The pair laughed and joked with fellow leaders as they posed for a group picture and yukked it up as photographers kept snapping.
Remember the Brussels terror attacks? President Obama was all smiles as he watched an exhibition baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national baseball team – just hours after ISIS terrorists killed at least 34 people in Brussels. Shortly after that he was filmed grinning from ear to ear while ballroom dancing in Buenos Aires. Obama was lambasted in the press and rightly so for such “poor optics” in light of such great tragedy. Looks like he learned nothing from that experience as photographers caught him today laughing and joking like a schoolboy while Americans mourned the shooting deaths of their loved ones.
President Barack Obama’s Republican adversaries piled on the criticism on Friday after he turned the overnight Dallas police massacre into a political platform – and then grinned from ear to ear as he reconnected with world leaders at a NATO summit in Poland.
Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron, both on their way out of office soon, seemed in a particularly light-hearted mood despite the day’s grim and dominant subject matter.
Hours earlier Obama had sermonized about the deaths of five police Texas police officers upon landing in Warsaw, saying that ‘when people are armed with powerful weapons, unfortunately it makes it more deadly and more tragic.’
‘And in the days ahead we are going to have to consider those realities as well.’
Retired surgeon Ben Carson, a former Republican presidential contender and current Donald Trump cheerleader, lit into him within hours and dismissed renewed calls for gun control legislation.
‘Now is definitely not the time to get political,’ Carson said on the ‘Fox & Friends’ program. ‘Now is the time to use logic and ask ourselves, “Why do we have a Constitution? Why do we have a Second Amendment?”‘
‘They’re always saying, “You don’t need a high powered weapon to hunt deer”,’ Carson continued. ‘The Constitution is not about deer hunting. It’s about people being able to defend themselves from an overly aggressive government or an external invasion.’
Carson told the Fox audience that if he were president, he would ask Americans instead to ‘imagine 24 or 48 hours with no police – what would your life be like?’ Thursday night’s murders followed two high-profile shooting deaths of black men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota. One officer was white, the other Asian-American.
‘Yes, there are some bad apples,’ Carson acknowledged. ‘And yes, we will find ways to deal with them. But in no way do we indict the entire police force.’ ‘But I guess the real issue,’ he huffed, ‘is – you know, the president’s going to start saying, “See, gun control!”‘
Meanwhile on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe,’ Texas Republican Rep. Pete Sessions – another Trump backer – attacked Obama for exhibiting ‘weakness’ by not being at home in the U.S. while the dust settled on a national tragedy.
‘If we are weak at home, we are weak around the world,’ Sessions said. ‘And this is an example of a weakness, when our president goes overseas and has a terrible tragedy like this.’
Mike Huckabee, another former GOP White House hopeful who served as governor of Arkansas, said on ‘Fox & Friends’ that if the Dallas bloodbath is Obama’s 1984 ‘Challenger’ disaster, his manner of response was far behind President Ronald Reagan’s.
‘He doesn’t need to inject the divisive arguments like gun control at a time of great grief for the nation,’ Huckabee boomed. ‘And he ought to do for us what Ronald Reagan did after the Challenger disaster, and that’s remind us of what we have in common, not what separates us.’
‘And that’s why I’m always so frustrated,’ he added. ‘Barack Obama has such great potential to be a leader.’
Moments later Darryl Glenn, a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel who is the GOP’s Senate nominee in Colorado this year, warned Obama ‘not to get too far ahead of the facts … [and] not to drive your policy agenda’ on the back of a gut-wrenching tragedy.
‘You’re going to exacerbate the issue by driving a wedge, especially a wedge between law enforcement and the people that they’re there to protect,’ Glenn cautioned.
Also on Fox, the executive director of National Association of Police Organizations said law enforcement officers feel ‘increasingly under siege and targeted,’ and blamed Obama.
‘It’s a war on cops,’ said the NAPO’s William Johnson, ‘and the Obama administration is the Neville Chamberlain of this war.’ source