Last Thursday, four Marines and a US Navy Petty Officer were murdered in a shocking attack of domestic terrorism, when a gunman opened fire first on a military recruitment center and then at a military base, where he was shot dead in a firefight with police. Authorities have released the name of the shooter, Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, but have yet to formally determine a motive. They are focusing on Abdulazeez’s diary, a text message he sent to a friend before he began his shooting spree, and a trip that Abdulazeez took to Jordan last year, as well as Abdulazeez’s history with depression and alleged physical abuse.
But as a nation mourned the deaths of five servicemen, the White House, which managed to mobilize itself rather quickly in response to the gay marriage ruling, took all weekend to consider whether they would be lowering the flags to half staff in the servicemens’ honor. As of this morning, they’re still considering.
Meanwhile, the President mourned their loss in his own way – by improving his performance on a Par 3 with some members of Congress in a “strategic golf summit.”
But, of course, it would be unfair of me to assume that one round of golf took up Obama’s whole weekend. After all, he’s done so much golf by now that he’s practically ready for the PGA tour. He could hardly be expected to have to suffer a whole afternoon on the links.
No, he spent the majority of his weekend seeing the sights in New York City, and visiting his daughter Malia, who is working as a production assistant for HBO’s salute to bad decisions, Girls. The President gathered his brood together for an after-hours tour of the Whitney Museum of American Art and dinner at West Village Italian hotspot, Carbone, which has a waiting list for reservations. He took them to a matinee viewing of the acclaimed Broadway play, Hamilton, based on the life of Alexander Hamilton (a good refresher since his Treasury just pulled Hamilton off the ten dollar bill), and for a stroll in Central Park. He then zipped back to Washington to prep for a Tuesday night appearance on The Daily Show.
So, clearly, as you can see, this is all being treated with the utmost respect and seriousness.
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