WHAT TERROR ATTACK: A smiling Obama attends a baseball game in Cuba just hours after deadly Islamic terror attacks
President Obama was all smiles this afternoon as he watched an exhibition baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national baseball team – just hours after ISIS terrorists killed at least 34 people in Brussels.
Settling down with wife Michelle, daughters Sasha and Malia and Cuban dictator Raul Castro, Obama appeared carefree as he enjoyed the game – ignoring calls to cut short his historic trip to return to Washington and lead the response.
Indeed, despite criticism that he only devoted one minute of his speech earlier in the day to the Belgian atrocities, Obama took the time to give a somewhat surreal 15 minute interview to ESPN about the threat posed by ISIS – keeping his $500 shades on throughout the spot.
After observing a moment of silence for the hundreds of victims, a relaxed Obama said ‘This is just one more example of why the entire world needs to unite against these terrorists.’
‘The notion that any political agenda would justify the killing of innocent people like this is … is beyond the pale.
‘We are gonna continue with the over 60 nations that are pounding ISIL, and we’re going to go after them. In the meantime, obviously our thoughts and prayers are with those who’ve been lost and hoping for a speedy recovery or those who’ve been injured.’
When asked by ESPN why he had not returned to Washington, the president said to do so would show the terrorists they have the power to disrupt.
‘It’s always a challenge when you have a terrorist attack anywhere in the world, particularly in this age of 24/7 news coverage,’ said the president.
‘You want to be respectful and understand the gravity of the situation, but the whole premise of terrorism is to try to disrupt people’s ordinary lives.’
Obama did acknowledge that returning to Washington could have happened, but instead shared what he called one of his proudest memories during his time as president.
Recalling the reaction of Boston Red Sox’ David Ortiz after the Boston bombings in April 2013, Obama said he felt the hitter spoke for the nation when he said, ‘This is our f**king city and nobody is going to dictate our freedom.’
‘Probably the only time America didn’t have a problem with somebody cursing on live TV was when he talked about Boston and how strong it was and wasn’t gonna be intimidated,’ said Obama.
‘That is the kind of resilience and the kind of strength that we have to continually show in the face of these terrorists. They cannot defeat America.’
The president then offered his ‘thoughts and prayers’ to those affected by the terror attacks.
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