Sometimes I think that the Vice President and the President spend as little time in each other’s presence as possible and now I think maybe that even their speechwriters avoid each other as much as possible too, because they don’t ever seem to be on the same page.
Here’s a recent example:
At the end of August, President Obama gave a speech in which he denied that the world was anymore problematic than usual (despite all evidence to the contrary) and that really it was just the media making it seem like everything was worse.
“The world’s always been messy … we’re just noticing now in part because of social media,” he said, according to a White House pool report.
“If you watch the nightly news, it feels like the world is falling apart,” said Obama.
The president acknowledged that conflicts in the Middle East posed difficulties, “but it’s been challenging for quite a while,” he said.
“We will get through these challenging times just like we have in the past,” Obama added.
– The Hill
Now he might have actually had a point if he had been talking about the fact that crime in the United States or something of that nature, but the fact is that the current situation in the Middle East is quite a bit worse than the problems that are normally there. Add a large case of Ebola, the situations in Ukraine to that and the world is actually a lot messier than normal, but it’s not as if I’m surprised that he has trouble dealing with the facts.
After all, this speech was just his way of pushing the blame away from himself again.
“Oh, the world is always this bad, don’t blame me, blame the media for talking about this stuff too much!”
Of course the real issue is the statement that Vice President Biden came out with just a few days ago.
“This has all led to a number of immediate crises that demand our attention from ISIL to Ebola to Ukraine–just to name a few that are on our front door–as someone said to me earlier this week, the wolves closest to the door,” Biden said.
“The international order that we painstakingly built after World War II and defended over the past several decades is literally fraying at the seams right now.”
The vice president slammed Russian President Vladimir Putin for stifling the sovereignty of Ukraine and sparking further chaos.
– Free Beacon
“The world is fine!”
“The world is fraying at the seams!”
Someone needs to get these two in a room so they can decide which of these tacks they are going to be taking, because honestly this is beginning to make it seem like the President and the Vice President don’t ever talk to each other at all.