These days, it takes quite a bit to surprise me when the topic is President Obama. This though, this did just that. And not in a good way.
President Obama addressed the crisis in Japan briefly today, as he was in the middle of something at least as important, if not more so. Was he consulting with world leaders on how to deal with the situation in Libya? No. Was he trying to talk to the major oil-producing nations in efforts to control the erratic cost of one of our most necessary resources? Nope. Okay, well since he wasn’t doing either of those things, surely he was visiting with U.S. troops abroad, keeping their spirits high and reinforcing the importance of their mission. Right? Well…not exactly.
He was talking about filling out NCAA basketball tournament brackets with Doris Burke from ESPN. This is not a joke. Our President’s message:
“One of the things I wanted to do on the show was, as people are filling out their brackets — this is obviously a national pastime; we all have a great time, it’s a great diversion. But I know a lot of people are thinking how can they help the Japanese people during this time of need. If you go to usaid.gov — usaid.gov — that will list all the nonprofits, the charities that are helping out there. It would be wonderful for people to maybe offer a little help to the Japanese people at this time — as they’re filling out their brackets. It’s not going to take a lot of time. That’s usaid.gov. It could be really helpful.”
I really, truly, have no idea on where to even begin addressing the incredible (negative) scope of that statement. Tens of thousands of citizens from a country we hold as a dear ally are DEAD, and many, many more will suffer the same fate soon. In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, leaders the world over (for the most part) were expressing sorrow, reassurance, and assistance to the American people. They dropped what they were doing and made it their priority to make sure the United States would recover, even if only through words. We lost approximately three thousand of our countrymen that day, and a few years later, when a major tsunami hit Indonesia and over two hundred thousand people lost their lives, President Bush did a hell of a lot more than give lip service, in passing, to a website where concerned Americans could donate to the relief efforts. Now, present day, we have this wholly incapable, aloof, callous, self-centered community organizer focusing on writing on a piece of paper for a fantasy game (one of our “national pastimes”) instead of trying to even pretend to be concerned with any one of the dire situations facing the world, nay, even facing our OWN COUNTRY! “It would be wonderful for people to maybe offer a little help to the Japanese people at this time” he says. Yeah, and it would be wonderful for people to maybe pull their heads out of their asses next November and offer a little help to our Constitution and give some hope to proud Americans across the nation.