This is not the job he was elected to do. Obama was elected to be president, not the director of FEMA.
Handling a natural disaster like Sandy is nothing like deciding whether to deploy military forces. The important people in Sandy’s case are state governors, not the president. They make most of the critical decisions and provide leadership on the ground. The president doesn’t, though he visited storm-ravaged New Jersey on Wednesday.
That doesn’t elevate him to commander in chief in this case – quite the contrary. It means he’s dealing with a civilian disaster as any president would. Not to quibble, but Article 2, section 2, of the Constitution says the president “shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia off the several states.” It doesn’t say he is “commander in chief of FEMA.”
What he was supposed to do – ensure the safety of our diplomats in Libya – he failed at. Taking a photo-op lap doesn’t count as fulfilling his oath of office.
The leg-humping media is now in full reelect Obama mode. They’re grasping at Sandy and its aftermath to promote him as ‘presidential’. He doesn’t. He looks like a secretary. An appointed official, not an elected one.