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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.

1288 Responses to President Obama’s Trivial Pursuits

  1. Little “miss priss” who sits in the Office Office needs to grow up and get a back bone. Seems it’s too difficult to be an adult when there is so much fun to be had. Any other president from Reagan to G W Bush would have been getting international assistance to oust the dictator in Libya and help those poor people who are trying so hard. This so-called president just sits on his hands and twiddles his thumbs while the world burns.

  2. Seriously? My research shows that GWB took 977 vacation days while president. That’s nearly 3 years, or 33% of his presidential days. And you’re bitching because Obama isn’t working 24/7? Because he’s still got a light heart even as he tends to very heavy world affairs? Sounds like you have an agenda.

  3. This is true leadership. This is the change that the country voted for. This man is no leader he’s a community organizer but he’s not even doing that now.
    Just what is he doing..dose anybody really know??

  4. Here we go again and again, I wonder how many thousands of people that barry obuma will be taking with him to Brazil. How many planes,boats and cars will he need. Will barry go in one plane and moochelle go in a different plane and then Bo arrive on another plane ?
    Barry always goes to the tough spots, one would think that he might go to Japan, but then moochelle told him that she saw in the huffington post that Japan was having food shortages, and then barry said to moochelle ” Naw -Baby -Naw wees gotta eat where wees go or we ain’t going. So the trip to Japan was axed.
    So barry calls hilliary and tells her to inform the people of Brazil
    that he will be there shortly and to hold up on the Carnival thing.
    What a guy……what a leader……..Hail to our King

  5. I noticed that no one is mentioning, since the beginning Mr. Obama carefully removed the title “Most Powerful Man” from the office of the President of the United States. He is not a spectator not a leader. Too bad for all of us.

  6. I am not at all surprised by him. He has destroyed the U.S.. What does he care about any other country? He has completed his mission.

  7. Personally I could care less about libya, who are they on the world stage? that’s right…NOBODY. No dog in that fight as far as i’m concerned.

    but he is dithering on japan it seems, and doesn’t seem at all like he cares about other world events transpiring.

  8. I wonder how many five minute engagements Republican presidents kept during news worthy times? Do you have the count for President Bush’s dinner engagements? The times he (either or) attended performances? Went to the “ranch” or other vacations? Interesting waste of internet space.

  9. Pitiful. pathetic, childish excuse for President of the United States.
    This little man hasn’t the slightest idea of what he is doing or what he should be doing. Disgusting.

  10. This illegal immigrant and likely manchurian candidate Obama is accomplishing his mission of destroying the republic flawlessly.

    And as this occurs, the boot licking media and mindless democrtat hope and changers follow this weapon of mass destruction without question.

    What is left of our government should either arrest Obama as a foreign agent or impeach him for gross incompetence.

    America cannot afford any more of this dope.

  11. How embarrassing. The Chinese have a saying. “By doing nothing is doing something.” This is like watching someone drowning, turning your back and plugging in your ipod.

  12. I guess his butt hangin’ in the wind hasn’t given him the desired signs yet….
    What a moron
    The earth is a planet in “transition” …………..

  13. Re Obama’s daily schedule. Lunch with Biden should be 12:30 PM not 12:30 AM. Otherwise it would be a midnight snack with the Bidenator and that would just be weird.

  14. He’s running himself into the ground, the pace is brutal. He’s need to remember that “All play and no work makes Jack a dull boy.” I know I’m bored with him.

  15. Well, small wonder: a nation gets the leadership it deserves. you asked for it, folks! the leftist, America-hating media of a degenerate latter-day U.S. — it’s institutions dominated by a therapeutic generation of aging juvenile boomers and their branwashed, digital-state-of-nature progeny, have boosted and voted for this community-organizer shaedown-artist non-American charlatan, who woul not be deemed fit to run a seven-eleven store, were it not for his
    feel-good value for dumb liberal Whites. You who voted for this regime, and who are behind this impostor’s almost 50% popularity rates, are irresponsible citizens (I mean those of you who actually voted legally) who do not deserve the great Republic bequeathed you by you betters of past generations. Your actions will consign your progeny to livesuch meaner, poorer and less free than previous generations — and to live as an embattled minority in their own, third-world-swamped, ex-world-power nation. You deserve what you are getting, and this is only the beginning of a long and painful slide into the abyss, unless you man up and shrug off political correctness, multiculturalism, statism, and the other sundry cultural poisons you have embraced.

    • wrong. The actions of your generation are why we are where we are. You bought every single cheap piece of plastic crap made in China for 30 years and now you curse the chinese. You moved out of the suburbs because you were scared of minorities and now you wonder why the cities are falling apart and full of crime. You built communities around cars instead of people and wonder why gas is $4 a gallon. This IS the legacy you’ve left for this generation. We are left to pick up your scraps.

    • Yeah, you call him a “community organizer”…but why don’t you call him a Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago, which is where he actually spent most of his career? Doesn’t sound as good, does it?

      • Robert, Barry O obviously KNOWS NOTHING about the Constitution…… except how to disregard it and stomp it into the dirt…

        Oh, and he also knows how to:
        Play golf (should be mini golf)
        eat snow cones
        dribble a basket ball
        take a vacation
        make empty statements
        use a teleprompter
        spend big wads of cash, etc…

        Wow… such a man of many talents

  16. These and similar incidents of leadership failure over the past two years should give plenty of fodder for the upcoming media campaign to dislodge this idiot from office in 2012.

