Rich Galen

The President, after demanding that the Congress work harder to get a deal, left for Pennsylvania for a fund raiser. Former White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton, with whom I was on CNN last night, noted that Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), who had the temerity to mention this on the Senate floor, also left for a fund raiser.

I made the point that Cornyn's fundraiser was probably at the Monocle which is across the street from the Senate Office Buildings and didn't require the services of Air Force One and about 70 advance people.

Obama has lurched from complete disengagement to totally over-amping about the debt limit. I think he believes, that as Daddy-in-Chief, he gets to come home, lean back on the recliner, turn on the TEE-vee, call for someone to bring him a beer, and doze off until dinner is ready.

Except on Sundays when he takes the day off to play golf.

Someone else has to rake the leaves, clean the garage, do the laundry, shop for food, fill the limo with gasoline, make sure the girls have done their homework.

And balance the checkbook.

If that was ever true it hasn't been since the nation's June Cleavers told the Wards of the world to get off their dead butts and help out around the house.

I do believe it's time for the Daddy-in-Chief to climb down off his Naugahyde throne, take a share of the responsibility for dinner, and help set the national table.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at