Following news of Otto Warmbier’s death earlier today, former U.S. President Barack Obama has come under fire for his perceived inaction in bringing the 22-year-old home from North Korea while he was in office.

As the BBC reports, Warmbier – who spent 15 months in captivity after allegedly stealing a propaganda sign from a hotel – returned to the U.S. last Tuesday, at which point his family learned that he had been in a coma for a year.

According to the BBC, North Korean officials stated that the coma was a result of botulism – a fact U.S. doctors disputed, stating he had been suffering from severe brain damage.

Tragically, earlier today, Warmbier’s family stated, “it is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home. Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2:20pm.”

The statement reportedly added, “the awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today.”

According to CNN, Warmbier traveled to North Korea in 2016 as part of the Young Pioneer Tours travel group, “a company that takes participants to places they wouldn’t normally go.”

Prior to his son’s death, Fred Warmbier stated that Obama had not done enough to bring the 22-year-old home.

“When Otto was first taken, we were advised by the past administration to take a low profile while they worked to obtain his release,” he said at a press conference last week upon learning his son would be freed, as Breitbart reports.

“We did so, without result. Earlier this year, Cindy and I decided the time for strategic patience was over, and we made a few media appearances and traveled to Washington to meet with Ambassador Joe Yun at the State Department,” he continued.

As for the Trump administration, Fred Warmbier said he was “extremely grateful for their efforts and concern,” adding that President Donald Trump called him personally to discuss Otto last Wednesday night.

See Fred Warmbier’s remarks below.

Meanwhile on Twitter, many are critical of Obama following news that Otto Warmbier has died.

Also under heavy criticism, suitably so, is North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

“Let us state the facts plainly,” said Arizona Senator John McCain following Otto Warmbier’s death, as Business Insider reports.

“Otto Warmbier, an American citizen, was murdered by the Kim Jong-un regime. In the final year of his life, he lived the nightmare in which the North Korean people have been trapped for 70 years: forced labor, mass starvation, systematic cruelty, torture, and murder.”

According to Fox News, President Donald Trump stated, “Melania and I offer our deepest condolences to the family of Otto Warmbier on his untimely passing,” adding that “the United States once again condemns the brutality of the North Korean regime as we mourn its latest victim.”

Fox News further states that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also holds North Korea accountable for Warmbier’s “unjust imprisonment” and issued a demand for North Korea to release three other Americans it is holding captive.

Sources:
Fox News
Business Insider
Breitbart
BBC
CNN

  • Steffy93

    Did Obama do anything??

    • Manius

      Well, I’m sure he apologized……

      • DaisyToo

        To Kim jung un for America’s crimes.

    • DaisyToo

      He obstructed justice for Otto Waermbeir while protecting his own lazy ass w/orders of “strategic patience’ for the family. They were even told to back of tying a yellow ribbon on a tree in hopes of their son’s return. Might make O’bama look bad.

    • AverageJoe1987

      Does going golfing count?

  • emersonushc13

    I blame Obama’s 100% white mother who raised him.

  • Pat Patrix

    And on liberal sites you have people mocking his death because innocent black people are murdered by police all the time and all white people apparently say is “He should have followed the law!”. Fucking retarded.

    • Jean Collier

      I am white. Please do not put words in my mouth.

      • January

        I’m white too but I know Pat isn’t putting words in my mouth. I’ve seen what they say out there.

      • Pat Patrix

        Fuck off, like I was speaking directly to you.

        • findthetruth808

          Hey penis smoker. Why is race even being mentioned. This has nothing to do with black or white. It has to do with a murderous communist government that needs to be hammered back into the stone age.

          • Pat Patrix

            Are you fucking retarded? I didn’t bring race into anything, I’m saying that’s what they’re saying in liberal comment sections you fucking moron. Liberal comment sections were making fun of his death under the premise that black men are routinely murdered in the streets for no reason. As if that means he deserved what happened to him. I’m pointing out their nasty behavior you fucktard.

