I watched President Obama speak tonight and I was a little disappointed. I support him. I have voted for him twice, but tonight I wish he’d spoken differently. My wife said she thinks he looked tired; no doubt he was. Maybe my issue is with whoever wrote his comments. Maybe he didn’t have time to read and think about them before facing the cameras. Maybe I’m just off base and need to reconsider, but here are thoughts that went through my head as I listened:
- His tone was so matter-of-fact. I know this was a press conference, not a political rally, but I’ve heard him deliver such impassioned speeches. I’d have liked a bit more emotion in his voice.
- His remarks implied the suspect is guilty, period; not even guilty until proven innocent, let alone innocent until proven guilty. That jarred me.
…why did young men who grew up and studied here, as part of our communities and our country, resort to such violence? How did they plan and carry out these attacks, and did they receive any help?
- I certainly hope we don’t find out later that these two brothers were not, in fact, to blame. I hope that is unlikely, but it will be embarrassing should it happen.
- The President said we’ve closed a “chapter.” Have we? I guess it depends on how you think of chapters. It’s a metaphor that didn’t work for me. Many of the books I read today have quite a high chapters-to-total pages ratio. Perhaps that’s a reflection of our ever shortening attention span. My reaction was that we’ve barely started a chapter. Those survivors in the hospital, many having lost one or more limbs, are but a few pages into their current chapter. If the chapter title is simply, “Arrest,” then I guess we have a chapter; if so, I suspect we have at least a trilogy, not simply a single book, ahead of us.
I’m often too critical, and this may be one of those times. If you did not see the press conference, take a look. Am I way off base?