As you might have heard, President Obama has been severely criticized in some quarters this week for his reaction to the latest terrorist attacks in Brussels.
Some objected to the President choosing to hang with Raul Castro while watching that historical baseball game in Havana between the Rays and the Cuban national team. They note that he devoted less than a minute to Brussels in his 34-minute speech on Tuesday morning. Some thought it in poor taste when he was dancing the tango in Argentina.
We’re talking optics, here folks. However, the president has a track record of not rising to the occasion from these terrorist events.
That’s not the case when it comes to the tragic gun shootings that have happened so many times during his presidency. Think about his speech in Tucson after the Gabby Giffords shooting; In Newtown in December of 2014, and his unforgettable rendition of “Amazing Grace” in Charleston last summer. He was the leader of this country, articulating the pain and sadness that the country was feeling.
The president is aware of the criticism. Check out the (very,very lengthy) piece by Jeffrey Goldberg in the new Atlantic magazine.
Goldberg writes about Obama’s reaction – or lack of reaction – after the last major international terrorist event – the Paris attacks last November.