France offers formal recognition to the rebel government of Libya. Egyptians begin to turn on each other. Bombs explode in Baghdad. Wisconsin rises in revolt. Energy prices soar. Republicans threaten to shut down the U.S. Government. Congressman Pete King spreads fear of home-grown Muslim terrorists. President Obama practices tossing an Australian football with that country’s Prime Minister, Julia Gillard.
What’s wrong with this picture?
Either the normally savvy White House media machine is having a bad week, or the President is as detached from world events as some of his critics say he is. Take today, for instance.
The White House “photo of the day” features Obama holding four-month baby of William Jawando, deputy associate director of public engagement, in the air.
Even worse: the White House email that featured the baby has "Commander-in-Cute" in its subject box.
That’s way too cutsey for me.
Meanwhile, the president and first lady today hosted the first-ever “White House Conference on Bullying Prevention” to “address the challenges posed by bullying.”
The conference drew about 150 people who heard the president declare “bullying is not just a harmless rite of passage or inevitable part of growing up.”
That may be true. The world, however, would rather hear whether the U.S. is going to put a no-fly zone over Libya or tap its strategic oil reserve, than advice from Obama on how to stick up for yourself against a bully.