I gotta tell you, if my kid came up with this one, I’d send him straight to his room.
“Excuse me, you didn’t HAVE TIME to do what you promised? Go upstairs. NOW!”
Check out President Obama’s comments to the press pool yesterday aboard Air Force One as it ferried him back to Washington from his ten-day Asia trip.
As I said in the press conference the day after the election, I spent the first two years trying to get policy right based on my best judgment about how we were going to deal with the short-term crisis and how we were going to retool to compete in this new global economy.
In that obsessive focus on policy, I neglected some things that matter a lot to people, and rightly so: maintaining a bipartisan tone in Washington; dealing with practices like earmarks that are wasteful at a time of — where everybody else is tightening their belts; making sure that the policy decisions that I made were fully debated with the American people and that I was getting out of Washington and spending more time shaping public opinion and being in a conversation with the American people about why I was making the choices I was making.
So I think, moving forward, I’m going to redouble my efforts to go back to some of those first principles. And the fact that we are out of crisis — although still, obviously, in a difficult time — I think will give me the capacity to do that.
Are you trying to tell me, Mr. President, that YOU DIDN’T HAVE TIME TO VETO BILLS WITH EARMARKS? How, much out of your day would it have taken to say, “Nancy, get the earmarks off the bills or I’ll send them right back.”
Poor President Obama. He was so focused on trying to do good, that he became OBSESSED with doing good, and it got him off track. He just didn’t have the bandwith for bipartisanship or “conversations” with the American people. Or earmarks.
I guess this was also good news for Ahmadinejad and Mullah Omar, since I haven’t seen much Obama OBSESSION with keeping Iran from getting nukes or for galvanizing the American people to support the war in Afghanistan.
Maybe that’s why Obama is kicking and screaming to get out of Afghanistan by setting withdrawal dates, so he can PURSUE HIS OTHER OBSESSIONS.
Geez, I only hope that the president can start leading a more balanced life, eating healthier, experiencing spiritual growth, and so forth. If anyone can recommend some good self-help books that may assist the president, I would be grateful, and I know he would be too.