The empty-office presidency

posted at 8:48 am on March 23, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

My new column for The Week focuses on the, er, unique handling of the launch of a new war by Barack Obama.  Before we get to my take on Obama’s absence on a South American tour during the start of hostilities against Libya, though, let’s first get Dana Milbank’s take on what he casts as Obama’s tactical error.  Ducking out of town while the bombs started falling, Milbank writes, allowed Republicans to paint Obama as weak:

But the “weak leader” charge gained traction over the weekend, as Obama chose to launch the attack on Gaddafi’s forces while on an excellent adventure in South America with his family.

At about the moment the Tomahawk missiles began to rain down on Libya, Obama was joking with Brazilians about Carnival, the World Cup and the Olympics. Rather than hearing an Oval Office address announcing the new war, Americans got word from the president in a scratchy audio recording. As thousand-pound warheads pounded Libyan forces, Obama was kicking a soccer ball, seeing the sights and watching cowboys in sequins.

It was perilously close to George W. Bush’s My-Pet-Goat moment, when then-President Bush continued reading a storybook with children on Sept. 11, 2001, after he was told that the second World Trade Center tower had been hit. Bush later said he was trying to maintain calm; likewise, White House officials tell me the decision to proceed with the South America trip was made in part to convey that the Libya bombardment was not a major military action.

Obama administration officials calculated that he would take a hit for proceeding with the voyage. But they appear to have been surprised by the force of the weakling complaint, coming not just from usual suspects such as Karl Rove but from liberals such as my Post colleague Richard Cohen, who saw Obama “quite literally distancing himself from the consequences of his own policy.”

Sorry, Dana, but this isn’t comparable to Bush’s My Pet Goat moment.  For one thing, Bush may have waited a few minutes to finish up with the kids, but he didn’t absent himself from the response for four entire days.  Bush didn’t leave the country to finish reading the book to the kids, either.  Second, the 9/11 attack came as a surprise to Bush, while Obama launched this war himself and left the country knowing full well it would take place in his absence.

Let’s talk about that decision for a moment, too.  The White House wants to argue that the trip had been planned for months, and that they deliberately chose not to reschedule it as a show of strength.  Milbank buys into that, too:

Since his earliest days on the campaign trail in Iowa, he has made clear his aversion to the flavor-of-the-day news cycle, instead measuring his progress toward a few broad-brush goals, such as American competitiveness and America’s standing in the world. If something — like, say, the uprisings in the Middle East — doesn’t fit unambiguously within his big goals, his instinct is to brush it off.

“I know everybody here is on a 24-hour news cycle,” he told reporters once. “I’m not. Okay?”

The problem for Milbank and the White House is that they have already established a precedent on postponing previously-scheduled trips when emergent situations occur, as I point out in my column:

Obama had scheduled his tour of Latin America months earlier, but the same was true of his trip to Indonesia in 2010. That trip got postponed twice as domestic politics intruded on the president’s schedule. First, Obama pushed the date from March 2010 to June 2010 in order to push his health care reform bill to final passage. In June, he postponed the trip again, this time to take more control of the Gulf oil spill. It’s hard to argue that ObamaCare ranked as a higher priority than going to war, and yet Obama refused to delay his trip to Rio de Janeiro, where photo ops depicted him playing soccer in the street and watching children dance in the first two days of his war.

Recall that the trip to Indonesia wasn’t just your typical foreign junket, either.  Obama had insisted that only a man of the world such as he could heal the breach between the West and the Muslim world, and he pledged to leverage his unique life story to bridge that gap.  The speech in Cairo was part of that strategy, as was the trip to the most populous Muslim nation — Indonesia.  It carried considerably more weight for Obama’s global strategy than a trade tour of South America.  Yet Obama postponed that trip twice, with one postponement occurring so that he could flack ObamaCare a little more to get Congress to pass it.

That’s an interesting set of priorities.  Obama refused to leave the country when ObamaCare was at risk, but refused to postpone a trip while putting the US military in harm’s way in Libya for the first time.

