President Obama will make a pit stop in San Bernardino on Friday to visit the families of the 14 victims who were gunned down by during a terrorist attack on December 2. This means Obama has waited two weeks before visiting the site of the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11.
Worse, he’s not even bothering to go out of his way to mourn the loss of 14 American lives. He’s stopping in San Bernardino on his way to his family’s annual Christmas vacation in Hawaii, which cost taxpayers $16 million last year.
I’m not criticizing the Obamas for taking a vacation, but I am angry that he is making this a political pit stop in the backyard of my childhood hometown on his way to a fun-filled getaway. If the loss of 14 American lives isn’t enough of a reason to get Obama on a plane out to the West Coast, I’m not really sure what is. Apparently it takes a Hawaiian vacation to get the president to make an appearance at the site of the attack he has used to push stricter gun laws.
So why didn’t President Obama visit San Bernardino sooner? What was so important that it kept him from flying out to mourn with the families of the victims?
Besides pushing for the power to take away one’s constitutional rights on a whim, here are four other things Obama thought were more important than visiting the site of the San Bernardino attack.
1. A Conversation About Gun Safety
Two days after the attack, Obama met with former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who survived a gunshot wound to the head during a failed assassination attempt in 2011, to talk about gun safety. Apparently Obama is under the delusion that a conversation about gun safety will keep America safe from terrorist attacks.
2. A Party
When Obama addressed the nation from the Oval Office on December 6, four days after the attack, much of his comments centered around a push for more gun control laws. His remarks seemed to dismiss radical Islam as the cause of the attack, and instead placed the blame on gun violence.
Right after his message to America, he slipped into a tux and threw a party at the White House for the Kennedy Center Honors.
3. An A Capella Concert
On Dec. 9, Obama hosted Israeli President Reuven Rivlin during his visit to the United States, and the two attended a private a capella concert. While welcoming a foreign dignitary is certainly important, it’s odd that the president prioritized a concert over visiting the site of a terrorist attack.
The question persists: Why didn’t President Obama take time during the week between the attack and this concert to express solidarity with survivors of the attack and the neighboring community by making an appearance in San Bernardino?
4. Politicize a Naturalization Ceremony
On Thursday, Obama plans to attend a naturalization ceremony, where he will speak about tolerance and “reframe the national conversation” about immigration.
This is a nice gesture and I’m sure these soon-to-be American citizens will remember it forever, but Obama isn’t choosing to attend it to support these new Americans, he’s using it as an opportunity to further politicize immigration.
Unfortunately, it seems that Obama isn’t interested in events or public appearances that don’t further his political agenda. His decision to wait two weeks before announcing an impromptu pit-stop sends the message that he can’t be bothered to go out of his way to visit the site of a tragedy that has forever changed everyday American life. Perhaps the trip to Hawaii will clear his head and help him deal more honestly with terrorism and face the truth about the threat radical Islam poses to the safety of his fellow Americans who entrusted him with that duty.
Ehh, probably not.