Video: The Good, Bad And Ugliest Reactions To President Obama’s Address At Dallas Memorial


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.”

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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.

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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 Good:

The Bad

The Ugly:

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.

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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.

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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.