The president who wasn’t there
Obama has always been cold and detached, but as world events spiral out of control he has clearly abandoned his commission to steer America as the world’s leader in times of crisis. It is so bizarre that it borders on a full-blown mental disorder. He exudes a level of weakness not seen in any other president, including Carter if you can imagine that. But it’s not so bizarre if this is his actual agenda.
President Obama flirted with a political bogey Sunday as he played golf while fighting raged in Gaza and bodies were loaded onto refrigerated train cars in Ukraine. Rarely has there been as vivid a gulf between world events and a White House straining to exude an image of normalcy.
Word of the Malaysia Airlines plane crash was out Thursday as a smiling Obama was having a photo-op with “real people” at a Delaware restaurant and then hurried to New York City for two fund-raisers.
On Sunday, deaths mounted in the clash between Israel and Hamas as Obama played golf at a Virginia military base after a weekend at the bucolic Camp David retreat.
He thus faced the perils of a split-screen media world in which images of him hugging a toddler in Delaware or swinging a 9-iron can easily be juxtaposed with grisly video of shootings and dead airline passengers.
He’s now closing in on 180 rounds of golf as President, compared to 24 at this stage for President George W. Bush. On the fund-raising front, he’s nearing the 400 mark, compared to about 220 for Bush at this same period in a second term.