Obama heads to Asia while Congress handles the fiscal cliff

posted at 9:41 am on November 9, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

We have 52 days, according to the New York Post, to avoid the “fiscal cliff” and the consequences of last year’s budget deal.  Businesses will prepare layoff notices to deal with the consequences of sequestration.  Thanks to the complexity of the negotiations and the number of people involved, the leaders of both parties will have to work full time to get a deal in place and passed before the consequences of Taxmageddon push the country into another full-fledged recession.

Well … make that one party.  The leader of the other — the one who just won re-election — will take a tour of Asia first:

President Obama yesterday announced he’s jetting off on a victory lap around Southeast Asia, despite a new government report warning the Jan. 1 fiscal cliff will plunge the US into a recession and drive the unemployment rate up to 9.1 percent.

Obama and Congress have just 52 days to reach a deal to avoid sailing off that precipice, when a devastating double whammy of tax hikes and budget cuts will rock the economy and hit just about every American. …

But those tense negotiations won’t interfere with Obama’s boarding Air Force One for a three-day tour of Bangkok, Rangoon and Phnom Penh.

Along the way, he’ll meet with Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to mark 180 years of diplomatic relations, chat with Burmese dissident Aung San Suu Kyi and attend the East Asia Summit in Cambodia. He takes off Nov. 17.

It’s not as if Obama will take off while Congress remains on hiatus, either.  That’s after Congress comes back into session next week, when presumably they’ll be more focused on the coming tax and budget calamity than the East Asia Summit.  This isn’t exactly a shining example of leadership.

But hey, it’s not as though anything bad will happen in a leadership vacuum, right?  Er ….

Meanwhile, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released a report highlighting the economic shock that awaits America. The automatic spending cuts and tax increase will shrink the already anemic economy by 0.5 percent and cause the jobless rate to spike to 9.1 percent, the report predicted.

The average American family will pay an extra $2,000 to $3,000 in taxes after all of the Bush-era tax cuts expire Jan. 1, and about 1,200 government programs will experience spending cuts.

It seems to me that we have a State Department and a Secretary of State to attend summits like the one in Cambodia, especially with pressing deadlines on fiscal crises at home.  Obama won his election bid.  Now it’s time to act like a leader at home rather than take victory laps abroad.


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He won.

albill on November 9, 2012 at 9:43 AM

This isn’t exactly a shining example of leadership.

Well knock me over with a feather.

We deserve it. All of it.

Gatsu on November 9, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Okay, I’ll do this one myself… I’m calling this the WordsMatter OOTD… You’re welcome.

WordsMatter on November 9, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Businesses will prepare layoff notices to deal with the consequences of sequestration.

Already hitting the fan… Obama voter fraud is going to prevail because the Fifth Column Treasonous Media underwrote it and the “Professional Bloggers” won’t touch it.

SWalker on November 9, 2012 at 9:44 AM

He won.

.. but he is still a loser.

lostinjrz on November 9, 2012 at 9:45 AM

He’s just doing what every American Idol does.

txhsmom on November 9, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Now THIS is real f**king leadership, America, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart and my dark soul for giving us 4 more years of negligence, dismissal, and teenage amateurism so you could feel good about keeping a Mormon out of office and a black dude in.

Bishop on November 9, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Going to Disneyworld….

itsspideyman on November 9, 2012 at 9:46 AM

They have some righteous choom in Bangkok.I did a short R&R there from Nam in 70.He needs to unwind,right?

docflash on November 9, 2012 at 9:46 AM

This apparently worked well for him with the hurricane.

Did Christie Kiss him goodby?

forest on November 9, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Now it’s time to act like a leader at home rather than take victory laps abroad.

He’s a sociopath , supported by sociopaths and sycophants in media.

He does what he please.

the_nile on November 9, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Obama won his election bid. Now it’s time to act like a leader at home rather than take victory laps abroad.

And just when in the last four years has that ever happened? Seriously, Ed do you really think that he will suddenly become a leader in his second term? That’s just delusional!

texgal on November 9, 2012 at 9:47 AM

That’s our President, “Fiscal Cliff”

Republican Yogi on November 9, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Obama won his election bid. Now it’s time to act like a leader at home rather than take victory laps abroad.

The amazing thing is that you still expect him to act like a leader when he’s shown he isn’t one.

Besides, we need to go off that cliff. Let people understand firsthand what they voted for.

changer1701 on November 9, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Doing what he does best — campaigning.

