No, that's not Haruna Yukawa in the picture above. Barack Obama couldn't spare the time to pose again, so the White House issued this older pic in its place. Besides, all jihadist hostages look more or less alike, right?:
“The United States strongly condemns the brutal murder of [Japanese citizen Haruna Yukawa] by the terrorist group ISIL.” Obama said in a statement. “We stand shoulder to shoulder with our ally [Japan]. …We will work together to bring the perpetrators of these murders to justice and will continue to take decisive action to degrade and ultimately defeat” [Islamic State].
Hey, if I'm going to quote a form letter, I'm going to format it the way it was when the Obamunist staffer pulled it out of the West Wing filing cabinet.
Every time the White House issues one of these boilerplate "condemnation" statements, I think of the story of the bedbug letter:
A wealthy gentleman was badly bitten by bugs while riding on a certain railway line. [Pullman, just for the record] Arriving at his destination, he wrote the company an indignant letter and received a prompt reply. It was, said the letter, the first complaint the company had ever had of this nature. Inquiry had failed to reveal any explanation for this unprecedented occurrence. Nevertheless, a number of new precautions were being taken to make absolutely certain such an unfortunate incident never happened again. The letter was signed by a high official of the railway.
The gentleman was well satisfied with this reply and was returning it to the envelope when a slip of paper fell out onto the floor. The hastily scribbled note on it read: "Send this guy the bug letter."
I doubt if O even knows about this latest ISIS atrocity. His minions saw it on MSNBC...okay, they don't cover jihadist attacks (It'd be "Islamophobic," dontcha know), so maybe it was CNN. His minions saw the story on CNN and pulled and sent out "the decapitation letter". Wouldn't want to interrupt the boss's divot count, now would they?
They might want to do a little editing, though. Allowing the word "terrorist" into the letter reeks of Islamophobia, you know.
Exit question: Shouldn't The One refer to this [CENSORED] group as "ESIL"? You know, "Extremist State Of The Levant"? I mean, if they have nothing to do with Islam, despite all their grisly protestations and demonstrations to the contrary, wouldn't it be "Islamophobic" not to unilaterally rename them?