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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. This doesn’t surprise me in the least. This guy has no ‘game.’ The only thing I find surprising is that more people might be realizing this for the first time.

    His lapdogs in the elite media let him skate.

    Why? Anyone? Anyone? Buelller? Bueller?

  2. might be best thing for the leader of the wh ………….. the more time leader spends on bball and golf is the less time he has to screw the country even worse

  3. I’ve been calling Barack Obama our NAKED EMPEROR for 2 years already. How come it took you so long to notice that our EMPEROR has no clothes? As journalists, you and you fellow “reporters” should hang your heads in shame! You do a great disservice to your country and yourselves and you will have to answer for the way you have perverted your craft. But alas, I’m sure you are not capable of shame nor honor, you are a slave to your ideology.

  4. I would normally jump on the anti-Obama bandwagon…. But if he didn’t have an escape, as per this article, he’d have committed suicide by now. How dare anyone scrutinize someone fore being human at no other expense than the pursuit of happiness. That’s like saying The Best Buy Worker shouldn’t be allowed to enjoy a chess game. I’m not a fan of Obama’s… But, from the get go, We ALL know he loves sports… This article is bull shit. Crawl out of your hole and realize he’s like every celebrity… Yes my friend, Obama shits too, he bleeds when cut, and you’re being an asshole.

  5. All of you fools who voted for this guy should hang your head in shame. But I doubt you will because there has to be something wrong with you to begin with to allow such a person to become president. Thanks for helping to destroy the country.

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  7. Only 22 more montths ’til we evict the Marxist Buffoon from the Oval Office & cancel “Amateur Hour” at the White House

    NOBAMA 2012

    “Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink.” P.J.O’Rourke

  8. I don’t know why Obama’s lack of work ethic surprises anyone. He has never had a real job in his life. He has no training or experience for any job; certainly none to be “leader of the free world.” He seems to love the perks, but he has no interest in the job beyond his domestic agenda. He has even left that agenda to others in his administration and Congress. Apparently, he learned a long time that it was easier to vote “present” than to commit to a real decision. While Japan tries to recover from a devastating earthquake and to stop a nuclear meltdown, and the Middle East goes up in flames, Obama plays golf and makes his Final Four picks. How’s that for “Hope and Change?”

  9. Be honest or don't comment

    Does this surprise anyone? Obama is seriously over his head. He has no skills what so ever to be president. What is his foreign policy? His economic policy? His energy policy? His education policy? He has none. He talks constantly but says nothing. He is basically a facade with no substance.
    Obama = Jimmy Carter reincarnate


    No s*h*i*t dick tracey. The guy is a dithering opportunist who never worked a job to speak of. His entire goal is to play political games while he and his porch monkey relatives and friends live high on the hog!

  11. I don’t call him the punk in chief for nothing. ALL of this was apparent BEFORE the election but 53%of the electorate has been successfully dumbed down by the NEA.

  12. The only time the Democrats take a break from being unserious is when they discover a new way to line their pockets with othr peoples’ money.

  13. Did anyone really think this guy had anything to offer? He does not have the requisite resume to run a soup kitchen but, nut jobs elected him and now the country is in harms way. 2010 cannot come soon enough. If he were reelected, the damage he would do is unspeakable – and there is no downside to him as he would never run again – just spend the next four years tearing our country apart.

  14. The Party Animal “Leader” obviously has a huge disconnect between his neck and shoulders and is a total moron. Imagine the Lame Stream Press’s reaction had Bush done half the dinners, party’s, concerts, vacations, campaigning, pointless trips to other nations, or golf. Obama is in the Presidency for himself and looks at it as an all paid orgy license to do what ever his heart desires.

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  17. Love this rightist indignation from Koffler. Obama fills out an NCAA basketball bracket and all hell breaks loose in Koffler’s world. But Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and Bush Jr. lead into a war that has so far totaled 10,000+ Iraqi civilians dead and over 4,000 dead U.S. soldiers and the silence is deafening. Okay, Koffler, stop the nonsense.

    1. Maybe that is because on Friday, one of the greatest natural disasters in modern history occurred, killing possibly tens of thousands of people and the next day he goes and plays golf and celebrates the Blackhawks previous victory.
      Criticize Bush or whomever when they do something wrong or terrible or make fun of him when he makes another gaffe, but pull you head out of obama’s ass for a moment to WAKE up!

  18. I am amazed that obummer could even think about basketball and golf during all of the situations that are happening around us… what is he thinking? Please get off the golf course, quit watching basketball and try and look presidential.
    Jim King Downers Grove, IL.

  19. I am glad he is doing nothing, Go play golf every day
    for the next two years. At least things will not get worse.
    His idea of foreign policy is for everyone to sit around a
    campfire and sing “Kumbaya”.

  20. Incompetence will cause such behavior in a person. Facing these daily unexpected problems has produced the first boy president in U.S. history. The times demands leadership, statesmanship and solutions, and not retreating to toys and game room to bury ones head from the often cruel world that drives one to join the circus.

  21. This is what happens when you elect a “cool” president. The man has never been a leader and it’s plainly obvious he’s completely out of his depths. He was only ever going to be as good as the people he surrounded himself with. He chose to surround himself with union thugs and communists.

  22. What can you expect from a man whose only credentials are going door to door with a pencil and clipboard as a Community organizer.

  23. So much for “rolling up our sleeves and getting down to business’
    This is NOT a world class leader. This is no leader at all. In the face of national and worldwide catastrophe, this guy is golfing and worried about reelection. If this were a republican administration, the press would be going absolutely crazy on them.. but I guess they still are buying the HOPE and CHANGE mantra.

  24. All I need to know about this website is that its followers prefer Newt Gingrich first and Sarah Palin second. Why not David Duke on the ballot?

    1. From underneath a rock, the defender of liberal socialism and their pawn for President. Go kill some crackers and cracker babies retard

  25. It is time for the American people to man up and admit they made a terrible mistake electing this immature narcissist to the most responsible position in the world. He should be asked to resign immediately before he destroys more of this once great nation. He then can go back to his childish pursuits and take his “advisors”with him.

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