Dear White House, today isn't the best day for your burger photo op. In case you haven't seen the news, Americans are dead in Ukraine.—
Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) July 17, 2014
A Malaysian Airlines 777 carrying 295 passengers and crew crashed in Ukraine, killing everyone on board. There are reports that the plane was shot down and that many U.S. citizens could be among the victims.
President Obama was on the phone with Vladimir Putin at the time:
How did the news of this horrible event affect Obama’s schedule for the rest of the day? It didn’t:
President's schedule unchanged – he's now at the Charcoal Pit near Wilmington where he ordered the "Pit Special" – burger & fries.—
Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) July 17, 2014
Is this real life?
"I'm starving," said Pres Obama as he sat down to lunch with letter writer Tanei Benjamin. He order a cheeseburger and fries. (Medium well)—
Mark Knoller (@markknoller) July 17, 2014
No, seriously, is this real life?
A little advice:
Obama should really get that to go.—
Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) July 17, 2014
"Mr. President, 23 Americans appear to have been murdered in the Ukraine conflict. Perhaps we should cut short this burger photo op."—
Guy Benson (@guypbenson) July 17, 2014
Pretty crazy what's going on…I guess it's time to grab a burger.—
Matthew (@Matthops82) July 17, 2014
At this time Obama also still plans to attend fundraisers in New York City this evening.
Not unprecedented, by the way: