Over the past year, we have cringed at President Barack Obama's lack of a meaningful reaction to the attacks in Paris. Whether it was Charlie Hebdo, the Jewish deli, or the multiple attacks at the soccer stadium, restaurants and theater in Paris, Obama was noticeable by his casual reactions. He didn't bother to attend the march of world leaders in Paris in solidarity with the victims or even send his secretary of state. He referred to the Jewish victims of the deli attack as just "folks". So it is this week as the attack in Brussels has caused him to "interrupt" his trip to Havana and Buenos Aires in order to make brief statements and continue on. Whether it is doing the wave at a baseball game in Havana or doing the tango in Argentina, this man seemingly has no clue as to the optics involved.
All this week I have been pestered by Obama's gang (Organizing for Action) who want me to enter a raffle to hear James Taylor sing in Chicago. That, of course, brings back the recent trip by Taylor at John Kerry's side to Paris, where he serenaded Kerry and Francois Hollande with "You've got a friend". Just what the French needed in their time of grief and coping with deadly terror from ISIS. That was the best America could do.
"You've got a friend."
It seems that nothing will keep Obama from his theme that ISIS is a JV team. That's essentially what he said in Argentina-that "We are strong, and you are weak."
How inconvenient it was for Brussels to get in the way of Obama's trip to Cuba and Argentina. But he was bound and determined that it wouldn't. Oh sure, he had to take a few minutes and make a few statements about the tragedy, but then it was back to the ball game, getting his picture taken in front of an image of the great executioner, Che Guevara, followed by tangos and baby bifes in Argentina.
Of course, this is the same man who had to climb off a golf cart while on vacation, make an announcement about the beheading of American journalist James Foley, and then get right back on the golf cart to finish his game.
This is a man whose presidency has been marked by a few bursts of activity in passing bad legislation like bailouts and Obamacare followed by long periods of golf, fund raising trips to California, and more vacations. He is, in short, a lackadaisical president. As to Islamic extremists hell-bent on murder and mayhem in the West, he-in the words of Rhett Butler- frankly, doesn't give a damn.
And that will be his legacy.