Sunday, March 27, 2016

It's Not Bad Optics; It's Bad Leadership

Today Pres. Obama arrives from his Latin vacation & tour. He'll need several days rest before he can even think about resuming golf...WH Press Secretary Tweet (satire)

Have you noticed a typical response by the media when it comes to Mr. Obama's bad leadership?  Most define it as only "bad optics." We watched this phenomena unfold in the last week alone.  After the bombings in Brussels where Americans also were murdered, Obama spent a whopping 51 seconds of his press conference on the Islamist terror attack. He followed that with attendance at a baseball game to be followed by dancing away the evening.

That behavior is not new. His distorted reality is not new.  After James Foley was beheaded on video,  Almost immediately following  Foley's murder, Obama was on the golf course. Some in the media referred to it as a simple "gaffe."

The day after four brave and honorable Americans died in Benghazi, Mr. Obama attended  yet another one of his fundraiser. He left it up to his  administration to spread the lies and deceit about the reason for the attack.

After the attack in Paris last November, Obama described it as a "setback."  In fact, even as Eric Holder was in Paris for a summit on terrorism, he nor anything other American representative attend the post terror rallies for the victims. Germany, Israel and other countries sent representatives.

Even after one of the most serious Islamist terror attacks in San Bernadino late last year,  Obama's first response was to jump on the gun-control band wagon.

But these examples and more should surprise no one.  It was Leon Panetta, Obama's former Secretary of Defense, who wrote about Obama  he "avoids the battle, complains and misses opportunities. " (From Panetta's book, "Worthy Fights.").  Even Robert Gates, also a former Secretary of Defense under Obama, wrote in his book, "Duty" that Obama doesn't believe in his own strategy and doesn't consider the war to be his." No wonder Obama once said he has no strategy to fight ISIS. He said that almost 2 years ago.

As Michael Goodwin of the NY Post observed recently: "After each atrocity, Obama acts weirdly detached..."  One correction: It's not "weird." It's calculated. It's bad leadership.