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June 25, 2013 - 4:37 am

There are those on the right who say President Obama is curiously detached from the unfolding Snowden drama:

Conservatives say Obama’s posture in the case provides further evidence of a commander in chief whose credibility abroad has declined and who shrinks from presidential leadership at moments of international crisis, including in response to last fall’s attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

“Nobody’s afraid of this guy,” said former George W. Bush administration adviser Eliot A. Cohen, who argues that Obama should have personally stood up to Chinese and Russian officials. “Nobody’s saying there are any real consequences that would come from crossing him — and that’s an awful position for the president of the United States to be in.”

But then there are those on the left who say… well, that Obama is curiously detached from the unfolding Snowden drama:

Administration officials have not detailed any actions that Obama has personally taken to bring Snowden to justice, saying only that he has set the administration’s strategic direction and has been briefed regularly by his national security staff.

Unlike other crises, the White House has not distributed any photographs of Obama and his advisers monitoring Snowden’s movements in the Situation Room or calling foreign leaders from the Oval Office. All known communications between U.S. officials and authorities in Hong Kong, China and Russia have been made by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and other underlings, although a senior administration official said Obama could become personally involved at some point.

But I say that the time for inaction is over. I call on the President to personally direct himself and some buddies to at least nine holes of golf, and perhaps a weekend at Martha’s, to be followed by a multi-deca-million-dollar tour of Asia or one of those places.

Stephen Green began blogging at VodkaPundit.com in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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I remember a time when the President of the United States was derisively called a "cowboy" by the world's leaders. But they never dared to cross him because everyone knew he'd do something, and no one wanted to be the one to personally find out what it might be. I'd rather have a cowboy in the Oval office, than a dope-smoking, know-nothing, professional vacationer.
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Obama is curiously detached from everything but his golf clubs.
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Feckless.
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I'm sure Obama is working really hard while on vacation. He wants to make sure his handicap is better by the time he leaves office.
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And "the mooch" and their evil spawn get a $100 million vacation on the taxpayer dime! Ain't royalty wonderful! When do we buy them a dacha on the Black Sea?
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Barry is doing what he usually does. He ducks and hides until it is safe to come out to claim credit for something or it is safe to come out to avoid responsibility and say " me ? I didn´t know anything about it ."
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And at least one bow to a foreign leader
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