Leadership: Yemen’s government fell and Saudi Arabia’s king died. But President Obama busied himself with YouTube stars and some of the lowest characters on the Internet. Is this our descent to a banana republic?
Another week has gone by in which the Free World could have used some leadership and President Obama was found wanting.
First, there were the events in Yemen, an ally that Obama had touted as one of our biggest successes in the war on terror but where the president was driven from office by tribal rebels. The commander in chief said virutally nothing.
There was also the death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, a major transition for a country near the center of both the war on terror and a crash in world oil prices in part engineered to undercut Iran. But instead of words of calm to friends or a warning to enemies not to take advantage, the White House put out an anodyne expression of condolence.
Fact is, the president’s priority was the permanent campaign — playing Hollywood celebrity with three D-list Internet stars. They included a green-lipstick-wearing artiste called GloNell Green, whose stunts include sitting in a bathtub filled with Froot Loops and milk and scarfing down junk food to get attention.
As American Thinker’s Thomas Lifson pointed out, the “interview” with Green was done from specially constructed sets, signaling a president with a lot of money and time for playthings and not much interest in anything else.
It’s not that we haven’t seen such unseriousness before. A dead ambassador and burning U.S. consulate in Tripoli were trumped by a fundraising trip to Las Vegas. The beheading of a U.S. journalist by the world’s worst terrorist group wasn’t reason to cancel a golf outing. And a demonstration by 44 world leaders and 3 million people after a terrorist massacre in a Paris newsroom lost out to a need to watch the football playoffs.
These things pile up and come to define the Obama presidency in all its ennui, cupidity and childishness even as crises build in the rest of the world.
The week also saw the president snub Bibi Netanyahu in a fit of pique after the Israeli leader was invited without White House permission to address the House of Representatives. For good measure, Obama’s sophomoric minions leaked there would be payback.
Meanwhile, in Argentina, in the same week as the brazen political assassination of a special prosecutor who had fingered Iran as a terrorist state with vast networks in our hemisphere, Obama named his new envoy: a Hollywood political-donation bundler with no knowledge of that country.
All this continues to suggest a president with no real interest in the job, just a ceaseless appetite for celebrity adulation and high-school backbiting.
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