by  Deroy Murdock columnistThe Marietta Daily  Journal
October  02, 2012 01:11 AM
(Note: Word Warrior is on vacation this week. Please enjoy this guest column)

Concerning the fun parts of his job, Barack Obama resembles the Energizer Bunny.  If there are crowds to wow, entertainers to schmooze or donors to pitch, Obama  is Johnny on the spot. Too bad Obama’s sparks stop flying when it comes time for  the serious, heavy lifting of the presidency.

This phenomenon’s most  chilling example involves Obama’s national security-related presidential daily  brief (PDB). As the conservative Government Accountability Institute calculated,  and Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen first reported Sept. 10, Obama  attended only 43.8 percent of his daily briefings between Jan. 23, 2009 (three  days after his inauguration) and May 31, 2012. Available nearly every day, the  briefing allows the commander-in-chief to hear directly from top intelligence  professionals about the latest threats to U.S. safety. These experts are on hand  to answer questions, hear suggestions and otherwise help Obama foil America’s  enemies.

But Obama has had higher priorities.

According to the  institute’s data culled from the official White House calendar and’s news coverage of that schedule, Obama chose to skip his daily  briefings and, instead, simply read his briefing book. This is a bit like  studying one’s chest X-rays at home while spurning a radiologist’s offer to  interpret them and answer pertinent questions.

In this sense, Obama  quietly reviewed his national security X-rays alone during 56.2 percent of the  time the institute analyzed. Obama missed 61.6 percent of these briefings in  2011.

Obama skipped his briefings between last Sept. 4 and 11, the  entire week before the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya suffered an Islamic  terror attack that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, technical  officer Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods.

Who knows if a briefer’s classified utterance, or a particularly astute  question from Obama, might have triggered tighter security in Benghazi and,  perhaps prevented the murders of four Americans?

Even worse, as Thiessen  reports, Obama postponed and eventually skipped his briefing on the day after  these planned and deliberate assassinations. This liberated Obama for a truly  indispensable responsibility that day.

As American embassies burned  brightly throughout the Islamic world, Obama jetted off on Air Force One for a  campaign fundraiser in America’s least solemn city — Las Vegas.

At last,  three days after the Benghazi bloodshed, and nine days after his previous  briefing, Obama sat still for a proper briefing Sept. 14, the White House  schedule shows. Perhaps the scrutiny of Thiessen and other critics finally has  inspired Obama to attend his briefings with the regularity of his  predecessors.

Obama last week met with exactly zero world leaders at the  United Nations General Assembly, not least of them Israeli Prime Minister  Benjamin Netanyahu, who wants to stop Iran from redecorating Jerusalem and Tel  Aviv with mushroom clouds. Obama found time, however, to serve as “eye candy” for Whoopi Goldberg and the cast of “The View.”

Obama has shirked his  domestic obligations, too. He reportedly has held just two Cabinet meetings this  year — on Jan. 31 and July 26. While claiming to be totally focused on reducing  naggingly high unemployment, Obama has not met with his Jobs Council since  January. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney explained, “The president’s  obviously got a lot on his plate.” This has included a $38,000-per-plate  fundraiser at the Manhattan home of actress Sarah Jessica Parker and golf, of  which Obama has enjoyed some 104 rounds as president.

Obama’s dereliction  of duty would be bad enough if he were a latter-day Eisenhower: a  well-respected, perhaps feared, world leader enjoying prosperity at home and  peace (or at least a manageable Cold War) overseas. Instead, Obama grows  increasingly comical, the domestic economy languishes, and the American flag has  become an alternative fuel source across the Middle East. Nonetheless, Ike Jr.  parties like it’s 1959.

Perhaps Obama has devolved from president to  slacker-in-chief in an elaborate display of empathy for America’s 12.5 million  unemployed.

With so many citizens not working, Obama may reckon, why should  he?

Deroy Murdock is a columnist with Scripps Howard News  Service.

Read more:  The Marietta Daily Journal – Barack Obama The Slacker in Chief


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