The late great George Carlin had a classic routine about local newscasts teasing its listeners at the top of each hour. It went something like this: “Good evening, large cracks have appeared in the earth’s surface, massive rocks are falling from the sky, Moscow and Washington are in flames. These and other news stories at 11 on Action Central News.”
In many ways that sums up the Obama administration. Thursday night, all regular programming was interrupted to make time for the President of the United States. In times not so long ago, this meant serious business for the American people. It was a time to be concerned and be prepared to support our leader.
The president took a whole lot of time to explain he was dropping food and water to besieged Kurds in northern Iraq and there “might” be air strikes also. He told us all this in a John Wayne storytelling fashion. We were reminded why America is great while underneath the rhetoric it sounded like an apology to his far-left base for not being fully compassionate with the p[ostscript there might be some bombs falling.
Most Americans probably would feel it's about time we helped our allies, the Kurds, battle anti-American forces sweeping down on them as they head south to Baghdad. That would most likely be the verdict in another one of the White House's precious polls on how to govern this week.
But the president made his statement sound like this was Pearl Harbor. Surprised? Educated Americans that are informed are watching TV and reading the news. Yes, it is time to act in America’s best interests and help those who are our allies. Does this annoy the far-left?
It all comes on the heels of so many other crises this White House is combating daily. Let’s not forget the international Ebola health emergency, the illegal immigration surge on the southern border and many other national situations that have alarmingly become the norm with this White House. One could envision the president taking a plane after his stern lecture to somewhere the action was happening. This was an emergency and our president was on top of what he described as a “grave situation,” right?
Once those listening to the speech calmed down breathing into a paper bag, taking a pill or a stiff drink, the reality set in. This is the same scenario we have seen for six long years. Guess what? President Barack Obama is headed out-of-town, but not to some hot spot, rather a lavish vacation on Martha's Vineyard for 12 days at the 8,100-square foot mansion of Democratic Party donor Joanne Hubschman.
This time around, even Obama’s most ardent supporters are questioning the wisdom of this summer's sojourn. The Boston Globe (a very liberal newspaper) even mentions that war is red hot in Gaza and a wave of families and children are crossing the southwestern US border illegally.
Here is some comfort for those who are uneasy about all of this. The White House announced Thursday that Obama will briefly interrupt his vacation by returning to Washington on Sunday, August 17, for a few meetings. That will be followed by a taxpayer-paid Air Force One return to the Massachusetts island retreat on August 19 to continue his vacation until August 24th. The calming voice of White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest assured Americans there is no need to worry that Obama is “disengaged from the duties.”
As mouthpiece Earnest thankfully told us, "He travels with an array of communications equipment and national security advisers that will allow him to perform all of the functions that are required of America's commander in chief." Whew! Don’t you feel better now knowing our president may be playing a round of golf, but his flunkies have their ear to the news of the day?
As George Carlin would have said, “The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds Obama hitting a new all-time low approval rating of just 40%.."
Don’t worry, be happy.
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