Okay, no, I’m not saying President Obama is exploiting Nelson Mandela’s death. But one of the reasons I started this blog was to convey what every White House journalist thinks but none will say. So let’s be frank.
The president’s attendance at Tuesday’s memorial in South Africa for Mandela will, including travel time, ensure that the next three days at least are devoted to Obama the statesman, and not Obama the incompetent website designer and phony insurance salesman.
Instead of Healthcare.gov breakdown updates and stories about good people losing their health insurance, the news will be focused on South Africa and Obama’s trip there. And Obama will have the chance to regain some sense of dignity about himself and his office.
Don’t think the White House hasn’t fully thought this through.
I wish him bon voyage and hope and believe that he and First Lady Michelle Obama will represent our nation with class during this historic and somber event.
No gum chewing please.