While Rome Burns, Obama Fiddles Around

2011 March 15
by bc3b

Rome burning is about the only problem that isn’t facing the world today. Japan has been devastated by an earthquake followed by a tsunami and is teetering on the brink of a nuclear meltdown. There are conflicts throughout the Middle East. According to Gallup, unemployment is at 10% and underemployment is nearing 20%. The economy is in shambles, the national debt is almost equal to the GDP, public confidence in the government is at new lows and Obama’s approval rating is at a six-month low.

Yet, Barack Obama is acting more like a high school freshman than the President as he focuses on golf, sports, parties and the NCAA playoffs.

The newly installed tandem of White House Chief of Staff William Daley and Senior Adviser David Plouffe were supposed to impart a new sense of discipline and purpose to the White House. Instead, they are permitting him to showcase himself as a poorly focused leader who has his priorities backward.

This morning, as Japan’s nuclear crisis enters a potentially catastrophic phase, we are told that Obama is videotaping his NCAA tournament picks and that we’ll be able to tune into ESPN Wednesday to find out who he likes.

Saturday, he made his 61st outing to the golf course as president, and got back to the White House with just enough time for a quick shower before heading out to party with Washington’s elite journalists at the annual Gridiron Dinner.

With various urgencies swirling about him, Saturday’s weekly videotaped presidential address focusing on “Women’s History Month” seemed bizarrely out of touch.

Obama Friday took time out to honor the 2009-10 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks. Thursday was a White House conference on bullying – not a bad idea perhaps, but not quite Leader of the Free World stuff either.

Obama appeared a little sleepy as he weighed in against the bullies, perhaps because he’d spent the night before partying with lawmakers as they took in a Chicago Bulls vs. Charlotte Bobcats game.

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Hat tip: White House Dossier

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32 Responses leave one →
  1. 2011 March 15 3:04 pm
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    Colorado KnightOwl permalink

    We might be better off with him fiddling, than actually try to make things better

  2. 2011 March 15 3:43 pm
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    mulletover permalink

    Agree. He can fill out all the brackets he wants, and play all the golf.

    The danger comes from the socialist goons he has populated the bureaucracy, and their maniacal drive to turn us into the new soviet union. Their agenda comes out of his mouth.

  3. 2011 March 15 3:54 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    Mullet how right you are. That is why I say that term limits mean nothing unless the deal is the Congressional Staffs diasppear along with the Senator or Congressmen that terms out. Otherwise the staffs end up controlling the Congress as unelected representives of the State.

  4. 2011 March 15 4:08 pm
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    JustMary permalink

    Can’t he even TRY to look presidential? Maybe someone can get Boehner to discuss Japan on the news, at least we’d get some tears!

  5. 2011 March 15 4:42 pm
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    MI Conservative permalink

    You’d at least think that Obama would appear at the Press Conference and blame all of bc3b’s complaints about him on Bush.

  6. 2011 March 15 4:53 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    MI Conservative

    You’d at least think that Obama would appear at the Press Conference and blame all of bc3b’s complaints about him on Bush Sarah Palin .

    Fixed it for you MI Conservative.

  7. 2011 March 15 5:12 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

  8. 2011 March 15 5:18 pm
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    justrand permalink

    drdog…we were kinda counting on moving in with you! And we’ll glow in the dark so you’ll save on electricity!

  9. 2011 March 15 5:22 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    Yes, our health care is in the best of hands — http://abcnews.go.com/Health/WomensHealth/price-preventing-premature-births-skyrockets-drug/story?id=13104588

    A drug that cost $10 now goes to $1500 — a dose.

  10. 2011 March 15 5:22 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    8,

    But can you stand still long enough to be a reading lamp? 🙂

  11. 2011 March 15 5:26 pm
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    justrand permalink

    yes, drdog…Yes we CAN!! (and we have the t-shirts to prove it!)

    but since the “warning” was issued by an Obamanite…well, I take the “warning” with a grain of iodide…I mean, salt!

  12. 2011 March 15 5:28 pm
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    mulletover permalink

    I am sure JR has ended many an evening wearing a lamp shade.

  13. 2011 March 15 5:32 pm
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    JustMary permalink

    Seaweed contains iodide, so we are going to the sushi bar tonight. Purely for medicinal purposes, of course.

  14. 2011 March 15 5:33 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    11,12 LOL!

    Don’t know about CA markets, but you really have to look for salt WITH iodine here. It appears that iodine is not a required dietary ingredient by the mfr. Check your labels you might be surprised that it lacks it…

    Another childhood artefact that dies on the side of the road.

  15. 2011 March 15 5:35 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    My parents live 10mi from the Crystal River nuclear plant. The company sends iodine vials upon request to anyone in the county.

  16. 2011 March 15 5:43 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    taxes have consequences — http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/16/us-usa-florida-election-result-idUSTRE72F0EC20110316

    Miami-Dade mayor ousted in recall vote.

  17. 2011 March 15 5:49 pm
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    JustMary permalink

    We buy iodized salt already, and I have some here, but it is too negligible an amount to really help.

