September 17th, 2013
05:43 PM ET
9 years ago

Did Obama strike the wrong tone on Monday?

Washington (CNN) - The White House is defending President Barack Obama from criticism that he was tone deaf in his reaction to the mass shootings at Washington Navy Yard.

For a second straight day, White House press secretary Jay Carney faced questions about the president's Monday afternoon event. As the situation at the Navy Yard was unfolding, Obama touched on the tragedy before forcefully criticizing conservative Republicans who are threatening to shut down the government.


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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Did Obama strike the wrong tone on Monday?"

    Give it up already would you, CNN. Just give it up.

    September 17, 2013 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  2. tom l


    Actually, Richard Wolffe said that President Obama was out of line for what he said on Monday. Have you ever criticized the president? Is that something that is not allowed? Why is that whenever there is a negative article on Obama, everyone freaks out. How dare someone criticize the president, right? Just another example of the soft bigotry of low expectations...

    September 17, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Oh brother...more nontroversy manufacture from CNN and the MSM. Generic Headline: "Please believe that this overly sensitive made-up crap is a controversy...please please pretty please!!!!!"

    September 17, 2013 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "Shameful. How dare you use the deaths of others to promote your agenda."


    Hear that? That's the sound of your faux outrage tears accumulating in my tearbucket. Please proceed...

    September 17, 2013 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "For a second straight day, White House press secretary Jay Carney faced questions about the president's Monday afternoon event"

    For a second straight day, the MSM did everything in its considerable power to distract everyone in the country from important issues and factual details and focus them on soap opera BS.


    September 17, 2013 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  6. Babyboomer

    Once again, damned if he does, damned if he doesn't. Do CNN, FOX, etc. know how tired we are of this...

    September 17, 2013 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  7. rs

    You know, CNN, this is a remarkably complex nation, with many events and issues competing for attention- and all of which require action. It is utterly simplistic to believe that because of one tragedy, all work must stop, or reflect somehow that tragedy to be acceptable.
    Mr. Obama addressed to looming GOP-fueled fiscal crisis appropriately (along with other topics). The tragic events at the Naval Yard were also addressed by the President seperately- and appropriately.

    September 17, 2013 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  8. jinx9to88

    CNN, if Obama would have been quite the Repubs would have blasted him for not addressing it. CNN you havent learned nothing over the past 5 years. GOP trolls complain about Obama on everything they possible can.

    September 17, 2013 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  9. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Why doesn't CNN report on the hate that the GOP throws at this man constantly? I really do believe that CNN is becoming the next right wing mouthpiece!

    September 17, 2013 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  10. Rusty Krus

    And what George Bush do? Stand up there, stutter and make a few smirks. How dare you even report this crap?

    September 17, 2013 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  11. livingston

    "Did Obama strike the wrong tone on Monday?"

    No. No, he did not. I wish I could say the same for the reporters.

    September 17, 2013 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  12. Stuffit

    He struck the same tone he always strikes, incompetent, inept, corrupt. Perhaps we should elect Putin next time, he doesn't threaten, How is that IRS invesigationm cominmg?

    September 17, 2013 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  13. Ron L

    What a CHILDESS question. CNN, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, resist such immature questions? Just what kind of mood and tone would you have if you have been dealing with a group of people who are JUST DETERMINED to make your Presidency as uncomfortable as possible. He spoke the truth, and the "tone" reflected his frustration with the entire situation.

    September 17, 2013 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  14. boungiorno

    what happened to the polls

    September 17, 2013 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  15. S. B. Stein

    We need to stop looking at tone and style and focus on substance and what gets done.

    September 17, 2013 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  16. Evergreen

    2 wars, crashed economy, h1n1 outbreak, BP oil spill, Joplin tornadoes, School massacre, a disfunctional Congress, Hurrican Sandy, Libya, Syria, etc. This is a short list of what the President has had to deal with. Give him a break. It has only been days since we stepped backed from the brink of war.

    September 17, 2013 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  17. stars

    No he didn"t there was nothing he could do because the ppl was already dead he could"nt bring them back. But he need to let the ppl know that those fools in the repug party want to stop the old ppl from getting the dough.

    September 18, 2013 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  18. bassman

    I wonder if Lynda/Minnesota wrote "Give it up already would you, CNN. Just give it up". after our media blamed Pres. Bush for wildfires? I wonder if Lynda wrote "Give it up already would you, CNN. Just give it up" after our media criticized Pres. Bush for standing if from of a "mission accomplished" sign? I wonder if Lynda/Minnesota wrote "Give it up already would you, CNN. Just give it up" after our media criticized Sarah Palin's wardrobe?

    September 18, 2013 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  19. vikingwoman

    I believe the President's views on gun violence are clear! He was there to discuss the topic at hand, another Grumpy Old Politicians threat to "shut down the government"! It's kinda funny in a way; are they aware that they'll all be out of a job if they do that!? But that's the current incarnation of the GOTP for ya! It's always "go figure" w/them these days!!

    September 18, 2013 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  20. Neutral Observer

    "Did Obama strike the wrong tone on Monday?"???? On Monday? Ha, when hasn't he struck the wrong tune? The best way to bring two sides of a any polarized group is to find common ground. Find issues that both sides do agree upon and get passionate about these ideas. That will bring the two groups together and that is what a skilled leader will do, key word: leader. The best way to increase the divide is to find a topic that both sides sharply disagree upon and push that idea. That is all I see the President doing and as a result the divide is much worse and nothing is getting done. He even does this when it is totally unnecessary, like in criminal cases which he need not act on at all. His skill sets are not leadership oriented and I don't think he'll ever be a great leader.

    September 18, 2013 05:56 am at 5:56 am |
  21. Marie MD

    CNN you are turning into the limbaugh and/or faux crazy of news..
    Are you getting money from citizens united or the Koch brothers?

    September 18, 2013 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  22. Dixie

    The speach should have been postponed for a day. This was a time to honor our fallon not buisness as usual. He showed no class at all.

    September 18, 2013 07:16 am at 7:16 am |