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President Obama’s Trivial Pursuits

The Middle East is afire with rebellion, Japan is imploding from an earthquake, and the battle of the budget is on in the United States, but none of this seems to be deterring President Obama from a heavy schedule of childish distractions.

The newly installed tandem of White House Chief of Staff William Daley and Senior Adviser David Plouffe were supposed to impart a new sense of discipline and purpose to the White House. Instead, they are permitting him to showcase himself as a poorly focused leader who has his priorities backward.

This morning, as Japan’s nuclear crisis enters a potentially catastrophic phase, we are told that Obama is videotaping his NCAA tournament picks and that we’ll be able to tune into ESPN Wednesday to find out who he likes.

Saturday, he made his 61st outing to the golf course as president, and got back to the White House with just enough time for a quick shower before heading out to party with Washington’s elite journalists at the annual Gridiron Dinner.

With various urgencies swirling about him, Saturday’s weekly videotaped presidential address focusing on “Women’s History Month” seemed bizarrely out of touch.

Obama Friday took time out to honor the 2009-10 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks. Thursday was a White House conference on bullying – not a bad idea perhaps, but not quite Leader of the Free World stuff either.

Obama appeared a little sleepy as he weighed in against the bullies, perhaps because he’d spent the night before partying with lawmakers as they took in a Chicago Bulls vs. Charlotte Bobcats game.

Meanwhile, the president has been studying for weeks whether to establish a No Fly Zone over Libya, delaying action while the point becomes increasingly moot as Qaddafi begins to defeat and slaughter his opponents. And lawmakers from both Parties are wondering why he seems to be AWOL in the deficit reduction debate.

The Libya indecision follows an inconsistent response to the protests that ousted former Egyptian President Mubarak and seemed to catch the White House off guard. The perfunctory response from the White House Monday to Saudi Arabia’s dispatch of troops to Bahrain suggested the administration wasn’t prepared for that one either.

But the fun stuff won’t end anytime soon. On Thursday, the Taoiseach of Ireland will be in town to help the president celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. And then Friday it’s off to Brazil for the start of a three-country Latin American tour.

Oddly, he’ll be missing Carnival, which went down last week.

1,288 thoughts on “President Obama’s Trivial Pursuits”

  1. Do you think laughing boy will stop with the sports junk long enough to help the Japanese solve the nuclear problem. Not that he has any ability in the solving but an okay from him may be needed to get the people who can help out to Japan.

  2. All you people who voted for this glib teenager must real proud. We have a real fool here guys…put on your happy face and watch the USA and the world go to hell in a handbasket.

  3. I stopped reading after the second paragraph, where the author referred to the President as a “leader.”

    There are no bad leaders. You either are, or you aren’t.

    The world is on fire than this empty suit golfs and fills out brackets on television.

  4. He’s an idiot, of course he’s more interested in sports and Hollywood. Our country is very close to being run by very strange people who are saving others because no one saved them at some point in their life (fyi dysfunctional families). Oh, and I have a flaming liberal boss that fired me and I know it’s because he knows I’m not one. He can enjoy his teepee (I know freak!) in Montana while over taxing Montanan’s because he’s out there to “save” people, give me a break, he’s out there to save his interpretaion of what happened to him in his life (gag).. He’s an IDOIT, goodbye Profitable Ideas, Inc. you guys are ridiculous. People in Montana brace yourself for these weirdos, they’re moving in daily. Have fun with their taxes for walking trails, yippee. Idiots.

  5. This is not a president. He is a little kid in a suit and has no right being in this position. He is destroying our country and does not appear to have any idea of the turmoil going on in the world. Is this what our grandfathers fought for?

  6. Not only are the Japanese people reliable allies, not only have they absorbed much of our debt, but they are a wonderful people, an industrious people and a proud people! They deserve more than Obama! They deserve more concern than our nihilistic man-child president is able to deliver! Obama is an embarrassment! I’m sure I speak for many, many Americans… our thoughts and prayers are with the wonderful people of Japan!

