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.