Skip to comments.Time for Accountability at the White House (Sally Quinn: Weak and Vacillating Obama Not to Blame)
Posted on 01/05/2010 10:16:26 AM PST by kristinn
Now it turns out that there was a third uninvited guest at the White House state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, this one a member of the Indian delegation. It was enough of a shock that the would-be stars Tareq and Michaele Salahi had crashed. But a third? The Salahi story may have been delicious, but the implications of the appalling breach of security are immense. The president could have been assassinated. And had that happened, the Office of the White House Social Secretary would have been as culpable as the Secret Service.
One of the first lessons any administration needs to learn is that somebody has to take the hit for whatever goes wrong. If another culprit is not identified, the president gets the blame. One incident after another in the past few months has shown that members of this administration would rather lay low and let Barack Obama be the target. This has got to stop.
The attempted Christmas Day attack on a Northwest Airlines flight bound for Detroit brought another example of the president taking the blame. In the first interviews after the incident, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said that "the system worked." But the system did not work, and her words reflected poorly on the president. The rampant finger-pointing since then has made Obama look weak and vacillating. Who was responsible? The CIA? The director of national intelligence? The counterterrorism people? The Department of Homeland Security? All of the above? There needed to be some reckoning. Someone should have taken the blame and resigned. Even if the person who did so was not solely culpable, the perception would be that it was not the president who screwed up. Emanuel knows well that if a head does not roll, it will only hurt Obama's...
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But Obama can’t possibly fire Desiree Rogers. She’s the daughter of the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans!
You have to be nice to me, Ms. Rogers, a descendent of voodoo queen Marie Laveau Glapion, warned guests. I can put a spell on you!
—From a report on a White House soiree
THE BUCK STOPS HERE - HARRY TRUMAN
Will someone remind Obama that he is the President of the United States?
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Just like long suffering Russians who refused to blame Tsar Nicholas and (later) Stalin for their misery but the hacks around them.
If that makes sense to you, you might have voted for this idiot.
Obama has had some real successes this fall. He did a masterful job of bringing together incredibly disparate positions to craft a strategy for Afghanistan. He put himself on the line and will probably come up with a reasonable health-care plan. He left Copenhagen with at least promises of cooperation from other world powers regarding climate change. But he is not getting credit that he deserves because he is being ill served by those around him who will not step up as needed and take the fall for him.
This is how Sally Quinn defines real successes: 1) belatedly accepting about 75% of the general's plan is morphed into "a masterful job of bringing together incredibly disparate positions to craft a strategy... " 2) "will probably come up with a reasonable health-care plan." I thought Ms. Quinn was speaking in the past tense? No matter, in her world, "probably" is as good as reality. 3) "he left Copenhagen with at least promises..." Do you suppose that if we promised Obama we might turn down our thermostats he might leave Washington?
I can only surmise that Sally Quinn was one real piece of ass when she seduced Ben Bradlee away from his wife and kids as her means of ascent at the Washington Post and among the salons of Georgetown because she sure did not do it by intellectual candlepower.
“Someone should have taken the blame and resigned.”
“Will someone remind Obama that he is the President of the United States?”
Same with the post world war II Germans and the holocaust. Alot of, "Surely the Fuhrer didn't know what was happening or he would have put a stop to it."
Nowdays, Dem politicians have it pretty good. Their followers blindly follow and never question anything they do or say. Always some flunky who is messing up the works.
Bizarro Superman said “This mak since!”
Why do that when you can pin it on some low-level flunky and fire him? That's just Corporate Management 101.