Obama stalls on making down payment on "empathy" deficit


How the heck does Obama’s letter to the US ambassador at the UN on January 23 (at bottom) jibe with his transcendent speech on January 20 (excerpt immediately below)?

“Unity is the great need of the hour — the great need of this hour. Not because it sounds pleasant or because it makes us feel good, but because it’s the only way we can overcome the essential deficit that exists in this country.”I’m not talking about a budget deficit. I’m not talking about a trade deficit. I’m not talking about a deficit of good ideas or new plans.

“I’m talking about a moral deficit. I’m talking about an empathy deficit. I’m taking about an inability to recognize ourselves in one another; to understand that we are our brother’s keeper; we are our sister’s keeper; that, in the words of Dr. King, we are all tied together in a single garment of destiny.”

Dear Ambassador Khalilzad,

I understand that today the UN Security Council met regarding the situation in Gaza, and that a resolution or statement could be forthcoming from the Council in short order.

I urge you to ensure that the Security Council issue no statement and pass no resolution on this matter that does not fully condenm the rocket assault Hamas has been conducting on civilians in southern Israel…

All of us are concerned about the impact of closed border crossings on Palestinian families. However, we have to understand why Israel is forced to do this… Israel has the right to respond while seeking to minimize any impact on civilians.

The Security Council should clearly and unequivocally condemn the rocket attacks… If it cannot bring itself to make these common sense points, I urge you to ensure that it does not speak at all.


Barack Obama
United States Senator

A token show of concern for Palestinians does little to begin repaying our “empathy deficit.” You can’t talk America’s way out of the ranks of the moral bankrupt, Senator. We need you to make compassion the coin of the realm.

2 replies »

  1. First things first, i really hope that the typo (condenm) was not actually in the letter he sent to the UN…rarely is the question asked, “Are your president learning?”

    Second, well it doesn’t really matter because i wrote him (and Sen Clinton) letters today saying that if they don’t get their narcissistic asses back to Washington and involve themselves in the FISA fiasco that i won’t vote for either of them. And i meant it.

    Still, i’m dismayed by the long, long arm of AIPAC reaching into our political system. If we must be the world’s policenation, the least we can is not be a brazenly crooked cop.