Obama scapegoats his kids
Barack Obama's habit of blaming others for the failures of his presidency has reached a new low. In an interview with Jessica Yellin for CNN's "State of the Union" show, Barack Obama was asked why he did not do more outreach to Republicans during the past four years.
One of the reasons, he answered, was "because he wanted to spend more time at home with his kids and family"(hat tip: Breitbart News).
So now it is his wife and daughters who get the scapegoating treatment. They will join the club; ATMs, Republicans, George Bush, the tsunami, the EU financial troubles, The Arab Spring, "lazy" and "soft" Americans, and so on and so on.
No one begrudges a President (or anyone) who wants to spend time with their wife and children. Barack Obama's own upbringing has probably left with an indelible and admirable feeling regarding the importance to children of having a father at home. Indeed, he has publicly addressed the importance of having such a family structure for inner-city children.
But, on the other hand, Americans have come to expect Presidents to devote a lot of time to fulfilling their responsibilities and not to seek excuses when they fail to do so.
Furthermore, it sounds quite off-key. He has already said that he is confident about his daughters' futures; but what of the futures of other children?
Some may interpret that he is putting the interests of his own daughters over the concerns of the hundreds of millions of Americans (many of them also have children) who are looking for leadership (bipartisan) from the White House. Parents across America are also concerned about raising their children and having the money to make their budgets.
Any employee who gave that answer at work to his employers-hey, sorry I failed in my job, but I wanted to have fun with my wife and kids-would be shown the door.
He should have known when he began his campaign the job of a President was demanding.
It does not reflect well on him that he cast some blame, in a sense, for his inability to meet with GOP leaders (and Democratic ones, as well) on being a father. He has not met with Paul Ryan, who chairs the House Budget Committee, for over a year. Couldn't he spare some time from his schedule to do so over a very important issue? Ryan is a workout buff; perhaps they could have bonded while exercising.
He could have cut some time off the courts and the links to meet with other leaders to chart the course for the future-without sacrificing time with his family.
He should have.