In campaign remarks yesterday at the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago, Illinois, President Barack Obama praised his adopted city, where he lived before becoming president of the United States. “Chicago is an example of what makes this country great,” Obama said. His audience applauded.
He went on to praise the donors in the room, but he left something out.
“[M]ore Chicago residents — 228 — have been killed so far this year in the city than the number of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan – 144 — over the same period,” the Huffington Post noted in June.
“The war zone-like statistics are not new. As WBEZ reports, while some 2,000 U.S. troops have been killed in Afghanistan since 2001, more than 5,000 people have been killed by gun fire in Chicago during that time, based on Department of Defense and FBI data. Chicago’s murder rate is also currently quadruple that of New York and double Los Angeles’ rate.” (Read More)
I guess he was referring to Chicago style politics, and not the murder rate in the city run by his old pal Rahm Emanuel.
Update: Obama also said that his “new” vision for the future is a vision of shared prosperity. How is that new? That’s always been his vision, look how it’s working out for us – shared misery.