On occasion, it’s worth noting that the initial response to tragedy can be construed as the thing that comes to one’s mind first.
An Amtrak train derailed this morning between Seattle and Tacoma, Wash. Millions of Americans saw the TV coverage live at the time and thought, “Oh, my goodness! Those poor passengers … and the motorists who were caught on the interstate highway below!”
How did the president of the United States respond immediately?
He tweeted some nonsense about how the accident makes it imperative for Congress to enact an infrastructure improvement plan he has put forward.
Critics jumped all over Donald Trump for the seeming insensitivity in that initial Twitter message. He then fired off another one expressing his dismay for the victims and offered prayers for them.
Fine, Mr. President. We appreciate the thoughts and good wishes.
Many of us would think more of them if they were contained in the president’s initial response to the tragic derailment.