  7. You people blasting Obama just don’t get it? You’re so partisan! May I remind you of couple things?
    1. if he wins the ESPN bracket challenge, he’ll win $1,000,000. He’ll apply
    it to debt-reduction.
    2. if it comes to a US President vs. China Leader 1-on-1 winner-take-all-
    round of golf for world domination–Obama will be ready.
    3. the many African-American children who play hockey and dream of
    playing in the NHL will be inspired seeing Obama greeting the
    Blackhawks.
    4. African-American Irish have a rich, deep, and well-documented history of
    doing something somewhere at sometime in this world. Their
    accomplishment needs celebration.
    5. Unrest in the Middle East and Northern Africa caught him off guard–
    it only occurs in odd and even numbered years. He needs time to think.
    6. Japan has no electoral votes–Obama is being very shrewd by saving his
    political capital.
    7. The women’s radio address? It what was on the teleprompter.
    I can’t stand you rightwingers. I would like to see any of you be president.
    No really…I WOULD like to see ANY of you be president. Please…anyone?
    Someone?

  8. Try to imagine a President McCain behaving in the same manner as this feckless turd. Teleprompter Jesus was billed as some kind of intellectual giant that was willing to bring all sides together and work through the difficult issues. Instead he has demonstrated that he is nothing more than a professorial waste of space and teleprompter reading faux statesman. From abdicating any responsibility in exerting American leadership in foreign affairs to his idiotic insistence on healthcare “reform” to exploding our deficit to four times the average of the already too high average during the Bush years he has demonstrated he isn’t qualified to run a hot dog stand let alone the presidency of the United States.

  9. “Let me be clear.” Oh, you are Mr. President, we can see right through you. The new “transparancy” is becoming visible. The only thing Obama and the left is focused on is getting re-elected.

  10. It’s racist to say Obama is the first Black President in the USA>

    Half of Obama is white and the white part of his heritage is tossed aside
    and he only recognizes himself as a black man.

    It’s very sad, sad indeed.

    The correct title should be ‘Mixed Race’ President.

    It’s as if he was ashamed to be considered 1/2 white.

    You can bet if Obama was a Republican they would be all-over him for this.

    I did not vote for the boy, because he was not qualified.

  11. A world Leader should be involved at every level. Right or wrong, and at every level—–Obama seems to like the job—but not do the job.

  12. Forget calling him an empty suit… there ain’t even a suit there. It’s just a void… a great big void where a leader should be….

  13. Why is anyone surprised by this? He was elected by people who believed words like hope and change. Obama did nothing before the elections, and he has still done nothing. His job is to win elections. Anything beyond that is a nuisance. President Obama, please save the world, who are your picks?

  14. Who is the bigger loser? Obama….or US who are stuck with this incompetent waste of air as our President. He’s doing such a bang up job! His accomplishments? Improving his golf game and his 3 pt shot. Wow…..are we in trouble.

  15. He reminds me of the little Dutch boy who stuck his thumb in the dyke to save Holland. That is Obama, coming to the table with a band-aid to fix the world’s problems when the world’s problems have gaping wounds and going out to play leaving the band-aid on the table.

  16. I cant believe Bam Bam is missing dancing with the stars and my personal favorite E-Network television.
    His priorities have been so far out of whack sense day one that nothing surprises me anymore. All this apathy for the USA and the World and his popularity rating is still 46% — Amazing —- Is he to blame or the sheep that will follow him to the ends of the earth. I just hope his term ends first.

  17. Bush has more class in his pinky finger than Obama. Bush gave up golf because troops were being killed. Obama is an elitest and I don’t recognize him as president. He’s a disgrace.

  18. I DARE any liberal support of Obama to tell me his actions are that of a real leader. The Middle East is in dire straits. The cost of gas has more than doubled since Obama has been POTUS the price of commodiites is sky rocketing and all this empty suit community organizer can do is entertain him self SHAME ON OBAMA.. The guy is an inept ignorant clod.. PLEASE OH MERCIFUL GAWD PLEASE GIVE US A REAL LEADER.. A real leader not this idiot….

  19. This man doesn’t care about this country. The only priority he has is to shove unwanted bills down our throat. If he would have been a Republican the news media would be going crazy!!!

  20. His schedule sounds like the kind of figurehead crap that Queen of England does. No real power, just meeting and greeting and shaking hands and dinner. Who is actually steering the ship?

  21. Are we to understand that an address on the subject of Women’s History Month was trivial, and on par with the focus on sporting events? I do expect the leader of the free world to be able to function on multiple levels and wonder what you find out of touch about addressing the contributions of women during the month designated for doing so. It was certainly not “bizarre”.

