His presidency may or may not be headed there, but he personally won’t, at least not today.
President Obama finally got hip to his the awful PR of his tangoing through Latin America while the country goes to war, deciding to skip a trip to some Mayan ruins in El Salvador and instead get on a teleconference with his national security team.
The White House portrayed this as simply a need to attend to important matters, but I’m sure the optics of a vaca-style jaunt to an ancient tourist trap didn’t go down well with Obama’s besieged message advisers
In a Washington Times piece, former White House reporter Joe Curl has an explanation for Obama’s tone deafness, positing that the president has succumbed to the dangers of isolation at the top. Curl notes that the situation has been exacerbated by the departure of close advisers, and that Obama reaches out to Rahm almost every day.
Michelle, though, was not to be denied access to what’s left of the Mayans. She’ll head to the ruins with the girls before the Obamas return home today.