Francine Wheeler (Lobis), the mother of 6-year-old Benjamin Wheeler who authorities say was killed alongside 25 others at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, is also a professional musician and actor.
Wheeler is a member of “The Dream Jam Band,” a group of “five musicians from the Northeast who,” according to their website, “write and play an eclectic collection of original music for children of all ages young and old [sic].”
In 2010 the entourage was favorably reviewed in the New York Times. In the video above The Dream Jam Band performs its mock hip-hop children’s song, “Brush Your Teeth.” While contributing background vocals, Francine Wheeler can be seen dancing and grimacing before the camera as she waves an oversized yellow toothbrush.
In 2001, Francine married David Cole Wheeler, a professional actor who starred in a surreal film, Faithful, also produced that year. The macabre short centers around the theme of suicide that eerily reemerges in the Sandy Hook shooting narrative and its aftermath.
Following the death of Benjamin, both parents became strong gun control advocates. In April 2013 the couple (left) appeared on CBS News’ 60 Minutes alongside other grieving Sandy Hook parents to make their case for strengthening federal gun control laws.
Also in April, President Obama turned over his weekly radio address to Francine Wheeler so that she could make a direct appeal to the American people for heightened gun control measures. The event proved to be an overwhelmingly successful public relations maneuver, generating headlines throughout the world.
This brief video from The Paulstal Service explains how the strong embrace of Francine Wheeler by powerful Democratic political leaders should perhaps be unsurprising. This is because Wheeler was formerly employed as the personal assistant of noteworthy Democratic activist and former chief Democratic National Committee fundraiser Maureen White. White was the DNC’s champion campaigner, raising $51 million in 2005 alone. She now serves in the US State Department as a senior advisor on humanitarian issues in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
White’s husband, the powerful Wall Street investment banker and Obama administration advisor Steven Rattner, is also a close personal friend and money manager of staunch anti-gun crusader and founder of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg used the Sandy Hook shooting as a rallying cry for more stringent federal gun control measures. Rattner is also a member of the influential Council on Foreign Relations. He previously worked for the New York Times as an assistant to famed Times’ columnist James Reston. There Rattner befriended publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr.
As the Sandy Hook Timeline and the work of other independent researchers suggest, shortly after Obama secured reelection in November 2012 his administration and Democratic Party Congressional leaders including Senator Diane Feinstein turned to devising a strategy for enacting stricter gun control measures, even as gun-related violent crime and murder has decreased over the past two decades, alongside higher rates of gun ownership.
But the question remains, would President Obama and other political and economic elites ever use such dastardly means to hoodwink the American people into forsaking a major Constitutional right? Moreover, with overwhelming financial wherewithal and the personnel of every federal lettered agency at their disposal, how could they ever get away with anything of this magnitude?
Professor James F. Tracy is an Associate Professor of Media Studies at Florida Atlantic University. James Tracy’s work on media history, politics and culture has appeared in a wide variety of academic journals, edited volumes, and alternative news and opinion outlets. James is editor of Union for Democratic Communication’s Journal Democratic Communiqué and a contributor to Project Censored’s forthcoming publication Censored 2013: The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2011-2012. Additional writings and information are accessible at memoryholeblog.com.