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Fri Jan 4, 2013, 03:05 PM

Photo captures moment Obama learned of Sandy Hook shootings

The President reacts as John Brennan briefs him on the details of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The President later said during a TV interview that this was the worst day of his Presidency.



http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-34222_162-57562111-10391739/photo-captures-moment-obama-learned-of-sandy-hook-shootings/

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Reply Photo captures moment Obama learned of Sandy Hook shootings (Original post)
Liberal_in_LA Jan 2013 OP
intheflow Jan 2013 #1
Control-Z Jan 2013 #4
Tommy_Carcetti Jan 2013 #2
Baitball Blogger Jan 2013 #3
Moonwalk Jan 2013 #5
Aristus Jan 2013 #6
OldDem2012 Jan 2013 #14
arthritisR_US Jan 2013 #19
leveymg Jan 2013 #22
arthritisR_US Jan 2013 #37
Demo_Chris Jan 2013 #18
PennsylvaniaMatt Jan 2013 #20
lunatica Jan 2013 #24
MrScorpio Jan 2013 #23
Rex Jan 2013 #29
Gidney N Cloyd Jan 2013 #35
Rex Jan 2013 #36
and-justice-for-all Jan 2013 #30
spedtr90 Jan 2013 #7
LynnTTT Jan 2013 #8
Arugula Latte Jan 2013 #9
Chellee Jan 2013 #10
trumad Jan 2013 #12
OldDem2012 Jan 2013 #15
tanyev Jan 2013 #16
Moonwalk Jan 2013 #17
lunatica Jan 2013 #25
csziggy Jan 2013 #31
Rex Jan 2013 #28
jillan Jan 2013 #33
samsingh Jan 2013 #11
uppityperson Jan 2013 #13
Cha Jan 2013 #21
lunatica Jan 2013 #26
Rex Jan 2013 #27
lunatica Jan 2013 #32
Rex Jan 2013 #38
Chorophyll Jan 2013 #34

Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 03:08 PM

1. I don't agree with everything his administration does but

I don't think I could bear knowing about and having to live with half the shit that crosses this man's plate every day. The responsibility of it all would crush most people. This photo captures that very well.

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Response to intheflow (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 03:16 PM

4. His body language -

It looks like he was hit - and is holding on as to brace himself for more.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 03:12 PM

2. From the moment I heard the news, I knew it had to be the most difficult day in his presidency.

The economy, wars, everything else....but when there's a mass shooting involving elementary school children that just has to be horrific to take.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 03:14 PM

3. The body language says it all.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 03:24 PM

5. Compare this to the moment G.W. Bush was told about 9/11...



I think that about sums up the differences, doesn't it?

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Response to Moonwalk (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 03:26 PM

6. "To HELL with New York, man! I wanna know how the Rangers are doin'!"

Caption mine, but not unlikely...

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Response to Moonwalk (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 03:54 PM

14. I've always thought Bush knew in advance that the attack was coming....

...this is a pic of a guy who looks like he was being told about something he expected to happen, not someone who appears to be surprised or shocked.

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Response to OldDem2012 (Reply #14)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 12:22 AM

19. That's the impression that picture gave me as

well. I see no horror registered on his face, just someone thinking about their next line in the play

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Response to arthritisR_US (Reply #19)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 11:33 AM

22. It looks like a moment of realization of fate, not of horror or surprise.

More like, "Oh shit . . . This must be what Tenet and those Counter-Terrorism Center guys have been going on and on about for months. . . and months."

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Response to leveymg (Reply #22)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 02:45 PM

37. I would buy that interpretation.

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Response to Moonwalk (Reply #5)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 12:04 AM

18. In MY OPINION Bush looks horrified.

 

I think Bush was a complete piece of shit, but to me he looks hoorified in this image. I cannot imagine the pressures these guys shoulder.

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Response to Demo_Chris (Reply #18)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 12:26 AM

20. I agree...

I think he looks horrified also...

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Response to Demo_Chris (Reply #18)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 11:54 AM

24. But then he went and just sat there for 7 minutes doing absolutely nothing

I remember what I did. I had just gotten up and turned on the radio. The top of the hour news came on at 6 am California time and the announcer said something really bizarre had just happened in New York City and she said a passenger plane had just crashed into one of the Twin Towers. My first reaction was to run to the TV and turn it on. The first thing I saw was the Tower belching black smoke.

I think 99% of people all over the world had a similar reaction the moment they heard about it. Yet the President of the United States felt no such impulse? Really? The so-called Leader of the Free World was so not curious that he just sat there? Or did he freeze in terror for 7 minutes?

He may look horrified in the instant the photo was taken, but 7 minutes?

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Response to Moonwalk (Reply #5)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 11:52 AM

23. The problem isn't this moment...

But his moments of indecisiveness and poor decisions right afterwards.

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Response to Moonwalk (Reply #5)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 12:25 PM

29. "oh SHIT they actually did it!"

Worst POTUS in history!

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Response to Rex (Reply #29)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 02:21 PM

35. That's long been my interpretation of his expression, too.

There's a lot more "Oh, shit!" there than "What the Fuck!??"

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Response to Gidney N Cloyd (Reply #35)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 02:43 PM

36. Yeah the look is one of surprise

and since we all know now that the CIA had warned Bush for a year that OBL was going to do something like this...AND his family (OBL) is friends with the BFEE.

He knew, LIHOP.

