WASHINGTON -- Try this for a timeline of recent events that affect Americans, and see whether you can determine whether the leader of the Free World suffers from presidential attention-deficit disorder:
Wednesday, March 9: The 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit at Camp Lejeune, N.C., is alerted to deploy with all possible haste for the Mediterranean Sea and be prepared for military and humanitarian contingency operations off the coast of Libya. That night, President Barack Obama hosted a "TV party" at the White House to watch a basketball game: the Chicago Bulls vs. the Charlotte Bobcats. The Bulls won.
Thursday, March 10: Forces loyal to Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi recapture the city of Zawiyah from rebels. French President Nicolas Sarkozy formally recognizes the provisional "National Council" as the legitimate government of Libya and urges other governments to send aid to the rebels. Rather than focus on these events, Obama convened the "White House Conference on Bullying Prevention."
Friday, March 11: Shortly after midnight Eastern time, one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded, magnitude 8.9, triggers a devastating tsunami, destroying whole cities on Japan's eastern coast. POTUS' first public remarks on "the potentially catastrophic disaster" occur at 12:35 p.m. at a previously scheduled news conference on energy policy. At 2:50 p.m., he hosted the 2010 Stanley Cup champions, the Chicago Blackhawks. Nobody mentioned the tragedy in Japan.
Saturday, March 12: European Union leaders resolve that Gadhafi "surrender power and leave Libya immediately." An Israeli family of five -- including three children -- is brutally murdered in Itamar by Palestinian terrorists. In Bahrain, headquarters of the U.S. 5th Fleet, Shiite protesters demand the ouster of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and police kill a half-dozen anti-government protesters in Sanaa, Yemen's capital. That afternoon, Obama played golf before headlining the annual Gridiron Club dinner with Washington's elite. His prepared remarks, delivered from a podium-mounted teleprompter, were deemed "devastatingly funny and humorously self-deprecating." He barely mentioned any of the events occurring around the world -- or his golf score.
Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.