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WH: We Haven't Changed the President's Schedule Amid Crises Because it Might Scare People
Townhall.com ^ | July 21, 2014 | Guy Benson

Posted on 07/21/2014 6:38:43 PM PDT by Kaslin

On Thursday, we chronicled President Obama's series of decisions to carry on with his public schedule -- a burger joint photo op, a partisan speech on infrastructure spending, and a pair of Manhattan fundraisers -- in the midst of two major international crises. First, Russian-backed and -armed separatists in Ukraine shot down a commercial airliner, killing nearly 300 innocent civilians, including one American. The attack marked a dramatic and lethal escalation of the war in Eastern Ukraine, in which Russia is a malignant and destructive actor. New evidence appears to indicate that Moscow has been highly interested in obtaining the flight's so-called 'black box' recording device, as Moscow-backed separatists restrict access to the crash site. The rebels say they'll turn that evidence over to the UN…at some point. Meanwhile, Israel launched a ground incursion into Gaza, a move that reportedly caught the White House by surprise. The conflict escalated over the weekend, as 13 IDF soldiers were killed by Hamas, and the Israeli military reports that heavily-armed terrorists entered its nation's territory wearing IDF uniforms -- allegedly with the intent of taking hostages. Pro-Hamas protesters are rioting and setting things on fire in Paris (we've already covered their proclivity toward anti-Semitic violence), and Turkey's "moderate" leader stated that Israel has "surpassed Hitler in barbarism" because of its anti-terrorist operations. And yet, the American president has chosen to forge ahead with run-of-the-mill, partisan activities, and is gearing up for a series of star-studded Hollywood fundraisers. The New York Times published a story over the weekend entitled, "Sticking to His Travel Plans, at Risk of Looking Bad -- Obama Maintains Schedule Despite World Crises." The problematic optics are readily apparent:

As smoke billowed from the downed Malaysian jetliner in the fields of eastern Ukraine on Thursday, President Obama pressed ahead with his schedule: a cheeseburger with fries at the Charcoal Pit in Delaware, a speech about infrastructure and two splashy fund-raisers in New York City. The potential for jarring split-screen imagery was clear. Reports of charred bodies and a ground-to-air missile attack from Eastern Europe dominated television screens while photographers snapped pictures of a grinning Mr. Obama holding a toddler at the restaurant. The presidential motorcade was later filmed pulling up to Trump Place Apartments, the Riverside Avenue venue for his first fund-raiser. And yet, White House aides said no consideration was given to abandoning the president’s long-planned schedule, even during the hourlong flight from Delaware to New York, when word suddenly arrived that Israel had begun a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip, providing the day’s second international challenge.


The White House's justification for its astounding public attitude nonchalance is the supposed desire to not worry the pretty little heads of the American people:


“It is rarely a good idea to return to the White House just for show, when the situation can be handled responsibly from the road,” said Jennifer Palmieri, the White House communications director. “Abrupt changes to his schedule can have the unintended consequence of unduly alarming the American people or creating a false sense of crisis.

A false sense of crisis? Sure, the US isn't under imminent threat of an alien invasion, but the current crises are no less "false" than the recent spate of administration scandals are "phony." This entire explanation is insulting. I understand that this president's political team tends to hold the public's collective intelligence in rather low regard -- they've counted on it, in fact -- but this is beyond parody. With major and combustible geopolitical events playing out across the globe, the American people are mature enough to understand if Obama had taken his burger to go, while backing out of an unimportant speech and a couple of DNC fundraisers. Such actions wouldn't have touched off widespread panic across the country, Ms. Palmieri's excuses notwithstanding. Citizens would have intuitively internalized that the president's deviation from lesser responsibilities were necessary to handle the difficult job he was hired to do. (Also, shouldn't a Russia-aided terrorist attack and thousands of rockets being fired at our closest ally in the Middle East be alarming to the American people?) This president doesn't appear interested in the hard work of governing or leading in chaotic times. At least that's the impression he's left over and over again. That list, incidentally, is not even close to comprehensive, and was published prior to the events of the last week. Republicans' complaints may be predictable, but don't think our allies and adversaries alike aren't paying attention. President Obama's overwhelming priority seems to be raising money for his political party -- a task with which he's extremely familiar, and quite prolific:


On Thursday morning, President Obama is off to a party fundraiser in New York. Next week, he’s flying to the west coast for another fundraiser with the Hollywood glitterati. When Obama was in Denver last week, he attended no less than four cash-gathering events in the space of 24 hours. In his first term, Obama attended more fundraising events than any other president in recent history. According to author Brendan J. Doherty, from 2008 to 2012 Obama went to 321 events, compared to just 80 for Ronald Reagan. And, as the chart below shows, he’s done 72 events in his second term – 34 this year alone. So far, he’s ahead of the pace of George W. Bush, who had been to 30 events at this point in 2006. In his two presidential terms combined, Bush hosted 318 fundraisers. Obama has already smashed that number with 393 events to date.


