President Barack Obama compared his campaign volunteers to the American officials killed in Libya, saying that ‘like them, you guys are Americans who sense that we can do better than we’re doing’.
Obama’s remarks came during a meeting with volunteer leaders in Las Vegas. ‘And obviously [our] hearts are broken for the families but I wanted to encourage those folks at the State Department. that they were making a difference, he said, according to a pool report.
‘The sacrifices that our troops and our diplomats make are obviously very different from the challenges that we face here domestically but like them, you guys are Americans who sense that we can do better than we’re doing….I’m just really proud of you.’
Obama also described how he had reminded State Department diplomats in Washington that ‘as difficult as change is’ they had to be resolute and they had to be realistic about ‘how hard change is’ – language that was uncomfortably close to an Obama campaign slogan.
He told the Las Vegas volunteers: ‘I had a chance to go to the State Department to comfort some of the friends and co-workers of the the folks who had fallen and I reminded them that as hard as things are sometimes, as difficult as change is that if we’re resolute, if we don’t give up, if we don’t give in, if we don’t become cynical, if we continue to be realistic about how hard change is but also keep in our hearts that sense of idealism and sense of purpose then over time good things happen.’
Good lord… for starters, our troops aren’t doing what they do because they “sense that we can do better than we’re doing.” They are sacrificing to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Obama makes it sound as if our troops are overseas trying to make the world safe for more Solyndras. The troops are rooting out terrorists to eliminate them, not sell them Chevy Volts.
And Ambassador Stevens died because from all accounts he had a great interest in liberating that country from tyranny. It’s insulting to his family to use his death and others to hawk “change is hard.”
As far as military veterans are concerned… in one aspect Obama is correct. They do seem to sense that we can do better than we’re doing.