President Obama has hosted numerous celebrities, sports champions, foreign leaders and supporters and lobbyists at the White House. Last week he hosted the Boston Red Sox. He has also hosted the LA Galaxy soccer team, the Miami Heat, the Dallas Mavericks, the Green Bay Packers, the Baltimore Ravens, even the 1972 Miami Dolphins, all at the White House.
Not all of Obama’s meetings have been celebrations of celebrity or championships.
But for nearly five years now, Barack Obama has declined to meet with victims of the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas. Even though the president appeared at Fort Hood on April 9, for a ceremony to mark the second shooting at the base.
Alonzo Lunsford is among the nearly three dozen who were wounded when jihadist Nidal Hasan shouted “Allahu Ackbar!” and opened fire on the base, which is a designated gun-free zone. Hasan shot Lunsford seven times. The Obama White House denied Lunsford’s request to meet with the president for just 10 minutes.
Why? “In all honesty, they refuse to face the truth,” Lunsford tells Tucker Carlson. Lunsford has questioned President Obama’s response to the 2009 Fort Hood shooting, and he says that he believes that is behind the president’s refusal to meet with him now.
The Obama administration is very aware of Hasan’s jihadist beliefs, and killed his online mentor, Anwar al-Awlaki, in a drone strike in September 2011. But it classifies the 2009 Fort Hood massacre as “workplace violence,” placing it on a par with incidents in which disgruntled workers open fire on their co-workers, and denying combat-related benefits to Lunsford and the other survivors.