Two Presidents spoke at a Dallas memorial service for five murdered police officers.
But it became a study of contrast.
George W. Bush taught Barack Obama a lesson on how you are supposed to react to a national tragedy.
Obama took the occasion to deliver a self-reverential speech, smear cops as racist, and push his divisive gun control agenda.
There was no attempt to bring Americans together or foster a sense of national unity.
Critics contended Obama’s speech was highly inappropriate given the fact that the five Dallas officers were killed in the line of duty by a black man whose stated intention was to kill white people and police officers.
In his speech, Obama said “I” 45 times.
And it’s been widely reported that Obama wrote much of the speech himself.
He must have forgotten the service was about memorializing five cops killed in the line of duty and not about him.
The Daily Caller reports:
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.
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.”
But former President George W. Bush sought to offer words of comfort, pointing towards a path to rediscover a common ground shared by all Americans.
Time reports on the transcript of his speech:
“Too often, we judge other groups by their worst examples, while judging ourselves by our best intentions. And this is…
And this has strained our bonds of understanding and common purpose. But Americans, I think, have a great advantage. To renew our unity, we only need to remember our values.
We have never been held together by blood or background. We are bound by things of the spirit, by shared commitments to common ideals.”
Former President Bush’s speech attempted to heal the bitter divisions between police and the communities they serve and protect.
He spoke to the bravery of law enforcement and to the grief of parents whose children have been killed in deadly encounters with law enforcement.
His remarks drew a sharp distinction between Obama’s.
Obama acted as if he was at a campaign rally needing to fire up partisans before a crucial election.
Bush spoke as if he was the representative of an entire nation when healing and unity is more important than political agendas and pandering.