I am completely done with the president’s need to constantly beat us over the head with his narrative-furthering talking points. Frankly, that’s been the case for quite some time. My frustration with this habit, however, rose to new heights with his remarks in Dallas at the funeral for the five police officers.
Without question, he needed to be there and speak. He’s the President of the United States, the duly-elected leader and it was perfectly appropriate for him to be there to honor the dead police officers on the heels of such a monstrous display of evil and hate. It would have been inappropriate for him to NOT have been there.
When he first started to speak, I was very pleased with what he was saying.
These lines were great:
We’re here to honor the memory and mourn the loss of five fellow Americans, to grieve with their loved ones, to support this community, and pray for the wounded, and to try and find some meaning amidst our sorrow.
For the men and women who protect and serve the people of Dallas, last Thursday began like any other day. Like most Americans, each day you get up, probably have too quick a breakfast, kiss your family goodbye, and you head to work.
But your work and the work of police officers across the country is like no other. For the moment you put on that uniform, you have answered a call that at any moment, even in the briefest interaction, may put your life in harm’s way.
His specific mentions of the officers that involved small bits about their lives were meaningful as well.
He should have stopped there. But he didn’t. Not by a long shot…
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