11 Things Obama Never Cried About

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Laquan McDonald’s death, Tamir Rice’s death, the San Bernardino attack, James Foley’s beheading, nor the Fort Hood attack have moved the president to tears.

 writes: While announcing executive actions to further restrict gun sales on Tuesday, President Obama became emotional when recounting the children who died during the Sandy Hook shooting.

This very public display of emotion surprised many, as Obama doesn’t cry in public very often. In fact, he has a reputation of being rather stoic and emotionless.

“Every time I think about those kids, it gets me mad,” he said as he brushed away tears.

Over the past seven years, there have been numerous tragedies he didn’t publicly shed a tear over, including the deaths of black men and children at the hands of police officers.

Here are 11 other things that Obama never (publicly) cried about.

1. Laquan McDonald’s death

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Obama’s hometown of Chicago has been rife with tension after police shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald then apparently colluded with city officials in an attempt to conceal details surrounding his death.  Many were upset that the dashcam footage showing a police officer fatally shooting the teen was released to the public 13 months after the October 2014 shooting. The delay in releasing the video raised suspicions that Rahm Emanuel, Chicago mayor and Obama’s former chief of staff, was involved in covering up the police’s actions surrounding his death.

A deluge of emails from city officials show that the Emanuel administration was concerned about the optics of the shooting, and it appears that they tried to minimize attention to the tragic event. The emails, which total over 3,000 pages, were made available to the public on New Year’s Eve.

[Read the full story here, at TheFederalist]

While Obama did release a statement saying that he was “deeply disturbed” by the footage, he hasn’t publicly shed tears over a police officer shooting this teenager 16 times even after McDonald had already fallen to the ground. Nor has he claimed to have lost sleep over the subsequent cover-up that his former pal seems to have participated in.

2. Tamir Rice’s Death

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Twelve-year-old Tamir Rice was shot to death while playing with a toy gun at a park in November 2014. The police officer who shot Rice has been cleared of any legal wrongdoing, but video footage showing the child’s death is truly horrifying.

3. Eric Garner’s Death

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Eric Garner was choked to death by police last year while they apprehended him for selling untaxed cigarettes. Though he was resisting arrest, Garner can be heard repeatedly saying: “I can’t breathe.”

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WAR ON COPS: Police Searching for Suspects After Cop Shot and Killed in Chicago Suburb 

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Officer died at scene, found without his gun, equipment

AWR Hawkins reportsAccording to CBS Chicago, “Lake County Sheriff’s Det. Chris Covelli said, around 7:50 a.m., the officer radioed he was pursuing three suspects, after looking into their ‘suspicious activity.’ Police lost radio contact with the officer, who was later found with a gunshot wound.”

Police indicate that the trio consists of two white males and one black male. CBS Chicago points to “unconfirmed reports” that the trio may have taken the fallen “officer’s gun and pepper spray.”

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The manhunt appears to be centered “on a marshy area off Rainier Way and Rollins Road.” Read the rest of this entry »


BEWARE of FALLING OBJECTS: Woman Killed by Falling Facade From Chicago Church, Oklahoma McDonald’s Sign Falls Trapping Two People

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A Chicago woman was killed Thursday after a piece of facade fell off a church in the South Loop neighborhood, police said.

The woman, identified by family members as 34-year-old Sara Bean, was walking in the 1900 block of South Michigan Avenue with her fiance around noon when a piece of masonry fell from the Second Presbyterian Church and struck her, police said.

“I just see something come down, and I look closely and I just see the lady fall down, really falls down, and the guy just starts yelling hysterically like something was really going on.”

— Broderick Adams, witness

Bean was transported in critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead….(read more)

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“All of a sudden as I was looking at the menu I sort of saw a shadow on my hood and when I looked over that pole was just almost right in my face.”

Meanwhile, in Oklahoma…

okcfox.com reports:

Two people from Weatherford are recovering after a horrific experience in the McDonald’s drive thru. The Golden Arches fell on top of their cars, leaving them pinned inside.

When Weatherford fire crews got to the scene at the McDonald’s on N. Washington they immediately called for backup and alerted medical units, anticipating critical injuries.

“You’re first reaction is that it is going to be a horrific accident.”

— Fire Chief Mike Karlin

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