Let’s imagine that America is invaded by aliens. They vaporise Congress and melt down the Statue of Liberty. What does Obama do? He hits the campaign trail.
“It’s time for the Martians to pack their bags and leave the USA!” he tells screaming crowds at a university event in Boulder, Colorado. “I won’t negotiate, or retaliate – I’m just gonna stand here and wait until they go away!” Barbra Streisand sings the national anthem; Kal Pen tells a gag about flying a UFO while stoned. “Thank you Mr President for supporting the rights of gay people to marry,” Eva Longoria says as the intergalactic hordes of Thraaag storm over the horizon firing their ray-guns at liberal students.
“Dare to hope, America! Dare to hope!”
That’s what Obama does in the middle of any crisis. He doesn’t confront events head on like a mature leader should – particularly a mature leader in the middle of his second term with no more elections to run in. No. Obama goes out and campaigns. And he’s doing it right now.
Aptly spoken, and although this article is two weeks old, the observation is timeless.