  18. 2011 March 15 5:51 pm
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    JustMary permalink

    Like I said, seaweed really is a good thing, you can even get dried nori paper and grind it up into a berry smoothie. The pills and drops are probably better though. There are effectively NONE on the shelves right now. NONE. I have called around, and gone to different stores. Unfortunately, people with hypothyroid need a type of iodine, and the supplies are being taken from them by folks looking to negate the radiation. Hopefully those folks have a supply on hand long enough to get through the demand.

  19. 2011 March 15 6:11 pm
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    JustMary permalink

    How high is the radiation in the TSA scanners?

  20. 2011 March 15 6:24 pm
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    mulletover permalink

    The TSA gropers are more of a concern.

  21. 2011 March 15 6:34 pm
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    justrand permalink

    mullet, especially when the TSA gropers grab my iodide! DAMMIT!

    Actually, we have recently acquired a stock of Jack Daniels, which appears to have anti-radiation qualities to it. We’ll let ya know!

  22. 2011 March 15 6:40 pm
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    mulletover permalink

    Don your lampshade and party like there’s no tomorrow.

  23. 2011 March 15 6:41 pm
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    mulletover permalink

    I wore a potted plant one time.

    I became what I wore.

  24. 2011 March 15 7:24 pm
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    janzam permalink

    Now, this was an amusing thread, especially with Justrand wanting to move in with drdog, and saving him some electricity. That was cute!

    No, I don’t have any iodine pills. But, like JM said I do have some dried seaweed in the pantry. Yuk, it tastes awful too!

    I can’t help but think the news is suspect, with too much hype. They talk about more radiation from a CAT scan than what is being experienced in Japan. I suppose if the concrete layer blows, along with the enclosed stainless steel one housing the rods, then there is something to worry about.

  25. 2011 March 15 8:28 pm
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    JustMary permalink

    Seaweed tastes fine with fish in it! It does have a funky taste alone though. Like I said, you can mask it in a smoothie.

  26. 2011 March 15 8:29 pm
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    JustMary permalink

    #21 Dijoo get my email with the new latest greatest drink?

  27. 2011 March 15 8:35 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    If the Japanese are following the GE specs for American manafacture then there should be a thick graphite basin. The idea being that the rods and all would pour out over the graphite bed spreading out. The graphite then moderating the chain reaction. Hopefully it won’t get to that.

  28. 2011 March 15 8:52 pm
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    retlaw permalink

    Well, let’s summarize Erkel’s modus operendi.

    Community organizers always have to try to set up a straw many to attack, vilify, put the blame on and then “lean on” to squeeze money from them. At the very least, Jessie Jackson and other community organizers have to take an real life existing situation and convince a mass of people with poor critical thinking skills that 1 + 1 =27.

    Gulf BP oil leak–Erkel goes into community organizer mode and focuses on a lawsuit and muscles BP into setting up a monetary “fund” rather than dealing with stopping the leak and protecting the beaches and the economy of the affected gulf states. Erkel wins.

    University professor in MA gets mouthy with police who were called by neighbor when they say two guys breaking into the house–Erkel goes into inner city, community organizer, anti police mode and says the police acted stupidly, showing how stupid Erkel was. (then has the famous “beer summit” at the White House to solve this international crisis). Erkel loses.

    Illegal immigrant tsunami continues unabated in SW U.S., AZ passes legislation to deal with it–Erkel goes into communtiy organizer mode and bashes AZ and supports the illegals as brothas from another motha who just want a better life (and implies the AZ people are all just a bunch of racists). Erkel loses.

    Rep. Giffords and others shot by a nut in AZ–Erkel goes to memorial service (packed with his robot supporters) and turns it into a political pep rally and tries to make bad buys out ot Tea party folks, Republicans, etc. Erkel gets 1/2 a win.

    Egypt, Libya etc., etc. all going to hell in a handbasket–Erkel can’t figure out how he can demonize some group there and get money out of them. Erkel loses.

    Japan earthquake, tsunami, multiple nuclear power plan mentdowns–Erkel can’t figure out how to blame George Bush for all of this; plus the only one he can think of to go after is GE and it’s CEO is his big supporter and butt buddy Jeff Imelt. ???

  29. 2011 March 15 9:10 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    Don’t forget —

    Erkel bad mouths SCOUTS in SOTU. Erkel health wet dream gets slapped by seasoned judge. Attempts delay. Gets slapped again. Erkel delays as long as possible before having to really kiss Alito’s ass. Erkel ultimately loses.

  30. 2011 March 16 3:45 am
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    19 – 10x the amount the TSA last admitted too they now say.

    fyi west coasters these
    numbers have yet to move
    since this whole thing started.

  31. 2011 March 16 5:07 am
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    justrand permalink

    KH, our radiation numbers haven’t moved…but our “Gullibility Index” is off the chart!

  32. 2011 March 16 5:35 am
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    TLS permalink

    And now on Drudge this morning, he’s taking the first family to Rio to go sight seeing. WTH? embarrassing, just embarrassing….

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