Posted By Tom Blumer On March 4, 2014
We now know — even the Associated Press, better described as the Administration’s Press , has now acknowledged it — that President Barack Obama, in AP’s words , “did not participate” in a White House meeting of his national security team Saturday morning “to get updates on the situation and discuss policy options” in reaction to Russia’s invasion and takeover  of Crimea and threatened military intervention in the rest of Ukraine. Those who need help getting past AP’s whitewashing need to understand that “did not participate” means “did not attend.”
Last time I checked, the president of the United States was the nation’s commander in chief , the person who is supposed to be primarily responsible for the nation’s security and well-being in its relations with the rest of the world. He happens to live in the same White House where the national security meeting was held. PJ Media’s Bridget Johnson has noted  that Obama “had no public events on his schedule.”
What Obama apparently chose to miss was not a “3 a.m. phone call .” It was a daytime meeting at his own residence. It concerned a country whose guarantee of security, embodied in the 1994 Budapest Memorandum,  was confirmed by Obama himself  in December 2009.
Congress and the American people should demand to know exactly what could possibly have been more important than Obama’s attendance at that meeting. We all know that if a President Romney or George W. Bush had acted similarly, the press would already be demanding an answer for us, and quite properly so. Instead, we get the AP’s aforementioned indifference.
It gets worse. Obama was briefed after the fact  by a “national security team” led by none other than Susan Rice.
Five days after the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, which took the lives of U.S. Libyan Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, Rice went on the Sunday talk shows to claim that an anti-Muslim video inspired the “spontaneous – not premeditated ” attack. Just last week, in the face of overwhelming, irrefutable evidence  to the contrary, she contended  that “the notion that somehow I or anybody else in the administration misled the American people is patently false.”
Six months after it became obvious that the Senate would not confirm her  as the country’s next secretary of State, Obama rewarded Rice by elevating her  to her current perch as national security adviser. So the president’s chief informant has every reason to tell Obama things which would further his agenda, which may or may not coincide with an agenda consistent with the country’s security.
Is Obama’s real agenda different? There’s ample justification for believing that’s the case. In March 2012, he was caught on an open mic  telling then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he would have “more flexibility” to deal with contentious U.S.-Russian issues after that year’s presidential election. Perhaps part of that “flexibility” includes pretending to have a problem with a Russian return to de facto control of Ukraine while doing nothing about it. If so, no wonder Obama was a no-show on Saturday morning. Why bother coming downstairs to sit in on a meeting about something when the result is already a foregone conclusion? Maybe his 90-minute Saturday afternoon phone call with Russian President Vladimir was really a plea: “Slow down, guy, you’re going so fast that it’s making me look bad.”
Obama may also be porting his patented habit of disclaiming responsibility for anything negative that happens in his administration from stateside matters to international affairs.
He has said that he only learned of the IRS’s acknowledged  targeting of tea party , conservative , ballot box integrity  and prolife  groups in press accounts “while watching the news .” That’s a highly suspect copout, because  “the Office of the White House Counsel and its head, Kathryn Ruemmler, were told … that ‘a small number of line IRS employees had improperly scrutinized certain … organizations.’” Ruemmler had a clear professional duty to inform Obama of these developments. If she didn’t, and Obama was initially as upset about the scandal as he claimed to be  (now he says that there was “not even a smidgen of corruption ” at the IRS), why is she still on the job ? The more plausible explanation is that Ruemmler did inform Obama, and that he’s really okay with the IRS’s conduct — except for the getting caught part.
He was supposedly as surprised as everyone else at HealthCare.gov’s disastrous rollout, despite gigantic but ignored red flags  at Kathleen Sebelius’s Health and Human Services Department, and despite Sebelius’s “active White House presence  in the months leading up to the botched rollout,” because  “I don’t write code.”
Obama has adopted reducing income inequality as a personal crusade, even as it has worsened  since he took office though after holding steady  during George W. Bush’s administration. Judgment-impaired energy-loan debacles are just “bad luck .” Record Federal Reserve-funded  budget deficits occur because the Republican House won’t pass even more tax increases . It’s the same song and dance with the deadly Fast and Furious scandal, the NSA’s spying on Americans, and Attorney General Eric Holder’s pursuit of journalists as criminals.
