Weakness and Blame
Chris Stirewalt makes a point about President Obama’s hypocrisy when it comes to blame taking and partisanship. Pop culturally, we make a great deal of hypocrisy in this country, but as Stirewalt intimates, it’s really the weakness beneath that tastes of blood in the water to political sharks.
I thought of something similar during the two-day “whose ass to kick” media flash. If you missed it, somehow, in explaining why he wasn’t expressing more heat against the evil-doers of BP, the president said that he’d been talking to experts to figure out “whose ass to kick.” Most commentary has focused on the unpresidential nature of such comments. Filling in for Dan Yorke, the other day, Matt Allen focused on the faux passion from our college professor chief executive. Stirewalt focuses on Obama’s turning away from the federal government’s responsibility.
What struck me was the president’s statement that he had been in the Gulf region well before “any of the talking heads.” Again, weakness. Why should the president be setting his bar by the response time of news and commentary celebrities? It’s a bit like a doctor’s defending himself on the grounds that he had visited the patient well before any flower delivery guys had found the room.