Jim Geraghty is beating the same drum on the Morning Jolt.
So if the Ides of March 2011 or some day shortly thereafter is destined to be remembered as one of the decade’s darkest days, in which the winds shifted in a bad way and a radioactive cloud headed toward one of the most densely populated corners of the planet . . . well, if I were in Obama’s shoes, I wouldn’t want the history books to say, “That day, the president of the United States was taping his NCAA Tournament picks on ESPN when he was notified of the tragedy.” I’m not saying the president has to spend the whole day furrowing his brow over maps of Japan. I realize our government is already sending help and we have limited ability to do much more. I’m just saying that at a moment of crisis, it probably would be wise for the leader of the free world to set aside one of his wackier and lighthearted annual rituals. Tone matters. Ask Gilbert Gottfried.
It’s also worth recalling that the immediately preceding president was demonized endlessly, for A) continuing to listen to a teacher read My Pet Goat after being informed of the 9/11 attacks, refraining from causing a panic among children before him; B) holding a guitar, somehow showing he ignored Hurricane Katrina C) saying “now watch this drive,” supposedly showing he was lazily golfing while the War on Terror raged. In other words, our friends on the left already established the standard that a president dare not be seen doing anything less than fully appropriate focus while a crisis is occurring, anywhere in the world.
Get that? My Pet Goat: bad – if it’s Bush… fine if it’s DUDE. Disgusting.
This is a rare case where I think (hope?) that even our resident liberal trolls will admit that a Republican president in the same situation would be utterly destroyed by the media for wasting time on something so inane as NCAA brackets at a moment of global high anxiety.
Look the problem is not that Obambi fills out the damed thing. It’s that he shows such indifference to real problems and the lamestream media gives him a pass. It’s the utter hypocritical double standard that is so infuriating.
But then again, picking March Madness Brackets isn’t above his pay grade…