Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Your approval ratings are plummeting and it's obvious the honeymoon is over. The nation is in a fiscal crisis, with unemployment and a huge deficit of historic proportions.The dollar's status internationally is threatened.Your administration has been directly linked with some of the most corrupt and radical elements in American political life and you're at the final stages of a battle to control America's healthcare, which doesn't look like it's going your way.
It's time for a major decision on Afghanistan, your vaunted diplomacy is a colossal failure especially in the Middle East, and other world leaders are snickering at you behind their hands. Russia is increasingly aggressive and Iran has responded to that famous unclenched hand you offered by contemptuously testing new missiles as the knowledge of other previously hidden Iranian nuclear sites becomes public.
So whaddya do?
Barack Obama has the answer all right....road trip!
Yes, the president decided to bug out and vote 'present' by fleeing to Copenhagen, Denmark for the essential, urgent task of lobbying the International Olympic Committee to make Chicago the site of the 2016 Olympics.
And he's taking Michelle and Oprah with him.That's not unexpected,given that Obama has spent more time with Oprah than he has with General McChrystal, the commander he appointed to make sense of the mess in Afghanistan. For that matter, forget about Oprah - he's probably spent more one-on-one time with David Letterman then with McChrystal.
This little excursion is a presidential payback to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, who expects that he and his cronies can expect to make millions on the deal. It will involve no less than two other luxury 757's including Air Force One - one for backup and communications , and another for Michelle and her multi-million dollar entourage, not to mention Oprah's people.
This doesn't include the cost in man hours for the dozens of staffers employed in taking care of every detail, or the several Air Force cargo planes that precede the president's party and are loaded with security personnel, armored limos, communications gear, and other vital supplies like extra arugula and spare stocks of $100 per pound wagu beef should the president or his guests not find Danish cuisine to their liking, or just want a special little snack to remind them of home.
This particular road trip will cost the American taxpayer at least $10 million dollars and probably more..but who's counting?
This is what happens when you stick someone in the White House who lacks any semblance of understanding about what the job involves and who's only discernible qualifications are a slick image, a signature baritone and the ability to read a teleprompter.
When the going gets tough, people like Obama get going...in the other direction.
We'll undoubtedly see more of this behavior during the rest of Obama's time in office. Although sometimes, it will simply involve avoidance and hiding in the White House rather than actually hitting the road.
Remember, you can't say I didn't give him a chance.
UPDATE: Bill Kristol senses that the natives on both sides of the aisle are not pleased at this behavior and figures Prez Zero will try to generate some nice PR and appear presidential with a surprise trip and photo op in Afghanistan in time to hit the evening news cycle on Friday.
I think it's a pretty good bet.
Posted by Freedom Fighter at 1:11 PM