SAN DIEGO, Jan. 8, 2016 — Fox News host Andrea Tantaros is drawing much criticism with her insinuation that President Obama’s tears during his press conference about a need for more gun control were fake. In a tongue-in cheek manner Tantaros suggested that the president used a “raw onion” to produce his tears. She may have been joking about the onion, but her suggestion of manufactured emotion was genuine.
Commenting on Obama’s bold statement about new executive action to broaden background checks, the hosts of Outnumbered expressed concern about a president who is ignoring the separation of powers prescribed in the U.S. Constitution.
During this discussion co-host Melissa Francis got things rolling:
“What was really upsetting was the tears that he wiped away again and again…You want that for — I mean, we feel frighten about what’s going on with ISIS. And he can’t pull that kind of passion for anything about this.”
“I feel bad about those kids in [Newtown,] Connecticut,” she added. “Your heart breaks for them. But it’s only about this that he gets so upset about. And never about terror!”
Tantaros weighed in insisting the emotion seemed disingenuous because if honest, “he would have spoken out a long time ago.”
“This is how many years? Almost eight years, he’s almost at the end of his term…And you haven’t heard him go to Chicago and really speak out about this issue.”
“So, I would check that podium for like a raw onion…It’s not really believable. And the award goes to… we are in awards season.”
Robert Sobel of Blasting News called this “a cheap shot at the president.”
He is only one of many to criticize the Fox panel.
Tears for the death of children or the death of any victim are appropriate from a head of state. Manufactured tears for a photo op are another story altogether. We may never know the truth apart from confiscating President Obama’s teleprompter and seeing if his electronic script says, “Insert tears here.”
For some reason his water works malfunctioned after the attack on Benghazi. Hours after four Americans were murdered, Obama was campaigning in Nevada.
But he did take action in the aftermath of the ISIS beheading of American journalist James Foley. He played a round of golf.
True, the actions of his administration were more serious after two Jihadists committed mass murder in San Bernardino. Attorney General Loretta Lynch gave a warning to any who would speak against Islam promising prosecution should such speech lead to violence against Muslims.
President Obama does seem to cherry pick the events he is going to express the most concern over. By an amazing coincidence events garnering the most tears or concerns also lead to new executive orders.
In all fairness, one cannot control when they choose to cry. Perhaps the previous droughts which invaded Obama’s plumbing were caused by global warming and the latest ETA regulations rebooted his personal precipitation.
This is Bob Siegel, making the obvious obvious.
Fox News contributed to the hard news portions of this article.
Bob Siegel is a weekend radio talk show host on KCBQ and a columnist. Details of his show can be found at www.bobsiegel.net