Last night on Fox News’s Special Report, Charles Krauthammer took the measure of President Obama’s news conference.
Apparently, things were happening in the world while Obama was on vacation. Now that he is back in town he called a press conference to show that he is the man in charge. At the least, he might have pretended to be in charge.
He did neither.
National Review summarized Krauthammer’s remarks:
“Look I thought that the president could no longer surprise me,” Krauthammer said. “I was wrong. He shocked me today. The President of the United States, in the middle of a real crisis, a few days after the beheading of an American, deliberately sort of spitting in the face of the country and demonstrating his cruelty, the president gets in front of the world and says, “I don’t have a strategy.” If that is true, don’t say anything. Why do you announce that you don’t have a strategy?”
But even worse than the president’s statement that he had no strategy to defeat the Islamic State, Krauthammer said, was his comment about Ukraine. Krauthammer summarized Obama’s comment on his strategy in Ukraine by saying Obama acknowledged that he had a strategy in Ukraine, which was “to do absolutely nothing.”
“He basically said, “We’re going to do nothing. I’ll wait until I chat with the allies next week.” I thought he had a phone,” Krauthammer said. “How about picking up the phone and talking with the allies? You know the phone is a way to communicate rather rapidly.” He went on to say Obama could have said today he would impose sanctions that have been discussed at great length. Host Bret Baier then chided Krauthammer for talking about a topic slated for the next panel discussion. Baier channeled Obama’s words from earlier today, saying that Krauthammer was “putting the cart before the horse,” to which Krauthammer responded, “But that’s because I don’t have a strategy.”
Obama is doing his best deer-in-the-headlights impersonation. Events are spinning out of control. He doesn’t have a clue. His vaunted foreign policy team doesn’t have a clue either.
The menace of ISIS has been looming for months, if not years. Now, Obama has figured out that he might need to have a policy.
Everyone joked about the “optics” of his golf outings. Apparently, it wasn’t all optics. Our president really has checked out.