President Obama’s whereabouts reveal what he values, and doesn’t. To wit:
In the week preceding the violent attacks on our embassies on 9/11/12, according to the Washington Post, President Obama could not find time in his busy schedule for a face-to-face intelligence briefing.
Likewise, in the critical moments before the attack, President Obama was literally asleep at the wheel. News reports indicated President Obama knew about the impending attack on our Libyan consulate ninety minutes before it happened. His response? He went to bed.
More broadly, in the past month, the president’s busy schedule – so full of fundraising and celebrity hobnobbing: an appearance on “The David Letterman Show,” celebrity fundraising with Jay Z – apparently afforded no time for a meeting with the leader of “one of our closest allies” in the Middle East, Israel. This despite President Obama remarks to the UN about the gravity of the unresolved Iranian nuclear crisis, remarks which apparently substituted, as words so often do for President Obama, for active engagement.
More recently, in the last week alone, President Obama had no time for our allies in New York, but he did have time to appear on “The View” and to speak to the Clinton Global Initiative. Presumably he owed President Clinton that much after Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention. What he owed The View’s audience was anyone’s guess. Apparently too busy to change the tone in Washington, President Obama prefers to hear himself speak elsewhere.
While the president hobnobs, Americans continue to suffer. The number 8 puts everything in perspective. For the umpteenth month, unemployment hovers over 8%, household incomes are down 8.2% percent (so far) under President Obama, yet in the hopes of serving eight years, the president made time to attend a fundraiser in New York featuring a tower of Armand de Brignac champagne bottles that cost a whopping $800 each. And Mitt Romney is accused of being out of touch.
Beyond the present suffering, future misery beckons unless the president acts. The nation’s largest tax hike – over $500 billion/year not including the $1 trillion in Obamacare costs – is set to kick in on January 1, 2013 when the Bush tax cuts expire (again). Unless the tax cuts are made permanent, taxes are going up on personal income (35% to 39.6%), payroll (up 9%), dividends (15% to 43.4%), capital gains (15% to 23.8%), and death (35% to 55%). President Obama’s response? Demonize Mitt Romney, which all agree will do nothing to prevent the aforementioned tax hikes.