With world leaders wanting to meet with President Obama and with the Benghazi terrorist attack still requiring presidential leadership, President Obama chose to visit the set of The View instead of doing his job. Here’s what he infamously told the ladies of The View:
I’m just supposed to be eye candy here.
It’s true guests on talk shows frequently attempt their hand at humor or, at minimum, joviality. The problem isn’t that President Obama flopped the ‘joviality test’. The problem is that President Obama ignored world leaders seeking to meet with him.
During an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, Obama presidential political advisor David Plouffe was challenged on President Obama’s commitment to prosecuting the war against al-Qa’ida terrorists. Here’s part of that exchange:
GREGORY: Was it inappropriate for him to go to a fund-raiser the day after this attack now in retrospect knowing that it was a– a terrorist attack, the– inappropriate for him to engage in politics as usual?
MR. PLOUFFE: No. The president obviously is 24/7 engaged in the job of the presidency. He’s spent an enormous amount of time in these– these weeks by the way in the aftermath of this terrible tragedy, so absolutely not. The president is on call 24/7 and that just comes with the job.
The question people haven’t gotten answered is whether President Obama is totally committed to fighting this war. What was President Obama doing to make sure the FBI investigation got started? Why didn’t President Obama cancel his participation in the Las Vegas fundraiser so he could focus all of his attention on the multiple crises erupting across northern Africa, the Middle East and Southwest Asia?
Mitt Romney correctly noted in his WSJ op-ed that these weren’t bumps in the road:
“Disturbing developments are sweeping across the greater Middle East. In Syria, tens of thousands of innocent people have been slaughtered. In Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood has come to power, and the country’s peace treaty with Israel hangs in the balance. In Libya, our ambassador was murdered in a terrorist attack. U.S. embassies throughout the region have been stormed in violent protests. And in Iran, the ayatollahs continue to move full tilt toward nuclear-weapons capability, all the while promising to annihilate Israel.
These developments are not, as President Obama says, mere “bumps in the road.” They are major issues that put our security at risk.
Two questions linger in people’s minds about the crises in the Middle East and north Africa. The first question is whether President Obama’s policies are the right policies for averting crises and stabilizing the region. The other question is whether President Obama is willing to focus enough of his attention to solving these disturbing crises.
The jury will remain out on both questions until President Obama stops worrying about being eye candy on The View.