Playing politics? Toying with people’s lives? What a ghastly thing to accuse the president of the United States of doing. OK, so he callously cast a few elderly people out of their homes to make a statement, but that was a one-off mistake. His decision to allow his Justice Department to shut down the Amber Alert website on Sunday, in contrast, was an absolute necessity. After all, as Mrs. Lovett glumly acknowledges in “Sweeney Todd,” “Times is ‘ard.”
Not so ‘ard, however, that the website of Michelle Obama’s pet Let’s Move project was forced to go offline as well. The site remained — and remains — up and running (well, up and limping, but that’s as good as it gets).
But today is another day and another chance for the administration to read yesterday’s “notices,” which included this thumbs-down from The Right Scoop:
I’m sure you care about your lost child but Obama doesn’t – at least not while he’s trying to ‘win’ the government shutdown. I understand from twitter that Amber alerts are state level programs with a federal website. Not real sure how all that works but it just seems unfathomable that this website wouldn’t qualify under ‘essential’, especially when most of the government is still operating.
No, this is just Obama putting politics ahead of you finding your lost child. Despicable.
It is unsurprising that the Amber Alert site is back online. On the other hand it’s very surprising — or should be — that the mainstream media carried neither the story of the outrageous decision to shut the site down or the hypocritical decision to open it back up in the face of bad PR.
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