October 2nd, 2009
11:20 AM ET

Obama's silence on Chicago crime

Derrion Albert, 16, was beaten to death last week in Chicago, IL. His death was captured on video.

Derrion Albert, 16, was beaten to death last week in Chicago, IL. His death was captured on video.

Ruben Navarrette Jr.

When his stint in the White House is over, President Obama might just learn that Thomas Wolfe was right. You can't go home again.

Back in Obama's adopted hometown of Chicago, Illinois, some members of the black community are incensed at the president for not personally speaking out about the murder of Derrion Albert, a 16-year-old boy who was beaten to death last week in a predominantly African-American neighborhood.

What really set them off was that Obama, in an awkward case of bad timing, instead flew to Copenhagen to pitch Chicago to the International Olympics Committee as the ideal city to host the games in 2016.

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Filed under: Barack Obama • Chicago Killings • Olympics
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Mari

    Silence? Is it now the president's job to keep our cities safe? Chicago is responsible for Chicago, Mr. Navarette.

    How about outlawing guns, which are so readily available to children?

    How about creating better opportunities for the poor, so teen boys are off the streets, working in the communities instead of standing on street corners bored?

    October 2, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  2. JC- Los Angeles

    Barack Obama's silence on the horrid crime in the city he attempted to organize, is both chilling and unacceptable.

    To stump in Copenhagen (and lose) for the opportunity to line the pockets of the Chicago democratic machine and payback his boosters is beyond the pale.

    October 2, 2009 at 12:52 pm |
  3. earle,florida

    Gosh,...if only I could vote present,...?

    October 2, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  4. Larry

    Once again Obama and his entourage demonstrate their arrogance that he should get everything he wants; karma mr. president.

    October 2, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  5. Cindy

    Honestly, what can Obama say that is going to change a thing about the Derrion Albert case? He can plead just like anyone else and if people don't want to talk then they won't.

    The truth is the real problem in Chicago is that they have no morals and values anymore. That is the real problem! When kids see the politicians robbing them blind and making it big in the world then what do yo think they are going to do!? Plus they have no one at home teaching them any morals and values so they don't care about themselves and definitely don't care about anyone else. That's why it was so easy for them to stand there and watch Derrion get beat to death and do absolutely nothing and now why its so easy for them to turn a blind eye and not turn in the people responsible.

    The blame for all of this violence should be lain directly on the back of the parents who are not spending time with their kids and aren't teaching them right from wrong. THAT is not Obama fault nor anyone elses..at all!!


    October 2, 2009 at 11:32 am |