After years of repeatedly condemning the criminal justice system as being plagued by "systemic racism" and dangerously fueling the false narrative that police officers are racially biased against minorities, President Obama has come under deserved fire from law enforcement leaders across the country. In a meeting he crashed with some of those leaders Monday, Obama responded to that criticism by warning them that he is their "best hope" to reach the communities of color.
Ahead of his appearance at the funeral of the five Dallas officers murdered by a Black Lives Matter sympathizer who told police he "wanted to kill white people, especially white officers," Obama has been scrambling to gain control of the national narrative and turn the tragedy into an opportunity to forward his gun control and social justice policing agenda. One of the obstacles to his agenda are police officers themselves, many of whom are growing increasingly vocal about the president's direct contribution to the "climate that has made [the Dallas shooting] possible."
As part of his effort to wrangle the spiraling narrative, Obama spent nearly two hours Monday meeting with eight law enforcement groups. Two days after declaring that it was "very hard to untangle the motives" of the Dallas shooter, Obama told the law enforcement leaders that he believed the racially motivated attack on the Dallas officers was a "hate crime."
Having offered them an olive branch — though an obvious one and already too late — Obama also issued a thinly veiled warning.
"I’m your best hope," Obama told the group, according to meeting attendee James O. Pasco of the Fraternal Order of Police.
While Obama's statement is a clearly defensive response to the heat he has come under, what is perhaps the most infuriating aspect of it is that he's partly correct. He could be their "best hope." He could have done so much to calm the tensions and heal racial divisions. Instead, he has repeatedly pushed the left's racial grievance agenda, cherry-picking statistics to present a misleading and racially inflammatory narrative -- and innocent lives have been lost because of the "climate" he's helped inflame.
Despite being a vocal critic of the president, Pasco was gracious in his response to Obama's outreach effort, saying that he doesn't "disagree" that Obama is their "best hope," saying, "We’re all in this together."
As the Washington Post notes, Obama was not actually the one who arranged the meeting. It was in fact organized by Vice President Joe Biden, but Obama, "scrambling to defuse tensions with law enforcement," decided to crash the meeting unannounced.
The president plans to hold another meeting with law enforcement Wednesday, but this one, which he did organize, he has also invited his fellow activists and academia progressives. The goal: to figure out how to implement his criminal justice reform and gun control agendas.