[ by Charles Cameron — a meditation on grief, politics and the raid in Yemen ]
That long moment with SEAL William “Ryan” Owens‘ widow, Carryn Owens, was the central human moment of President Trump‘s speech to the Joint session of the United States Congress today.
My emotions were varied and braided. The widow’s grief was obvious, and I felt and grieved for her, as I’m sure we all did.
What the President did w Owen's widow was capital P Presidential. It was the single most extraordinary moment I've seen from Trump – by far.
— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) March 1, 2017
At the same time, the President featuring it in his speech seemed manipulative and, in the worst sense, political:
It was by far the grossest thing Trump has done and reporters are bizarrely intoxicated by it https://t.co/fGG0Ap3627
— Brandon Friedman (@BFriedmanDC) March 1, 2017
As I say, my emotions were varied and braided.
Nor let us forget the father’s grief, which expressed itself in an angry, anguished question —
— nor, finally, the grief of the Awlaki family at the loss in that same raid of Nawar Anwar Al-Awlaki, Sheikh Anwar Awlaki‘s 8-year-old daughter — an American girl among the civilian casualties.
I grieve again.