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Where’s the President?

President Barack Obama is getting hammered for his strange, prolonged absence from the presidential bully pulpit during one of the worst crisis periods since 9/11.John Podhoretz writes in the New York Post:

The moment demands that (Obama) rise to the challenge of showing America and the world that he is taking the reins. He has access to a microphone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

And yet, since Friday and a press conference in which he managed to leave the American position on Libya more muddled than it was before, we have not heard his voice. Except in a radio address -- he talked about education legislation.

Roll Call’s Keith Koffler wrote Tuesday:

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.

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.

Newsweek’s Niall Ferguson compares Obama’s mixture of paralysis and failure to Jimmy Carter. On Obama's handling of the revolution in the Middle East, he writes,

"The result has been a foreign-policy debacle. The president has alienated everybody: not only Mubarak’s cronies in the military, but also the youthful crowds in the streets of Cairo. Whoever ultimately wins, Obama loses. And the alienation doesn’t end there. America’s two closest friends in the region—Israel and Saudi Arabia—are both disgusted. The Saudis, who dread all manifestations of revolution, are appalled at Washington’s failure to resolutely prop up Mubarak. The Israelis, meanwhile, are dismayed by the administration’s apparent cluelessness.

This failure was not the result of bad luck. It was the predictable consequence of the Obama administration’s lack of any kind of coherent grand strategy…”

The Richmond Times-Dispatch is comparing the Obama presidency to a sting or trick foisted on the American people by an imposter. The fictional piece postulates that Obama’s presidential campaign was a hoax. The article reads.

"Reaction from abroad yesterday was swift.

"I'm not surprised," said German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"Well, that explains everything, doesn't it?" said British Prime Minister David Cameron. "I mean, really now."

Just 22 percent of Americans now say the nation is on the right track. That’s the lowest of Obama’s presidency.

Koffler adds this about the president’s “busy” schedule:

"But the fun stuff won’t end anytime soon. On Thursday, the Taoiseach of Ireland will be in town to help the president celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. And then Friday, it’s off to Brazil for the start of a three-country Latin American tour."(vacation)

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Comments on this post

# RE: Where’s the President?

Hopefully doing his job Dale, where would you expect him to be? I see the snide neocon remarks in your column, but where was bush during Hurricane Katrina? At least President Obama has restored confidence and some semblance of confidence to the global economy, I do believe that this president is entitled to fill out his NCAA basketball picks. Now I'm sure you neocons wish to blame President Obama for the Japanese disaster also.
With regards the situation in the Middle East Dale remember, bush's invasion into Iraq enlisted at least a million recruits to al Qaida who are now starting these insurrections. Hopefully our president stays the hell out of Libya, Qaddafi knows the insurrection was inspired and supported by al Qaida. Qaddafi knows the enemy a lot better than bush did.
Besides Dale, thanks to bush, the american army is employed attempting to finish the disasters bush started. We are stretched pretty thin at the moment.

Left by joelang60 on Mar 16, 2011 6:53 PM

# RE: Where’s the President?

This is just one more chance for Obama to completely embarrrass America and to show his TOTAL DISREGARD FOR AMERICA AND IT'S ALLIES! He is just waiting for the world to cave in so he can become president of the NEW WORLD ORDER! These people that said Obama's presidency is a hoax is so right; He was planted here; he's just a pawn following orders from the Muslim Brotherhood and some other very secretive organizations that have been planning this world disaster for decades. OUR ONLY HOPE IS IN GOD. AMERICA, PLEASE PRAY TO GOD, TO FORGIVE OUR SINS, TO HAVE MERCY ON AMERICA AND GIVE US ANOTHER CHANCE TO TURN TO JESUS CHRIST FOR SALVATION AND WISDOM AND GUIDANCE.
Left by Faye Smith on Mar 17, 2011 7:14 PM