It’s the elephant (or donkey) in the room: why is President Obama so dangerously disengaged from world events?
If things were relatively quiet, his “semi-retirement” might be easier to overlook as voters wait for the lame duck to leave office. But flare-ups are popping up all over the place, from Asia to the Arab world and Eastern Europe. Is he still interested in the job?
That’s why it wasn’t particularly surprising today to see Obama’s bizarre public reaction to the missile attack on a private passenger jet. His brief, aloof reaction to the “tragedy” (as he called it) was followed by jokes and the political reason that brought him to Delaware.
When you’ve managed to unite Rush Limbaugh and Piers Morgan in disbelief, what does that say about presidential credibility? Those two never agree on anything.
During today’s program, Limbaugh noted the strange confluence of opinion:
But it’s not the kind of thing that is going to result in an expansion of declared hostilities, at least not on the surface. Now, there could be any number of things going diplomatically behind the scenes nobody knows about. Something like this could be added pressure. But, folks, if you listen to the rest of Obama. After he went out there, we don’t have the whole bite there, and I don’t want it. I could convey it without audio.
He goes out there and says, “It looks like it may be a terrible tragedy,” and then he goes perfunctory for the rest of the 25 seconds and then he started telling jokes and going lighthearted and yuk-yuk about why he was in Wilmington, Delaware, in the first place. So it was clear that his statement on the jet was a perfunctory thing.
“It looks like it may be a terrible tragedy. … The United States will offer any assistance we can to help determine what happened and why. And as a country, our thoughts and prayers are with all the families of the passengers wherever they call home,” and bam! He was off. So much so that even that paragon of journalistic talent Piers Morgan has tweeted his abject shock and dismay that Obama would be so cavalier about this.
When you lose Piers Morgan — ’cause it doesn’t take much to hold him. When you lose Piers Morgan, you’ve lost, my gosh, who knows who else? You might have lost David Geffen if you lose Piers Morgan. And if you lose David Geffen, you’re gonna lose Cher. And if you lose Cher, you’re on the verge of losing some of the LGBTs. I mean, it starts a chain reaction out there.
If this was designed to provoke Obama into taking some sort of action, I do not think… I mean, he did say, “It looks like it might be a terrible tragedy,” and then later on (paraphrased), “Hey, it’s great to be here in Delaware, the state that gave us Joe Biden, who just said yesterday that we didn’t change anything here in the first term. Ha-ha. Har-har. Isn’t that great? Everybody just loves old Joe.”
If only we could laugh at Obama’s “jokes”, but the world unfortunately needs leadership, NOW.