Streetwise Professor

July 17, 2014

What Would It Take For Obama to Cancel a Fundraiser?

Filed under: History,Military,Politics,Russia — The Professor @ 7:53 pm

To further the last sentence of my last post: I am not sanguine about those who hold office in the US and Europe to rise to the challenge that Putin has laid before the world.

Obama, certainly, was less than Churchillian or Reaganesque in his first response to the crime over Donetsk. Sayeth Barry: “It looks like it may be a terrible tragedy.”

First: it was not a tragedy. It was an atrocity.

Second: “looks like”? “May be”?

Go out on a limb there, Barry.

Words fail. Truly.

With that box checked, Barry went on to tell some jokes. And give a banal speech about infrastructure or some such. Then he jetted off to a fundraiser. Or maybe it was (according to CBS News) a “political meeting”, as if that makes it all better.

I have a serious question. I mean it. I ask this in all seriousness: Just what would it take for Obama to cancel a fundraiser? Anything short of Armageddon? For we have yet to see any atrocity sufficiently horrific (Benghazi, Donetsk, the chaos on the Rio Grand) sufficient to deflect Barry from his appointed rounds of feeding red meat to the partisan faithful, and raking in their dough.

I guess we can be grateful that he did not give a shoutout to Joe Medicine Crow. So there’s that. He’s growing in the job.

Some have praised him for being “no drama Obama.” I have a different take. I view his behavior in response to atrocity as revealing a ┬álack of affect that is deeply disturbing.

Regardless of the psychological roots for his behavior, it is all too clear that Obama is not up to the challenge that Putin poses, because of a lack of ability, a lack of interest, or more likely, both. Narcissist that he is, the only thing that is likely to engage him is if he believes that Putin has insulted or slighted him. But I doubt that even that is sufficient to rouse him to actions appropriate to the circumstances.

There are pros and cons of both parliamentary systems, and the US system. One of the disadvantages of the US system is that we are cursed to endure incompetent chief executives until their terms expire. Think of James Buchanan, dithering in the White House while Kansas bled and the nation spiraled into Civil War. In contrast, Chamberlain was ousted after the debacle in May, 1940. But we-and by that I mean the world, not just the US-have to endure Obama until 20 January, 2017. An incompetent, disengaged, lame duck holds the Office Formerly Known As Leader of the Free World. What havoc can occur in 30 months with such a man holding the highest office in the land, and the most powerful position in the world.

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  1. Really bad food that he would have to eat – or something Michelle didn’t like – or a suddenly open Tee time.

    Comment by Sotos — July 18, 2014 @ 6:56 am

  2. tee time thats great

    Comment by clz59 — July 18, 2014 @ 8:40 am

  3. @clz59-Yes, I was actually thinking: what would Obama choose? A fundraiser or a round of golf with a celeb? Decisions, decisions.

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — July 18, 2014 @ 9:29 am

  4. I don’t follow the President’s movements with any sort of regularity, but I don’t get the urge to put Obama at the center of this event. I’m all in favor of taking steps, as you suggested in the previous post, to make a clear as possible who was responsible and who contributed to the action. But given that we’re talking about a Malaysian airliner in Ukrainian airspace without, so far as I’ve seen, any American citizens on board, I’m not sure what changes in the President’s plans are merited.

    Comment by Mike Giberson — July 18, 2014 @ 12:00 pm

  5. As he said in 2011, during the election, all we need to give him is a little ‘more flexibility.’ And to ‘let him be clear.’ Don’t forget that either.

    Comment by Vlad — July 18, 2014 @ 8:58 pm

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