KS Rex on November 9, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Can we bring back OOTD now?

mwbri on November 9, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Now it’s time to act like a leader at home rather than take victory laps abroad.

He has not done it in the past why should we expect him to start now? Golfer-in-Chief will continue fiddling while the country burns! He has job security so the rest of us can go jump off a fiscal cliff.

tims472 on November 9, 2012 at 9:48 AM

When the going gets tough …

…the tough dont start a land war in Asia.

Valkyriepundit on November 9, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Did Christie Kiss him goodby?

forest on November 9, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Oh , that too…

the_nile on November 9, 2012 at 9:49 AM

They know that they got away with the swindle of the new millennium. The WH is not even hiding it.

mwbri on November 9, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Leading from behind

All campaign speeches come with expiration dates

I won 2.0

cmsinaz on November 9, 2012 at 9:49 AM

I support the fiscal cliff and the economy tanking. Let’s do nothing and let America get what it deserves.

Illinidiva on November 9, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Second verse, same as the first.

fatigue on November 9, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Nero, fiddle, etc.

Ward Cleaver on November 9, 2012 at 9:51 AM

I’m sorry, what should Obama be doing instead? Pacing back and forth in the Oval Office? It would be ludicrous for him to be involved at this stage of the negotiations.

urban elitist on November 9, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Let them eat layoffs.

pambi on November 9, 2012 at 9:52 AM

I am amazed at how many people interviewed after the election are still wishcasting as if Obama is still a blank slate and saying things like “I am sure he is going to start working with Republicans now.” WHY? He has nothing left to lose. I am fearful for our country since the brain-dead masses voted to reeelect him.

tims472 on November 9, 2012 at 9:52 AM

“Victory lap” – really Ed?

That’s a tad dishonest, not to mention dramatic. Who would go for a “victory lap” in Asia? And he doesn’t leave for another 8 days, and the trip is only 3 days long.

Enough of these laughable “fiddling while Rome burns” implications.

Now that you guys have lost – BADLY – maybe you can end all these nonsensical ankle biting political cheap shots.

cornfedbubba on November 9, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Are you kidding me UE

Dude should be working with Congress on day one

Enjoy the collapse buddy

cmsinaz on November 9, 2012 at 9:54 AM

The Fed’s have pulled the delay trading trigger, slowing down the volume of trading and are pumping billions of dollars into the market in an attempt to halt it’s downward spiral, yet it continues to fall… Pretty much everyone except the large institutional traders are cashing out of the market. The fiscal cliff is so much closer than anyone realizes.

SWalker on November 9, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Does Obysmal belong to the Mile High Club…or is he just trying to accumulate frequent flyer miles?

onlineanalyst on November 9, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Now it’s time to act like a leader at home rather than take victory laps abroad.

You sound like a schoolmarm wagging her finger at a Hell’s Angel about his bike being too loud.

Akzed on November 9, 2012 at 9:55 AM

I’m sorry, what should Obama be doing instead? Pacing back and forth in the Oval Office? It would be ludicrous for him to be involved at this stage of the negotiations.

urban elitist on November 9, 2012 at 9:51 AM

He could be there in his bomber jacket. Chris Christie glued to his ass.

the_nile on November 9, 2012 at 9:55 AM

urban elitist on November 9, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Absolutely nothing! Let it burn, baby. I want us to have everything you voted for. Raise taxes, lay off workers, add more debt, the works.

You want it, you got it!

Kraken on November 9, 2012 at 9:56 AM

If any liberal commentator who implied that Obama would change his ways in a second term, are either fools or liars–each and every one of them. The constant campaigning will continue. It will not help the Dem candidate in 2016 because Obama will have to disappear in 2016 like Bush did in 2008. However, this is more Obama pretending that he is involved in the congressional negotiations, but he is actually uninvolved. He will take credit for the seeming good parts of the deal, and blame the Republicans for the painful aspects or things that do not get done. The constant campaigns continues!

mwbri on November 9, 2012 at 9:56 AM

And his legacy continues………….ignore the real problems this country is facing! Leave it to Pelosi/Reid.

CoffeeLover on November 9, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Typical of this guy . . . when there’s a crisis he either hides in a corner or skips town. Thank you enlightened voters, you really know how to pick ‘em.

rplat on November 9, 2012 at 9:58 AM

I think we should start the BPOTD .. Broken promise …

Tonight you voted for action, not politics as usual.
You elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours. And in the coming weeks and months, I am looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve together. Reducing our deficit. Reforming our tax code.
Fixing our immigration system. Freeing ourselves from foreign oil. We’ve got more work to do.