          • AverageJoe1987

            You’re just attacking Pat because he’s calling out liberals for cehering Warmbiers’ death.

            You libs are gutter trash.

            All because crime is illegal, libs think more white people need to die in the name of “equality.”

      • Pat Patrix

        And I wasn’t even putting words in white people’s mouths, I was saying that’s what people on liberal comment sections are saying ABOUT white people dumbass.

    • January

      I’ve been on liberal sites just to read what they are saying and I have to say they are just evil with no compassion. I’m sure their not talking about the black gangs murdering each other. I don’t go out much to those sites anymore because I get so angry, and when I do go out, I don’t write any comments. Sick of hearing “murdered black” when they are killing their own unborn. It’s those butt heads that make it bad for the good blacks.

      • Pat Patrix

        They’ve not only made being nasty, vulgar, and vile normalized, they compete over who can be the worst. Meanwhile I’ve been noticing a more diversity of opinion on conservative sites because they don’t censor their comment sections as heavily. You’ll find nasty people sure, but unlike liberal sites, you’ll find people standing up against it too instead of patting each other on the backs like a bunch of narcissist’s.

        • January

          Both sides have that BUT the left is just vicious and hateful. I’ve also seen where a Democrat will respond to one of their comments saying that they are the reason they have left the Democrat Party. What this boy did over in North Korea was just a foolish stunt and he didn’t deserve to die for it. I head on the news that they were ruling out him being beat because of no scars to the brain but they thought he may have been deprived of oxygen which would have caused the coma. I blame Obama for this one. He did nothing.

          • Judith Cody

            Alegedly! They have said Otto’s onfession WAS coerced! RIP # Otto Warmbier My prayers and sympathy to his loved ones!

          • Cathy CC.

            There is a video of him stealing that poster, try again.

      • Lou

        AMEN !!!

    • Lou

      AMEN.

  • James Lipton

    That’s sad. I saw Tucker interview the father earlier in the week. He was realpy keeping it together and staying strong and loving.

  • Dan Fargo

    Don’t forget about the people in Mexican jails for allegedly crossing the border illegally. Been there for years. 0bama is a piece of crap, we know this, but; Where is Trump on that? Trump is an East Coast elitist that has done nothing for the Midwest or the west coast. Trump has turned out to be just as vile as 0bama. He has done nothing for the regular guy, NOTHING. Jobs are still collapsing, the illegal alien round up is a smoke and pony show, they are still coming in. More in this half year than the past year. He lied to us people.
    He got in power and his only successful efforts were to make more money for his family and elitist friends.

    I voted for him, but I hope they impeach him on all his lies

    • Caroline Mc Gilloway

      Dan Fargo— I do not believe you voted for

      Mr. TRUMP. I just get that feeling. About you.

      • January

        I believe Dan did vote for him. He has stuck up for Trump. I just think he’s tired of all the crap that is going on.

    • January

      Dan the problem is, they fight him on anything he tries to do and now have tied him up with all these damn investigation on collusion with Russia. I don’t think he expected to get the crap that he is getting. I’m sure he thought there would be some resistance but not what is going on right now. I didn’t vote for him but then I didn’t vote for the queen “B” either. I did a write in and I have to say I feel sorry for him and am supporting him. Obama left him one hell of a mess along with people still there from the Obama Administration that just refuse to do things. If he fires them, he’s in a damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t position. If you really voted for him then continue to stand up and support him.

    • Bawk Bawkbagawk

      he might get more done if there was not a concerted effort to block every move he makes, or did you miss that part, Dan? I am hundreds of miles away in Canada and I can see it just fine.

    • Judith Cody

      Research much? Among all President Trump has done in such a short time in office, he brought Otto home and that Marine held in Mexico home! They are yet working on getting others home.

      • dee

        He got the Marine home before he was even President.

        • kohlrak .

          That’s the real kicker.

  • David Mark Phillips

    The people telling you not to get violent about this are the perpetrators.

