In his tearful anti-gun spiel, Obama got the Constitution wrong again

It’s rude to pick on a guy in a state of emotional upheaval over a painful subject, so I won’t.

Instead I’ll focus on Barack Obama, who deserves to be called out for his despicable phony baloney performance on Tuesday, when he teared up on command while uttering the words “first graders.”

Watch the video beginning at around 0:31 and notice the nearly 9-second pause he takes while he concentrates hard on getting the old tear ducts to cooperate and produce some moisture.

I’ve seen better acting by children in elementary school.

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This was an embarrassing moment for the country and should have been embarrassing for Obama, but he’s so far past experiencing genuine human emotion that it’s not surprising he tried to sell this bit of burlesque to the American people.

But his schmaltzy crocodile tears were not the only bit of legerdemain in the 31-minute speech. Earlier in the above clip — at the very beginning in fact — he states that “the right to peaceful assembly … was robbed from movie-goers in Aurora.”

It’s possible Obama really believes that the people who made that fateful trip to the Century 16 movie theater in that Denver suburb on July 20, 2012 were there not to view a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” but, rather, to hold a political rally. It’s equally possible and in fact more probable that Obama has no idea what the phrase “peaceful assembly” means as it is defined in the First Amendment to the Constitution. Notice how it used, and especially the phrase that follows it:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. [Emphasis added]

The highlighted phrase is used interchangeably with “freedom of association,” which is the right of individuals to come together and collectively express, promote, pursue, and defend their ideas.

Obama’s seeming obliviousness to this true meaning is hardly surprising. For a man whose credentials include having lectured on constitutional law, he has repeatedly demonstrated his ignorance of what that document says.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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