Wednesday was a very revealing day if you want to know what Barack Obama is all about. There were two incidents, both deserving of comment. In one, Obama revealed so much about his true character with the words he said. In the other, Obama possibly revealed even more by what he didn't say.
First, let's talk about the shooting at the offices of the Family Research Council. It was the breaking news story of Wednesday, and it certainly garnered the attention of politicians and the public alike. Check out the details of the shooting from the AP story on GOPUSA.
Shortly after the shooting, GOP presidential candidate issued a statement expressing his sorrow for what happened:
"There is no place for such violence in our society," he said. "My prayers go out to the wounded security guard and his family, as well as all the people at the Family Research Council whose sense of security has been shattered by today's horrific events."
What did Barack Obama say in his statement? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Why? Because he issued no statement.
Later in the day, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked about Obama's reaction and said that Obama was notificed and "expressed his concern for the individual injured." That's it. If the security guard hadn't acted, this left-wing wacko could have wounded or killed many people.
Next we have the incident which I reported yesterday where Joe Biden told a largely black audience that Mitt Romney and the Republicans were "going to put y'all back in chains."
I didn't realize they say "y'all" in Delaware.
So... what does Obama say about this one? He defends it! That's right... as reported by the Associated Press, in an interview with People Magazine, Obama said "Biden's remarks meant consumers would be worse off if Republicans succeeded in doing away with new restraints on financial institutions."
"In no sense was he trying to connote something other than that," Obama said.
"The truth is that during the course of these campaigns, folks like to get obsessed with how something was phrased even if everybody personally understands that's not how it was meant," Obama told the magazine. "That's sort of the nature of modern campaigns and modern coverage of campaigns. But I tell you, when I'm traveling around Iowa, that's not what's on people's minds."
Ah right... what's on people's minds are things like the economy, jobs, the debt, maybe even these rising gas prices. Talking about those issues, Mr. President? Or perhaps you're still harping on tax returns and Bain Capital. That sure is a solid campaign platform!
Paul Ryan didn't dismiss the remarks as easily as Obama did. As Fox News reports, Ryan told Sean Hannity that Biden's remark were a sign of a "desperate campaign."
"You know, these are the kinds of things you say when you're desperate in a campaign," Ryan said of Biden's comments. "I think you're going to hear more of these things as we go on because they have a terrible record and can't run on it so they're going to kind of sink this campaign to these low levels to distract people.
"To try and you know, stoke the emotions of fear and envy, and it's just not going to work. People are going to see through this. We've gone from hope and change to anger and division and blame and attack and I think people are going to see through this," he said.
So there you have it. Obama jumps to the defense of Biden, but silent about a shooting that grabbed national attention. Two events and two of the most revealing responses from Obama.