Rich Galen

This has to have been the longest yet least relaxing Independence Day ever.

As you know, the 4th was on a Thursday so here, in Our Nation's Capital, almost everyone I know pretended they had been sequestered out of having to work on Friday and made it a four day weekend.

While I was wondering why we choose to end 4th of July fireworks displays with the playing of The 1812 Overture by a Russian composer celebrating a victory over France, a lot happened:

-- The U.S. Government announced that the Employer Mandate in ObamaCare could wait until January 1, 2015, instead of its scheduled launch on January 1, 2014.

It would have taken less time (3 years, 7 months) to defeat Japan in World War II than to implement ObamaCare (3 years, 9 months). And Obama will still miss it.

-- Venezuela officially announced it would grant asylum to American traitor Edward Snowden.

We may soon witness a bidding war for Mr. Snowden's presence between Venezuela, Boliva, and Nicaragua -- each of which wants the honor of embarrassing the United States and President Obama.

-- A Korean airliner (Boeing 777) crashed on landing at San Francisco International Airport.

Two passengers were killed on impact, 181 were injured seriously enough to be taken to hospitals, leaving 108 passengers able to walk away.

-- The June unemployment rate was stuck at 7.6 percent even with the addition of 195,000 new jobs.

The bad news was Bloomberg reporting that "Retailers, professional and business services, health care, and leisure and hospitality businesses led the gains" meaning relatively low-paying jobs may have been leading the rise.

Oh. And ..

-- The Egyptian military took control of the government, replacing (and arresting) the elected President Mohammed Morsi and suspending the Egyptian constitution.

The LA Times ran a devastating piece on how the Obama foreign policy has been so successful that America is despised by both the pro and anti-Morsi factions.

Let's give Mr. Obama a break in the afterglow of our nation's birthday party. Running for office is easy. It might be exhausting, but the choices are straightforward: I'm for (or against) Immigration Reform. I'm against (or for) new gun laws. I believe (or don't believe) in Global Warming. And so on.

As soon as you begin serving in office, issues that had been simple choices during the campaign become, not black and white, but way more than 50 shades of grey in complexity.

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