    -23′

  • Chesapeake

    Funny Bill Clinton didn’t fly to Korea to negotiate his release the way he did for those two investigative reporters that accidentally crossed the border.

  • disqus_Aa7kWsb7Fp

    McCain is part of the problem
    Why is he mouthing off when he had the chance to do something ?

    • Chesapeake

      Grandstanding.

    • January

      McCain flip flops. He plays both sides and flops over to the side that is on top or making the most noise.

      • ★$gт????$ℓ๑ттεя★

        Yep, that sounds like ol’ songbird.

  • January

    What happened to Otto Warmbier was so wrong in every way. His own country failed him thanks to Obama. Obama left other’s that were in prisoner in North Korea and Iran. He never included the prisoner’s in Iran in the Iran deal. He paid a hefty amount of money to finally get them out when everybody went into an uproar about them not being a part of the deal. Oh and let’s not forget the traitor Bergdahl. As Obama said, “We never leave a man behind”. He should have said “We never leave a traitor behind”.

    • Unlucky#

      It’s worse than that. He and his family were steeped in the Obama administration’s politically correct foreign policies and thought that North K. was just another normal tourist destination and not the hellhole that it is. And yet, liberals shamelessly mock and belittle this man’s death when the responsibility is all on them. This is absolutely monstrous.

  • Pearlbuck

    Serious question: what could Obama have done?

    • DaisyToo

      Had his Secty of State intervene, just like Trump did.

      Oh, that’s right, she was too busy scamming pay to play deals and stealing charitable donations to the Haitians, etc. in order to fill the coffers of the Clinton Slush Fund to do her f’ing job.

      • Pearlbuck

        How did Trump’s Sect of State intervene?

        • DaisyToo

          Google it.

          • Pearlbuck

            Tillerson sent Yun there to “Demand” his release. Or what? More sanctions? A hot war? Or did Dennis Rodman have something to do with it? Or did North Korea simply see that the kid’s condition was deteriorating and send him back before her died?

            I voted for Trump and had/have a lot of problems with Obama, but I’m unclear what, exactly, triggered this kid’s release, and the best answer I can get is “Google it.”

          • DaisyToo

            Yes, that’s your best course of action: Google it. Keep reading, there’s more there.

          • Pearlbuck

            I don’t think you have much of an answer. You’re dedicating time to responding to me, but saying nothing.

          • kohlrak .

            Honestly i asked the same thing, myself. On the flip side, we do know at this point that Trump’s administration is now working to get the other 3 back. If they had anything, they either would’ve showed us by now, or, at least, told us better search terms than what we’re using. For example, when i tell people about George Zimmerman and media frenzy, i say “Look up Sherman Wares, as that’ll get you the answer.”

          • Pearlbuck

            The Zimmerman case was such an expose of liberal idiocy. I was talking to a Bernie supporter–woman about 30, self righteous SJW–and when she brought up Zimmerman as a white male, I said: “He’s not white. ” I thought she was going to have a stroke. “In fact,” I said, “You could actually say he’s African America.” She said, “You’re a f-in idiot!!!!!!!!”

            If Obama had a son, it’s actually possible that he’d look a lot like Zimmerman.

          • Pearlbuck

            Like I said:

            “On June 6, State Department special representative Joseph Yun learned of Warmbier’s deteriorating health in a meeting with North Korean UN Mission Ambassador Pak Kil-yon in New York City, the senior State Department official said.”

            So basically, North Korea reached out to the U.S. because they knew the kid was going to die.

          • DaisyToo

            It takes an especially vile person to defend North Korea.

          • Pearlbuck

            It takes an especially stupid person to become an ideologue who throws out fallacies in lieu of an actual argument.

          • Pearlbuck

            I finally realized why you wanted me to research this so deeply–it’s because you wanted me to educate you on the situation. Ok, here you go:

            “Some attributed Warmbier’s release to the Trump administration’s greater assertiveness, though this administration has no more leverage than its predecessor. A U.S. diplomat held talks with the DPRK, but his writ supposedly was limited to the four incarcerated Americans. If the president made a deal, the administration has not disclosed what was given in return.