Note too that Obama wasn’t the only one out of the country, either:

And where was the defense secretary at this time? The second in civilian command of the military also left town on the 20th. Gates was scheduled to leave on the 19th, but he waited a day to “keep tabs” on the military action in Libya. Did he fly to consult with a member of the military coalition imposing the no-fly zone to coordinate efforts, as Obama announced two days earlier? Not exactly; Gates flew to Russia, which had to be talked out of vetoing U.N. Resolution 1973.

Once again, let’s remember the stink that arose when Chris Christie and his lieutenant governor Kim Guadagno both left New Jersey for vacations at the end of last year and a freak snowstorm locked up the Garden State.  Liberals screamed about the dereliction of duty in having both executives out of state when an emergency arose.  Now we have the two men in civilian command of the military out of the country when starting a new war.

My column concludes that most presidents would have welcomed the opportunity to demonstrate leadership at this moment.  Obama preferred to play soccer in the streets and do a samba chair dance instead.

Update: I fixed the link to, er, my own column.  Yikes.


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Yeah, because the POTUS can’t do his job unless he’s sitting in that chair behind that desk.

Who needs the symbolic gesture of being on home soil to deal with a crisis?

Stupid people. That’s who.

Dave Rywall on March 23, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Germany pulling out of NATO…

… Gates saying we are making it up as we go along,

The British running out of missiles…

… and Obowma decides to come home a few hours early.

The pure incompetence and arrogance of Obowma is shattering…

How much more ‘white guilt’ will we have to endure before he is called before Congress and held accountable for his actions?

Seven Percent Solution on March 23, 2011 at 11:58 AM

It was perilously close to George W. Bush’s My-Pet-Goat moment

No, it isn’t.

It is Obama’s premature ejeculation.

Sir Napsalot on March 23, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Who needs the symbolic gesture of being on home soil to deal with a crisis?

Stupid people. That’s who.

Dave Rywall on March 23, 2011 at 11:55 AM

And there’s certainly nothing stupid about our commander-in-chief committing U.S. military forces to a foreign action where he has no clue about the goal of the mission, or who’s actually going to be in charge of it, or what the exit strategy is, right Davey?

AZCoyote on March 23, 2011 at 12:02 PM

When will you clowns realize that both sides call out the other side for the same things they give their own sides passes on?

Dave Rywall on March 23, 2011 at 12:04 PM

And there’s certainly nothing stupid about our commander-in-chief committing U.S. military forces to a foreign action where he has no clue about the goal of the mission, or who’s actually going to be in charge of it, or what the exit strategy is, right Davey?

AZCoyote on March 23, 2011 at 12:02 PM
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ha ha ha so typical.

Of you.

Dave Rywall on March 23, 2011 at 12:05 PM

About the point of not rescheduling this trip vs. previous twice postponement of Indonesia trip -

Shows you exactly the priority of Obama’s list. Obamacare, yes, top priority. Gulf spill, yes, not to waste any crisis. Launching a new war, while being a two-front war president, well, not so much.

Sir Napsalot on March 23, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Dave Rywall on March 23, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Isn’t it time to give Mother her foot massage?

RepubChica on March 23, 2011 at 12:09 PM

[ted c on March 23, 2011 at 11:32 AM]

An excellent point, Ted.

Dusty on March 23, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Dave Rywall on March 23, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Isn’t it time to give Mother her foot massage?

RepubChica on March 23, 2011 at 12:09 PM
———-
you’re so pleased with yourself aren’t you
i’m happy for you

Dave Rywall on March 23, 2011 at 12:10 PM

you’re so pleased with yourself aren’t you
i’m happy for you

Dave Rywall on March 23, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Nah, I just like messing with you and your chemical imbalance.

RepubChica on March 23, 2011 at 12:12 PM

You mean that office is supposed to be used for something besides photo-ops? Who knew?/
Here is an excellent point about Obama going off teleprompter, which will probably be ignored by the rest of the press, http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/ct-met-kass-0323-20110323,0,508159,full.column

txmomof6 on March 23, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Milbank has his head so far up Barry’s ass, it’s a wonder he can breathe.

