Where is President Obama?
Where is President Obama?
The world is beset. Moammar Khadafy is
moving relentlessly to crush the Libyan
revolt that once promised the overthrow of
one of the world's most despicable regimes.
So where is the president? Japan may be on
the verge of a disaster that dwarfs any we
have yet seen. A self-governing nation like
the United States needs its leader to take
full measure of his position at times of
crises when the path forward is no longer
clear. This is not a time for leadership;
this is the time for leadership.
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. Obama appeared a little sleepy
as he weighed in against the bullies, perhaps because
he’d spent the night before partying with lawmakers as
they took in a Chicago Bulls vs. Charlotte Bobcats game.
Meanwhile, the president has been
studying for weeks whether to establish a No Fly Zone
over Libya, delaying action while the point becomes
increasingly moot as Qaddafi begins to defeat and
slaughter his opponents. And lawmakers from both Parties
are wondering why he seems to be AWOL in the deficit
reduction debate. The Libya indecision follows an
inconsistent response to the protests that ousted former
Egyptian President Mubarak and seemed to catch the White
House off guard. The perfunctory response from the White
House Monday to Saudi Arabia’s dispatch of troops to
Bahrain suggested the administration wasn’t prepared for
that one either. 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. Oddly, he’ll be
missing Carnival, which went down last week.