Has anyone else noticed how our I-will-not-rest president circa 2009 through 2011 has lately become the no-liberal-social-issue-left-behind insurgent campaigning to stop George W. Bush's fourth term? Perhaps President Obama can be excused for acting like the challenger rather than the incumbent given how little time he spends performing presidential duties.
Surf on over to the White House web site and click through President Obama's official schedule. On most days, Obama's calendar reads like the class schedule for a lackadaisical second semester college senior, not the agenda for chief executive of the world's most actuarially insolvent government bureaucracy. Today's 7:30 AM welcome to fellow members of the G-8 is most noteworthy for its irregularity. Usually, Mr. Obama eases into to his official duties--when he schedules any at all--in the genteel brunch to lunch timeframe. A morning person this president is not.
Let's take a look at the week just ending: President Obama had no official schedule on Monday. On Tuesday, he kicked off the day at 9:30 AM with the "Presidential Daily Briefing," the only one of the week. The calendar for Wednesday and Thursday? Empty. Nothing at all. Perhaps Mr. Obama was meditating on how to save high-paying middle-class green energy jobs of the future, or resting up for this morning's demanding 7:30 AM start. Whatever he was doing, it wasn't on the public schedule.
Last week was a tough one: no vacation days at all. However, the president certainly waited for the sun to warm up before showing at the office. On Monday, he started at 10 AM, Tuesday 9:40 AM, and Wednesday 10:45 AM. Thursday was a travel day, necessitating another early 9:40 AM launch. Air Force One conveyed the POTUS to the West Coast to collect some campaign cash. Friday's grind commenced at 1:15 PM with the return voyage to Washington, with the only "work" a brief stopover in Reno for more campaigning disguised as official business.
What does this guy do? Who is actually running the Executive Branch?
The start-up chief executives I know put in 60+ hours each week just coordinating the activities of a handful of people. Those managing larger enterprises work even harder.
One would think that a chief executive intent on enlarging the power of an already enormous organization would spend some time actually running it.
UPDATE: I just found this on youtube