In a week when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., accused cancer patients and millions of upset and frightened Americans who’ve lost their health insurance of lying about their Obamacare horror stories, you’d think his hubris couldn’t be topped. But as disgusting and corrupt as the man the Democratic Party picked to lead them in the Senate is (and he is), the man that same party picked to lead the country takes the crown.
President Obama’s week should have ended with him being presidential. Russia had just sent forces into Ukraine, our allies in Europe were caught off-guard and the world looked to the United States for reassurance and leadership. Rather than offer it and stay on top of the situation, Barack Obama marched into the White House pressroom, read a statement that had been written for him and left the room.
Running away from questions like a 5-year-old boy running from the “cooties” might have been understandable had the president run into the Situation Room or to a waiting phone call from world leader. But rather than stay directly involved in a developing situation with major potential geopolitical implications and actually do the job of a president, Barack Obama…went to a party.
The Democratic National Committee held its winter meeting in Washington this week, and the president was scheduled to speak at it Friday. Were it just a Friday, the president giving a partisan speech to an audience of barking seals would not be new or news. But the president of the United States running off to speak to supporters and donors barely a half-hour after delivering a hastily-cobbled-together wet noodle of a statement warning the Russians they shouldn’t do what they’d already done hours earlier was a new low on the leadership meter.
That the president would read such a statement before running off to speak to donors shows either disinterest or ignorance of the seriousness of the situation. That his administration would describe the Russian invasion not as an “invasion,” rather as an “uncontested arrival” demonstrates this.
There is a silver lining, of sorts. We should be thankful the president put his Syrian crayon set away and didn’t draw any red lines in his statement. Again, when you set the bar for success so low you need a shovel to find it, you take your victories where you can.