Presidents are the de facto leaders of their parties, and fundraising is part of the job. Conservatives shouldn't try to argue that Barack Obama ought not hold these events on behalf of Democrats at all, or reflexively complain when he blows off some steam on the links (which he did again just yesterday, of course). But any American Commander-in-Chief should carefully weigh how his or her public actions and activities appear within a wider context. The Obama White House's pattern of tone deaf scheduling decisions in the middle of crises has been nothing short of astonishing. By the way, those who are most aggressively defending Obama's 'no big deal' posture over the last few days are largely the same group who will never forgive President Bush for taking a few minutes to finish reading The Pet Goat to a group of elementary school students after being informed of the 9/11 attack. I'll leave you with this clip of Fox News' Chris Wallace confronting John Kerry with a 'hot mic' video in which the Secretary of State appears to deride Israel's "pinpoint operation:"

Kerry caught on hot mic disparaging Israel


Kerry's response wasn't too bad, considering the potential for embarrassment -- and at least he seems to possess some appropriate sense of urgency. Parting note: It's been reported that Hamas rockets were being stored in a UN-backed school (which apparently handed the weapons right back to Hamas), and that top terrorists have been using a hospital as their base of operations.


UPDATE - Several panelists on MSNBC's Morning Joe burst into laughter this morning over the White House's explanation (via Noah Rothman):

Kerry's response wasn't too bad, considering the potential for embarrassment -- and at least he seems to possess some appropriate sense of urgency. Parting note: It's been reported that Hamas rockets were being stored in a UN-backed school (which apparently
handed the weapons right back to Hamas), and that top terrorists have been using a hospital as their base of operations.


UPDATE - Several panelists on MSNBC's Morning Joe burst into laughter this morning over the White House's explanation (via Noah Rothman):
MSNBC hosts laugh at Obama's excuse for not cancelling fundraisers


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: baraack0bama; gaza; hamas; ukrainecrisis
What a lame excuse
1 posted on 07/21/2014 6:38:43 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

They said the same thing about Bush on 9/11. Didn’t they???


2 posted on 07/21/2014 6:39:53 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Kaslin

“We Haven’t Changed the President’s Schedule Amid Crises Because it Might Scare People”

Meaning Dem Candidates and the DC-connected Dem fund-raisers that really want to pocket that 20%.


3 posted on 07/21/2014 6:40:08 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Q)
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To: Kaslin

Yeah, another excuse for not doing his job.


4 posted on 07/21/2014 6:40:46 PM PDT by MamaB (Ndd)
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To: Kaslin

President Tourist goes on another fundraiser. I’m concerned he’s not playing enough golf.


5 posted on 07/21/2014 6:40:55 PM PDT by headstamp 2
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To: Kaslin

Ive been scared since Jan 2009 when this POS took office..nothing else he can do can scare me..he’s already done enough to scare people for generations to come


6 posted on 07/21/2014 6:41:19 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: jjotto

“They said the same thing about Bush on 9/11. Didn’t they???”

I still hear that nonsense from the libtards about Bush and the schoolroom and then going into hiding from.


7 posted on 07/21/2014 6:41:58 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Sarah Barracuda

It is going to get worse. Time is not on our side.


8 posted on 07/21/2014 6:42:20 PM PDT by dforest
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To: MamaB

He needs the money. Ummeber he gets to keep it after 2016.


9 posted on 07/21/2014 6:43:19 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?s)
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To: dforest

Give the guy a break, He has 57 states to worry about.


10 posted on 07/21/2014 6:43:21 PM PDT by shelterguy
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To: Kaslin
you ****** bastard, c****s******, mf'ing azzhole.

Doing nothing scares us.

