Driving the Day: Indecisive Lack of Engagement

When Members of Congress head home for a Congressional recess, the media tends to focus almost exclusively on the President of the United States.  Not only does he have the bully pulpit, but he’s the only game in town during a recess.  Typically, this is when presidents recreate the media narrative to their advantage through strong, decisive leadership.

With President Obama, however, things are a bit different.  Moments of leadership have been few and far between.  The lack of leadership poses many problems, not only for our country but also for a President who is gearing up his reelection efforts.

Today, an editorial Pittsburg Tribune-Review (you know, in that important state of Pennsylvania) rebuked the President for his lack of leadership:

Saturday last, when not giving his weekly radio address on the critically important issue of Women’s History Month, Obama was playing golf — reported to be the 61st round of his presidency — joking that it was not “playing” at all but an “investment.”

That was fast on the heels of his riveting summit on “bullying.”

The sentiment exists inside the beltway, too.  This morning, Politico’s Mike Allen reports that more than 50 Senators will send a letter to the White House urging the President to take a more active role in the budget negotiations.

Beyond FY2011 funding decisions, we urge you to engage in a broader discussion about a comprehensive deficit reduction package.

They are urging the President to “engage.”  Not leading is one thing, not engaging is another.  That fact that the President is not ENGAGED in one of the most serious challenges our country faces – our exploding debt – is beyond comprehension.

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