GarandFan on March 23, 2011 at 12:15 PM

The Holy Organizer’s organization is totally crumbling, before his very eyes…. and, unlike his other behind-the-scenes antics, the whole world is watching !
God help us all.

To quote Ted: TRAVESTY !!!

pambi on March 23, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Yeah, because the POTUS can’t do his job unless he’s sitting in that chair behind that desk.

Who needs the symbolic gesture of being on home soil to deal with a crisis?

Stupid people. That’s who.

[Dave Rywall on March 23, 2011 at 11:55 AM]

You’re right. Obama sitting in the Oval Office behind his desk wouldn’t matter one whit. He’s still be the f-up he is.

The point about sitting behind his desk is that at least he’d look like he was serious about doing his job and people might have some sympathy for this f-up who’s in over his head.

Dusty on March 23, 2011 at 12:22 PM

ha ha ha so typical.

Of you.

Dave Rywall on March 23, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Wow, what a cogent response. You really should be in Obama’s cabinet, with an intellect like that.

AZCoyote on March 23, 2011 at 12:27 PM

The point about sitting behind his desk is that at least he’d look like he was serious about doing his job and people might have some sympathy for this f-up who’s in over his head.

Dusty on March 23, 2011 at 12:22 PM
———
Q: How dim witted do you have to be to say that a POTUS needs to be sitting at that desk for you to believe he’s serious about his job?

A:
Amazingly dim witted.

Dave Rywall on March 23, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Dave Rywall on March 23, 2011 at 12:35 PM

The empty Oval Office represents his empty mind, heart, convictions, etc.
‘no one home’.

Musta zoomed right over yer head.
No problem, we expect that.

pambi on March 23, 2011 at 12:44 PM

My column concludes that most presidents would have welcomed the opportunity to demonstrate leadership at this moment. Obama preferred to play soccer in the streets and do a samba chair dance instead.

Sad that the carnival had ended before the clowns arrived.

Schadenfreude on March 23, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Dave Rywall on March 23, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Agreed. He should not have been in that chair, sitting on his thin duff.

He should have been standing in the war room.

Schadenfreude on March 23, 2011 at 1:00 PM

When will you clowns realize that both sides call out the other side for the same things they give their own sides passes on?

Dave Rywall on March 23, 2011 at 12:04 PM

For realz! I remember when Bush launched a military action while playing soccer in another country. The left went nutz but those right wingers said “it’s all cool. Presidentin is easy.”

Obama is in South AMERICA people! AMERICA!! It’s not like he’s in the foreign land of Texas!

Ampersand on March 23, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Stupid people. That’s who.

Dave Rywall on March 23, 2011 at 11:55 AM

NO one in the U.S. should give a rat’s ars what ‘smart’ elitist Canadian liberals say.

Hypocrite. Aren’t you the erudite, polite, ‘for the people’ types? Your behaviour is no different than that of the union thugs’, in WI and elsewhere.

Schadenfreude on March 23, 2011 at 1:03 PM

When will you clowns realize that both sides call out the other side for the same things they give their own sides passes on?

Dave Rywall on March 23, 2011 at 12:04 PM

True, in Machiavellian fashion… However, the media and you give brakes only to the left. Truth thou art indignant. Ho find a mirror, ‘smart’ one.

Schadenfreude on March 23, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Even if he’s sitting at that desk, he’s ‘not there’.

ladyingray on March 23, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Obama is weak because he is a leftist ideologue who allowed Hillary Clinton, Samantha Powers, Susan Rice and John Kerry talk him into a brain dead venture, where – if we win – we have one more Islamic theocracy to deal with. This war is going to be a complete debacle – and without ground troops and Qaddaffi not being targeted – it may drag on for years.

It makes no difference whether Obama makes his incompetent decisions in Washington or while on vacation. The decisions will be those of a leftist ideologue.

