What’s the world coming to? First the family of Walter Scott, a black man shot to death by police, tell race huckster Al Sharpton to keep his distance. Now the citizens of Roseburg, Ore., scene of last week’s mass shootings, have a similar message for Sharpton pal and fellow community organizer Barack Obama.
Last night, David Jaques, publisher of the “Roseburg Beacon,” appeared on the “O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News Channel where he was asked about the president’s announced plan to visit the grief-stricken community. Said :
Well I think the president, first of all, is not welcome in the community. And that isn’t just my opinion. We’ve talked to dozens upon dozens of citizens, some family members of the victims, our elected officials. And you may have a copy of — if you don’t, I’d be happy to read from it on the air — that our Douglas County commissioners, along with our Douglas County elected sheriff who is very popular, and our chief of police all came to a consensus language about him not being welcome here to grandstand for political purposes and I’d be happy to read it or share it.
When host Bill O’ Reilly asked Jaques to briefly summarize the statement, he replied:
Well, the bottom line, Bill, is that a number of people believe that when the president opened his press conference, we still haven’t finished counting the bodies on the campus right behind me. We haven’t identified whose children were killed and whose were not. And even at that same moment, he was saying, “Some people will accuse me of politicizing this issue.” And he goes on to say, “But it should be.” So he’s not only acknowledged that it could be politicized, but was doing so deliberately.
So now he wants to come to our community and stand on the corpses of our loved ones to make some kind of political point. And it isn’t going to be well received not by our people not by our families and not even by our elected officials.
A video clip of the interview follows, with Jaques’s comments beginning at around the the 1:32 mark.
Other community members have been equally vocal in their disapproval of Obama’s on-the-spot analysis of the shooting and his equally facile prescription for avoiding future gun violence. Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin reacted to the president’s news conference by stating that “gun control is not the answer to preventing heinous crimes like school shootings” and saying he would not enforce gun control regulation enacted by Congress.
Something tells me that Obama will disregard the harsh words and show up anyway. He may even snap a few amusing selfies of himself juxtaposed against a backdrop of bitter clingers.