It’s a telling irony how the least threatening thing on earth can bring the mighty down off their high horse. Matt Yglesias and Ezra Klein’s astroglide-slathered interview with President Obama caught POTUS like Star Lord caught Ronan—“I’m distracting you, you big turd blossom”. Obama was monologuing without a TelePrompTer to a fawning clutch of millennials whose titillating drool only egged him on. He was shoveling real deep about how sexy terror stories push stuff like climate change out of the headlines.
Not wanting to be misquoted as insensitive, the President threw a bone.
It is entirely legitimate for the American people to be deeply concerned when you’ve got a bunch of violent, vicious zealots who behead people or randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris.
President Obama meant it as a pulled punch, an admission that it’s not all bad for the press to cover beheadings, live immolations, attacks on media, and attacks on Jews. But “attacks on Jews” is not in Obama’s vocabulary, at least not without a TelePrompTer. The Boston Marathon bombers killed random people. James Eagan Holmes, the Aurora Dark Knight shooter, killed random people. But Black September did not kill randomly, Fatah did not blow up random people in busses, and the Islamists in Paris did not kill randomly. They killed Jews, because they wanted Jews dead.
Obama keeps using that word “randomly” but I do not think he knows what it means. Just possibly, he has, as Hollywood says, finally jumped the shark. His total indifference to anti-semitism may finally revive the alcohol-dazed national conscience to our country’s course, which if this was 1938 would be where Mussolini took Italy.
Erick Erickson wrote,
There was nothing random about it. The President, who will not attribute violence to Islam, but blames the Crusades on Christians while getting his history backwards (must have been toking up that day in class), refuses to deal with ISIS as a serious threat.
The Twitterverse echoed the sentiment:
— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) February 11, 2015
Good God! Shorter Josh Earnest: It’s the hostages’ fault for being in Syria. Oh & #ParisAttacks random because a non-jew was in a KOSHER Mkt
— Moley Russell’s Wart (@GunnetteP) February 10, 2015
— Chuck Nellis (@ChuckNellis) February 9, 2015
‘UNREAL’: Obama calls murdered Jews just ‘a bunch of folks’ shot ‘in a deli’
— TwitchyTeam (@TwitchyTeam) February 9, 2015
Same comments on Jewish deli attack from both WH and State Dept — appears this isn’t a gaffe, it’s their position
— Alana Goodman (@alanagoodman) February 10, 2015
And although those who want to cover for Obama’s sins say he “misspoke”, both the White House and the State Department walked back the President’s comments, and made it the administration’s official position.
When asked if the attack was really random, [State Department Spokeswoman Jen] Psaki said, “They were not all victims of one background or one nationality, so I think what they mean by that is, I don’t know that they spoke to the targeting of a grocery store.”
Josh Earnest similarly prevaricated,
“The adverb that the president chose was used to indicate that the individuals who were killed in there terrible tragic incident were killed, not because of who they were, but because of where they randomly happened to be,” Earnest said, adding, “They were not targeted by name, this was the point.”
No. The point is that this was not a “terrible tragic incident”. It was a targeted execution of people because they were Jews. The same man who stood at the pulpit of the National Prayer Breakfast and upbraided Christians for the Crusades and Jim Crow as targeted killings in the name of Christ, could not bring himself or his minions to make even the slightest gesture of recognition when Jews are slaughtered in cold blood, in a world-class, Western city.
These are not the words of someone who values our ties with Israel. These are not the actions of someone who considers Jews to be of any value in the world. These are not the official positions of someone whose conscience is moved by the words “never again.” The Holocaust is nothing more to him than dead history, to be invoked like the Crusades or slavery.
President Obama showed his real thoughts to Yglesias and Klein. In a fit of tragic irony, Vox really did explain the news for us: Barack Obama cares not at all if Jews should perish from the earth.