On Sunday night for only the third time during his presidency, Barack Obama gave a speech from the Oval Oval office. Interestingly this speech was supposedly about the ISIS threat, his last Oval Office speech was when he announced the end of combat operations in Iraq, declaring that he had made good on a central promise from his campaign. Of course the premature end of our combat operations in Iraq was also one of the leading causes of the development of ISIS in Iraq,
The thirteen-minute, 1,737 word speech was supposed to calm the American public’s fears about the way Obama has been handling the war on ISIS. It didn’t. The president didn’t lay out any new strategies for defeating ISIS or any other terrorist organization. And as soon as he could, Obama attempted a presidential sleight of hand by shifting the focus from terrorism to gun control proposals that would have done absolutely nothing to prevent last Wednesday’s horrible bloodbath in San Bernardino.
Rather than delay the inevitable, below is a transcript of Obama’s words annotated with corrections and other snarky comments from yours truly. As is “The Lid” tradition, the POTUS’ words appear in black and my comments in red.
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