A president has many functions to fulfill which is, of course, one reason the choice of a president is so vital to the nation. While no president can be expected to excel in every conceivable area, some roles such as leadership are so vital that they demand excellence, while the ceremonial roles, while not as critical, are still important. And one thing a president can certainly do is show some humanity and compassion when Americans suffer a catastrophe.
We’re not sure Mr. Obama has been very good at fulfilling any of the roles or responsibilities of president. That statement could turn into a lengthy list and discussion of the man’s shortcomings, but that’s not the purpose here.
What is in view right now is his failure to properly acknowledge and express his compassion for those who were victims of the terrible violence in Ft. Lauderdale. What he chose to do as well as what he chose not to do in the light of this tragedy gives insight into this man’s priorities.
After attending a farewell bash with his friends in Hollywood, “President Barack Obama flew to Florida to attend the wedding of his longtime staffer and most frequent golf partner, just hours after his star-studded farewell bash came to an end at 4am. Obama arrived at the Jacksonville International Airport on Saturday just in time to see Marvin Nicholson, the White House trip director and the president’s personal aide, marry the love of his life.”
Now there are a great set of priorities: He has no time for those touched by the violence in Ft. Lauderdale, but he has plenty of time to hang out at parties in Hollywood and attend the wedding of a friend. Clearly, this is not a man who is interested in putting the responsibilities of president above personal pleasures.
What else can be said about Mr. Obama’s time on and off the job? “…Obama has played 333 rounds of golf since taking office and Nicholson has joined in for 192 of them, making him the president’s most frequent golf buddy. That’s according to CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller, who is widely respected for his presidential record-keeping.”
With Mr. Obama, you just knew that golf had to figure into the story somehow.
It’s too bad that Mr. Obama was not a championship-level player. Not doubt he would have been much happier traveling the tournament circuit as a golf pro than as president – and so would many Americans.
Source: Clash Daily