As Mark Knoller observes, the network newscasts all kicked off tonight with coverage of the president’s executive actions on guns, with a particular focus on President Obama tearing up while speaking of the horrific mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.
There’s been quite a bit of reflection on the president’s tears; it didn’t take long for the Washington Post to publish a piece on “Why men should cry more in public.” President Obama also welled up watching Aretha Franklin perform, so he’s doing his part.
On the flip side, John Podhoretz penned a piece for Commentary called “Comedians in Cars Getting Teary,” noting that President Obama is a particularly skilled performer who “can do comedy and drama. His future in Hollywood is limitless.” The White House’s Jesse Lee was there to scold him.
@jpodhoretz This is sad to see. You should think about who was in the room today, he was certainly not the only one wiping away tears.
— Jesse Lee (@jesseclee44) January 5, 2016
Who wasn’t in the room today? Anyone who has used a personal firearm to defend him or herself against an attacker. Also absent were families of those for whom the president never shed a tear, nor reached out to in their time of grief.
@cnnbrk did he also invite Jim Steinle, father of daughter gunned down by illegal immigrant in sanctuary city?
— Michael (@Mrolsen333) January 5, 2016
— Katherine Telford (@kmtelford) January 5, 2016
Obama fails to mention Kate Steinle in his speech as it doesn't fit his narrative. #Outnumbered
— vanguard ninja (@INTJutsu) January 5, 2016
Not one tear for Kate Steinle…
— Darth Specious (@jvscoundrel) January 5, 2016
Never seen Obama shed a tear for Kate Steinle, Jamiel Shaw+many Americans killed by illegal aliens in US. Not one tear.
— Crystal Wright (@GOPBlackChick) January 5, 2016
Where are your tears for Kate Steinle, Mr. @Potus?
Did you cry for Brian Terry?
How about Stevens, Smith, Doherty or Woods, @BarackObama??
— Doc Thompson (@DocThompsonShow) January 5, 2016
@Lilyofthenile I missed his tears for Kate Steinle, the San Bernardino terror victims and the Benghazi dead. They're not useful politically.
— JWF (@JammieWF) January 5, 2016
— Bobbi Smith (@palmaceiahome1) January 5, 2016
Remember when Obama didn't cry for Kate Steinle (let alone acknowledge her) or support Kate's law? @scrowder
— AJ (@AJSakalosky) January 5, 2016
Kate Steinle’s brother Brad confirmed to Fox News’ Megyn Kelly that the administration never contacted the family. He did, however, personally call NBA center Jason Collins when he came out as gay to praise his bravery.
#DidObamaCry when border agent Brian Terry was shot and killed with an illegal gun?
— Saved By The Blood (@vonzion) January 6, 2016
Wish Obama had some tears for Brian Terry.
— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) January 5, 2016
Breaking: Eric Holder weeps while describing how his Fast and Furious operation claimed the life of Brian Terry. "The carnage must stop"
— Paul Kinkel ن (@PaulKinkel) January 5, 2016
You bypassed them and didn't address their deaths #FACT
— Wayne Dupree™ (@WayneDupreeShow) January 5, 2016
Obama had no time for tears for our fallen heroes in Benghazi. Or Ft. Hood. Or Brian Terry. Or our 4 Marines in TN. #RedNationRising
— Patty Girl (@PerspicaciousXY) January 5, 2016
#ThingsObamaNeverCriedAbout Kate Steinle,Brian Terry, Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods
— valhallavoice (@valhallavoice) January 5, 2016
He was probably too singularly focused on tracking down the anti-Muslim filmmaker responsible for their deaths to cry for the Benghazi victims.