Obamateurism of the Day

There may have been good reasons for Barack Obama to hold off on issuing a statement on Libya until late yesterday afternoon, several days after the Moammar Gaddafi regime started to attack demonstrators and turned protests into a full-blown rebellion. Perhaps most especially, the White House may have needed to stall a little to get Americans out of danger before loosing some harsh rhetoric on a hostile and teetering regime. Whatever the reason for the days-long silence from Obama on Libya, surely the President and his team could come up with a better excuse than I was just too damn busy:

This is just a scheduling issue. The president will meet with Secretary of State Clinton this afternoon. We will have something to say out of that meeting. If possible, the President will speak this afternoon or tomorrow, but I assume we’ll have information on when that will happen fairly soon for you.

A scheduling issue?  Were they waiting for a Magic 8-Ball to be delivered?  Maybe they need Amazon Prime at the White House.

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