[Ed. – No, literally. See for yourself.]
On Thursday, we chronicled President Obama’s series of decisions to carry on with his public schedule — a burger joint photo op, a partisan speech on infrastructure spending, and a pair of Manhattan fundraisers — in the midst of two major international crises. … And yet, the American president has chosen to forge ahead with run-of-the-mill, partisan activities, and is gearing up for a series of star-studded Hollywood fundraisers.
The White House’s justification for its astounding public attitude nonchalance is the supposed desire to not worry the pretty little heads of the American people:
“It is rarely a good idea to return to the White House just for show, when the situation can be handled responsibly from the road,” said Jennifer Palmieri, the White House communications director. “Abrupt changes to his schedule can have the unintended consequence of unduly alarming the American people or creating a false sense of crisis.”
A false sense of crisis? Sure, the US isn’t under imminent threat of an alien invasion, but the current crises are no less “false” than the recent spate of administration scandals are “phony.” … I understand that this president’s political team tends to hold the public’s collective intelligence in rather low regard — they’ve counted on it, in fact — but this is beyond parody. …
By the way, those who are most aggressively defending Obama’s ‘no big deal’ posture over the last few days are largely the same group who will never forgive President Bush for taking a few minutes to finish readingThe Pet Goat to a group of elementary school students after being informed of the 9/11 attack.