First and foremost, Sandy is a tragedy and people need help. I honestly hope for this to become a competition between the candidates to see who can do the most good. People need assistance and with all partisanship aside, coming together as a country is truly what this nation needs.
However, what is a bit vulgar to me is the hypocrisy involved in President Obama’s response. Again, I am truly delighted to see someone, anyone in government do something productive. Although, it behooves this author to ask, “Barack, if you can move this fast to help people as your reelection reaches the final moments, why couldn’t you provide a level of ‘hands-on’ leadership the other 207 weeks of your presidency?”
On Tuesday, President Obama spoke to the Red Cross and discussed the resiliency of the American spirit. He noted,
“This is a tough time for a lot of people, millions of folks all across the Eastern seaboard, but America’s tougher. And we’re tougher because we pull together, we leave nobody behind, we make sure that we respond as a nation and remind ourselves that whenever and American is in need, all of us stand together to make sure we’re providing the help that is necessary.”
And for once, I actually agree with President Obama’s sentiment. What I take issue with, however, is that it comes from the man who has made a career out of helping to widen partisanship and has been instrumental in helping to divide America. His entire tenure as executive has been rooted in creating division, so to have this man posture as some great uniter of the people offends my senses, even if the sentiments are accurate.
Of course, most glaringly ludicrous about his comment is the notion that we “leave nobody behind.” While I certainly agree that that should be the policy, the Obama Administration shamefully left Ambassador Stevens and three others to fend for themselves by refusing to grant them the necessary security. Worse yet, after the attack on our consulate had begun, the Obama Administration refused the requests for back-up… Twice.
Furthermore, the day after the attack, Obama read a few words, claimed that they would get to the bottom of this (the political equivalent of “I don’t have time, I’ll deal with this later”) and then hopped a plane to Vegas. Now, as Americans need help, Obama is happy to show up to help anywhere there’s a camera, but the glaring contradiction still stands. Why was President Obama, through inaction, content to all but condemn American citizens to death, but now is eager to show the country how we pull together in a crisis?
As I said, I’m glad people are finally getting some long-absent leadership. It’s just sad that we couldn’t get any meaningful level of cooperation from the Oval Office in the previous four years. And win or lose, I won’t be holding my breath for a “hands-on” Obama come mid-November.