LIBYA – THE UN PERMISSION SLIP AND JOHN KERRY’S WAR

Basilsbest on March 23, 2011 at 1:08 PM

For realz! I remember when Bush launched a military action while playing soccer in another country. The left went nutz but those right wingers said “it’s all cool. Presidentin is easy.”

Obama is in South AMERICA people! AMERICA!! It’s not like he’s in the foreign land of Texas!

Ampersand on March 23, 2011 at 1:02 PM
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Yeah, because the POTUS cannot perform his job while in another country.
He should not ever leave America.

Actually, how can the POTUS do his job if he’s taking a leak? They should install a urinal under the oval office desk.

How can the POTUS do his job if he’s busy raising his children? All POTUS candidates should be single and without any close family.

Let’s not even talk about him sleeping at night. How come he gets to sleep when the problems of the nation don’t?

Dave Rywall on March 23, 2011 at 1:16 PM

True, in Machiavellian fashion… However, the media and you give brakes only to the left. Truth thou art indignant. Ho find a mirror, ‘smart’ one.

Schadenfreude on March 23, 2011 at 1:05 PM
—–

Here’s where you post links to FOX news giving breaks to the left.

Dave Rywall on March 23, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Dave Rywall on March 23, 2011 at 1:16 PM

grow up

Bush had the decency to speak to the american people at the WH to let us know what was about to occur twice…dear leader mentions it in passing at a presser for cripes sake…
optics is everything my friend…dear leader owns this boondoggle lock, stock and barrel

cmsinaz on March 23, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Here’s where you post links to FOX news giving breaks to the left.

Dave Rywall on March 23, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Hardly…unbeknown to you, yet, Fox is not much different than the other ‘news’ establishments. However, Ailes is a da*n good businessman, as opposed to the other loosers.

Schadenfreude on March 23, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Dave Rywall on March 23, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Zenith versus nadir examples. Look around. Puerile examples.

Schadenfreude on March 23, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Bush had the decency to speak to the american people at the WH to let us know what was about to occur twice…dear leader mentions it in passing at a presser for cripes sake…
optics is everything my friend…dear leader owns this boondoggle lock, stock and barrel

cmsinaz on March 23, 2011 at 1:21 PM
——
Ahh, so optics are more important to you than getting the job done. Glad we’re clear on that.

You lack the adultness to even consider that he’s doing his job from outside Washington. That is truly amazing.

Dave Rywall on March 23, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Hardly…unbeknown to you, yet, Fox is not much different than the other ‘news’ establishments. However, Ailes is a da*n good businessman, as opposed to the other loosers.

Schadenfreude on March 23, 2011 at 1:22 PM
———
So, Fox news gives passes to the left!

amazing amazing amazing

Dave Rywall on March 23, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Dave Rywall on March 23, 2011 at 1:16 PM

I say why even have a white house? He can do his presidentin from his car. FOrget the Lincoln Lawyer. We’ll have a Lincoln President and sh!t. He can vacation forever yo. All those other presidents who addressed the American people when sending the military into action were showboating for the camera acting like it was a big deal.

Ampersand on March 23, 2011 at 1:31 PM

So, Fox news gives passes to the left!

amazing amazing amazing

Dave Rywall on March 23, 2011 at 1:31 PM

See S. Smith, see Hume of late, see any panel debate, see even Krauthammer on most occasions. You have not been very observant because you are blinded. Of late Fox is more balanced than you’ll ever admit. Open yer eyes and brain cells and you will see.

Schadenfreude on March 23, 2011 at 1:35 PM

The emperor doesn’t have to wear clothes to rule us!

/trolls

Christien on March 23, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Yesterday, Defense Secretary Gates, talking about who would take over for the US and when, said, “this command and control business is complicated. We haven’t done something like this, kind of on the fly before. And so it’s not surprising to me that it would take a few days to get it all sorted out.”

-Jake Tapper

Share, repeat, spread around by the millions. THIS is Obama’s ‘leadership’.

