March 15, 2011

What does he know that we don't?

Put yourselves in the shoes of the President and consider what would be going through your mind:

1. Massive anger of the ramming of an unpopular health care bill leads to largest mid-term election defeat in a century.
2. Your approval rating nears an all time low with only 20% strongly approving vs. 42% strongly disapproving of your actions.
3. Consumer confidence remains weak and unemployment remains permanently high.
4. Radical Islamic leaders are either gaining or maintaining power during revolutions all over Mideast.

What is on his mind? The NCAA March Madness Bracket. Take a look at the following article:

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.

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.

It doesn't matter if the country is furious at him over his health care takeover, votes out the most members of his party in one election in a century, or that the world is collapsing all around us--nothing concerns him. This man is immune from everything, the world to him is static and almost happens in a way as if he planned it all along. It's as if he sees nothing unusual or unexpected about what is happening in the world and that the chaos we see unfolding was expected and he is planning to capitalize on more crises yet to come. The man is not stupid as he's shown over the last two years but shrewd, smooth, and calculating. He has a game plan for his re-election and how to make America look like the America he wants it to look like, and apparently that game plan seems to include the expectation for more and more chaos.

A person in his shoes should be concerned about his re-election. The fact that he is not should concern all the rest of us.

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