Watching television yesterday I distinctly remember hearing an anchor on one of the cable news channels clearly say The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer would take to the podium at 4:30 PM in the White House Press Room to make a televised statement on the slaughter of three Baton Rouge police officers. His statement would follow the presser held at 4:00 PM by Col. Mike Edmonson of the Louisiana State Police, Governor John Bel Edwards and other top officials to release the latest information regarding the shootings.
When 4:30 came and no president stood at the podium, the aforementioned anchor noted that word from the White House was the “president will be delayed because he is putting the final touches on his statement.” Turns out that was bullshit.
The unvarnished truth is The Insufferable Airhorn was actually speaking to the 2016 Netroots Nation at 4:30 PM. I know what you’re thinking. Surely on a matter of such import our president would not let politics take center stage during a tragedy.
Go to this link and you will see the insipid video including the following caption:
July 16, 2016 4:30 PM EDT - President Obama speaks to progressive Netroots Nation activists in a video where he shares wisdom "from the future" to the people of 2008. (Netroots Nation)
Because I share your hope that our fearful leader wouldn’t do such a thing I checked and found this Tweet from another news source:
JUST IN: Pres. Obama to deliver statement on #BatonRouge shooting at 4:30 p.m. ET.— ABC News (@ABC) July 17, 2016
Ol’ Jug Ears entered the briefing room and began speaking to the nation at 5:18 PM. To prove it here’s a Tweet from CNN’s Jake Tapper. NOTE: The Tweet now carries a time stamp of 8:18 PM, but if you follow this link it carries the original time stamp of 5:18 PM
Obama on Baton Rouge: We need to 'temper our words and open our hearts' @CNNPolitics https://t.co/bOBAAfdCnz— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) July 18, 2016
Why was the Netroots Nation conference so damned important? Let me ‘splain. The Guardian, noted liberal rag, published a report yesterday titled “Democrats Struggle For Unity As Protesters Swarm Netroots Convention.”
The surprise walk-out of protesters from a conference of US progressives in St Louis this weekend forced the cancellation of its panel on “translating millennial votes into power”.
Organizers of Netroots—which was set up in 2006 to celebrate internet bloggers “gathering virtually in the new public square”—put on a brave face despite being upstaged by events in real public squares.
“Our next president just pledged to do everything we have been campaigning for,” said Executive Director Raven Brooks after Clinton addressed the conference via a recorded video and promised to take modest steps toward campaign finance reform.
“The Progressive Left is in the ascendance in this country,” added Keith Ellison, one of the few Democratic congressmen to back Sanders but, like many leaders in Washington, now sliding reluctantly behind the Clinton campaign.
This year’s Netroots Nation featured a scarcity of A-list Democratic lawmakers. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Reps. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Mark Takano (D-CA) and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) appeared on panels, but none received time on the main stage and, similarly, no candidates were showcased.
Despite the official optimism about post-Sanders unity, behind the scenes, the mood is described as “subdued” and the movement as on a knife’s edge.
The knife’s edge imperils everything
liberals progressives have battled for in their
efforts to “fundamentally transform” America.
It jeopardizes their longing to shift the balance of power in the
Supreme Court for decades.
Hillary must never be elected president. The fate of our nation is in the hands of the voters.