Fifteen years ago on September 11th, Islamic terrorists killed 2,996 Americans in New York, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania. An appropriate way to mark the anniversary of this deadly terrorist attack would be to pay tribute to the victims, the first responders, and the US soldiers who died fighting the war on terror. Our president used the occasion to get in some jabs on GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump and to remind us all not to blame Muslims for this act committed by Muslims.
In his weekly address Obama paid some dispassionate lip service to the victims of 9/11, but that only occupied a very small portion of his message. He quickly shifted to tooting his own horn for the great job he’s done fighting terrorism:
A lot has changed over these past 15 years. We’ve delivered devastating blows to the al Qaeda leaders that attacked us on 9/11. We delivered justice to Osama bin Laden. We’ve strengthened our homeland security. We’ve prevented attacks. We’ve saved lives.
And then inadvertently admitted that he’s doing a shitty job of keeping us safe:
At the same time, the terrorist threat has evolved, as we’ve seen so tragically from Boston to Chattanooga, from San Bernardino to Orlando. So in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and beyond, we’ll stay relentless against terrorists like al Qaeda and ISIL.
But most of Obama’s message was partisan politics:
As we reflect on these past 15 years, it’s also important to remember what has not changed—the core values that define us as Americans. The resilience that sustains us. After all, terrorists will never be able to defeat the United States. Their only hope is to terrorize us into changing who we are or our way of life. That’s why we Americans will never give in to fear.
Obama won’t actually say Trump’s name because he’s scared that if he does The Donald will appear holding a meat hook, but that is clearly a jab at Trump. It’s is the official Democratic Party talking point that Trump is a fear-monger. Hillary Clinton uses this line at every campaign stop and Obama spews it whenever he’s talking about Trump.
Hang on becuase there’s even more of this crap:
In the face of terrorism, how we respond matters. We cannot give in to those who would divide us.
Again, this is how democrats talk about Trump. They accuse him of trying to divide Americans using fear. Obama conveniently forgets that for his entire presidency he has divided us along racial, religious, and economic lines.
Finally, here’s where Obama warns us not to be Islamaphobic:
We cannot react in ways that erode the fabric of our society. Because it’s our diversity, our welcoming of all talent, our treating of everybody fairly—no matter their race, gender, ethnicity, or faith—that’s part of what makes our country great. It’s what makes us resilient. And if we stay true to those values, we’ll uphold the legacy of those we’ve lost, and keep our nation strong and free.
Obama also won’t say “Islamic terrorism” and only uses the word “Islam” to tell us it is the religion of peace. In Obama-speak, that last bit was his way or telling us not to blame Islamic terrorists for the Islamic terrorist attack of 9/11. It goes with his theory that the best way to defeat the terrorists is to not be too critical of them. Basically he’s saying shame on you for considering the extremist religious ideology behind the deadliest terrorist attack on US soil.
Obama took time off from his busy golf schedule to make a 3-minute statement honoring the victims of 9/11. He spent about a minute talking about the actual victims and the rest of the time was devoted to self-promotion, Trump bashing, and shaming us for directing our anger at the people who committed this atrocity. If you needed any more proof that Obama is a terrible president and a worse person, here it is.