President Obama’s official remarks Saturday on the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia have been derided as “a mess,” while one website reveals it followed hours of plotting to maximize the political opportunity Scalia’s death might provide the president. Kristinn Taylor, writing on The Gateway Pundit, called Obama’s announcement a “disrespectful presentation.” “When he did deign to interrupt his Washington’s Birthday holiday weekend vacation, Obama spoke to the nation from the press filing center in Rancho Mirage while not wearing a tie with his rumpled shirt collar open under a suit jacket,” she wrote. “Two-thirds through reading prepared remarks staged on the lectern, Obama placed both elbows on the lectern and finished the three-minute speech slouching on the lectern”
A lot of stumbling and bumbling by Obama through his obligatory remarks about Scalia. What a mess.
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) February 14, 2016
“A lot of stumbling and bumbling by Obama through his obligatory remarks about Scalia. What a mess,” tweeted Michelle Malkin, senior editor of the Conservative Review. Obama’s speech may have taken second place to Obama’s efforts to use Scalia’s death to the president’s advantage, according to one report. “Word reached the White House hours before formal media announcements were made regarding longtime Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia having been found dead while vacationing at a Texas resort,” wrote DC Whispers. “First the speechwriters were summoned to provide the appropriate tone for Barack Obama’s remarks. During that same time, Obama and Valerie Jarrett were already initiating a long-standing plan for what they viewed as a prime opportunity to make Mr. Obama relevant once again and an opportunity that the President was said to be thrilled to have before him.” The website noted Obama was hardly likely to express deep personal feelings over Scalia’s passing. “The animosity between Justice Scalia and the Obama White House was well known,” it wrote. “Scalia considered the Obama administration to be a scourge upon the Constitutional-based tenets of the American form of government. The Obama White House in turn privately viewed Scalia as a legal ‘dinosaur’ who was horribly out of place amidst the ongoing ‘fundamental transformation’ the Obama regime was pushing for the country.”
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