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Obama’s “Star Power” Is Tarnishing His Legacy

January 14, 2011 Leave a comment

I did not see the televised speech Obama gave at the memorial service for the six people gunned down in Arizona, but my dad did, and the first thing he said to me about it was, “I just don’t get it. Here this memorial service is supposed to be about the shooting victims, and everyone’s making it sound like it’s all about Obama’s speech. I just don’t get it.”

That’s right–what was supposed to be a respectful service in memory of six innocent people got turned into a star turn for Obama.  My dad isn’t the only person who noticed.  Apparently the media and the White House staff have decided to toss aside sensitivity and–you’ll never guess–focus on making Obama look good (you gotta be kiddin’ me!)  Do the people in charge of Obama’s PR really think no one will find this inappropriate?

At least the speech itself was, according to all reports, quite good and appropriate for the occasion.  This wasn’t the only time Obama has had to deliver a speech in regards to a shooting disaster, and the last time it went embarassingly awry.  Some of you may recall that a few hours after the Ft. Hood shooting Obama also took to the airwaves–and started it by thanking staffers and even giving a “shout-out.” It was jarringly inappropriate.

This prompted an article on nbcchicago.com deploring Obama’s seeming disconnection with the solemnity of the occasion.   That’s right, even NBC was able to see that.  Why couldn’t Obama?  That went far beyond scoring political points.  I’m still scratching my head.

This time, at least, he did not give any shout-outs.  Still, the memorial service was not supposed to be focused so much on him (and yes, I know he’s the president and all) but on the victims.  This is why I think that this spotlight on Obama will probably not become the most praiseworthy thing about his legacy.  And yes, the speech was good.~