Yes, it was embarrassing for the president.
Just as President Obama started his speech before a breakfast gathering of major donors in San Francisco, a woman stood up, soon joined by a few other women, who announced that they’d prepared a special song – just for him – and proceeded to belt it out.
The lyrics proclaimed that they were Obama supporters, and would certainly vote for him again in 2012 – but, still, they weren’t happy with the Pentagon’s treatment of Private Bradley Manning. And they were disappointed the president hadn’t done anything about it.
And what could he do? Just stand there and listen. And, later, make some crack about their creativity.
But, as awkward as it was, this women did, very creatively, get their point out: The government’s treatment of Bradley Manning – a young, gay, Army private suspected of providing secret documents to Wikileaks – is a disgrace. As is Obama’s refusal to act.
First of all, nobody was harmed by release of the Wikileaks documents. So, what’s the big deal?
Second, if the Pentagon has evidence against him, fine – file charges and bring him to trial.
But to hold him indefinitely in solitary confinement, without filing charges, is cruel and un-American – and the last thing any president should condone.
That’s my parting shot for today. Happy Easter!