So how diligent is Obama in the performance of his duties as President of the United States, and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces?
Better question: What is the opposite of diligent? Ah, yes...negligent. That's the word that best describes Barack Obama:
According to the public schedule of the president, the last time the Obama attended his daily intelligence meeting was Sept. 5 — a week before Islamist radicals stormed our embassy in Cairo and terrorists killed our ambassador to Tripoli. The president was scheduled to hold the intelligence meeting at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday, the day after the attacks, but it was canceled so that he could comfort grieving employees at the State Department — as well he should. But instead of rescheduling the intelligence briefing for later in the day, Obama apparently chose to skip it altogether and attend a Las Vegas fundraiser for his re-election campaign. One day after a terrorist attack.
Vegas. Mother f*cking Vegas.
But it gets worse. Turns out that the president's spurious attitude towards national defense is a point of pride within the administration:
When I asked National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor if the president had attended any meetings to discuss the Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) since Sept. 5, he repeatedly refused to answer. He noted that Obama had attended a principals meeting of the National Security Council on Sept. 10 and reiterated that he reads the PDB. “As I’ve told you every time you ask, the President gets his PDB every day,” Vietor told me by e-mail, adding this swipe at Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush: “Unlike your former boss, he has it delivered to his residence in the morning and not briefed to him.”
Somehow, the more daylight Barack Obama puts between himself and George W. Bush, the darker the world seems to get. I suppose, though, if you are in close proximity to The One, and bathed in his effervescent light, you may not notice that Permanent Midnight - aka The Islamic Dawn - is upon the horizon.
Truly sophisticated consumers of intelligence don’t see it as a sign of weakness to “be briefed” by the experts. Most of us, if we subscribed to a daily report on, say, astrophysics, would probably need some help interpreting it. But when it comes to intelligence, Obama is apparently so brilliant he can absorb the most complicated topics by himself in his study.
If he were a Republican, the media would be screaming for impeachment hearings. Perhaps even rightly, as the lack of preparation for attacks on our embassies in hostile countries on 9/11 is nothing short of either astounding incompetence or deliberate disdain. And his follow-up - refusing to cancel a fundraising trip to Las Vegas - seems almost to underline his disregard for the safety of those under his command, and the national security of the nation he swore to protect.
But even with the blood of Ambassador Christopher Stevens on his hands, and the al-Qaeda flag flying at the American embassy in Egypt, the media still refuses to even question the wisdom of their Dear Leader, and instead lashes out at those who dare question the purity of his motives.
Well, this is Change, all right.
I'll leave the last word to Drew in Wisconsin:
I can't escape this rising sense that our President is a dangerous individual. Either too woefully incompetent to hold office, too self-centered to care about anything other than his re-election, or too apathetic about American interests abroad. (Probably all three.) But dangerous either way...