Never so proud but for a short time anyway, than when our president got out front and in the shit and declared we would get the bastards that did this

11 posted on 07/21/2014 6:43:51 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: jjotto
They said the same thing about Bush on 9/11. Didn’t they???I could be wrong. That WAS 13 years ago.
12 posted on 07/21/2014 6:45:54 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Kaslin

13 posted on 07/21/2014 6:45:56 PM PDT by Nachum (Obamacare: It's. The. Flaw.)
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To: Kaslin
I seem to remember Trace Adkins making a statement before doing a song in concert...."This country doesn't scare worth a DAMN!"

Here's the song...Welcome to Hell-Live

14 posted on 07/21/2014 6:46:33 PM PDT by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: dforest

Its already gotten worse..other than Iran blowing us to smithereens it can’t get even more worse..the world is on fire and Obama is enjoying every minute of it..hope the idiots who voted for him wanting free abortions and welfare are happy at his “Transformation”


15 posted on 07/21/2014 6:48:09 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Kaslin

And the Obamabots believe this b.s.


16 posted on 07/21/2014 6:48:19 PM PDT by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: Kaslin

What precisely would this administration consider a worthy crisis? The PLA unloading landing craft on Santa Monica Beach and running tanks into downtown?


17 posted on 07/21/2014 6:49:43 PM PDT by RichInOC (The Obama Administration: REMAIN CALM! ALL IS WELL!!!)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

We should also be worried about our own government blowing us to smithereens.

Most of the Obama voters have no idea what is going on.


18 posted on 07/21/2014 6:51:34 PM PDT by dforest
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To: Kaslin
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19 posted on 07/21/2014 6:53:43 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Kaslin

Lord forbid that the photo op at the burger joint be canceled!


20 posted on 07/21/2014 6:55:34 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The cure has become worse than the disease. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Kaslin

Golf waits for no one.


21 posted on 07/21/2014 6:55:39 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: MamaB
"Yeah, another excuse for not doing his job."

Him actually doing his job would scare me.

22 posted on 07/21/2014 6:55:40 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Kaslin

It would scare me if he started working more.


23 posted on 07/21/2014 7:01:30 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: Kaslin

I never felt FEAR under the leadership of GWB..

but I also have never felt SAFE one day under Hussein O.

will be so glad when his term comes to an end..let him move to California, which is now rumors...yeah good riddance


24 posted on 07/21/2014 7:03:05 PM PDT by haircutter
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Excellent. Not just Israeli's but Christians In Mosul and the Sudan were worried his vacation would go off as scheduled. Lunch too. If they'd pay more attention to American politics, they'd know there was no risk.

25 posted on 07/21/2014 7:06:06 PM PDT by SJackson (government tampers with a freedom so fundamental, one shudders to think what lies ahead. Card Dolan)
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To: Kaslin

Excuses.


26 posted on 07/21/2014 7:07:22 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: al_c

I was over at that other site. You know, the one with the dummies? A thread was about how happy people are with what the dems are doing, Really.


27 posted on 07/21/2014 7:14:35 PM PDT by MamaB (Ndd)
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To: mass55th

I was thinking about his following the Constitution, obeying the laws, caring about the citizens, our military, etc.


28 posted on 07/21/2014 7:18:25 PM PDT by MamaB (Ndd)
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To: dforest

Most of Obama’s voters are either stoned or waiting for their welfare treats to arrive by mail..then you have the far far left crowd who want America blown to smithereens..because in their screwed up head..first Israel goes, then America and that is their plan


29 posted on 07/21/2014 7:42:39 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Kaslin

ROFLMAO (and crying my eyes out)

That we must go through the formality of referring to this asswipe as “the president” is SCARIER THAN ANYTHING ELSE!!!!


30 posted on 07/21/2014 7:47:28 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is PUBLIC ENEMY #1)
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To: Kaslin

31 posted on 07/21/2014 8:45:14 PM PDT by garjog (Obama: bringing joy to the hearts of Terrorists everywhere.)
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To: Kaslin

Beyond comprehension. He scares people every day; for the past 6 years (yes, when he was campaigning) He continues to scare people and will until he has walked out of our house (or thrown out, which ever comes first) Lame excuse, lame duck pResident.


32 posted on 07/21/2014 9:40:22 PM PDT by V K Lee
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To: Kaslin

I be so skeerd!


33 posted on 07/21/2014 9:42:11 PM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: Kaslin
WH: We Haven'tValerie Hasn't Changed the PresidentMan Child's Schedule Amid Crises Because it Might Scare People We Really Don't Give a Damn

Fixed!

34 posted on 07/22/2014 2:23:12 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Kaslin

He’s more scared than we are.


35 posted on 07/22/2014 5:33:09 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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