It’s already been reported to death that President Obama is fairly horrible at crisis management. Almost without exception, he has attended fundraisers every time a world event has demanded his attention back at the White House. From Benghazi to the VA Scandal to Russia’s invasion of Crimea to the crisis on the border to yesterday’s downed Malaysian aircraft, the Commander-in-Chief has been consistently goofing around with donors when he should instead be buckling down and taking decisive action. No matter what the situation, there’s always a sense that Obama wants to “handle that later” — later, of course, being when it’s too late. With a reported 393 fundraisers under his belt per The Washington Post, it’s a safe assumption that NO crisis would be enough to persuade Obama to cancel one.
But what’s even more unsettling than the absentee leader is how the poor example he sets at the top trickles down to other departments. For those of you who may have seen the State Department briefing on Malaysia Flight MH17 yesterday, it was an absolute embarrassment. Spokeswoman Jen Psaki opened the presser NOT with breaking news about a crashed/exploded plane that included 23 dead Americans on board. Nope, instead she babbled on and on about the elections in Afghanistan. Fox News’ Shep Smith, for one, was pissed:
What an outrage. I’ve already made the point on several occasions that the State Department looks like it’s run by preteen girls, and to date, Miss Psaki has done nothing to improve my opinion of her. At the top of this page, we have General Barry McCaffrey slamming Psaki for her inability to “say anything sensible at all” about the tragedy. And that’s because when she finally DID begin addressing it (amid demands for answers by reporters), she looked like an uneducated fool:
Wow, really? Nothing to say at all? Combine this with the whopping 40 seconds President Obama devoted to the tragedy during his fundraiser before he began telling jokes, and you’ve got an administration that looks like Muppet Babies on the world stage.
It’s painful that we have to wait 2 long years before this administration hits the road. I often wish we could call for an “early upgrade” like I do when I really want a new cell phone.
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