The Battle of Seattle & The Silence of Bambi

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Obama Mute After May Day Riot Re-Ruins Seattle

Unlike Baltimore, Seattle is not governed entirely by members of the president’s Democratic party. One Seattle city council member belongs to the Socialist Alternative party

Tim Cavanaugh writes: The morning after hipster rioters turned a May Day demonstration into a replay of the 1999 Battle in Seattle, President Obama boarded Marine One and departed for an overnight retreat without commenting on unrest in U.S. cities that has spread to the Pacific coast.

“We’ve seen too many instances of what appears to be police officers interacting with individuals — primarily African-American and often poor — in ways that raise troubling questions.”

— President Obama, last Tuesday

The president stopped to fist bump with the child of an Associated Press staffer on a sunny Saturday before choppering out of the capital. But he made no comment on the Friday night rioting in Seattle, Wash.

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“But he provided no such context for Friday’s confrontation between Seattle police and a crowd of largely white anarcho-syndicalists.”

Seattle rioters threw bottles and bricks at police; smashed and tagged property; and attacked reporters and other civilians in unrest that left three officers injured. Police Chief Chris Fowler declared Friday evening that the situation had “turned into a riot.”

“Obama beguiled readers of his exquisitely wrought memoir Dreams From My Father with tales of his youthful friendships among Marxist poets and punk rockers….”

Obama’s silence on the mayhem in one of North America’s most progressive cities contrasted with his loquacity earlier in the week, when the president as well as his staff spoke at length after Baltimore erupted in destructive but non-lethal rioting.

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“But the president has been less eager to attach himself publicly to historic economic-justice movements, or to their extensive legacies of violence.”

“We’ve seen too many instances,” the president announced Tuesday, “of what appears to be police officers interacting with individuals — primarily African-American and often poor — in ways that raise troubling questions.”

“He is presently lobbying Congress for a bill that would give more power to the executive branch in order to conclude a Pacific Rim trade treaty — an agreement strongly opposed by his own party’s left wing.”

But he provided no such context for Friday’s confrontation between Seattle police and a crowd of largely white anarcho-syndicalists. White House pool reporters did not ask the president about the violence in the Emerald City, and the White House has not issued a statement.

The street theater that besieged Baltimore overnight Monday — as police retreated before rioters and hoodlums burned down convenience stores, restaurants, an old folks home, as well as other properties — was putatively inspired by the death of a Baltimore man in police custody.

Six police officers were indicted Friday….(read more)

WashingtonExaminer.com



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