10,000 Dead – Entire Town Destroyed
In a 2007 campaign speech in Virginia, then Senator Obama provided a glimpse of what he would show again and again in the coming years. The tragedies, hopes and dreams of others are often merely lines on a teleprompter to “No drama Obama.” So it was in this speech, where he boldly asserts:
“This week there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died – an entire town destroyed. I talked to somebody in the Governor’s office – Governor Sebelius, who I was going to be travelling with in New Orleans, had to fly back – found out that the National Guard in Kansas only had 40% of its equipment and they are having to slow down the recovery process in Kansas…”[i]
Obama used the opportunity to question how President Bush could have involved the U.S. in a trillion dollar war.
Recognizing that the actual death toll from the Kansas Tornado was 12 – not 10,000 – not an entire town – Obama told the audience he was tired.[ii] He may have been. Nonetheless, this error, his error as to the number of states, his error as to Medicine Joe Crow being a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, his error as to Sgt. Monti having been a living recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor – all of these errors scream of belonging to a man with little attachment to America, to the acts of American heroism, service and excellence – or to the tragedies impacting the lives of our fellow citizens every day.
But hey…he looks good, has a good speaking voice and reads a teleprompter with reasonable accuracy.
[i] Senator Barack Obama, (2007), YouTube web-site, video from FoxNews posted by SalemNNPA, (May 9, 2007), Obama: 10,000 dead from tornado in Kansas, give or take 9,98, retrieved February 7, 2012 from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjO8Qc5s1fY&feature=related
[ii] Associated Press, (May 9, 2007), FoxNews web-site, Obama: ‘10,000 People Died’ in Kansas Tornado, retrieved February 7, 2012 from http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,270852,00.html