White House correspondent, Lynn Sweet, is reporting that President Obama will (finally) pay a visit to Chicago in light of all the gun related deaths that have plagued the city.
In 2012, there were 506 murders in Chicago. This stat is up 16 percent from 2011.
The President recently received a lot of criticism after he recently took a Mid-west trip to discuss his gun control policies and neglected to have Chicago as one of his stops. I know I have definitely been a vocal critic of the President when it comes to this issue.
First Lady Michelle Obama, as well as other dignitaries from the Obama Administration, did attend the funeral of slain Chicago teenager Hadiya Pendleton this past weekend.
Hopefully, this trip by the President will start to shine some more light on the violence that plagues inner cities and maybe we can start to actually do something about it.
Here’s how Lynn Sweet is reporting on the trip:
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s visit to Chicago on Friday will shine a brighter spotlight on the failure of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Chief Garry McCarthy to curb gun violence in his hometown.Click here to read the entire article.
That’s the byproduct of Obama coming home days after his wife, Michelle, attended the Saturday funeral of Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old South Sider who was gunned down in a park about a mile from the Obamas’ Kenwood home on Jan 29.
The Chicago stop is part of Obama’s push to promote the second-term priorities he will discuss Tuesday night in his State of the Union address, where he is expected to discuss his gun-related proposals, forged after the Sandy Hook school massacre. Hadiya’s mother, Cleopatra Pendleton, is going to be in the House chamber as a guest when Obama delivers that speech, the Pendleton family’s spokeswoman, Shatira Wilks, confirmed to me late Sunday.
To Chicagoans, whatever economic messages Obama wants to underscore Friday will take a back seat to anything he says about the slaughters on the streets of Chicago — 506 murders in 2012, up 16 percent from 2011 — all happening on Emanuel’s watch.
A White House official said on Sunday that Obama will travel to Chicago for “an event amplifying some of the policy proposals included in the State of the Union that focus on strengthening the economy for the middle class and the Americans striving to get there.”
“He’ll, of course, also talk about the gun violence that has tragically affected too many families in communities across Chicago and across the country,” the official said.