Several Western embassies in the Middle East and Africa in flames. An American ambassador dies in the line of duty, the first time in 33 years that’s happened. What does the leader of the free world do? Travel to … Las Vegas:
President Barack Obama’s Wednesday afternoon speech in Las Vegas is being delayed by about 45 minutes, according to the White House.
Obama had been scheduled to speak at 5:25 p.m. at a campaign rally at the Cashman Center in downtown Las Vegas. He will now deliver his speech at 6:10 p.m., according to an updated schedule released Wednesday morning.
The president was forced to alter his schedule to comment on a Tuesday attack on the American Embassy in Libya that killed four people, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, the White House Press Office said.
Erick Erickson makes the obvious argument about media bias:
Had George Bush gone to Vegas for a fundraiser on a day like today, the nat’l political press would be in an uproar.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) September 12, 2012
This is an OOTD on another level, too. Incumbent presidents have an advantage in optics — the White House. Forget for the moment that proper leadership called for the head of state to be seen back in the Oval Office and handling the situation. That’s exactly the kind of image his campaign should be projecting, too. Instead, fundraising was a higher priority for the campaign than either providing an example of leadership, or even the appearance of leadership.
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