            While Washington demanded Warmbier’s release, it did so only after the North Koreans unilaterally disclosed his condition. Moreover, the president didn’t similarly demand the release of the other three U.S. citizens, presumably because he knew the answer would be no.

            While in the North last week, I asked if the government sent Warmbier home as a conciliatory gesture to the Trump administration. The unequivocal response was that it was strictly a humanitarian matter. In fact, a Foreign Ministry official told me that a court had released Warmbier, rejecting any inference that the DPRK sought a diplomatic opening to Washington.”
            –Doug Bandow

          • DaisyToo

            I’m not interested in the opinions of apologists for N Korea. Bye!

          • Pearlbuck

            You made a fool of yourself, Daisy. You should stop reinforcing the stereotype that Trump supporters are brainless.

          • 1Melody1

            Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who helped push for Warmbier’s release, said the United States holds North Korea “accountable” for an unjust imprisonment.
            The North Korean government said he fell into a coma after contracting botulism and taking a sleeping pill in March 2016. But US doctors said they found no evidence of the illness.

          • Pearlbuck

            North Korea is the worst nation on earth, and if we can find a way to get regime change there, great. They probably beat the poor kid into a coma. My position, though, is always the truth over The Narrative, and I see no evidence that Trump “made” Korea release this kid.

          • 1Melody1

            I did not say Trump MADE Korea release this kid. HOWEVER he did make an effort and had Tillerson intervene negotiating with the whacko dictator. Which is SOOOO much more than Obama did, which was NOTHING! He told the parents to keep a low profile while the government worked on it. When in fact, they did NOTHING, absolutely NOTHING. So just give some credit where it is due. They did not strong arm the ditzy dictator, but they at least attempted negotiation. And Korea released him to avoid having him die there. They called it a humanitarian basis, lol. It would have been humane if they had released him when he was still treatable.

          • Pearlbuck

            My positions are:

            1.) Obama was a wild radical on social issues, and seemed bent on destroying traditional American culture. And i kind of hated for that.

            2.) Hilary is a pig. Period. End of story. Should never, ever be president.

            3.) The things the MSM vilified Trump for the most were wonderful positions–immigration reform, etc.–and I supported him for president. And lost friends over. it.

            4.) I don’t really think Trump has anything to do with the release of that kid. I think Korea feared the PR that would happen if he died in their country.

          • Myste Laquinta

            Why should someone else do your research for you? If you want an answer, dedicate a little time to finding it yourself. Even if what you find is a different answer than intended, at least you come out better informed.

          • Pearlbuck

            Yeah, I don’t think you have much of an answer.

          • Pearlbuck

            I have, and I think there’s no there there, which is why people like you are investing time in giving me that response instead of an answer. Trump supporters shouldn’t succumb to the same airheaded “gotchya” tactics of the Trump haters. My current opinion is that N. Korea saw that the kid was dying, and wanted to send him back.

    • AverageJoe1987

      Not just sat back and not do a thing.

      Obama tripped over himself to bring that traitor Bowe Bergdahl who went AWOL so he could join the Taliban home.

      But then innocent people were never Obama’s concern.

  • DaisyToo

    My heart is w/Otto’s parents. RIP, Otto.

    Obama, leading from behind, as per usual.

  • Jon Skinner

    I don’t feel that bad, anyone stupid enough to travel to N. Korea kinda knows this is a possibility, it’s not up to big daddy government to bail you out when you pull a stupid move like this.

    • DaisyToo

      You don’t feel that bad? Who the hell cares?

      • Jon Skinner

        just saying, I’m not going to take this opportunity to bash anyone because it’s the guy’s fault not the governments, granted they should have ban travel to N. Korea by now, although no one should be stupid enough to go there anyway.