  22. President Obama has been AWOL since his election. Nothing has happened, nothing has been done. Nothing promised has come to pass. And NOW, when Japan needs our help, he’s playing games.
    I’m sure someone from the Whitehouse will come out with an explanation for his actions (as they always do) but excuses are what they are.
    Actions speak much louder buddy. GET YOUR SHOES ON AND ACT!

  23. “Obama showcases himself as a poorly focused leader who has his priorities backward.”

    This is not new to anyone with a lick of common sense. Obama is a totally inexperiennced person for any major position let alone as leader of the free world, he is acting more like an inter city drug dealer than a leader. To put it mildly he needs to be shown to door along with his administration as none of them have the American citizen at heart, he is a one man wrecking crew for democracy and all it stands for!

  24. Obama has no feelings other than the love of himself. He is in over his head, doesn’t have a clue and most of America knows that is the truth.

    If we don’t get real leadership soon, and hopefully a president who is actually constitutionally eligible, America will not survive.

  25. Seriously, I do not understand why anyone would be surprised by any of this. We elected a man who had never run a lemonade stand. If he interviewed for a mid-level position in a corporation I would turn him away. He has zero experience doing anything of substance or accomplishment. As one who has read many resumes, I would judge him to be a jumper–he reaches one level, only to aspire and climb to the next, never remaining anywhere long enough to carve out real solid accomplishments.

    So we are now to feign surprise that the man is utterly incapable of leading the free world? We better hope the Third World War is not coming down the pike as fast as it seems to be hurtling toward us. If so, and if he is in office, we are in even deeper manure than I thought.

    tps

  26. Theme songs for Obama 2012:

    “I dont want to work; I want to bang on the drum all day”
    “Party all the time”
    “That’s all they really waaannnt… some funnnn”

    Was that by any chance his 61st round of Mini golf?
    You can’t shame a shameless man-child and his muscle-armed wife
    Disgusting.

  27. All these constructive complaints don’t do much good since Obama lovers are (1) brainwashed youth watching pro-Obama Jon Stewart & Internet smvt & following idiots on Twitter (2) young promiscuous women with jungle fever–older ones too (3) brainwashed US Jews who would rather see Israel destroyed than to leave the liberal Democrat anti-Christian party (4) and black people–even church goers–who would follow Obama over a cliff rather than vote a white person over him, (5) Mexican Americans who still want free-handouts, and (6) Union thugs

  28. Obama is readying full range of options…

    The middle east is on fire, a volcano, earthquake and tsunami in Japan, nuclear radiation heading for the US, mass murder in Lybia, oil prices out of control. Let’s look to our leader, what is Obama going to do about it?

    1. Blame Bush!
    2. Go golfing!
    3. Head for Brazil!
    4. Denounce Israel!
    5. Blame Fox News!
    6. Handicap NCAA Basketball!
    7. Give a “No bullying” speach!
    8. Hold a Gridiron Dinner Party!
    9. Apologize for US involvement in Lybia!
    10. Give a Stimulus Grant to the Muslim Brotherhood!

    YOU DEMOCRATS SHOULD BE WEARING A BAG OVER YOUR HEAD!

  29. So, you have got to ask… is he this stupid or does he know something we don’t? He is certainly living up to the black sterotype isn’t he? Shuck and jive con artist. I can see him on a street corner in a zoot suit, with his cute little hat, twirling his chain and barking in front of a girlie show! I think he would probably be quite successful at that!

    Impeach him now!

  30. “And lawmakers from both Parties are wondering why he seems to be AWOL in the deficit reduction debate”.

    He seems AWOL because he is AWOL.

  31. And we wonder why America is weakening? Why she is less respected? Whatever happened to “leader of the free world?” Why did folks vote for this “Manchurian Candidate” in the first place?

    Send this man home fast–be it to Hawaii as a meek civil servant, or to Kenya, or to wherever the heck he was born. He’s not my President. Never will be.

    I am ashamed of him. Ashamed of the job he is doing.

    He should be leading this great nation in upholding freedom, liberty and western civilization across he globe–not partying like a frat brat at the White House. Again, I am ashamed.

    I can see 2012 from where I live.

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