Fox News is known for its anti-Obama stances, but did one commentator go too far when she accused Obama of faking tears during a press conference on gun control?
In the speech, Obama referenced the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting, where 20 children died. “Every time I think about those kids, it gets me mad,” he said. “And by the way, it happens on the streets of Chicago every day.”
Contributor Andrea Tantaros said she did not think the show of unbridled emotion was “believable”.
“I would check the podium for a raw onion or some No More Tears [a brand name for Johnson’s baby shampoo],” she said during the program.
“I mean, it’s not really believable. It is awards season after all.”
She explained this was “because if he really cared about an issue, especially like Chicago in his hometown, and it was plausible, he would be doing something very different from what he’s doing, and he would have spoken out a long time ago.
“I mean this is…almost eight years; he’s almost at the end of his term. And you haven’t heard him go to Chicago and really see him speak out against this issue. And he is uniquely poised to do so. Really. But everything he’s doing won’t solve the problem.”
Obama, at the press conference, expressed his plans to close the “gun show loophole” that allow guns to be bought and sold at gun shows without a criminal background checks.
Meghan McCain, another commentator, said: “It just didn’t seem horribly authentic. Maybe it is; I don’t know him at all. I agree that there’s so much more to be done. If you care so much go to your hometown of Chicago, instead of talking about god-fearing Americans who just want to protect themselves.”
The women expressed frustration that Obama was enacting gun laws affecting legal gun purchasers and had not done more to combat violence in Chicago, his hometown, which has experienced an unusual number of gun homicides.
Melissa Francis said she thought the speech was “bad political theater”.
“I feel bad about those kids in Connecticut, but it’s only about this that he gets so upset about and never about terror,” she said.
“He can’t pull that kind of passion for anything but this,” she said.
In December, Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, an analyst for the network, called Obama a “pussy” live on air and said that the president was “afraid” to fight ISIS. Actress Stacey Dash claimed later that day that she thought that Obama “didn’t give a sh*t” on the network. Apparently the producers do have some standards about what they say on-air, because both of the commentators were suspended for two weeks.
In the speech, which took place in the White House East Room, Obama said the gun show exceptions did not make sense.
“We’ve created a system in which dangerous people are allowed to play by a different set of rules,” he said.
President Obama added that his plan is “not a plot to take away everyone’s guns. I believe we can find ways to reduce gun violence in ways consistent with the Second Amendment.”
Although 84 percent of Americans say they support background checks for gun purchases, according to Quinnipiac University, Congress has been reluctant to act on new gun control measures, so Obama made an executive decision to bypass them.
“All of us need to demand that Congress be brave enough to stand up to the gun lobby’s lies,” he argued. “The gun lobby may be holding Congress hostage right now, but they can’t hold America hostage.”
In outlining the points of his plan, the president bemoaned the politicized nature of the gun control debate.
“Instead of thinking how to solve the problem, this has become one of our most polarized, partisan debates,” he said. “We do need to feel a sense of urgency about it.”