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Response to Moonwalk (Reply #5)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 12:26 PM

30. Deer in headlights...

fuck me that was the worst 8 eight years in American history.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 03:35 PM

7. Lincoln bust in background.....

appropriate to the emotion of the moment also, and adds to the power of the photo.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 03:36 PM

8. Sorry, uncalled for.

I'm a Democrat and don't see anything wrong with the photo of Bush. He had just been told that we may soon be a nation at war with an unknown entity. He simply looks like he is concentrating, while sitting in a classroom of kids and teachers. I would hate to have a candid shop of myself in a difficult situation scrutinized like this, as though that nano-second somehow contains the past and future of a situation.

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Response to LynnTTT (Reply #8)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 03:44 PM

9. Yeah, he sat there on his ass for 20 minutes.

"Cheney tol' me there wuz sumthin' cookin' but not to worree mah head 'boud it ..."

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Response to LynnTTT (Reply #8)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 03:47 PM

10. He looks petrified and out of his depth.

And he was. At a time when we needed cogent, decisive leadership the most, we all got saddled with that guy.

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Response to LynnTTT (Reply #8)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 03:50 PM

12. LOL

Really---the dumb ass sat there and continued to read a kids book.

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Response to LynnTTT (Reply #8)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 04:07 PM

15. Yeah, he was "concentrating"....LOL!!

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Response to LynnTTT (Reply #8)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 05:10 PM

16. It's not so much that moment as it is the 20 minutes of indecision that followed.

Not to mention the decision to proceed with the school visit at all when they already knew about plane #1.

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Response to LynnTTT (Reply #8)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 10:12 PM

17. You're wrong. It's totally called for. The comparison is apt...

...not because Bush's reaction is wrong for a man shocked at the news--that was pretty much the natural global reaction to 9/11--it's wrong because Bush is not just any American. He's the president. And his reaction, compared to that of Obama, tells me that he is just another shocked American, not someone in charge who is absorbing the news and rapidly working out how he is going to to act, react, and lead his people given this shocking news.

And I think it VERY very very very important that we REMEMBER this and NEVER ever ever ever again elect anyone who reacts like Bush did to the 9/11 news as compared to how we see Obama reacting to Sandy Hook. The comparison is NOT uncalled for, because without it, we forget. And we WILL elect idiots like Bush again thinking they can take charge in a national emergency when they can't.

Right after Obama was elected there were dozens of signs with Bush's face asking "Miss me?"--meaning didn't we Americans regret electing Obama, weren't we sorry to see Bush go? Well, I think this comparison a very good response to that, and I have not one regret or doubt about posting it.

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Response to LynnTTT (Reply #8)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 12:02 PM

25. And after sitting there doing nothing for 7 minutes

He hopped on his plane and zig-zagged all over the country the rest of the day and didn't go back to Washington, DC until that night. We didn't hear a peep out of him except just before he boarded his plane that morning. And that was a hasty 60 second message.

In an interview on one of his trips to some Summit meeting in Europe a journalist asked him about that day and he csaid he was flown all over the country so he wouldn't be in harms way.

There's nothing wrong with the photo. It's what he did right after it and for the rest of the day that makes anyone with half a brain wonder.

And the fact that he used the attack on the Twin Towers to go to 2 unnecessary wars, pass the Patriot Act, torture people, and much more also makes him the worst President this country has ever had. He does well to keep his head down now.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #25)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 12:45 PM

31. Bingo - on a day when the country needed a leader Bush was AWOL.

That's why Giuliani got so much prominence - he stood up in front of the cameras and microphones and gave New York and by extension the country a strong message of reassurance.

I watched TV all that day and kept expecting to see ONE of the administration stand up and talk to Americans about what had happened and what steps were being taken to protect us THAT DAY. Crickets from the Bush mis-administration. Nothing but silence and reports that Air Force One was zigzagging from place to place.

I had not liked Bush before but after that I knew he was no leader and neither was anyone else in his administration. Hell, even Casper Weinberger had the guts to try to take charge the day Reagan was shot but not one Bush administration flunky was capable of the same initiative.

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Response to LynnTTT (Reply #8)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 12:24 PM

28. You are by yourself then.

Most people saw exactly what was going on in his mind at that point. Thanks for being nice though!

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Response to LynnTTT (Reply #8)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 02:09 PM

33. The difference being was that Dubya knew that OBL was going to strike in the US with airplanes

and didn't do a damn thing.

This President had no idea that some gun nut would violently murder innocent little children while they were at school.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 03:48 PM

11. compare this to the thoughtless, self involved photos of bush w

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 03:52 PM

13. k&r. The worst day of his presidency by far.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 12:29 AM

21. Bless his heart.. it's unfathomable

shocking news. Poor babies

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 12:11 PM

26. Like he said his first reaction was as a parent

I think all parents reacted that way. I know I did. I'm even crying right now, just thinking about it.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 12:23 PM

27. I wonder, when the cameras went off, if he put his head in his hands

and cried? He looks like someone just knocked him over and is leaning on the couch for support.

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Response to Rex (Reply #27)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 01:03 PM

32. He did cry when he was making the statement later that day

I think as many people all over the world cried that day as they did on 9/11. I have tears in my eyes right now.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #32)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 02:45 PM

38. It is so wonderful to see honest emotions from our POTUS

and not snarky, oneupmanship, ie..childish behavior we had for 8 years with GWB.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 02:13 PM

34. They both look like they've just been sucker-punched.

What an awful moment.

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