Obviously, Mr. President, You’re Doing Too Much
The Telegraph has learned why Prime Minister Brown was given short shrift by the White House last week. According to the headline, President Obama was
‘too tired’ to give proper welcome to Gordon Brown
The article goes on to elaborate.
Sources close to the White House say Mr Obama and his staff have been “overwhelmed” by the economic meltdown and have voiced concerns that the new president is not getting enough rest.
British officials, meanwhile, admit that the White House and US State Department staff were utterly bemused by complaints that the Prime Minister should have been granted full-blown press conference and a formal dinner, as has been customary. They concede that Obama aides seemed unfamiliar with the expectations that surround a major visit by a British prime minister.
But Washington figures with access to Mr Obama’s inner circle explained the slight by saying that those high up in the administration have had little time to deal with international matters, let alone the diplomatic niceties of the special relationship.
Allies of Mr Obama say his weary appearance in the Oval Office with Mr Brown illustrates the strain he is now under, and the president’s surprise at the sheer volume of business that crosses his desk.
It’s perfectly understandable. All these bailouts. All this spending (even if it’s someone else’s money). The proposed massive restructuring of our health care system. So many people to try to save. So many Bushian wrongs to right. Of course it’s exhausting.
Ease up, Mr. President. For your own sake, stop trying to do so much. One of the beauties of smaller government is that it means less wear and tear on those doing the governing. And you’d be surprised. It might even be the best course of action for the country.