Well, the newspaper doesn’t call it that. But they are at least addressing that there are questions being raised about President Obama’s priorities. Could it be that Washington is finally catching on that this president isn’t particularly serious or competent?
A Washington Post article by veteran reporter Juliet Eilperin opens with the question:
Bears, beer and horse heads: What exactly is going on with the leader of the free world?
She gives the White House ample space to make its argument that getting the president out of Washington and into informal situations generates great PR and lets him talk directly to real people:
Obama consigliere Dan Pfeiffer noted that Obama’s pool-playing session Tuesday with the governor of Colorado got some nice press:
“That’s exactly what you want. There’s no question in my mind that more people will see the images of the president playing pool and sharing a meal with ordinary people than will hear Ted Cruz or Governor Perry criticizing the president for not going to the border,” Pfeiffer said . . .
Pfeiffer said in a phone interview the president is talking directly to Americans about “the issues facing them, doing it in a way that’s compelling and interesting and breaks through a very cluttered landscape.”
That’s exactly what you want. Is it really? Pfeiffer is inadvertently proving the point of Obama’s critics. I think by now, exactly what Americans want is some leadership. Obama and his peeps truly are trapped in some parallel universe where the inhabitants only talk to – backslap – each other.
Eilperin she doesn’t let them off the hook:
Still, some elements of the trip — from the unscripted moments to a spate of Democratic fundraisers — have provided easy fodder for the president’s opponents.
Well that’s the understatement of the month.
The story was accompanied by this video, which contains more than a trace of irony. Prepare to be outraged, since you’re paying for this.