President Barack Obama has a peculiar way about handling national and world crisis. As the old saying goes, “While Nero fiddled, Rome burned.” That analogy has been his way from the beginning of Obama administration in 2009. Tuesday’s baseball game in Cuba instead of returning to Washington to lead the free world after the Brussels attacks and dancing the tango in Argentina the very next day, showed a clearly oblivious and/or uncaring leader of the free world concerning the plight of one of American’s longest allies. This sort of foreign policy behavior cannot bode well for former secretary of state and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in election 2016.
Here are a few examples of past Obama “let them eat cake” incidents: When American journalist James Foley was beheaded by ISIS (Obama played golf), terrorists in Benghazi killed four Americans (Obama flew to Las Vegas for a fundraiser), Paris was attacked by ISIS insurgents (Obama did not attend a meeting in the aftermath with world leaders in Paris) and San Bernardino was rocked by an ISIS cell living under the authority’s noses (Obama called for stricter gun control on law-abiding Americans rather than condemn radical Islam).
Wednesday, the president came under bitter attack for performing the tango and taking in other pleasures on his visits to Cuba and Argentina. All of this tourist-like pleasure amid the deadly terrorist attacks in Brussels. Like so many other times, the cry of the nation is where is our president?
While Brussels was reeling from a tragedy that, for the size of Belgium, is equivalent to our own 9/11, President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were cajoled into taking the dance floor with professional tango dancers at a state dinner hosted by Argentine President Mauricio Macri. What must leaders of the European nations think of this? For that matter, what is the president thinking of this blatantly embarrassing behavior by a sitting president during a world crisis?
David Gergen, a political commentator who has worked for both Republican and Democratic administrations summed it up best. “Right now, we’re not winning against ISIS. We have reduced the amount of territory in Syria and Iraq, but they’ve expanded elsewhere. We learned through The Associated Press that they trained up 400 fighters to go through Europe,” he said.
Gergen continued, “Under those circumstances, I would tell the president that when you gave your speech in Cuba, the 38-minute speech and you only gave a few seconds to Brussels, you brushed it off. When you go to a baseball game it looks frivolous. Restraint does not equal leadership when you are under attack,” he added.