It’s not immediately obvious why Barack Obama is campaigning so hard to retain the presidency. He shows no interest in actually doing the work.
I know, I know, he likes the image of power. He may even like some aspects of the actual power. But the president’s most sweeping authority is not in tweaking the federal bureaucracy to engineer his policy preferences, it’s in the realm of foreign policy. But beyond killing off a terrorist here and there, this president is extremely reluctant to spend any time or effort understanding the world as it is, not as he wishes it to be. He has his narrative — the world loves me! — and he’s sticking to it.
He prefers football and Baracketology. He also watches a lot of baseball. Even while America loses what’s left of its influence in the Middle East, and a nuclear war may be in the offing.
Update: Here’s a poster to commemorate President Barack Obama’s fine leadership.