The meaning of Obama’s silence

KathrynSteinle Megyn Kelly asks a great question regarding the tragic murder of Kathryn Steinle in the presence of her father at the hands of five-time deportee, seven-time felon Francisco Sanchez in the sanctuary city of San Francisco (RCP has posted transcript and video at the link):

Kate’s murder has…exploded into a national debate on illegal immigrants, sanctuary cities and crime. With the White House ducking the issue of its own acquiescence in these cities’ decision to flout the federal immigration laws which were duly enacted. When asked repeatedly this week to speak to this case, White House spokesman Josh Earnest declined to weigh in other than to refer folks to the Department of Homeland Security.

A stark contrast to what we saw after Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson. A man we know was attacking a police officer at the time of his death. His funeral saw three Obama officials in attendance, his death drew comments from President Obama personally and his administration also sent in the DOJ and 40 FBI agents dispatched to Missouri after Michael Brown was killed. Where is the swarm of agents in San Francisco?

Then there was Freddie Gray in Baltimore, a repeat drug offender who was killed in police custody. Here again his funeral was attended by three Obama administration officials and again the President spoke personally to Freddie Gray’s death. And again sent the DOJ in to investigate. When Trayvon Martin was killed in Florida, the president spoke to his death which was later ruled to be in self-defense. But Katie Steinle, nothing. No comments, no swarm of FBI agents, no DOJ investigation, nothing. Why?

Why? indeed.

Kelly left the question hanging because she makes it rhetorical. The question answers itself.

Let us articulate at least a partial answer. Let us state the obvious that Kelly left implicit.

Obama remains silent because he cannot make Steinle’s murder about himself.

Obama remains silent because her murder illustrates the dilemma with one of his schemes profoundly to transform the United States.

Obama remains silent because her murder illustrates the dilemma so indelibly.

Obama remains silent because Sanchez represents the politically incorrect illegal alien crime wave.

Obama remains silent because he cannot plausibly turn Steinle’s death to his narrow political advantage.

If there has ever been a smaller man or bigger jerk than Barack Obama holding the office of president, we need to know now.