Rich Galen

But, civilian employees of the DoD do not a poignant picture make. Uniformed personnel, now they tell a story.

As we discussed on Wednesday, the whole $85 billion in cuts don't have to be delivered next Friday. Assuming no agreement over the next seven months, they would be spread out through the rest of the fiscal year ending on September 30.

But, there will be an agreement. Probably not by next week even though the President has the Constitutional authority to call the Congress back to Washington from its well-deserved vacation.

Article II, section 3 of the Constitution provides that the President "may, on extraordinary occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them."

I believe the last time that happened was in 1948 when Harry Truman brought them back to consider domestic legislation.

President Obama won't do that. National polls indicate the GOP will be blamed for any sequester so he is perfectly happy to engage in his permanent campaign and, to resurrect the infamous statement by Obama's first Chief of Staff, Rahm Emmanuel, "never let a good crisis go to waste."

Real people will suffer real harm, but they don't make for emotional photo ops - moving pictures, so to speak - so, March 1 will come and go without any leadership being employed by Barack Obama.

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