Behold the single strangest interview ever given by a governor with at least a possibility of running for the presidency at some point. Both the Boston Herald and Politico highlight the inebriation Deval Patrick indulged after the Tsarnaev brothers had been neutralized as their leads, but the Governor of Massachusetts could be forgiven for celebrating a bit afterward. But what was he doing while the state’s capital city was on lockdown? Taking a nap — until Barack Obama demanded to know what was going on:
On the controversial Greater Boston lockdown: “In the afternoon … I went back to the offices in the State House … and I took a nap. (Then) the phone rang. It was the president. … And he said, “Deval, I’m briefed. … What are you going to do about the city? You can’t keep it locked down indefinitely.’
“I said, ‘Mr. President, I know that. … I’m trying to sort that out now.’ … Basically the state police had said we should end this … when we finish the door-to-door in Watertown. So if we haven’t found him, we should say to people, ‘Look, live your lives, but please be careful because he’s still at large.’”
Let’s get this straight. While Boston citizens were told that they shouldn’t leave their homes or businesses all day, terrifying the city while the FBI and local police tried to hunt down the terrorists who had bombed the Boston Marathon earlier in the week, the man in charge of state government caught up on his sleep. Meanwhile, Barack Obama was being briefed on the situation rather than grabbing a few Zs on the Oval Office divan, and ended up having to play alarm clock to the state’s top executive.
It’s one thing to do that. It’s entirely another to admit it. We talk about not being ready to answer a 3 AM call as a test of presidential leadership, but we’d like to think public officials would be ready to answer a 3 PM call, especially in the middle of a crisis like Boston faced that day.