Read more at http://global.christianpost.com/news/president-obama-acceptance-speech-2012-transcript-text-video-of-victory-speech-84544/#D7IwwkA2sX81pkmR.99

pambi on November 9, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Absolutely nothing! Let it burn, baby. I want us to have everything you voted for. Raise taxes, lay off workers, add more debt, the works.

You want it, you got it!

Kraken on November 9, 2012 at 9:56 AM

+EPA gone wild. Go for broke.

the_nile on November 9, 2012 at 9:58 AM

It is also as if he knows that he just pull out enough, single-issue voters of the what will the government do for me variety to squeak this out and that he knows that he is going to be more hated than ever.

mwbri on November 9, 2012 at 10:00 AM

urban elitist on November 9, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Absolutely nothing! Let it burn, baby. I want us to have everything you voted for. Raise taxes, lay off workers, add more debt, the works.

You want it, you got it!

Kraken on November 9, 2012 at 9:56 AM

And you have no idea what he’s doing.

This is the same winning strategy you used after 2008. Find something trivial, blow it out of proportion, stretch the truth a bit, and pretend people care.

have fun.

urban elitist on November 9, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Is anyone really surprised by this? The next four years are going to be exactly the same as the first four. And we can’t say Romney/Ryan didn’t warn voters repeatedly during the campaign.

Well, scratch that. The next four years will be the same from the standpoint of Obama taking trips, fundraising and campaigning, doing softball interviews, holding few(if any) press conferences, playing golf, and outsourcing any negotiations on major legislative matters to Harry Reid.

Where they’ll be different is in the outcome of his policies. 2009-2012 were bad economic times, but we were at least spared the full impact of Obamacare(there’s a reason they waited til 2014 to implement it), Dodd-Frank, the EPA’s war on coal and oil, and the trillion-plus dollar annual deficits. That won’t be the case in 2013-2016. The fit will hit the shan bigtime and the man entrusted to lead us in these troubled times is hopping on a plane for a victory tour through Asia.

Doughboy on November 9, 2012 at 10:01 AM

I swear, as best I can tell, until a lot more people suffer more, no one is going to learn a thing. The only thing I can do is insulate myself and my family to the best of my ability.

Cindy Munford on November 9, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Where did I read that Obysmal’s first post-election trip was to Turkey? Or was that simply speculation?

onlineanalyst on November 9, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Ding ding ding coffeelover

cmsinaz on November 9, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Oh, c’mon. Did you expect this guy to change his stripes in a second term? The next four years will be the last four on steroids. Obama will play lots of golf and basketball, hobnob with the rich and famous, throw ostentatious WH dinners, send his wife and children on ever more lavish vacations at taxpayer expense, and let the rest of his administration and Congress do the heavy lifting. After all, actually leading and governing is so boring and so beneath him. 10% unemployment? Meh. Those who voted for him have obviously mistaken him for someone who cares.

College Prof on November 9, 2012 at 10:02 AM

“Taking a victory lap around Southeast Asia…”

Interesting that he doesn’t want to take a victory lap around the country he’s president of. Or, perhaps he thinks SE Asia is our 58th state?

William Teach on November 9, 2012 at 10:02 AM

I’m sorry, what should Obama be doing instead? Pacing back and forth in the Oval Office? It would be ludicrous for him to be involved at this stage of the negotiations.

urban elitist on November 9, 2012 at 9:51 AM

How about getting involved in the disaster looming before us here in America rather than jetting off to those hotspots of Thailand and Burma. Burma? I guess Mooch wanted to compare Chaungtha Beach to Pattaya Beach to see which has nicer sand.

Bishop on November 9, 2012 at 10:03 AM

No actually we are speaking in support of going over the fiscal cliff.

Illinidiva on November 9, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Even though it’s not called OOTD, we will know what it is each day. He doesn’t change.

congma on November 9, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Second verse, same as the first.

fatigue on November 9, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Ramones.

