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Obama will go to W.Va. to eulogize miners killed in explosion

By Michael D. Shear
President Obama will deliver a eulogy for the West Virginia miners who died in the nation's worst mining accident during a memorial service on Sunday, the White House announced.

The president will travel to Beckley, W.Va., for the memorial from Asheville, N.C., where he and his family be spending the weekend.

Obama will be joined in West Virginia by Vice President Biden, press secretary Robert Gibbs said.

By Michael D. Shear  |  April 19, 2010; 5:56 PM ET
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The mine disaster in West Virginia was a tragedy which may have been avoided since the mine has had a record of safety violations. I wonder if Obama will cite these and comment on what "Cap and Trade" will do to fossil fuel use in the US as well. Obama did not console those at Fort Hood whose deaths were caused by the Muslim who took orders from his former mullah. The George Bush did. But Bush was told to leave Ft. Hood by Obama.

Posted by: shearwatersoil | April 20, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

"Wow, is that the right wing lie now?"

They seem to come up with a new one every five minutes, no matter the topic. It's actually a fascinating sociological study to watch the process.

Posted by: mpl2 | April 20, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I have no problem with the president going to eulogize the miners as long as he keeps the politics out of it. Unfortunately, I don't think he can do it.

Posted by: gfafblifr | April 20, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

There must be a veil of ignorance which descends upon those who are bitter haters.
They become blind to the truth and the good and behave badly at whatever cost to our society.
The President is the people's representative when he goes on a mission such as that presented by the service honoring those who died in the mines. He represents me and a host of people who would like to be there but are unable because of travel issues etc.
I worked with a group of youth from my church in coal mining country in the late '80s in the Beckley area. We all grew to love these people who have endured so much hardship working to produce what we need to provide energy for our living.
They deserve to see and hear the compassion and concern of their President.
I am sick and tired of you haters and dissemblers. Your behavior is idiotic and self defeating. Grow up! Our country needs patriots who are willing to work together during these tough times.
Get off your duffs and do something positive and helpful to the human race.

Posted by: Iolanthe | April 20, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Gripe, gripe, gripe. That is all some people are content to do. We have one of the most responsive Presidents ever, a president who is actually on the job doing the people's work, and all some people can do is gripe.

The problem with many of the malcontents is that they have no factual basis for their gripes.

Posted by: EarlC | April 20, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

DwightCollins turned away from FoxNews long enough to declare, "I believe these miners were killed because eco lawyers forced them to mine in sucha way that caused the disaster...
watch for obama to use this to discontinue coal mining in America..."

Wow, is that the right wing lie now? I suppose you had to switch to that story after Limbaugh was proven a fool -- again -- after attempting to blame the union for the disaster, without taking about ten seconds to research it and learn it was a non-union mine, that Massey Energy had viciously fought unionization attempts, and that the union wasn't even allowed to help in the rescue attempts.

Posted by: MarylandBear | April 20, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

I believe these miners were killed because eco lawyers forced them to mine in sucha way that caused the disaster...
watch for obama to use this to discontinue coal mining in America...

Posted by: DwightCollins | April 20, 2010 5:16 AM | Report abuse

You TeaBaggers can harrumph all you want about Obama's trip to WV to eulogize the miners ...

... perhaps you'll find some comfort in the knowledge that, thanks to Bush's appointments to the Supreme Court, Massey Energy-which owns the Upper Big Branch Coal Mine- will be able to buy unlimited influence in this fall's elections, after the SCOTUS decision in Citizens Union v. FEC.

Posted by: HughBriss | April 20, 2010 2:35 AM | Report abuse

Those who investigate the mine disaster must ask the ugly question. Did the mine blow up when someone lit a cigarette? Were there any smokers present where the disaster happened?
There are many smokers who care more about sucking nicotine into their lungs than they care about their own health, their life or even the lives of others.
Should a mine worker ever be allowed to carry cigarettes, lighters, matches, etc. into a mine?
It just occurred to me that not allowing smoking in a mine is a no-brainer.

Posted by: hurleyvision | April 20, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Before Obama eulogies the miners, however, he's in L.A., at a DNC fund raiser, helping Boxer, where dinner with the President, at Los Angeles County's Museum of Natural History for $32,500. Yep that's over $32,000 for dinner. All this in a star where unemployment is 15 percent.

Posted by: sperrico | April 19, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on...


...and they hate him for that.

Posted by: seahawkdad | April 19, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a classless hoodrat.
That will do anything in-order to grab a cheap photo opp.

Posted by: dashriprock | April 19, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Having POTUS eulogize miners is now a bad thing? How in the world is it a disgrace to the families?? Would it be if POTUS were still George W. Bush??? I don't think George W. Bush eulogized the miners who died at the Sago mine. If had done so, I would have taken that to be an honor to those men and their families even though I was far from being a George Bush fan.

Principled opposition to Obama's policies is one thing. Irrational hatred is another. Good grief.

Posted by: post_reader_in_wv | April 19, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

It is a credit to President Obama that he would go to comfort the families of the fallen miners.

But he should watch the movie 'Matewan' before the trip to see a bit of history of the cruelty of those who control the mines. Or review the political life of former WV Governor Marland who in the early 1950's tried to tax mine owners and improve safety. He ended up in the gutter, driving a taxi in Chicago after his political career was ruined by mine interests. In a word, the boys who run the mines are not 'enlightened' but would be right at home running the communist China mining industry.

Posted by: mosthind | April 19, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

yourmomscalling wrote: "ITS A DISGRACE TO THERE(sic) FAMILIES"

You speak for the families? Since when is it a "disgrace" to have the President of the United States eulogize a loved one?

The right wing has truly crossed over into clinical derangement when even something as innocuous as this gets them so angry and unhinged. What could Obama possibly do that WOULDN'T make you angry? Do you realize that when you act so outraged by every little thing he does, it diminishes you and guarantees that people will stop listening to you? The right wing has become "the boy who cried wolf." They've played the outrage card way too many times.

Posted by: mpl2 | April 19, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, the President of the United States is going to pay respects to the people who died, it's not political.

Posted by: larsonlk | April 19, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

This IGNORANT whatever cant keep his political GRUBBY HANDS out of these peoples affairs ITS A DISGRACE TO THERE FAMILIES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Do you speak for the families? I"m sure the families were contacted and consented...

Posted by: snake20 | April 19, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

bruiserND wrote "And why didn't the Comander in Chief eulogise the slaughtered innocents at Fort Hood?"

Um... he did. A simple google search would have told you that since you didn't seem to be paying attention at the time. It was in all the papers and on the news. Are you always this misinformed?

Posted by: mpl2 | April 19, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

bruiserND wrote "And why didn't the Comander in Chief eulogise the slaughtered innocents at Fort Hood?"

Um... he did, you fool. A simple google search would have told you that since you didn't seem to be paying attention at the time. It was in all the papers and on the news. Are you always this misinformed?

Posted by: mpl2 | April 19, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

He loves the cameras.

Posted by: peterg73 | April 19, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

This IGNORANT whatever cant keep his political GRUBBY HANDS out of these peoples affairs ITS A DISGRACE TO THERE FAMILIES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: yourmomscalling | April 19, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

And why didn't the Comander in Chief eulogise the slaughtered innocents at Fort Hood?

Posted by: bruiserND | April 19, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

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