On August 19th an article I wrote was published at American Thinker entitled Barack Obama’s “Funeral Favoritism”. The gist of the piece was that Barack Obama makes nonverbal statements about what he reviles and what he reveres by whose death he publicly mourns.
Obama tears up at funerals for civil rights activists like Dorothy Height and memorials for gun victims whose deaths further his anti-second amendment agenda. The president even wailed openly at the funeral of liberal Hawaiian senator Daniel Inouye.
On the other hand, the president chose not to attend the funeral of British conservative anticommunist ally Margaret Thatcher. Instead he sent a low-tier contingency. Likewise, on the day of Polish president Lech Aleksander Kaczyński‘s funeral, also an anticommunist conservative ally, Obama went golfing and blamed his inability to make it to Poland on Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull.
But it was entirely another story when Nelson Mandela passed away. At a moment’s notice, Obama and Michelle managed to rush off to South Africa and spend $11.5 million, and the only thing the American people got for that high-priced junket was a selfie of the president hamming it up with blonde Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt.
As expected, Obama acknowledged Maya Angelou’s passing, and sent Michelle to both Maya’s and Hadiya Pendleton’s funeral, the 15-year-old girl shot dead in Chicago. When Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chávez finally did the world a favor and assumed room temperature, Obama sent a prominent delegation from his administration to pay their respects, which is more veneration than Lady Thatcher and President Kaczyński were offered.
When Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and ICE Agent Jaime Zapata were murdered with Fast and Furious/Obama administration-supplied guns, Obama chose not to attend those two funerals either. And when his own Aunt Zeituni died after living in a Boston housing project, her beloved nephew couldn’t make Auntie’s services because he had previously committed to a golfing engagement.
As funeral disses go, the one that really sent a strong message was when the president chose to skip the funeral of 55-year-old murdered Major General Harold J. Greene, the highest-ranking military officer killed in combat in a half-century.
A two-star general didn’t warrant the respect due him from the Commander in Chief?
Obama, who flew home from Martha’s Vineyard for 48 hours with Malia in tow – to attend a five-hour bachelor party at White House chef Sam Kass’s place, rumor has it – couldn’t make it to Arlington Cemetery to honor an American hero shot to death by a terrorist in Afghanistan in a war Obama is sponsoring?
The excuse, according to CNN’s Jake Tapper, who cited an anonymous national security source, was that this time it wasn’t Eyjafjallajökull’s fault.
According to Mr. Tapper, the Obama administration did not want it to appear as though, because of Greene’s high rank, his death was more tragic than anyone else’s. Tapper summarized the source saying that according to Barack Obama, “Every loss of life is equally tragic.”
Then there was James Wright Foley, the American journalist who was beheaded by ISIS. Apparently James, who Obama kept referring to as “Jim” when he offered his perfunctory sympathies, didn’t even merit one low-level representative from the Obama administration at his New England memorial mass. After all, Martha’s Vineyard is only a hop, skip, and a jump from Rochester, New Hampshire.
Now, amidst rancor and racial upheaval in Ferguson, Missouri, the president, who doesn’t like to show bias when it comes to dead people, sent three White House officials to the rollicking funeral service for Michael Brown, a black man who was shot dead after robbing a convenience store and head-butting police officer Darren Wilson.
By Obama paying his respects to Michael Brown, the President of the United States has inserted himself into a Trayvon Martin-style controversy that he shouldn’t be taking sides in.
So based on whose death he strongly acknowledges or pays reverence to, it appears that Thatcher, Kaczyński, Brian Terry, Jaime Zapata, James Foley, and Major General Harold J. Greene just didn’t make it onto Obama’s “Every loss of life is equally tragic” list.
However, judging from Obama’s tears and choking up while memorializing, people like Trayvon, Maya, Whitney, Nelson, Dorothy, Hugo, and now Ferguson, Missouri’s very own Michael “Gentle Giant” Brown all did make the cut.
For the second group the president either openly sent strong heartfelt condolences, sent high-ranking officials to represent him at wakes, was willing to blow $11.5 million to fly to attend their funeral, dispatched his wife as his representative, personally hosted tearful memorial services, and, in all cases, publicly and sincerely commemorated the deceased.
Among the deaths deemed tragic to the president are those of minority pop-star drug addicts, communist sympathizers, socialist dictators, common street thugs, or those whose deaths Barack Obama can further exploit to advance his progressive agenda.
Barack Obama was so broken up about Trayvon Martin that for a second there it appeared he was willing to adopt Trayvon post-mortem.
On the other hand, when it comes to American allies who are anticommunist conservatives, men and women in service to our country, including a murdered two-star general and a decapitated journalist – although all dearly departed, as Barack Obama’s behavior clearly demonstrates, those deaths are not all that tragic.