On the eve of Memorial Day, The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer, who is down in the polls, decided to head over to Bagram Air Base to thank the troops there.
This was Obama's fourth visit to Afghanistan as president, but his first since winning re-election in 2012.
Good on him for going but…
Call me cynical. This is about the Veterans Administration scandal and crisis management on Memorial Day weekend.
One of the five rules of crisis management for leftists is to use the media and politics. So what we have here, in a nutshell, is a photo-op to prove he cares about our troops followed by a visit to Arlington National Cemetery to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns followed by a commencement speech at West Point later this week. No sir, there’s no political strategy at work here.
I noticed one curious thing while reading the reports of this “secret visit”. Ben Rhodes, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting, said in a CBS report that “the administration had been trying to plan a trip to thank the troops for some time, and the timing was good. The president did not meet with Karzai or candidates in order to avoid injecting America's presence into the ongoing election.” [Emphasis mine]
I say curious because, as we all know, the 2014 mid-terms are a mere five months off and the VA scandal stories keep coming.
Meanwhile CNN's John King, host of Inside Politics, sheepishly conceded:
"Forget for a moment that Republican outrage. More and more Democrats in key 2014 races are calling for the president to get a spine, they say, and fire his Veterans Affairs secretary. And what more and more Democrats are saying privately is scathing, calling the president and his team detached, flat footed, even incompetent.”
Noted media lapdog, Maggie Haberman further expounded, "That’s what strikes me, what Democrats are saying privately in the wake of the healthcare (dot) gov problems, they see a president who doesn't want to take command, doesn't want to act fast. Raising the competence question. Some Democrats, who believe in government, [are saying] this White House doesn't appear to have its hand on the lever. All of this adds up to somebody who just doesn't seem at all involved."
Egads Mags, ya think? Somebody call Captain Obvious.
Didn’t we recently learn “that the world seems to disappoint him?”