Bishop on November 9, 2012 at 10:05 AM

What time will he be telling everyone how he’s already personally solved the econ crisis on TV ??
The Dow is waiting.

pambi on November 9, 2012 at 10:05 AM

I’m sorry, what should Obama be doing instead? Pacing back and forth in the Oval Office? It would be ludicrous for him to be involved at this stage of the negotiations.

urban elitist on November 9, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Obysmal could begin by dusting off his seventh (?) or eighth (?) grade math books and learning what he missed from that point on. Or he could sit down with some realistic economists. Or he could fine-tune Simpson-Bowles recommendations or at least read them. But for G-d’s sake, he should keep his feet off the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office.

onlineanalyst on November 9, 2012 at 10:05 AM

have fun.

urban elitist on November 9, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Oh, I will! I’m not fighting you guys anymore. I’m going to watch it all come down and know that you voted for it. The layoffs from Obamacare have started, and you voted for it. The fiscal cliff will hit, and you voted for it. The EPA regs are coming (thank you, the_nile) and you voted for it. Gas prices are set to skyrocket, and you voted for it. The green energy scams will continue, and you voted for it.

I don’t know what he’s doing? Dude, it’s clear to everyone that you have no idea what you’ve done.

I’m going to enjoy the burn, baby.

Kraken on November 9, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Obama heads to Asia while Congress handles the fiscal cliff
POSTED AT 9:41 AM ON NOVEMBER 9, 2012 BY ED MORRISSEY

Well it seems of the many things that were defeated Tuesday night,
snark wasn’t one of them.

verbaluce on November 9, 2012 at 10:06 AM

I’m sorry, what should Obama be doing instead? Pacing back and forth in the Oval Office? It would be ludicrous for him to be involved at this stage of the negotiations.

urban elitist on November 9, 2012 at 9:51 AM

No, sh-t for brains. He should be meeting with Boehner, Cantor, and Reid and get cracking on a solution for avoiding the fiscal cliff. 52 days may seem like a long time, but when you have Thanksgiving and X-Mas breaks coming up along with the harsh reality that neither side wants to budge in these talks, it’s imperative that they not waste any time in forging ahead and working out a compromise.

Romney a couple weeks ago expressed a desire to be intimately involved with these negotiations had he won the election, despite only being the President-elect during this timeframe. Obama is the sitting President and has been for nearly 4 years and his first priority after the election is hopping on a plane and leaving the country with economic armageddon looming?!

Doughboy on November 9, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Can some legal expert here enlighten me – is political orientation considered a protected class? I.e. can a business owner fire exclusively Democrats if it isn’t correlated with gender or race?

Archivarix on November 9, 2012 at 10:06 AM

This is the same winning strategy you used after 2008. Find something trivial, blow it out of proportion, stretch the truth a bit, and pretend people care.

have fun.

urban elitist on November 9, 2012 at 10:01 AM

6 trillion of trivials.

the_nile on November 9, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Obama checked out a long, long time ago when he realized his divine presence doesn’t sway the ruthless and battle-hardened Beltway ruling class.

We just need to accept the fact that John and Harry are running the country.

Punchenko on November 9, 2012 at 10:07 AM

3 days over there. Any idea how long it takes to get over there even on a jet, how much fuel is used, how much it will cost us, and he’s going to visit Burma?

Japan and China are sharpening their swords and having a stare-down contest over the Senkaku Island, and Barky chooses Burma.

Bishop on November 9, 2012 at 10:08 AM

“Victory lap” – really Ed?

That’s a tad dishonest, not to mention dramatic. Who would go for a “victory lap” in Asia? And he doesn’t leave for another 8 days, and the trip is only 3 days long.

Enough of these laughable “fiddling while Rome burns” implications.

Now that you guys have lost – BADLY – maybe you can end all these nonsensical ankle biting political cheap shots.

cornfedbubba on November 9, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Or maybe you can finally get your head out of your behind and realize he’s a lousy president. The fiscal cliff looms, and this guy jets off to Asia…leadership!

changer1701 on November 9, 2012 at 10:10 AM

I’m sorry, what should Obama be doing instead? Pacing back and forth in the Oval Office? It would be ludicrous for him to be involved at this stage of the negotiations.

urban elitist on November 9, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Maybe initiate talks with the leadership of both parties.
Maybe help to solve the problem BEFORE it reaches a crises stage and results in either can kicking or rushed decisions.
Maybe consult with experts to FULLY understand the problem.
Maybe put together his own proposal.
Maybe, just maybe, show some leadership as President and show America a way out of this mess.
Maybe.

