Sunday, May 15th, saw the surviving family members of 165 police officers who were killed in the line of duty honored at the US Capitol building as part of the 30th annual Peace Officers Memorial Service, one of the highlights of Police Week.
Notably absent--again--was Barack Obama. He skipped this event, and turned his back on our fallen law enforcement heroes and their families, to play yet another round of golf at Andrews AFB.
This marks the second time that he ditched this event. He couldn't be bothered to attend in 2009, and while he did show up in 2010, many people suspect that it was only damage control as it took place right after he called Cambrige, MA police "stupid" for arresting his pal, black activist and professor, Henry Gates.
By way of contrast, President Bush attended and spoke seven times out of eight, only missing it one time, when he was in Jerusalem.
Barack Obama has never shown our nation's police officers the respect that they deserve. We saw this last week when he and Michelle hosted rapper Common at the White House despite his songs containing lyrics threatening police and praising cop-killers like Mumia abu Jamal, among others. New Jersey's State Troopers protested, as Common wrote a song idolizing Assata Shakur, a fugitive currently hiding in Cuba who killed one of their own, but Obama blew them off, calling Common, a fellow attendee of Reverend Wright's racist America-hating "church", a "socially conscious artist."
Bringing a thug like Common into The People's White House was bad enough, but doing it during Police Week, and blowing off the families of those officers who gave their lives for their communities across this country, is reprehensible, even for the Obamas.