Obama Has No Business Going To Connecticut

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President Obama is traveling to Newtown, Connecticut to visit with the families of victims of the school shooting there and to speak at an interfaith vigil according to White House press pool blogger Keith Koffler.

Which means that, much as we saw with the tragic Tucson shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Obama will co-opt the pain and suffering resulting from this monstrous crime for his own political purposes. It will be subtle and nuanced and draped in flowery words, but with the President will come his politics.

If Obama only wanted to comfort the victims, he could make private phone calls to them. Or simply visit them in private and leave. But he’s making a speech too, in which he’ll no doubt waive the figurative “bloody shirts” of the victims to fan the flames of his agenda.

It’s disgusting, it’s exploitive, but as the President’s former chief of staff once put it, you “never let a good crisis go to waste.”

The people of Newtown, connecticut should be spared this political circus, but the President no doubt feels his purpose is more important than their desire to mourn in peace.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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