Mr. President, while you’re golfing and partying with your buddies, might you take a moment to give us some information on WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON that we’re shuttering embassies?
From a comment by one of our readers, srdem:
re: the unprecedented closing of 20+ embassies located in predominately Muslim countries
We have a right to know what this means to us here in the US. Questions abound from should we cancel air travel here in the US or just in or to foreign lands, to what is the future of our relationships with those countries that we no longer trust them to protect our embassies?
Our President has a duty, an obligation to address the people and let us know what is going on and does the unspecified threat have any basis in the US.
Golf, a birthday bash, and party time is not an excuse for the POTUS to relinquish his power and duty to others.
Great point. Obama said nothing Friday and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney didn’t even brief. One reader emailed me to ask why I thought that was. I told her I figured they were addressing the terrorist threat. Scares me to think that Girly1 in a comment she made this morning might have had the smarter answer: the birthday celebration had already begun.
Before he finishes partying this weekend, the president or, at the very least, the White House, should give the American people some information about all this.
The “openness” White House is perfectly adept at not saying what it doesn’t want to say, so I don’t think any stray words will worsen a delicate situation. But the right to know, like other rights – for instance, the right of Congress to write the laws – does not seem to be a great concern to this imperious administration, even during times of danger.
How closely, one wonders, is Obama keeping tabs on what’s going on? “Is birthday cake allowed in the Situation Room?” wondered another of our readers, DeniseVB. Well, let’s hope so.