President Barack Obama, celebrating a friend's birthday on Wednesday night, partied up a storm in swanky Martha's Vineyard. He ate, drank and shook his presidential groove thing to some righteous tunes, man. The partying, the vacation, the location and especially the dancing has many up in arms and truly angry.
Look, presidents are allowed to let loose, to let their hair down every so often, so what's the big deal?
Well, everyone will talk about optics and describe how this appears and how things look or may be perceived. That isn't the problem. The problem lies not in how things appear, but in how things really are.
President Barack Obama looks down the fairway while golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. President Obama is staying on Martha's Vineyard for what is expected to be a two-week summer vacation. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Down in Ferguson, Missouri there is a total social and civil meltdown. Racial tensions are high and the continual escalation of matters, by both the protestors and the police, is reaching a very dangerous level. The takeover of the situation by State Police will hopefully calm things down, but this is a powder keg that can, and already has spread to many other cities.
Granted, the president hasn't always made things better when he involved himself in local matters (paging the Cambridge police) but we'll leave that aside for now.
Iraq and Syria are in full meltdown mode as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria continues their rampage across borders. The Yazidi people are absolutely a concern, but so are the mass killings and even crucifixions of both Christians and Shiite Muslims. Perhaps even more concerning is the fact that our intelligence agencies apparently don't even know much about this group that has washed Iraq and Syria in blood. An enemy you do not know is an enemy you cannot fight effectively.
Israel and the Palestinians have been embroiled in yet another flare up of conflict that doesn't appear to be stopping anytime soon. Patchwork peace agreements for one or few days seem to be violated almost as soon as the agreement is reached. Though Egypt is working again to try to broker a longer lasting peace deal, the two sides look far too apart to reach one.
A picture taken on July 3, 2014 in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod shows an 'Iron Dome' battery, a short-range missile defence system designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ
Our Border Patrol agents are being told to “let as many people go as possible” as the criminal immigrants continue to flow over our southern “border.” Those with prior criminal records are also being released and the children that have come over in response to this administration's policies will be flooding our schools across the nation, straining budgets and resources everywhere.
Russia and China have agreed to use their national currencies in trade agreements which would bypass the dollar; Russia and Egypt are getting cozy after a recent major arms deal offer; the situation between Russia and Ukraine is once again heating up; Russia and Cuba have reunited; Russian bombers continue to probe our defenses (noticing a trend here?); and our relationship with Germany is on the rocks after our espionage on them was revealed.
Those aren't optics. Those are real situations and real issues that face us right now, and they are not going to resolve of their own volition.
[sharequote align="center"]By dancing at a lavish birthday party, he is saying he is content with how things stand right now.[/sharequote]
The president, by staying on vacation and dancing at a lavish birthday party, is saying that he is content with how things stand right now. After all, if he wasn't, then he would be using his precious time to hopefully bring about change.
But for now, let's set aside the criticism and the righteous indignation, no matter how deserved it is, and let's do something that is rarely done anymore – let's give the president the benefit of the doubt.
Maybe there was a perfectly good reason for his dance marathon the other night. While the White House may struggle to actually come up with one, I, in my wonderful generosity, have come up with 10 possibilities that they are free to use.
Mr. President, Josh Earnest, you're welcome.
1. Michelle would not let him eat dessert until he got some exercise in, and dancing is a great way to do that!
2. The National Security Agency had his table bugged and he had to hold high level, super secret meetings on the dance floor. Duh.
3. Dancing? He wasn't dancing. That is a fabricated scandal spun up by Republicans to try and distract voters during the midterm elections. Republicans put the party above the country, hate women, minorities, the earth, babies, puppies and ice cream. There is no “there” there.
4. Hillary Clinton showed up and kept trying to hug him.
5. The president was working on his flexibility for Russia. Who knew he meant it physically...
6. George Soros told him to.
7. He didn't even know about all of those things going on. The president won't find out about them for at least a few days when he will see it in the press.
8. He had a Dance Dance Revolution competition with Valdimir Putin the next day and needed to practice. Winner gets Edward Snowden.
9. This was the roll out of a sub campaign for Let's Move – Let's Dance!
10. He had a secret bet with Vice President Joe Biden that he could dance longer than the Palestinians could honor a peace agreement.
See, that wasn't so hard! While these excuses may be ridiculous, it isn't much less absurd to see our president dance the night away while the world burns down around him.
Feel free to tweet your favorite reason to the White House!
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