The Rules Of Unengagement

Mark Steyn:

But what do McChrystal’s and BP’s defenestration tell us about the president of the United States? Barack Obama is a thin-skinned man and, according to Britain’s Daily Telegraph, White House aides indicated that what angered the president most about the Rolling Stone piece was “a McChrystal aide saying that McChrystal had thought that Obama was not engaged when they first met last year.” If finding Obama “not engaged” is now a firing offense, who among us is safe?

Only the other day, Florida Sen. George Lemieux attempted to rouse the president to jump-start America’s overpaid, overmanned and oversleeping federal bureaucracy and get it to do something on the oil debacle. There are 2,000 oil skimmers in the United States: Weeks after the spill, only 20 of them are off the coast of Florida. Seventeen friendly nations with great expertise in the field have offered their own skimmers; the Dutch volunteered their “super-skimmers”: Obama turned them all down. Raising the problem, Sen. Lemieux found the president unengaged, and uninformed. “He doesn’t seem to know the situation about foreign skimmers and domestic skimmers,” reported the senator.

He doesn’t seem to know, and he doesn’t seem to care that he doesn’t know, and he doesn’t seem to care that he doesn’t care….

Oh, don’t worry. He’s fully engaged. It takes full concentration to be as self-absorbed as Obama is. He simply doesn’t have the time for trifling little things like ecological disasters, wars or his failing foriegn policy that is succeeding in making the world a more deadly place.

He’ll drop everything to do something that gets him in front of a camera, but actually governing is real hard. He’s much too busy for all of that.

All that preening takes a lot of time.

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3 Responses to The Rules Of Unengagement

  1. Tom says:

    Actually, it takes a lot of concentration to hit a golf ball straight, but that doesn’t do the country a bit of good…

  2. Larry T says:

    my favorite word is defenestration and to actually see it in print!

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