Welcome Instapundit Readers!
One could say that of the many factors contributing to Barack Obama’s victory in 2008, perhaps the most important was that he came across as calm during the market meltdown in the midst of the presidential campaign while his Republican rival appeared erratic. But, maybe his calm demeanor was not that of a leader showing he could keep his cool in a crisis, but a of man with little ability to show emotion, a man who was somewhat detached from his fellows and their difficulties.
As long as the difficulty doesn’t impact him personally, the president maintains his cool facade.
Sometimes, when he tours areas which just experienced a disaster, it appears he’s going through the motions, visiting the town and talking to the people not because he feels their pain (to borrow an expression of his most immediate Democratic predecessor who really could make it appear that he did), but because this is what a president does. Or, perhaps, he’s just not as media savvy in such situations as was Bill Clinton.
But, then there’s this. Just moments after honoring those who gave their all for our freedom on Memorial Day, he heads off for the golf course for yet another round. I don’t begrudge him his leisure and grant every president should enjoy some recreation on his days off, but did Mr. Obama consider how it might appear if he headed off for the links on the day when we’re supposed to be honoring those who died in this nation’s service? Maybe he just thinks the media will cover for him.*
These thoughts came to mind as I caught this post on Instapundit. Glenn links a post on Powerline where John Hinderaker, commented on Michele Bachmann’s observation about the president’s apparent absence of empathy:
That Barack Obama is without a clue when it comes to the economy is no revelation, but that he lacks empathy–traditionally a Democratic refrain–is a bold and interesting twist. The fact is that Obama does often seem to be weirdly detached from the problems he ostensibly is trying to solve.
Read the whole thing. When it comes to the economy, Obama doesn’t seem as engaged as he was during the push to overhaul our nation’s health care system. (more…)