June 27, 2010

CAN THE SWEATER BE FAR BEHIND?:

Theater of the absurd (MIKE ALLEN & GLENN THRUSH, 6/27/10, Politico)

On Wednesday, the same day President Barack Obama ousted his humiliated Afghanistan commander, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs walked into the Oval Office with more grim news: The cap on the gushing oil in the Gulf had been dislodged.

“What?” Obama replied incredulously. “Well, why did it do that?” A remotely operated vehicle had knocked the cap right off, he was told, leaving oil rushing out as furiously as ever.

“Let me get this straight,” Obama later told senior adviser David Axelrod. “A robot knocked off the Top Hat? Come on, guys. Are you kidding me?"

Welcome to what one exhausted adviser calls the “theater of the absurd,” where a White House is whipsawed by wild, almost unimaginable events that threaten to reshape the public perception of the Obama presidency at every turn. [...]

[P]rivately, Obama advisers talk of being prisoners to uncontrollable events and deeply uncertain about how all of this will play out.


It is simply unacceptable for a president to portray himself as a victim of events rather than taking a leadership role in dealing with them, it's what separated Jimmy Carter's nearly excellent Malaise Speech from one that Ronald Reagan would have given.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 27, 2010 8:21 AM
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