Friday, October 02, 2009
A Presidential Trip That Should Have Never Been Made
Another boneheaded move by this Administration. Once again, the advisers for this President seem to be on vacation. It's either that or, as I have suggested before, they are afraid to tell Obama "No".... when they realize something isn't a very good idea. I don't want to believe that these folks are as clueless as they appear to be. That's a little too scary.
This immediately jumped out at me as a bad idea when it was announced a few days ago that President Obama would make the trip. Yes I know other heads of State were there, but this was a first for a U.S. President. This just wasn't the right time for this.
There are just too many pressing issues here at home. From a PR standpoint, I knew this wouldn't look good. And I knew that he was once again providing Republicans with a gift wrapped reason to go after him.
To the average American who is one paycheck away from homelessness, who is hungry, unemployed or under-employed, someone who has lost their home or who is about to lose a job, this trip makes Obama appear out of touch with reality and insensitive or indifferent to the suffering of people in his own back yard......folks who are barely surviving (like me). It makes him appear more concerned about Chicago....than the Country. It gives the appearance of a pursuit of selfish interests. While the unemployment rate is just under 10%, he's in Copenhagen pushing for the Olympics? It just seems a little out of step to me.
He will probably take a noticeable PR hit after this.... bigger than his Gates-Gate flop, and bigger than the idiotic 747 flyover above Manhattan. And he will be taking this PR hit when he can least afford it.
And of course the media will play this up as a big flop.... but Obama sets himself up for this time and time again. It just unbelievable to me.
Posted by Brian at 9:34 AM