Like it or not, the United States has always been looked to as a source of strength, support and leadership. Every president understands and accepts that responsibility, so it is disappointing and surprising that President Obama seems to take a low-key, almost disinterested, approach to serious world events, the latest being the horrific Brussels attack by ISIS.
He gave the obligatory “we will support” and “our hearts go out to the victims” comments but then chose to enjoy a baseball game in Havana, instead of coming home to at least give the impression that he perceived the attacks as a serious situation. When 135 innocents were murdered in the Paris attacks, he did not join world leaders in a show of solidarity. The day after the Benghazi attacks, he went to Las Vegas for three fundraisers. And let’s not forget the press conference after journalist James Foley was abducted and later beheaded in Syria was immediately followed by a game of golf.
This president can speak eloquently, but it is his actions that are being watched and questioned, not only by Americans but also by other nations worldwide.
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