  17. Missed Carnival? This clown has been running a three ring circus out of the WH since he took office. He screwed up the economic crisis, we have lost our American exceptionlism, he was slow on the draw on the Gulf crisis, he pokes our allies (Israel and England) in the eye,. He has done nothing about terrorism other than re-label it. He has yet to miss a golf outing or vacation, while failing to demonstrate leadership in world events. Where is the Great Healer that he promised, he is the most divisive President in history. He is nothing but a shill for unions and the has failed every leadership test he’s been presented with. Style over substance, all talk, talk, talk and no action. What an embarassment. Impeach now before he does anymore damage.

  18. This is a ridiculous article. I am not going to waste my time digging into the facts to expose how biased this piece is because I know the type of people who read this mess care not for facts. However, I will point out President Bush set the record for most vacation days of any President — that while initiating and waging TWO wars. He also spent a whopping 1/3 of his Presidency at his Texas ranch. I also just noticed the Presiden’ts Schedule published on this blog: looks like the he is meeting the the Defense Secretary and all of his Combatant Commanders for several hours. Are you going to suggest their conversation will center on Obama’s golf swing?

      • Pretty sure that when he said Pres. Bush spent more vaca days than any other president, that IS a fact. Actually, Reagan took the most vacation. About 8 years of it sitting in the oval office. That is at least when he wasn’t selling arms to Iran and sending the profits to central american dictators to depose democratically elected leaders.

  19. It’s times like this I’m glad God is in charge. I get peace knowing He’s not up there in heaven biting his fingernails. As we sung as kids, “He’s got the whole world… in His hands.”

    • “God is in charge” = “It’s not my fault things are the way they are and it’s not my responsibility to do anything about it.”

  20. We are seeing the real President Obama for the first time. He was acting like a leader in the Gulf oil spill and we didn’t find out until later that there was no leadership, just confusion on the part of the government that continues until today. Claims are not paid and drilling jobs are still lost.

    But, the President has definitely defaulted on the current world situation, and no leadership is being shown as the Japan situation gets worse and threatens the world’s economy and Libya crushes freedom seeking citizens with mercenaries.

    We have no President and will not have one until January of 2013.

  21. Demonstrates a lack of leadership both social and political. He gets distracted like a child with a shinny object. Ever day he is living proof that he should be recalled. The worry-some thing is that he could possibly be elected for a second term.

  22. I don’t care if he plays golf every single day. Whatever it takes for him to relax and be able to do one of the most demanding jobs on the planet.

  23. It really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. He needs to seem busy, but do we really want him making any more actual decisions than absolutely necessary? Having already seen the results of the questionable decision-making ability he does have, perhaps limiting his focus to such trivialities is more appropriate until his staff can begin to reconstruct the narrative that will be his march to 2012.

  24. Any candidate for the Presidency in 2012 that does not refer to Obama as an imbecile in every soundbite they make is not serious about wanting the Presidency

  25. It is 3:00 A.M. and the phone is ringing and no one is answeriing. They are still partying. This man is a disgrace to the office and to the country. In Obama’s own words “This is unacceptable” November 2012 can not get here fast enough.

  26. Unlike your idiot slacker ass, the President puts in 20 hour days on a routine basis and needs to keep up appearances of normalcy because if he didn’t, you’d be writing about what a state of panic he must be in.

    Don’t you GET anything? Obviously you don’t understand anything at all about the Libya situation, international law, and another US intervention in a Muslim nation. I can see it now… Obama declares no-fly zone, al-Qaeda does a nuclear attack on a US city, and YOU write about how it’s all Obama’s fault for pissing off the Muslims with another intervention in the ME.

    You just write trash to hear your head rattle. I can see nobody reads your raggedy ass stories since I’m only the second comment.

    There’s your Reality Check. Deal with it.

  27. He is fixated on the “Goodies” while ignoring the hard stuff.
    Like a budget. Entitlements.
    He won the Nobel Prize for not being George W Bush.
    And he has been AWOL on several issues.
    Gay marriage? He decides to not defend the Defense of Marriage Act.
    He has killed NASA by ending the idea of the Mars Program while looking for a Sputnik Moment.
    Is he waiting for Sputnik to drop on his head?

  28. pathetic excuse for a human being, one worthless piece of human feces, he has dumbed down the office of the president and the USA, gives a new meaning to scum of the earth

  29. At least he’s not screwing anything else up when he’s playing golf or filling out brackets.. Considering his track record, I think we should give him a room full of tonka’s and tinkertoys to play with

  30. We elected a president that we cannot criticize because of one of his two races. So, in an effort to remain socially conscience I am only criticizing the “white half” of B.H.O. The “Kenyan half” is a genius, sent by Allah to save the World. The “white half” is a useless, fraud that will not be re-elected. Feel me?

  31. Maybe next election somebody will vett the candidates, looking at their experience and background (including associations with radicals). Hopefully we won’t elect a “Community Organizer” with no experience who votes “present” when a tough decision is required. Making Jimmy Carter look pretty godd, isn’t he?

  32. I believe that history will reflect just what a pathetic excuse for a president Obama really is.
    Our country is on the brink of economic disaster, the world is flying apart and this worthless demagogue is concentrating on worthless nonsense.
    2012 can’t come fast enough!

  33. Feral adolescent in the WH. We tried to warn you folks three years ago, but so many people were so caught up in the Oprah/Hollywood dog and pony show, voters failed to consider zero executive experiences, zero foreign policy experience, zero domestic policy common sense, zero economic understanding. In short: zero.