Friday, April 30, 2010

Obama's SWAT Team

On Wednesday the 28th, President Obama visited Quincy, Illinois. A group of patriotic, harmless Americans showed up to protest the egregious, communist policies being shoved down America's throat by the President. Out of a combination of cowardice and hatred of freedom, the out-of-control president sent a SWAT team to put down the protest.

...or, at least, so goes the story according to the Republican noise machine. Michelle Malkin's blog Hot Air covered the story with the headline "Video: SWAT team outside Obama event beats back geriatric tea-party hordes." There is only one problem with this narrative: it is complete garbage.

The reality is that President Obama's motorcade was about to drive down the street on which the protesters were standing. Local police were sent in to clear the street. Yes, the policemen were wearing riot gear. Yes, that was overkill. No, that does not make them a SWAT team. Terminology aside, the police were there about 15 minutes, and never approached the crowd except to ask them to get off the street and onto the sidewalk.

So let's get this straight. The President of the United States is driving down a street. Protesters on the street are asked to move to the sidewalk, and suddenly we are living in Communist Russia? No, the protesters don't look particularly dangerous, but I don't think I need to remind you that members of the Tea Party have in fact advocated violence. Clearing a road for a president is a reasonable safety precaution regardless of circumstance. Yet, if we are to believe the right-wing blogs, this is a major incident.

And people talk about the death of American political discourse...

(Credit to for the video, for the quote, and Steve Benen at for the inspiration)

EDIT: The Hot Air post actually admits at the beginning of the article that the unit isn't a SWAT team. However, the headline remains unchanged. Anyone familiar with the way people consume news can guess how much of an effect that will have on readers.


ShamRockNRoll said...

Michelle Malkin is absolute trash, and I'm not at all surprised that she would try to frame this story in that manner. I have no respect for her or people like her (Coulter, Beck, etc.). They traffic in political pornography, offering nothing of any substance (or truth for that matter). The left has their commercial talking heads, but none of whom (in the mainstream) come even close the the absurdity of rhetoric delivered by these people.

Christian Sorrell said...

The final edit on this story proves to me that the writer of Hot Air isn't a journalist and should never be considered one. Deception is unethical.