The Missing President
The Middle East is afire with rebellion, Japan is imploding from an earthquake, and the battle of the budget is on in the United States, but none of this seems to be deterring President Obama from a heavy schedule of childish distractions.
The newly installed tandem of White House Chief of Staff William Daley and Senior Adviser David Plouffe were supposed to impart a new sense of discipline and purpose to the White House. Instead, they are permitting him to showcase himself as a poorly focused leader who has his priorities backward.
This morning, as Japan’s nuclear crisis enters a potentially catastrophic phase, we are told that Obama is videotaping his NCAA tournament picks and that we’ll be able to tune into ESPN Wednesday to find out who he likes.
Saturday, he made his 61st outing to the golf course as president, and got back to the White House with just enough time for a quick shower before heading out to party with Washington’s elite journalists at the annual Gridiron Dinner.
With various urgencies swirling about him, Saturday’s weekly videotaped presidential address focusing on “Women’s History Month” seemed bizarrely out of touch.
Obama Friday took time out to honor the 2009-10 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks. Thursday was a White House conference on bullying – not a bad idea perhaps, but not quite Leader of the Free World stuff either.
Personally, I don’t see this as all that surprising. Obama has made a career out of doing nothing, or at most, Making A Speech (with caps, of course, because it’s So Important when he Makes A Speech). From his college days where he didn’t even pen a single article for the law review he supposedly edited to his “career” as a community organizer (read: rabble-rouser) to the Senate where he famously voted Present practically every time he turned around, Obama has studiously avoided making a real decision or actually doing anything.
So, when real crises flare up, he is not only clueless about what to do, he’s also at least partially sure that if he doesn’t do anything, or at most, Makes A Speech, everything will just work out for the best–for him, at least. After all, it always has before, right? Especially recently, where he more or less won his current seat in the Oval Office on the basis of one speech to the Democratic Convention and a bunch of flowery nothing statements.
I really hate to say it, but lots of us conservatives told you so before this empty suit was elected.