        • Myste Laquinta

          Adopting this kind of mentality is asinine and irresponsible. If you die in a car accident, should your family not “feel that bad” because you were stupid enough to get in a car? I agree that going to N. Korea was pretty dumb, but the kid was barely old enough to drink, so having a sense of invulnerability is pretty expected — and if we’re going to be honest, we all do some pretty dumb things.

          So feel bad, if not for him then at least for his family. This was a young man who lost his life because some fat psychopath who reportedly never defecates is one of our world leaders.

          Acknowledge the problem. Bash everyone involved who did nothing.
          Think critically about how it was handled and why it reached the unfortunate conclusion that it did.

          That’s how we find a solution.
          That’s how society and the world improves.

          • Jon Skinner

            If we want to compare this to a car accident, what he did was decide to drive down the wrong side of the highway during rush hour, we’ve all done stupid things, can’t say I’ve ever done something as stupid as traveling to a known enemies land, Did we have to worry about tourists getting captured by nazis while vacationing in Germany in the late 30s/40s no because people seemed to have more sense back then.

          • kohlrak .

            To be fair, the nazis were here, too.

  • Noah Rosenblum

    Obummer was a huge mistake, a failed experiment !!!!

    • bariola

      Obama was just another puppet of the military/industrial/banking complex. As for Trump, I guess we’ll have to see how it plays out.

  • Hairatic Rick

    An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, and mostly a life for a life!

  • Joan

    well at least Obama is consistent…it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone the kind of disinterest and concern that Obama showed…shame on them AGAIN

  • Hairatic Rick

    Going to NK is as dumb as going to Berkeley University, both are crazy communist nut houses. You do know that the war with NK has never ended it is just on hold so there will be no need from congress to reapprove the war … Just start dancing. ????

  • PUSCI

    McCain should have made Otto the front page story 15 months ago
    he should have compared his imprisonment to what he himself suffered as a prisoner of war, but NO
    McCain did not want to upset Obama & Co
    he knew his place, after all Obama told him often enough he lost and Obama won

    • Lou

      McCain is a back stabbing, butt kissing, do nothing , piss poor excuse for a human being. WORTHLESS…

  • Paraschiv Adrian

    Those parents, imagine the emotional roller coaster , getting your son back, just so he could die in your arms……. sad, what a shitty way to go over a poster of a fat fuck

    • Maureen

      I’m so sorry that he died. But at least he died on US soil and not in North Korea. And his family was with him. God bless and watch over his family.

  • RevnantDream

    He had no problem getting the deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl home to the rose garden no less.Nor releasing by pardon the traitor Chelsea Manning. I guess this kid would have done better if he was a traitor that Obama could hurt America with. That was always his MO hurt the USA, castigate, despise denigrate the US.AS for real prisoners he could have cared less, like even letting an ambassador die. His nightly sleep was more important

  • Hammer_Dog

    Sorry, but I can’t join the circle jerk. The NorKs killed him, not Obama. Wambier also placed himself at risk by a) traveling there and b) trying to steal a propaganda sign from his room. Plenty of reasons to loathe Obama. This isn’t one.

  • Pod

    If Obama had a son he wouldn’t look like Otto, so that explains it.

  • Isa Guy

    Obama cares about nothing but Obama. That’s been clear since before he ever held public office.

    Expecting him to care about some kid who tore down a banner?

    Obama is responsible for so much misery and division in the nation as well as the dangers to people in foreign lands.

    The cowardice of the GOPe, though, is what frosts me, along with the feckless and faithlessness of the so-called “Press” that was more about giving cover to Obama than exposing his malfeasance in office.

  • Larry B Pickett

    I am sorry for his death, but how stupid can you be. North Korea has not been a safe place for Americans for 70 years.

