- President Obama released an open letter to the police officers of America, to offer his words to unite them together in mourning.
- The recent killings of police officers have put Obama under a lot of scrutiny.
- People were outraged by his lack of support when he refused to light the White House in blue.
- Obama has recently been reaching out to the families of the Baton Rouge police officers to offer his condolences.
Obama has never been known to say the right thing after a tragedy. He either barely says anything at all, or he avoids the subject and talks about something else altogether. He did just that, after the wake of recent police officer killings. Instead of sticking to mourning the loss of our nation's police force, he quickly made the speech into a Black Lives Matter charity event.
This open letter to the police officers of the United States is surely a ploy to remove his foot from his mouth. In the letter Obama says, to overcome these losses we will need resilience and the “love and empathy of public servants.”
The letter was released on Tuesday, although it was dated for Monday, the day after Baton Rouge police officers were gunned down. The Baton Rouge killings came just days after the July 7th sniper attack on Dallas police officers, which left five dead.
The Fraternal Order of Police posted the letter on their social media sites. Nothing justifies attacks on law enforcement, that is what Obama reiterated in the open letter to the public. The president said, “Any attack on police is an unjustified attack on all of us.”
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Some blame Obama for the state of the nation. They believe that because of his actions, or lack thereof, with terrorism and violence American has become a hostile place. Obama's criticisms don't end there. The blame game continued when Obama refused to illuminate the White House in blue light to honor the fallen police officers.
He, however, did try to make his amends. On Monday, President Obama personally called the families of the Baton Rouge police officers to offer his condolences. He was also seen attending the memorial service in Dallas for their fallen officers. So his attempts at regaining some credit for his efforts are being noticed.
In the letter Obama said:
“We will do it with the love and empathy of public servants like those we have lost in recent days. We will do it with the resilience of cities like Dallas that quickly came together to restore order and deepen unity and understanding. We will do it with the grace of loved ones who even in their grief have spoken out against vengeance toward police. We will do it with the good will of activists like those I have sat with in recent days, who have pledged to work together to reduce violence even as they voice their disappointments and fears. Thank you for your courageous service. We have your backs.”
The President of the Fraternal Order of Police, Chuck Canterbury, heartily welcomed Obama's letter. “The work now is to assist our communities by continuing to recognize that we are but one spoke in the wheel and we will do our part. Now it’s time for politicians and government to assist us in working in the communities we have always worked in to make life better for all Americans,” Canterbury said.
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