama appeared to go off-script.
“Chief Brown, I’m so glad I met Michelle first because she loves Stevie Wonder,” Obama said, jokingly referencing Dallas Police Chief David Brown’s earlier speech in which Brown quoted lyrics from the song “As” in tribute to the deceased. The president looked around the room, pointed at Brown and cracked a grin while the audience laughed at and applauded his joke.
“Most of all, the families…” Obama said, proceeding with his speech.
Obama would refer to himself 43 more times throughout the speech — most of which he personally wrote, according to the LA Times — including one instance where he referred to himself in the third-person: “the president.”
“Politicians calculate how to grab attention or avoid the fallout. We see all this, and it’s hard not to think sometimes that the center won’t hold. And that things might get worse. I understand. I understand how Americans are feeling. But, Dallas, I’m here to say we must reject such despair,” he said later. Click here for more from The Daily Caller.
Fox News Analyst Brit Hume said Monday on “Special Report” that the commander in chief’s “behavior has done much to aggravate” the racial unrest in the United States.
“The president has consistently chosen to see things through the eyes of an aggrieved black activist rather than of a president of all the people,” he told host Bret Baier. “He has not failed to speak out whenever a black is killed by a white police officer, but has said next to nothing about the continuing slaughter of blacks by other blacks in the streets of Chicago, Baltimore, and other cities.”
Hume went on to say Obama has been sympathetic toward the Black Lives Matter movement, which the Fox News commentator said is built on a “fallacious” basis.
“No case has given the movement more impetus than the false claim that Michael Brown was shot down in cold blood while trying to surrender to a cop in Ferguson, Missouri two years ago,” he said.
Hume was referring to the highly-publized death of Michael Brown, who was fatally shot by police officer Darren Wilson. A study by the Department of Justice later revealed that the popular “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative that arose in the days after Brown’s death was untrue.
The Fox News analyst also noted a recent study from Harvard University economics professor Roland G. Fryer, Jr. According to the report, while there may be racial bias when it comes to use of force, there is no racial bias when it comes to the use of lethal force.
To President Obama, it’s all political ideology all the time and “The People” be damned, dead or alive.