Schadenfreude on March 23, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Dave Rywall on March 23, 2011 at 1:30 PM

nope,apparently your buddies on the left had a big problem when W did his job at the ranch or anywhere he was needed…

cmsinaz on March 23, 2011 at 1:37 PM

DR, also see O’Reilly, who’s just an opinion guy.
Most nights he’s totally giving the One a pass.

Schadenfreude on March 23, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Ahh, so optics are more important to you than getting the job done. Glad we’re clear on that.

You lack the adultness to even consider that he’s doing his job from outside Washington. That is truly amazing.

Dave Rywall on March 23, 2011 at 1:30 PM

No…getting the job done is important too but Obama has shown no skill at leading anything or doing anything remotely presidential.

I’m starting to wonder if he never took back the proverbial reigns after he ceded the Presidency to Bill Clinton in that presser so he could go to a party.

powerpro on March 23, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Ah. A visitor from the Canadian franchise of the Alan Grayson School of Grace and Charm. Simply scintillating. And with such an expansive vocabulary. Remarkable.

kingsjester on March 23, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Rush was pointing out earlier that while it appears from Gates’s comments that the Pentagon didn’t have a contingency for an invasion of Lybia, the real problem is that they don’t have a plan in the event we find ourselves with an idiot as Commander in Chief.

slickwillie2001 on March 23, 2011 at 1:38 PM

We haven’t done something like this, kind of on the fly before. And so it’s not surprising to me that it would take a few days to get it all sorted out.”

Operation On-The-Fly

OOTF

vs.

Operation What The Fly?

OWTF

ideas

ted c on March 23, 2011 at 1:40 PM

When even Cohen, Millbank, etc. the ueberliberals criticize Obama then who will take DR seriously?

Schadenfreude on March 23, 2011 at 1:40 PM

I say why even have a white house? He can do his presidentin from his car. FOrget the Lincoln Lawyer. We’ll have a Lincoln President and sh!t. He can vacation forever yo. All those other presidents who addressed the American people when sending the military into action were showboating for the camera acting like it was a big deal.

Ampersand on March 23, 2011 at 1:31 PM
——-
optics are everything to you too

do you worry that the sun is gone when it disappears at night

Dave Rywall on March 23, 2011 at 1:40 PM

optics are everything to you too

do you worry that the sun is gone when it disappears at night

Dave Rywall on March 23, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Why would we? We’re confident the sun will show up on schedule the next day and do what its tasked to do.

We have no confidence that the President Dithers has any clue whatsoever on how to do anything other than campaign, preen for the camera and play sports.

powerpro on March 23, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Schadenfreude on March 23, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Think of him as our pet goat.

Christien on March 23, 2011 at 1:44 PM

When, and based on what, is the U.S. pulling out of Germany?

Schadenfreude on March 23, 2011 at 1:45 PM

Bush was reading My Pet Goat….while Obama is screwing the pet goat.

ted c on March 23, 2011 at 1:45 PM

optics are everything to you too

do you worry that the sun is gone when it disappears at night

Dave Rywall on March 23, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Your side is all about optics.

Also, recall when Obama said in the fall of 2010 that the lack of “buying into ObamaCare” was a poor job of “packaging” it.

Schadenfreude on March 23, 2011 at 1:47 PM

optics are everything to you too

do you worry that the sun is gone when it disappears at night

Dave Rywall on March 23, 2011 at 1:40 PM

I never said optics were everything. YOU seem to be saying saying optics don’t matter at all. And that You’re just full of logical fallacy today champ.

Ampersand on March 23, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Think of him as our pet goat.

Christien on March 23, 2011 at 1:44 PM

I don’t think of him at all, until he displays his impertinent ‘erudite’ ‘class’.

Schadenfreude on March 23, 2011 at 1:49 PM

C’mon people! Are you too stupid to think Nero couldn’t govern AND fiddle at the same time?

Ampersand on March 23, 2011 at 1:50 PM

And that You’re just full of logical fallacy today champ.

Ampersand on March 23, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Lefties make logic indignant. They claim the right are the rubes.