  • Ivo Skoric

    I am completely convinced the family pulled the plug once the doctors told them he would never improve and that he as a person is already dead. No reason to maintain the decaying flesh, really. I completely understand them. And I also understand why they would not say that publicly. I can just imagine how many idiots would judge them as heartless killers then. But I am absolutely astonished with the level of unmitigated evil rivaling the Event Horizon that permeates N Korean regime. First that they even cared about the stupid poster so much to sentence him to 15 years for taking it off the wall. And second of course what they did to him, to his family, to the US, to the world. I think it was all premeditated and planned to show their utmost determination and ability to inflict sorrow and suffering on their perceived enemies. I think they deliberately killed him and resuscitated him a couple of times, allowing more and more of his brain to deteriorate. I don’t think they had to drown him or strangle him – there are many ways to cut off oxygen supply that cannot be traced (movie Deadpool comes on my mind, remember when he is in that tank…). Finally, when he could not move voluntarily, when he could not speak, when he could not understand sounds around him, when he could not see, but he was still able to breathe, eat, defecate on his own, they stopped, satisfied that they destroyed him. Then they waited for a year, caring for him to make sure he does not die, making sure to get rid of any traces of their torture, and also making sure for him never to recover beyond the vegetative state, before they returned his limp, unresponsive, atrophied, withering body to his loving parents. I think they made their point quite clear. I think that now everyone understand how bestially cruel that regime is. I don’t think any American would ever go there again until the Kims are gone. I suppose even Dennis Rodman will rethink going there…

    • January

      Interesting what you had to say. I’m not convinced that the family pulled the plug this soon. Most parents seem to want to hold off for awhile so they can have that time with them, even knowing there is no hope. But if they did, I agree with you, they don’t need to tell anybody. That is private. Funny what you said about what you think they may have done to him, because today on the news the doctor stated that he had lost a lot of his brain, that it had died off, possible due to lack of oxygen. He suggested that they could have put pressure on his body to cut off air to the lungs and when he passed out, released the pressure. There was something he said about the lungs but I can’t remember it. He also said they are going to be doing an autopsy to see if they can determine exactly what they did to him. I heard tonight on the news that a travel ban may be coming and I hope it does. I hope other countries put one up and also everybody quit exporting things to them and allowing any imports from them into their countries. I head Rodman arrived there almost the same time that they were bringing Otto home but psycho kim (lower case on purpose) didn’t meet with him or he didn’t meet with kim.

    • Bruce Davis

      You may be absolutely correct about all of that, but please, provide your evidence. I despise the N Korean regime, but I will not speculate. If you are going to say he was revived over and over to increase his brain damage, you really have to have some kind of evidence. We on the Right need to think clearly.

  • Timothy K. Ready

    You can blame Obama all you want. The truth is, this idiot went to the DPRK and committed a “prank” in a country that places importance on things like posters that we could never understand. He should have never been there, and Otto is to blame- solely…

  • Ruben Rangel

    When your a guest in a country such as North Korea you respect there laws as a American why take a chance you are being watched and you will be punished to extremes , Yes they crossed the line but so does vandalism, respect as a father it is what I teach my children especially when it comes to taking what’s not yours a lesson learned, be a father to your children if you are a money bag dad don’t expect nothing more then what happened

  • Lorraine

    Quite a few of Obamas administration are murderers. This shouldn’t be a suprise to anyone that Obama did nothing to help a white man!

    • prado4587

      Nobama should’ve been helping a white man without the common sense to figure out that going to North Korea wasn’t a good idea even though he was book smart.

      • Lorraine

        He was doing his job! Something most Obama fans wouldn’t know anything about.

  • jason haudenshield

    what could mccain actually of done? everything would of had to go through the state department and then pass obama’s desk. i know many of you hate him. you call him song bird, traitor and many other things. but tell you’ve gone through what he did. disagree with him fine. keep the name calling to yourself. because there’s many ways to break someone.

  • Rebecca Gee

    Rot in HELL Obummer!!!!!!

  • Caroline Mc Gilloway

    I saw the film the NK took supposedly of Otto was it proven that it was
    Otto?????? I could not tell.