Roseburg Wants Obama to Stay Home

President Barack Obama is scheduled to touch down in Oregon Friday so he can meet privately with the victims of the Umpqua Community College shooting. But if Davis Jaques, publisher of the Roseburg Beacon, has the temperature of the community correct, Obama may not find a supportive audience.

“Well I think the president will not be welcomed into the community,” he said on The O’Reilly Factor. “And that is not just my opinion. We talked to dozens upon dozens of citizens, some family members of the victims, our elected officials. And you may have a copy, if you don’t I’d be glad to read from it on the air that our Douglas County commissioners along with our Douglas County sheriff, who is very popular, and our chief of police all came to consensus language about him not being welcome here to grandstand for political purposes.”

What’s the problem? No Democrats in Roseburg?

Well, the problem, of course, is not that Obama is a Democrat but that he rushed to make political hay out of these victims before the crime scene was even secured. Without knowing the first thing about the shooter, the weapons he used, his motives, or even his name, the president chose to go on an angry tirade against guns when he should have been bringing the nation together.

This is what upsets people, even beyond the gun control debate. This president just doesn’t know when to shut it off. There are times (the immediate aftermath of a bloody massacre being one of them) when you should just be the president of the United States. Obama has no off switch when it comes to politics. Everyone knows where the man stands on gun control; he could have waited until the next day to start up with all the BS.

But no, he instead chose to trivialize the deaths of nine innocent people to score a few political points. Even if the citizens of Roseburg largely agreed with him on gun control (which, by all indications, they do not), they would have cause to be angry. They deserve a president who will acknowledge their suffering and remain above the fray for at least – at least – 24 hours. Thoughts and prayers may not be enough, but they are enough for the time being.

It’s mindboggling that Democrats have somehow managed to gain this reputation for compassion. President Obama, as noted by several reporters, seemed like he was on the verge of tears when he delivered his Roseburg address. But here’s the question: considering the content of his speech, was he upset over the deaths or was he upset that he still hasn’t gotten his way on gun control?

It’s a question that answers itself, which is why the people of Roseburg don’t want this smarmy politician anywhere near their community.

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