Jabberwock on November 9, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Can some legal expert here enlighten me – is political orientation considered a protected class? I.e. can a business owner fire exclusively Democrats if it isn’t correlated with gender or race? Archivarix on November 9, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Small business owners know, in many instances, who voted for Obooba. They should be the first to go.

Akzed on November 9, 2012 at 10:10 AM

No, sh-t for brains. He should be meeting with Boehner, Cantor, and Reid and get cracking on a solution for avoiding the fiscal cliff. 52 days may seem like a long time, but when you have Thanksgiving and X-Mas breaks coming up along with the harsh reality that neither side wants to budge in these talks, it’s imperative that they not waste any time in forging ahead and working out a compromise.

Romney a couple weeks ago expressed a desire to be intimately involved with these negotiations had he won the election, despite only being the President-elect during this timeframe. Obama is the sitting President and has been for nearly 4 years and his first priority after the election is hopping on a plane and leaving the country with economic armageddon looming?!

Doughboy on November 9, 2012 at 10:06 AM

It appears that he has eight days to meet, so untwist your knickers.

The president should be letting the Congressional leaders hash things through during the early stages. He absolutely should not be involved in the nitty gritty at this point. It would accomplish nothing and needlessly complicate negotiations. The president’s job is to come it at the end and twist arms when it counts (as he did with health care).

urban elitist on November 9, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Amnesty…….the gop pulling the trigger and ending their party officially.

Obama doesn’t need to stick around here. He’s got his eye on a new prize…..LEADER OF THE WORLD.

Amnesty? Who cares its just moving people around in his new global workplace.

Fiscal cliff? Meh

Benghazi? Ehhh.

Yo he’s the CITIZEN OF THE WORLD now. He has more flexibility.

Welcome to TEATERMERICA!

PappyD61 on November 9, 2012 at 10:11 AM

If you saw the movie 2016, you would realize that our leader may be over there studying the GNP and poverty he wants for the USA.

If this country wasn’t so leather bent on a trajectory of regression to the mean the posters here would be drafted to take over the vacant positions in the White House press corps (pronounced corpse).

IlikedAUH2O on November 9, 2012 at 10:11 AM

I was just there this year and Cambodia isn’t bad. They are run by a King and warlords. The prices are reasonable.

IlikedAUH2O on November 9, 2012 at 10:13 AM

It’s called leading from behind – duh!!

It worked so well in Libya.

Hill60 on November 9, 2012 at 10:13 AM

I don’t mind when illegal Kenyans leave the U.S.

Slade73 on November 9, 2012 at 10:14 AM

We have 52 days, according to the New York Post, to avoid the “fiscal cliff” and the consequences of last year’s budget deal.

We won’t avoid the fiscal cliff regardless of what Congress and the President do or don’t do in the next 52 days. This country chose the “E” ticket ride off the mother of all water falls. But alas this is not a Disney theme park ride it is reality and the consequences for the lower and middle class will be a new depression or worse.

chemman on November 9, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Gee, who could have seen this coming? /s

single stack on November 9, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Obama won his election bid. Now it’s time to act like a leader at home rather than take victory laps abroad.

Why ruin his perfect record now??

AubieJon on November 9, 2012 at 10:17 AM

It is utterly amazing that with the debt ceiling debacle looming, sequestration looming, the Northeast still in shambles that the guy voted President would even think about leaving the country. I mean the day after the election lay-offs are getting announced due to the expense associated with Obamacare and all the regulations crushing business. Disposable incomes are going to continue to decline. I mean personally my insurance premiumsa are going up $1,800 in 2013. Gas prices are already gouging disposable incomes and to this day Obama and Harry Reid don’t have a budget on the table. We are screwed.

rsherwd65 on November 9, 2012 at 10:17 AM

The president’s job is to come it at the end and twist arms when it counts (as he did with health care).

urban elitist on November 9, 2012 at 10:11 AM

This is just plain dumb.
First, the only arms twisted for healthcare were Democrats. He does not have that luxury now.
Second, if arms need twisting at the end, we will get nothing. They need twisting early in the process.

Jabberwock on November 9, 2012 at 10:19 AM

H

e has not done it in the past why should we expect him to start now? Golfer-in-Chief will continue fiddling while the country burns! He has job security so the rest of us can go jump off a fiscal cliff.

tims472 on November 9, 2012 at 9:48 AM

No, no. Think Fire Chief as in “Fahrenheit 451.” He has been sending his firemen (EPA, DOL, DOC, etc.) to burn the country down.

chemman on November 9, 2012 at 10:19 AM

I swear, as best I can tell, until a lot more people suffer more, no one is going to learn a thing. The only thing I can do is insulate myself and my family to the best of my ability.

