Yesterday, President Obama tried to manage two horrific world crises by phone from the White House and Air Force One.
Then he was off to a photo op at the Charcoal Pit restaurant in Wilmington DL, where he posed for photos, picked up a baby—de rigueur for all politicians—and mentioned Joe Biden whose home is nearby.
Glad handing and baby holding accomplished, he was off to New York for two Democratic fundraisers.
The White house says the President does not want to get ahead of the events unraveling after the crises in Ukraine and the Middle East. So while he was at a photo op and a pair of Democratic fundraisers, the brain gang at the White House and the State Department were working frantically to figure out what Obama should do next.
Words and actions matter especially when they are coming from the Leader of the Free World. I saw little evidence of Obama’s leadership and management of these horrific events.
Let’s not forget that the United States is still ranked at the top ten list of Super Powers in the World atop of the Russian Federation.
The People’s Republic of China; France; Britain, Japan, the Republic of India; the Federal Republic of Germany; Pakistan; and the Republic of Brazil round out the list.
It’s ironic at this point in time that the term “Free World” comes into play. That term originated from the Cold War and used to “distinguish between democracies, specifically the United States and Western European countries, and the communist Soviet Union and its allies. As the United States led the war against communism, the President of the United States came to be known as the “leader of the free world.” This term is often used today because of the hegemony exercised by the United States and the power of the presidency itself. As president, a leader can begin a war, overturn legislation, and build diplomatic relations among countries.” (From www.wisegeek.com)
It’s not just Obama, folks. Republican House Speaker John Boehner went with a wait-and-see approach, saying “Many innocents were killed today. It is horrifying, and we await the facts. Right now, we should all take a moment to reflect, count our blessings, and convey our prayers to the loved ones of the victims.”
Secretary of State John Kerry said late Thursday that “authorities still were trying to determine whether any Americans had been on the plane. “
This is what passes for leadership in this once great nation.
Obama’s aides are briefing him as I am writing this. Vice President Biden is in attendance. Remember, he was added to the Obama ticket for his “expertise in foreign affairs.”
Fingers are flying across computer keyboards at this moment as those behind the scenes prepare a statement for the President to read at a Press Conference at the White House—just bumped from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.—before heading to Camp David for a weekend getaway.
Official word from the White House is that the President’s comments will “be dominated by the investigation into the Malaysian jet crash in Ukraine and the Israeli invasion of Gaza.”
Just another example of the White House telling us what we know and not telling us what they know or what we need to know.
This story has more moving parts than a Swiss watch, an apt metaphor for what will transpire today at the White House and around the world.