"Ready to... um... Lead..."

“The thing I’m always concerned about in the middle of the storm is whether we are drawing resources away from folks on the ground, because the Secret Service and various security requirements sometimes pulls police and fire and other departments away from concentrating on the job,” Obama told reporters on Sunday. “We are going to try to stay clear of the area until things have settled down and then we will probably try to figure out how we can be as helpful as possible.”

Well, first of all, Senator, your decision not to go assist the people of Louisiana in preparations for the storm was BEFORE, not, “in the middle of” the storm. One cannot prepare for something while “in the middle” of something… (you know… the way you are running your campaign… “preparing” as you go along).

Secondly… you said you would, “probably try to figure out how” you could be as helpful as possible.

“Probably”? “… try to figure out how…”?

Is that the same “probably” you were talking about when you said by putting air in our tires and getting tune-ups we “would actually probably save more oil than all the oil we’d get from John McCain drilling right below his feet there, or wherever he was going to drill.”

“actually probably”?

Is that like “certainly maybe”?… or, “definitely uncertain”?

Anyway, while you were “staying out of the way” and waiting for someone to tell you what to do, McCain cancelled all but what was legally required on the opening day of the republican convention and turned the whole event into a “LouisianaThon”.

“The time for action is now,” said McCain, who toured the Mississippi State Emergency Operations Center in Jackson earlier today.

In Lima, Ohio, you told reporters that you would e-mail supporters and ask them to donate time and money to the relief effort. (I wonder if that e-mail was as -ahem- “effective” as your 3AM text message?)

You sounded so confident that by just your command alone you would be able to “get tons of volunteers to travel down there if it becomes necessary.”

So… Send volunteers… Don’t go yourself.Besides, all those reporters would be too busy covering a storm and wouldn’t have time to adore you. Best to stay in areas where fawning media could worship you… right?You know what I think, Senator?I think you and all of your liberal friends were watching and waiting and hoping and praying that the storm would be worse than Katrina… and that thousands would die… and that you could use this to your advantage.

Why else were your buddies, former National Chairman of the Democratic National Committee Don Fowler and Congressman John Spratt of South Carolina be so giddy with the anticipation of destruction.

Question… Why do you guys consider the possible death and damage caused by a hurrican a sign that God is on your side but see a baby as being “punished”?

I mean, I’m just asking.

I do appreciate that you thought it was “fine” for McCain to travel to the region to review the preparations for the storm.

Your infinite mercy is generous, oh Great One. I am sure John appreciates your approval.It is, after all, what we all live for.

Oh… In Detroit, you did canceled a speech.

Bloomberg said your decision “came on the heels of the Republican National Convention’s move to cancel most of its events in St. Paul, Minn., the same day.”

So… your decision to not do anything yet came “on the heels” of decisions made and implemented by John McCain…

Hmmmm….How utterly curious.

A Leader who Follows the example of someone who is Leading.