President Obama should do his homework
To the editor:
President Obama seems to have little regard for facts when he is justifying his actions or trying to relay his agenda when speaking. Case in point: after the prison swap for the American army deserter and the five Taliban terrorists, he stated, more or less, “This is what presidents do after a war is over.” He stated that Washington, Lincoln and FDR all brokered prisoner swaps.
Fact: Washington was not elected president until six years after the end of the Revolutionary War. Fact: Lincoln was assassinated the month before the Civil War ended. Fact: FDR died from a stroke while in office, and Harry Truman was president when WWII ended.
Recently, when he was commenting on the dreadful shooting in the Charleston, South Carolina, church, he said, and I quote, “At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries.”
Fact: I believe that all of these countries are advanced. What follows is a list of the countries and the number of people shot to death during a murder spree: Norway, 77; Australia, 35; Scotland, 17; Germany, 16; Finland, 10, and Canada, 9. If you take the time to look at the Wikipedia website and pull up mass murders from around the world, you will see at least 81 where more than nine people were slain by a lone person.
I get the feeling that President Obama’s ego is so big that he figures that if he says it, then it must be true regardless of what the facts show.