Obama finally shows up in Colo., Left politicizes brave firefighters


As Twitchy reported earlier this week, President Obama finally put aside golfing and fundraising to pay attention to the devastating, and now fatal, fires in Colorado. After more than two weeks of silence, he headed out to Colorado today.

PHOTO: #POTUS in the back of his SUV. On his way to tour #WaldoCanyonFire pic.twitter.com/gsSCuu0a

— Brandon Rittiman (@BrandonRittiman) June 29, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) _ Obama: Devastation from Colorado wildfires `enormous' but `we're starting to see progress.'

— Ken Thomas (@AP_Ken_Thomas) June 29, 2012

Obama in Colo.: "When natural disasters like this hit, America comes together … We've got to make sure that we have each others' backs."

— Ken Thomas (@AP_Ken_Thomas) June 29, 2012

The intrepid Mark Knoller reports and provides some photos.

Pres Obama thanks firefighters in Colorado for their efforts. (Radio pool photo by Scott Horsley/NPR.) pic.twitter.com/IzoFHFQA

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 29, 2012

Pres Obama saw remnants of homes like this, consumed by wildfires. (Radio pool photo by Scott Horsley/NPR) pic.twitter.com/VsQgnAKr

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 29, 2012

More on-the-scene reports.


The President's motorcade has departed Fire Station 9 with cheering and waving from onlookers. #waldocanyonfire #obama

— The Gazette (@csgazette) June 29, 2012

#djnews President Obama not too political in impromptu speech. He did underscore importance of firemen 365 days a year, not just now.

— Dixie Journal (@DixieJournal) June 29, 2012

Or was it political?

Oh, God, demagogue Obama speaking about the Colorado wildfires.

— Sam Valley (@SamValley) June 29, 2012

His fellow travelers did decide to demagogue. On the backs of the suffering and of brave firefighters.

In Colorado, and without ever mentioning his name, Obama just destroyed Romney on his demand that we fire more firefighters

— Howie Klein (@downwithtyranny) June 29, 2012


Listening to President Obama in Colorado… this guy actually thinks we need more teachers firefighters and police!!! #edshow

— Ed Schultz (@edshow) June 29, 2012

#POTUS Obama:" Sometimes ppl like firefighters don't get the credit they deserve " Vs Mitt- We don't need more Gov't employees-firefighters

— HonestyinGov (@HnstyNgov) June 29, 2012

@markknoller Firefighters in America know that this President Obama will always fight for there benefits, Thanks for your bravery &service

— Nancy Mitchell (@NancyWonderful) June 29, 2012

RT @Jipso19: PBO in Colorado praising the Firefighters & calling them Hero's! They are & so is Obama! // Romney calls Firefighters a drain.

— Joel West (@IAmJoelWest) June 29, 2012

A few weeks ago Romney wanted to lay off firefighters because we had too many – http://t.co/6A0rbThF

— Kombiz Lavasany (@kombiz) June 29, 2012

So, idiot Romney supporters in Colorado who want to get rid of firefighters? How would that work out for you?

— Sue Anna Langenberg (@langenberg1) June 29, 2012

@Everest65 Why? Romney wants to cut the firefighters that are fighting the fires that are burning Colorado.

— Dells iPhone App (@DellsiPhoneApp) June 29, 2012

As Colorado burns worth noting that Romney has repeatedly called for laying off firefighters.

— Doug Gordon (@dgordon52) June 29, 2012

Oh, really? “Worth noting” while Colorado burns? How do the soulless sleep at night?


Stop using firefighters as political pawns, Left. Take it from someone who is living through these fires right now.

It is entirely appropriate and possible to question this administration’s policy decisions while supporting frontline emergency personnel at the same time. And it is entirely logical and rational to express gratitude for firefighters and police officers — while working to ensure the long-term financial viability of their departments through tough but necessary budget and public employee union reforms. But don’t look to Obama to put out the flames of politically expedient and inflammatory rhetoric. He may be slow on the uptake to respond to national crises, but when it comes to exploiting them, he’s an industrial-grade accelerant.

Precisely. Conservatives, and all people who aren’t morally bankrupt, say “God bless our firefighters.”


They don’t say “How can we use firefighters to bless ourselves?”

Amazing time lapse video fo #waldocanyonfire. Terrifying. http://t.co/5J940soX via @davidhauptmann

— Tabitha Hale (@TabithaHale) June 29, 2012

This is just terrifying. RT @Allismith4 A view of the Airforce Academy Chapel. #WaldoCanyonFire http://t.co/fTyaSu46

— Christopher S. Brown (@chrisbrowntv) June 27, 2012


Oh my God…@ThePowersThatBe: Photos of the Colorado fires detail the devastation: http://t.co/9KbFjF6A

— Chococat34 (@chococat34) June 29, 2012

Raging Colorado wildfire claims first victim as Obama declares area a 'disaster zone' and plans emer http://t.co/HTIacnp0

— Cecilia Trent (@CeceSurfCityUsa) June 29, 2012

That is what you are politicizing, Left. Look at the pictures.

Then try to look in the mirror.

Here at Twitchy, our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those affected by this devastating fire. We send our deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones. And to those who have lost their homes, filled with memories and things we know can never be replaced. We continue to say “God bless the brave firefighters and first responders.”

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/06/29/obama-finally-shows-up-in-colorado-left-grossly-plays-politics-with-brave-firefighters/

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