I just had a thought. There's already a Vegas version of the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and the Luxor pyramid. Why not a White House casino and entertainment center? It could include Obama animatrons making speeches, apologizing to Islamists, bowing to Arab royalty, and holding beer summits. Well, back to the topic.
Where better to mourn the death of four Americans and plan foreign policy than at a fundraising hip-hop event in Las Vegas? According to another stellar performer, Michelle Obama, the president doesn't need to be at the White House for major world events. She knows that The One dwarfs Thomas Jefferson in intellect and ability to absorb huge amounts of written material without any assistance. So having an encyclopedic knowledge of everything, including national security issues, can be done just as easily in Las Vegas as in Washington DC.
At the rally in Vegas, Barack Obama, foreign-policy-master-in-chief, said a few kind and dour words about the crisis in the Middle East, then joined the crowd in mutual chanting: “We love you.” “I love you.” “No, WE love You.” “No, I love YOU!” I haven't seen that much professed love since I accidentally wandered into the middle of a love-in in San Francisco in the 60s. Much finger-pointing at each other, and big grins and cheers. Apparently the crowd decided the crisis in the Middle East was already over. So did the Big Guy.
President Obama has attended fewer White House daily briefings than any former president in a comparable period of time. But he doesn't need to. The White House staff says that The One doesn't need to waste his time meeting with his national security advisers for the Presidential Daily Briefing (PDB) because “he is one of the most sophisticated consumers of intelligence on the planet.” They took their lead from statements Obama himself made earlier: “I think that I'm a better speechwriter than my speechwriters," Mr. Obama told Patrick Gaspard, his political director, at the start of the 2008 campaign, according to The New Yorker. "I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I'll tell you right now that I'm going to think I'm a better political director than my political director.” Advisers? I don't need no stinking advisers!
That's one of the things I like most about Barack Obama. His modesty. As president, he doesn't need to participate in security briefings because he's so damned smart. Just like he didn't have to participate in any learned treatises while he was the editor of the Harvard Law Review. He doesn't need to communicate with others. He just knows. As the First Lady aptly pointed out, “he doesn't need to meet with the advisers because he reads every word, every memo, so he is better-prepared than the people briefing him.” Then she added “This man doesn't take a day off.” She forgot to add “except when he's golfing, loafing on Martha's Vineyard, surfing in Hawaii, or rapping in Las Vegas.”
Obama and his gang still seem to think that the Middle East riots are being caused by a half-assed video re-released on the internet in Jihadistan just before 9-11 (2012, not 2001). Maybe the daily briefs and memos were accidentally left behind at the White House (along with his advisers), so he hasn't read them all. It's hard to totally absorb a security brief that you haven't seen yet.
President John F. Kennedy once addressed a White House dinner honoring Nobel Prize laureates by saying that the dining room was filled with the greatest collection of human knowledge and talent in history, except for when Thomas Jefferson dined there alone. Well, move over JFK, you never got a load of Barack Obama.
Obama will return briefly to the White House (probably to devour all those national security briefings and ready his plans to save the world), and will then move on to the UN in New York for the latest gathering of cutthroats, dictators, international bureaucrats, and Islamist women's rights advocates. He has such a busy schedule that he simply won't be able to squeeze in a meeting with our only democratic ally in the Middle East, Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel. After all, as soon as he's done with the UN gang, he has to rush to the CBS studios to meet with his other national security adviser, David Letterman.