Cindy Munford on November 9, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Well said as usual Ms. Munford. Time to hunker down.

txmomof6 on November 9, 2012 at 10:20 AM

FIRST ASIAN PRESIDENT! (sic)

Glenn Jericho on November 9, 2012 at 10:20 AM

I swear, as best I can tell, until a lot more people suffer more, no one is going to learn a thing. The only thing I can do is insulate myself and my family to the best of my ability.

Cindy Munford on November 9, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Yups. :-(

pambi on November 9, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Now that you guys have lost – BADLY – maybe you can end all these nonsensical ankle biting political cheap shots.

cornfedbubba on November 9, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Just like you ended all those nonsensical ankle biting political cheap shots when Reagan won. Just like you ended all those nonsensical ankle biting political cheap shots when Bush won. Hypocrite writ large.

chemman on November 9, 2012 at 10:23 AM

urban elitist on November 9, 2012 at 9:51 AM

You can come on here and gloat and needle us, and that’s fine.

But what you can’t say is that your guy is doing his job. Here’s Charlie Cook on the astonishingly little effort Obama has made to get to know and work with members of Congress — even (nay, especially) members of his own party:

Without question, Obama’s dealings with Congress are the worst in modern history, and that includes President Carter’s pitiful relationship with congressional Democrats when he was in office. In his 104 rounds of golf as president, Obama has played with only two members of Congress, according to the records of Mark Knoller, White House correspondent for CBS Radio and also the unofficial presidential statistician (Knoller is truly a national resource). These rounds were played on June 18, 2011, with Boehner at Joint Base Andrews, in what was obviously more of a photo op than a round of golf, and twice with then-House Majority Whip James Clyburn on Aug. 24, 2009, and Aug. 20, 2010, on Martha’s Vineyard. Knoller reports that of Obama’s 40 basketball games that he knows about, only one included members of Congress, when on Oct. 8, 2009, he played with 11 House members and several members of his Cabinet. It’s easier to find a liberal Democratic member who visited the White House family quarters while George H.W. Bush or George W. Bush served than under Obama.

This has nothing to do with whether you’re for or against the DREAM Act. It’s about being a leader. Hell, it’s about doing your job.

And because the press, late night TV, et al are so enamored with The One, so terrified of saying anything derogatory of Our First Black President, none of this seeps into public consciousness.

The wrong guy won.

bobs1196 on November 9, 2012 at 10:24 AM

It appears that he has eight days to meet, so untwist your knickers.

The president should be letting the Congressional leaders hash things through during the early stages. He absolutely should not be involved in the nitty gritty at this point. It would accomplish nothing and needlessly complicate negotiations. The president’s job is to come it at the end and twist arms when it counts (as he did with health care).

urban elitist on November 9, 2012 at 10:11 AM

And how long did Obamacare take to pass. Nearly a year. We don’t have that kind of time. We’re way past the “early stages”. And unlike Obamacare which was passed before the GOP retook the House, there isn’t a one-party solution for this. Both the Republicans and Democrats have to agree on something which is not going to be an easy task. It would help if Obama would be sitting in on these negotiations from day one, first because he may be able to bridge the divide and secondly so that Boehner will know that whatever deal he agrees upon with Reid won’t be jettisoned by Obama at the last minute like what happened in the 2011 debt ceiling talks.

What the hell is it you think Obama was elected to do? Be some figurehead in the federal government who shows up at the end to just sign legislation and take credit for it? I realize that’s what he’s essentially done up until now(that and issue executive orders), but if you haven’t noticed, we have a dysfunctional government and a stagnant economy that’s on the verge of another recession. So more of the same from Obama is not a recipe for success.

Doughboy on November 9, 2012 at 10:24 AM

The OOTDs are formally over, but we’ll still see them reported on this blog, like this post.

22044 on November 9, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Jim Cramer, of CNBC and an Obama supporter, said it best this morning, it’s starting to remind him of the Jimmy Carter “malaise”.

Tater Salad on November 9, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Barry is just looking for another photo-op.

You folks still suffering in the northeast – looks like your SOL.

GarandFan on November 9, 2012 at 10:25 AM

An omen?

BallisticBob on November 9, 2012 at 10:26 AM

The market is already showing “buyers remorse”.

