Barack Obama is in that place….
He’s got the job….
He’s DOING the job….
and he’s auditioning for another 4 years….
That’s some balancing act….
Say what you may about Barack Obama ….
But he’s doing his thing….
Campaign fundraising last week in NYC….
Sleeping in his actual own bed in Chicago for the last two days…..
As I type this on his Airplane enroute to Mexico….
And by the end of the week he’ll be hanging out in New Hampshire….
President’s around the planet do the dance…..
Cause it comes with the job….
As President Obama left on Sunday for an international summit meeting in Mexico, the daunting array of overseas issues underscored the challenges for an incumbent who is trying to manage global affairs while arguing a case for re-election. Although American voters are not particularly focused on foreign policy in a time of economic trouble, the rest of the world has a way of occupying a president’s time and intruding on his best-laid campaign plans.
If anything, the dire headlines from around the world only reinforce an uncomfortable reality for this president and any of his successors: even the world’s last superpower has only so much control over events beyond its borders, and its own course can be dramatically affected in some cases. Whether from ripples of the European fiscal crisis or flare-ups of violence in Baghdad, it is easy to be whipsawed by events.
The trick for any president, of course, is in not seeming to be whipsawed, even as his challenger presents him as weak and ineffectual in shaping international events. If a president cannot stand tall in the world, the argument goes, he is not up to the task of governing in a complicated age…..Share on Facebook