On Tuesday, July 12, Pres. Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, former Pres. George Bush, and others gathered in honour of the five Dallas police officers murdered in a deadly attack last week.
During the wholehearted and serious memorial service for the five Dallas police officers which was marked with sentiments of sympathy and honor, the president issued an emotion-filled address in memory of the killed officers.
The president said:
“I understand how Americans are feeling, but Dallas, I’m here to say we must reject such despair. I’m here to insist that we are not as divided as we seem. And I know that because I know America. I know how far we’ve come against impossible odds.”
His apparently emotion-filled speech stepped on the wrong foot of many, sparking good, bad and ugly comments.
As he remembers the lives of the slain five Dallas police officers, Obama also ensured that he didn’t miss pointing out the persistent issue of strained race relations in America.
However, some think that it was an “undesirable, off-putting and offensive” move on his part, accusing the president of hijacking the burial for his own agenda instead of honoring the cops whose families were devastated.
Others lauded Obama for being unafraid to address the issues, rather than sweeping them under the rug.
While you listen to the speech below, we gathered a list of the good, bad, and ugliest reactions to President Obama’s speech.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 12, 2016
The president's speech at the #DallasMemorial will go down in history as one of the best ever. Thank you Mr. President.
— Robert Katula (@undethebltarp) July 12, 2016
— Bernice for OBAMA (@Altibalba) July 12, 2016
I am a conservative, and I am sick of all the ridiculous tweets about Obama's speech. It was actually pretty balanced. #DallasMemorial
— Kelly Campbell (@kcam23) July 12, 2016
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) July 12, 2016
Bring us together? Obama made a racist, divisive speech w/o the facts, just hours before the #DallasShootings. He's the biggest divider!!!
— The Patriot (@ThePatriot143) July 12, 2016
Wonder if at any moment did Obumer The Moron realize that this was a Memorial and not one of his BS speeches? #DallasMemorial
— Blizzack (@blizzack44) July 12, 2016
Seen a lot of thing but I've never seen someone give a stump speech from a dead cop's casket. You're something else Obama #DallasMemorial
— Joe Prich (@JoePrich) July 12, 2016
President Obama brought shame to the White House today — absolute shame.
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) July 12, 2016
— Amy Mek (@AmyMek) July 12, 2016
Somebody please tell the president that this is a memorial, not a State of the Union Address.#DallasMemorial
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) July 12, 2016
Obama hijacked the #DallasMemorial for cops killed by a racist to selfishly serve his political agenda lecturing U.S. & cops abt racism. SMH
— Tara Setmayer (@TaraSetmayer) July 12, 2016
I'd rather eat a crap sandwich than listen to Obama's disingenuous claptrap today. #DallasMemorial
— Righteous Crusader (@Craftmastah) July 12, 2016
Imagine if Obama attended a memorial of Dylan Roof's victims and demanded that blacks need to change their ways. #DallasMemorial
— RAMZPAUL (@ramzpaul) July 12, 2016
A lone man identified as Micah Xavier Johnson, ambushed, shot and killed five police officers in Dallas, Texas, and injuring nine others. Two civilians were also hurt.
Johnson was a US Army Reserve Afghan War veteran who was reportedly angry over police shootings of black men and stated that he wanted to kill white people, particularly white police officers.
The shooting happened at the end of a peaceful Black Lives Matter-organized protest against police killings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, which had occurred days before the incident.
After the brutal shooting of 12 policemen, Johnson ran inside a building on the campus of El Centro College. Police went after him, and a standoff followed.
In the early hours of July 8, police killed Johnson with a bomb attached to a remote control bomb disposal robot. It was the first time U.S. law enforcement used a robot to kill a suspect.
The shooting was the deadliest incident for U.S. law enforcement since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, surpassing March 2009 shootings in Oakland, California, and a November 2009 ambush shooting in Lakewood, Washington, both of which killed four officers.
So many think Obama should have just prepared a speech that is entirely in honour of the fallen policemen rather than hijacking it to preach against racism. Notice the division in the twitter especially the ugliest sent in by mostly Whites.