They are not about facts. They are only about their Utopian idealistic agenda. Period. They win, good, you win, bad. Use terror and other means to win, all the time. These people are never progressive nor democratic, never liberal. Don’t be fooled into believing otherwise.

Schadenfreude on March 23, 2011 at 1:51 PM

No major diplomatic or economic progress from Obama’s South America trip thus far

in the headlines…

way to go dear leader! keeping that trip on schedule was a humdinger of an idea

cmsinaz on March 23, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Your side is all about optics.

Schadenfreude on March 23, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Greek Columns anyone? Optics used to be Obamas selling point.

Ampersand on March 23, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Oh goody, a new troll to feed. I wonder what it likes to eat?

maineconservative on March 23, 2011 at 2:03 PM

maineconservative on March 23, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Not sure what he eats, but he poops flawed logic.

Playing in a foreign country while sending troops into action is like taking a pee break. You can’t be for one and not the other!

Expecting the President to come home to address the American people and explain why we are going to war and what the goals are is like asking the president to give up his family and not sleep at night… and stuff.

Ampersand on March 23, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Stupid people. That’s who.

See name below for example!

Dave Rywall on March 23, 2011 at 11:55 AM

capejasmine on March 23, 2011 at 2:13 PM

I’d love the chance to hear drywall spue this same ‘just optics’ BS while she had one of her kids in the line of fire.
There’s a lot of consolation for these parents when their CIC is engaged enough to actually BE ON AMERICAN SOIL when sending their kids to a war zone.
‘Just optics’ to them ???
My a**.

pambi on March 23, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Yeah, because the POTUS cannot perform his job while in another country.
He should not ever leave America.

Actually, how can the POTUS do his job if he’s taking a leak? They should install a urinal under the oval office desk.

How can the POTUS do his job if he’s busy raising his children? All POTUS candidates should be single and without any close family.

Let’s not even talk about him sleeping at night. How come he gets to sleep when the problems of the nation don’t?

Dave Rywall on March 23, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Again, what you have to say in this matter means $hit bcs you are not a citizen of America.
It is interesting that you are kibbitzing over this when what the real point here is that Obama is not only physically absent (which is not really the issue here) it is that he is not there for the American people regarding true leadership.
His leadership is what is absent.
He has committed the American people to a war with another country, perhaps without authority, & he doesn’t even give us the courtesy of seeing his face.
He could very well have cut his trip short or address us over video by internet etc. A POTUS so ‘up’ & ‘hip’ on current technology would have made that happen.
Bcs people need to SEE A FACE.
People want to hear the words & watch them come from his own lips.
That is important.
To lead from afar is not the issue.
But when you are not leading, then it makes things much worse when you are not there.
Hope this clears things up for you, NONCITIZEN.

Badger40 on March 23, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Badger40 on March 23, 2011 at 2:28 PM

+100

well said B

cmsinaz on March 23, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Badger40 on March 23, 2011 at 2:28 PM

I agree with cmsinaz. Very well said!!!

I think Dave is bucking for the butt kissing job that he thinks is going to be opening up. I think, judging by his comments….he’d be a very good butt kisser. ;)

Now..is he allowed in the country???

capejasmine on March 23, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Yeah, because the POTUS can’t do his job unless he’s sitting in that chair behind that desk.

Who needs the symbolic gesture of being on home soil to deal with a crisis?

Stupid people. That’s who.

Dave Rywall on March 23, 2011 at 11:55 AM

I can always tell when Obama screws something up more than average. You liberals freak out and start posting a mile a minute.

ButterflyDragon on March 23, 2011 at 3:02 PM

Now..is he allowed in the country???

capejasmine on March 23, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Thanks guys!
I sincerely hope not.
Someone who hates America so much should have no desire to come here bcs obviously Canada is so great & wonderful that no one wants to leave.
And if living in mom’s basement & plugging away on your Apple computer is what makes life great for you, then have a nice day.
LOL!

