This last weekend, while Qadaffi was crushing the rebels in Libya and Japan was enduring an unimaginable catastrophe, Obama did two things. On Saturday, he played golf. http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2011/03/just-warm-enough-for-golf-obama-back-on-the-course.html And then he finally got his chance to speak at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association spring dinner at the DC Gridiron Club, and channeled Henny Youngman. Club. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/reliable-source/2011/03/obama_gets_laughs_at_first_gri.html. The full transcript of Obama’s routine can be found here http://escapetyranny.com/2011/03/13/transcript-of-obamas-funny-speech-last-night-at-the-gridiron-club/.
Obama mentions the Middle East once, using it as an opportunity to throw a couple of pies at Hillary. And he devotes exactly one sentence to the disaster in Japan. I can only infer that he even went this far just so he could remind everyone that he is, in fact, the President.
Now, I get it at one level. This is the Washington Press Corps’ annual dinner, and it’s a night for everyone to pretend that love is in the air and for old fat guys to dress up in drag, kind of a postgraduate Hasty Pudding. But as Youngman himself might have said, “seriously folks”. With the economy stagnant, the dictator Qadaffi about to reaffirm his stranglehold on Libya (remember, he no longer has legitimacy!), the Middle East still in turmoil and the price of gas heading toward $5 a gallon, is this really the time to go Mummer on us? For that matter, is it really the time for Mitch Daniels to get into the act as well?
I’ve said that I don’t want a white President, I don’t want a black President, I don’t want a male President, I don’t want a female President. I want a President. I want someone who has clear perception of the problems that confront us, is willing to put programs forward and take the heat when necessary. In short, I want a leader. I don’t want the class clown.