Tater Salad on November 9, 2012 at 10:26 AM

The president’s job is to come it at the end and twist arms when it counts (as he did with health care).

urban elitist on November 9, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Amazing to see a liberal’s view of leadership. But when you have a show pony running the country, I guess this is an acceptable practice.

salem on November 9, 2012 at 10:26 AM

I am amazed at how many people interviewed after the election are still wishcasting as if Obama is still a blank slate and saying things like “I am sure he is going to start working with Republicans now.” WHY? He has nothing left to lose. I am fearful for our country since the brain-dead masses voted to reeelect him.

tims472 on November 9, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Fox News stuck it to the rat-eared batserd the other day, showing him saying nice words about reconciliation with McCain in 2008, getting ideas from him, etc. Of course that was just throwaway words. Then they showed him saying much the same about Governor Romney this week.

Scorpion and frog.

slickwillie2001 on November 9, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Jim Cramer, of CNBC and an Obama supporter, said it best this morning, it’s starting to remind him of the Jimmy Carter “malaise”.

Tater Salad on November 9, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Cramer’s a little late to the party. Carter at least got thrown out of office. We’re stuck with this crap for 4 more years and no matter how bad things get over the next couple years, the public doesn’t get a do-over.

Doughboy on November 9, 2012 at 10:27 AM

This should surprise no one. He now doesn’t have to give a fig about reelection, so get used to seeing him and his grifter family jetting off to exotic places more and more. Oh, he’ll pop on back to sign an EO ( can you say Carbon Tax?) once in a while, but the next four years are going to be one big lobsterfest.

Xyz22 on November 9, 2012 at 10:27 AM

PappyD61 on November 9, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Judging by Wall Street, this is going to be rough. Even the smart ass left leaning types are expressing doubts about where we are going.

Somebody better get ready to defend Speaker Boehner and his Congress.

IlikedAUH2O on November 9, 2012 at 10:27 AM

screw a lib

hire a conservative.

renalin on November 9, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Obama’s plan dealing with the fiscal cliff.

Starring: Barack Obama as Susan Sarandon, Joe Biden as Geena Davis and Chris Christie as Harvey Keitel (because he wants to join in).

Left Coast Right Mind on November 9, 2012 at 10:28 AM

What happened to Mr. Johnny on the spot with the victims of Sandy…election over move on their fine now…

oldmans on November 9, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Why shouldn’t he go to Asia? He’s driving the bus over the cliff just as he has for the last 4 years.
This guy has no intention of doing anything. None.
The only layoff notice that is actually deserved, his, didn’t come. Full steam ahead, America.
An o/t sort of. The people of the Portland voted themselves 3 tax increases. Their property tax bills are set, by the voters, to go up next year by about 400.00. The Democrats, and Obama have people utterly snowed. If the average joe can keep a job, there is very little chance that they do not feel the pinch next year. The other thing is that in Portland, not only were the loony libs voting for this tax increase but also the renters. In their minds, they don’t pay the taxes.
We need some major voter education. People are snowed by the left.

ORconservative on November 9, 2012 at 10:28 AM

urban elitist on November 9, 2012 at 10:11 AM

And his non involvement in OTaxacare gave us a 2700 page monstrosity with 20 different taxes. Oops, strike that, 21 taxes now that SCOTUS ruled the penalty a tax. Regulations that will strangle medical care. A 750 billion dollar raid, over 10 years, on medicare funds. A cost curve that has actually been bent upwards. People losing their insurance and doctors he swore they would be able to keep. Yep, whats not to like about his disengagement.

chemman on November 9, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Cramer voted for him

No whining Jimmy

cmsinaz on November 9, 2012 at 10:29 AM

His arrogance, laziness, audacity of this coming four years will make those of the last four dwarf.

I’ve assessed, since he hinted at his aim for 2nd term in his first inaugural address, that this is the case.

This couple’s aim for the position has never been about anything other than the perks and appearance of power the position provide them. And equally significant an aim is the comeuppance, not for their people but for their massive AA built ego.

vnohara on November 9, 2012 at 10:29 AM

The GOP should let the Dem’s drive us over the cliff, giving those who voted for him the biggest commupence; higher taxes as a percentage on liwer and middle class, fewer union jobs, and high taxes on Wall St. elitist.

We can’t save the stupid from themselves.

Tater Salad on November 9, 2012 at 10:30 AM

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