Obama’s passive posture and his gutting of the military  appear designed to remove the U.S. from having any meaningful role in world affairs. The overwhelmingly likely deterioration in worldwide democratic conditions would then be something he would say he was powerless to reverse.
Article printed from PJ Media: http://pjmedia.com
URL to article: http://pjmedia.com/blog/president-not-present/
URLs in this post:
 the Administration’s Press: http://pjmedia.com/blog/the-administrations-press/
 in AP’s words: http://bizzyblog.com/APonObamaDidNotParticipate030214at317am.html
 invasion and takeover: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/02/world/europe/ukraine.html?hp&_r=0
 commander in chief: https://www.senate.gov/civics/constitution_item/constitution.htm#a2_sec2
 has noted: http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2014/03/01/obama-misses-national-security-meeting-on-russian-invasion-of-ukraine/
 3 a.m. phone call: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yr7odFUARg
 the 1994 Budapest Memorandum,: http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Ukraine._Memorandum_on_Security_Assurances
 by Obama himself: http://zik.ua/en/news/2009/12/04/207367
 briefed after the fact: http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-skips-national-security-team-meeting-russia-ukraine_783659.html
 spontaneous – not premeditated: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/09/ambassador-susan-rice-libya-attack-not-premeditated/
 overwhelming, irrefutable evidence: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2539034/Top-secret-Benghazi-documents-prove-Obama-administration-knew-terrorist-attack-minutes.html
 contended: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/23/us-libya-usa-rice-idUSBREA1M0ZJ20140223
 would not confirm her: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/susan-rice-withdraws-as-candidate-for-secretary-of-state/2012/12/13/17ad344e-4567-11e2-8e70-e1993528222d_story.html
 elevating her: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/06/05/susan-rice-to-replace-donilon-as-national-security-adviser/
 caught on an open mic: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/26/us-nuclear-summit-obama-medvedev-idUSBRE82P0JI20120326
 acknowledged: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/sep/17/report-irs-staff-acutely-aware-tea-party-antipathy/?page=all
 tea party: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/02/12/IRS-Targets-Tea-Party-and-Conservative-Non-Profits-for-Audit
 conservative: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303426304579401513939340666?mg=reno64-wsj
 ballot box integrity: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2014/02/07/true-the-vote-president-catherine-engelbrecht-slams-irs-abuse-weaponizing-of-government-n1791240
 prolife: http://dailycaller.com/2013/08/01/documents-irs-targeting-of-pro-life-groups-continues/
 while watching the news: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2327008/Aide-President-Obama-learned-IRS-scandal-watching-news.html
 because: http://dailycaller.com/2013/05/20/theres-no-way-obama-is-telling-the-truth-about-when-he-learned-of-the-irs-scandal/
 he claimed to be: http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertwood/2013/05/15/angry-obama-says-irs-chief-resigned-other-heads-may-roll/
 not even a smidgen of corruption: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/02/02/transcript-bill-oreilly-interviews-president-obama/
 still on the job: http://legaltimes.typepad.com/blt/2013/12/ruemmler-delays-departure-as-white-house-counsel.html
 gigantic but ignored red flags: https://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/politics/2013/October/Experts-Saw-Red-Flags-Ahead-of-Obamacare-Rollout/
 active White House presence: http://nation.foxnews.com/2014/02/15/18-visits-sebelius-what-did-president-obama-know-and-when-did-he-known-it-botched
 because: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obama-id-fix-healthcaregov-myself-but-i-dont-write-code/
 has worsened: http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/bobbeauprez/2014/01/27/inequality-worsens-under-obama-reaches-historic-high-n1785150/page/full
 holding steady: http://alineofsight.com/IBD%201-27-14%20Income%20Gap.jpg
 bad luck: http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Green-Economics/2011/0926/Solyndra-bankruptcy-what-went-wrong
 Federal Reserve-funded: http://www.cnbc.com/id/49180320
 more tax increases: http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/02/21/5589189/obamas-latest-budget-drops-social.html
 gutting of the military: http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/02/what_gutting_the_us_military_means.html
 Taliban: http://www.firstpost.com/topic/place/afghanistan-a-look-inside-taliban-run-madrasa-training-next-generation-o-video-AUFl39lgVZo-31-7.html
 al-Qaeda: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/al-qaeda-is-morphing-not-on-the-run-intel-chiefs-say/
 Chinese: http://realtruth.org/articles/131213-002.html