This morning I listened to the live press conference from Boston regarding the tragic bombing of yesterday. I usually don’t listen to such things, but I needed to give myself a manicure (so to speak, or just ‘cut the nails’ to be more accurate). What I heard was revealing.
First up was a string politicians. Each of them, in his own way, congratulated himself for being “on top of” this tragedy. None of them spoke for a long time, but there were enough to make this parade of self-congratulations fairly long.
Eventually, when the politicians had released sufficient hot air, the various law enforcement officials involved finally had a turn. They assured the listeners that they were busy doing everything that could be done to catch the bad guys. A couple of them were honest enough to say that people should expect to see more uniformed people around Boston, but that the main purpose for at least some of this was simply to make people feel better. Some were also honest enough to at least suggest that they were present before the bombing, but they were not able to stop it, nor could they be expected to make this impossible in the future.
Then came questions and answers. As you might expect, no specific questions about the course of the investigation could be answered. So there was nothing really to be learned from the questions posed by the press.
So from the great press conference, I learned that politicians tend to love themselves and think they are indispensible to our well-being. I learned that law enforcement officials can’t be expected to stop these things in the future – though they might sometimes. Finally, I learned nothing about the investigation.
This is why I don’t pay much attention to press conferences after these kinds of tragic events.