Comedian Dennis Miller criticized President Barack Obama, David Axelrod and former Rep. Barney Frank on Wednesday night for their reactions to Monday’s Boston Marathon Bombings.
First the comedian complained that Obama’s initial remarks made it seem that he was overly focused on determining the motives behind the attacks.
“[I]t reminded me of Tiger Woods after the fact say saying that he moved the ball back in a couple yards in the Masters and therefore stepping in it,” Miller said on Wednesday’s broadcast of “The O’Reilly Factor.”
“On day two, when the president said ‘anytime bombs are used against innocents, it’s terrorism’ — at that point, day one becomes important to me. In a vague way, I just go, ‘Wow, yesterday he didn’t say that.'”
“And the second thing is when he said we want to find out who did this and why they did this. I find ‘why’ to be such a superfluous consideration at that point. I don’t need to know their alibi. I think when you parse madness it is a fool’s errand. I just want to know who did it and I want them to be brought to justice. So there were a couple of things there.”
Miller then went after former Obama adviser David Axelrod, now a MSNBC contributor, for attempting to justify why the president did not immediately describe the perpetrator as a terrorist.
“And lastly, when Axelrod says the president did not want to use the word ‘terrorist’ because everybody knows what that means these days — I think what he was saying that what they mean is ‘radical Islamic terrorists.’ Listen, when I say food stamp recipients, I mean food stamp recipients. I don’t mean black people. When I say terrorists, I mean terrorists. I don’t necessarily mean Islamic terrorists. I want Axelrod to do the ultimate gesture and quit figuring out what I mean,” Miller said.
Miller then ripped in to Barney Frank, describing the former congressman’s effort to show empathy was misguided and came off as “arrogant.”
“Here’s the thing about Barney Frank,” Miller said. “Sometimes I find that liberals, in lieu of actual empathetic gestures, heartfelt empathy — they turn it into an affair of their mind. They intellectually empathize with you. Barney Frank will tell you everything he does is for the disenfranchised, the people under foot.”
“And you just want to say, ‘Can you start your empathy by just not being a jerk to the people you come across in your day-to-day life? Can you take a moment and not be so arrogant about your inner-voice that you bring it out immediately in the wake of a tragedy like this and tell us what you feel?’ Be heartfelt empathetic, not head-driven empathetic.”