But even the best oratory is hollow if there’s no substance to it.
At a memorial for the 15 people killed in a West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion in April, the president pledged this:
“We stand with you, and we do not forget. And we’ll be there even after the cameras leave and after the attention turns elsewhere. Your country will remain ever ready to help you recover and rebuild and reclaim your community.”
Nice, flowery words. But totally meaningless at the end of the day.
Mr. Obama’s Federal Emergency Management Agency has coldly denied disaster aid to the area, even after Mr. Obama’s promise to “be there even after the cameras leave and after the attention turns elsewhere.”
The April 17 blast not only killed 15, but injured 160 and leveled some 150 buildings in a 37-block area.
If it had been a tornado, there’d be no question that
disaster aid was warranted.
“President Obama’s FEMA has denied our state and our neighbors the necessary opportunities to rebuild critical infrastructure in the town, including an entire school,” Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said. “While President Obama has turned his back on Texas and gone against his word, we will continue to take care of our neighbors.”
“The president said he was going to be behind us, and his words and actions are completely different,” West Mayor Tommy Muska added.
Certainly the federal government can’t make everything right in these 50 states, and it already does too much. But if it’s not going to help out, don’t promise it, particularly to grieving families.
It’s not the first time this president and his administration have said one thing and done another, not even the first time they’ve done it to grieving families. The family of slain U.S. Border Agent Brian Terry, killed in the Obama administration’s disastrous Fast and Furious gun-running operation – which supplied Mexican drug cartels with high-powered arms – is still waiting for the same kind of
camaraderie the president promised the people of West, Texas.
Fact is, the Obama administration has added insult to injury in the Terry case, refusing to cooperate with Congress on unearthing what led to the operation that resulted in Terry’s death.
“Attorney General Eric Holder’s refusal to fully disclose the documents associated with Operation Fast and Furious and President Obama’s assertion of executive privilege serves to compound this tragedy,” Terry’s family said last year. “It denies the Terry family and the American people the truth.”
Ask the Syrian rebels how true this president is to his word. In purposely vague language, he drew a red line on the use of chemical weapons against the rebels by the Assad regime. Then when evidence of it surfaced, he retreated to say he wanted ironclad proof (which also has happened).
Then there was the promise of transparency – proved false in the Benghazi and Fast and Furious scandals, and even in the run-up to the Affordable Care Act, which he said would be so open to the public that it’d all be on C-SPAN.
Even if it had been, it’s clear we wouldn’t have been able to believe what we heard.