I suppose he could have done it earlier - notify Congress that we're at war with Libya - but in fairness to Obama, he's got kind of a full plate.
He's been so busy making deals to buy more foreign oil (from Brazil) and sabotaging domestic production efforts that he just couldn't be bothered to drop Congress a note on what he has planned - if anything - in Libya. And as far as keeping the American people informed, well there are soccer games to be played with Brazilian youth, parties to attend, speeches to make and...well, you know the drill. Sad to say, our president is not a multi-tasker. In fact, he isn't much of a uni-tasker either but then, what do you expect from someone who has played golf 61 times in a little more than 2 years on the job?
Amidst claims by members of Congress that they were insufficiently consulted, and ensuing White House pushback, President Obama Monday officially notified congressional leaders that at "approximately 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, on March 19, 2011, at my direction, U.S. military forces commenced operations to assist an international effort authorized by the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council and undertaken with the support of European allies and Arab partners, to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe and address the threat posed to international peace and security by the crisis in Libya."
The notification was part of the president's "efforts to keep the Congress fully informed, consistent with the War Powers Resolution," but given complaints from both Democrats and Republicans in Congress, and the fact that the war started two days ago, it had the effect of a rather discomforting "While You Were Out..." note.
That about covers it. But are we really surprised that when it comes to the law, Obama is less than eager to take it very seriously?