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Monday, March 9, 2009

British snub part II

Last week, President Barry embarrassed himself and the nation by disrespecting the British prime minister, Gordon Brown. Now the media didn't pay this any heed because they were too busy covering a non-story about rush Limbaugh and his choice of words. (People really need to get over this. He's a commentator, and nothing more. He's not a leader, and anyone who looks to him as a leader is either deluded, or hoping against hope that someday he will be one. Don't hold your breath.) Anyway, back to the original subject; sorry I got off track.

More than a few people who saw this story asked why would President Barry act that way towards Gordon Brown. According to the Telegraph, Barry's a tad overwhelmed by the job:

Sources close to the White House say Mr Obama and his staff have been "overwhelmed" by the economic meltdown and have voiced concerns that the new president is not getting enough rest.

British officials, meanwhile, admit that the White House and US State Department staff were utterly bemused by complaints that the Prime Minister should have been granted full-blown press conference and a formal dinner, as has been customary. They concede that Obama aides seemed unfamiliar with the expectations that surround a major visit by a British prime minister.

But Washington figures with access to Mr Obama's inner circle explained the slight by saying that those high up in the administration have had little time to deal with international matters, let alone the diplomatic niceties of the special relationship.

Allies of Mr Obama say his weary appearance in the Oval Office with Mr Brown illustrates the strain he is now under, and the president's surprise at the sheer volume of business that crosses his desk.

A well-connected Washington figure, who is close to members of Mr Obama's inner circle, expressed concern that Mr Obama had failed so far to "even fake an interest in foreign policy".

A British official conceded that the furore surrounding the apparent snub to Mr Brown had come as a shock to the White House. "I think it's right to say that their focus is elsewhere, on domestic affairs. A number of our US interlocutors said they couldn't quite understand the British concerns and didn't get what that was all about."

The American source said: "Obama is overwhelmed. There is a zero sum tension between his ability to attend to the economic issues and his ability to be a proactive sculptor of the national security agenda.

"That was the gamble these guys made at the front end of this presidency and I think they're finding it a hard thing to do everything."

Wow! Imagine that, folks. He's learning that being the president is actually work. It's not like being a community organizer, or a "present" state senator, or an international rock star. You have got to be kidding me. Look, I'm no politician, and I'm sure what I do know of the presidency is insignificant compared to the people who have worked in the White House, but if Barry thought this job was going to be easy then he's a bigger idiot than I originally thought.

He had no idea of the sheer volume of business that would cross his desk, and he's "tired." Well, how tired does he think past presidents were, especially his immediate predecessor who had a full plate thanks to terrorists attacking the nation. I should also remind readers that Barry was the man who said he could, and would be able to answer that 3 AM phone call. He just can't handle those 3 PM pressers with a visiting dignitary.

Are we supposed to feel sorry for Barry because he's "overwhelmed", "tired", and "surprised"? We could if we really felt that he has done a good job up to this point, but we really can't. It didn't take a lot of thought to ignore his economic advisers urging comprehensive tax cuts in favor of following Granny Rictus and the Cryptkeeper right over the edge of the cliff in spending $1 trillion on worthless BS. We don't feel sorry for him because he knew the job was dangerous when he took it. If he's so bloody overwhelmed, then resign and go back to the South Side where he didn't have to lift a finger (and didn't, at that, according to his community organizing associates). Captain Gaffe-tastic would be more than happy to take over for him .... and would probably be less than effective, but far funnier.

Seriously folks, if he thought the presidency was going to be an easy job -- in this day and age -- he deluded himself. The presidency has it's perks, and even has it's fun from time to time. But it's a job, and it's a difficult one at that. If Barry wasn't prepared for this, someone should have given him a head's up. Being the president means that the buck stops with him. He's the boss, and being the boss means having to make difficult decisions. He can't sit back and urge the world to be patient with him while he does his on-the-job training.

The nation and the world isn't going to wait for him to take the training wheels off. He needed to hit the ground running, and we're seeing that Hillary was rather prophetic when she told voters that she'd bring her experience to the White House, as would John McCain. What did Barry bring? A speech from 2004 and his teleprompter. Now there's change you can believe in because seeing is believing.

Publius II


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