Badger40 on March 23, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Ok, now… Is the O back in DC by now ?
Are we to expect an Oval Office message tonight ?
Any chance for a presser ?
Is the Mission Accomplished banner ready ?

pambi on March 23, 2011 at 4:38 PM

I guess it was Rywall’s assignment this shift from Soros to come to hotair and do some illogical bomb throwing in the comments threads to prop up this wimp in chief. Why are we even responding to a Canadian about the incompetence of the US president?

karenhasfreedom on March 23, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Canada’s decision to send six CF-18 fighter planes and 140 support personnel may be too little, too late.

Okay, here’s the reason Dave could not mention for blessing us with his presence.
Just how’s that coalition going again?

Caststeel on March 23, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Fairness: at least Canada contributed. Thank you Canada.

Caststeel on March 23, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Dave Rywall on March 23, 2011 at 1:16 PM

If reductio ad absurdam is all you got, you ain’t got much.

YehuditTX on March 23, 2011 at 8:01 PM

Drywall: what is the Libyan exit strategy?

I was “in the business” for 30 years, and I have NO CLUE what they’re doing over there, short of shooting in approx 150 Tomahawk missiles at $600,000+ apiece…

Please enlighten me… I seriously want to know…

Khun Joe on March 23, 2011 at 11:04 PM

When will you clowns realize that both sides call out the other side for the same things they give their own sides passes on?

Dave Rywall on March 23, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Please enlighten us to when a sitting Republican president has been out of the country at the time he has ordered the military to initiate hostilities.

When you do so, you may then accuse both sides of giving a pass to their own side. Until then, not so much.

AZfederalist on March 23, 2011 at 11:38 PM

DR,

When you have a fight with your girl friend or wife, do you try to settle it over the phone, or do you try in person?

If you had a job, and some business crisis arose, would you leave the office and deal with it over the phone (between breaks from playing soccer), or would you stay at the office?

During a crisis, things can happen rapidly. The President needs to educate himself on all the possible contingencies. The President needs to be at the center of the flow of information.

He can’t do that if he is in South America playing soccer.

When he sends young Americans to die, he has a moral obligation to become as much of a General as his commanders. He is Commander-in-Chief. Do his “real” Generals go on vacation when they are supposed to be leading a battle?

mockmook on March 23, 2011 at 11:51 PM

Also, DR, is there any evidence that Obambi has spent even a minute thinking about military strategy and tactics for Libya?

He thinks about politics, politics, politics — and optics, optics, optics — but most of all, he thinks about Obambi, Obambi, Obambi.

mockmook on March 24, 2011 at 12:01 AM

I don’t like what Obama has done to the Oval Office. It’s ugly now.

I know this is trivial to many, but I think it’s Michelle who did it.

scotash on March 24, 2011 at 4:03 AM

I see the left has brought out one of its brightest commentators–Dave Rywall–to argue its talking points.

(laughing)

zoyclem on March 24, 2011 at 7:38 AM

Thank you Canada.

Caststeel on March 23, 2011 at 5:59 PM

I second that.
And after all, it isn’t their fault they’ve got douchebags like Drywall to offer.

Badger40 on March 24, 2011 at 8:20 AM

He’s pond scum. Everybody knows he’s pond scum. Even his Bestest Friend Ever, Dennis Kucinich wants to boot his a$$ out.
Why won’t anybody do anything???????

Mr. Grump on March 24, 2011 at 8:36 AM

All President Obama needed to top off his get away was to make his first stop to Venezuela to give a big hugo to Hugo before making his famous declaration that life on Mars was exterminated by conservative and capitalistic thought an ideas.

MSGTAS on March 24, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Yeah, Dave R., on the “both sides calling the other side on things that they give themselves a pass” deal, there sure are a lot of papier mache heads of Obama being toted in the streets of all the major cities of America while the usual suspects are screaming their lungs out about Hitler, and the Code Pinkoes sure seem riled up about this latest kinetic action! Oh, wait…

You’re a tool. A bandwidth-wasting tool.

TeeDee on March 24, 2011 at 1:50 PM

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