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It's a Long Way Down

I understand that quick quips about weird stories — like the President’s press conference pullback — are why people come to VodkaPundit. And yet, two days of silence. That’s not entirely true. On the Tony Katz Radio Spectacular on Friday afternoon, I did manage to quip that apparently Obama feels that “the business of the nation can wait, but Michelle can’t,” or words to that effect.

But here on the blog? Silence. And this doesn’t happen often, but I was just too taken aback to write anything worthwhile. Here with the explanation is Roger L. Simon:

But there is a bigger reason not to gloat. We are stuck with this odd duck for another two years at minimum and now everyone, the entire world really, knows what he is like. They also know, if they have been paying the slightest attention, the etiology of his behavior: the man never had to face serious adversity until he was elected POTUS. And now he can’t deal with it. He’s the very model of Harry Truman’s famous advice about getting out of the kitchen if you can’t stand the heat. Obama was out of the White House briefing room the second he realized he was being outclassed by Clinton. And, boy, was he ever!

We need a leader and don’t have one. This is extremely bad news for our country, especially now.

This is exactly right, and I want you to read it again — “the entire world, really.” There is no longer any denying the (wee tiny) measure of the man. That is, we can’t deny it any longer. But I submit to you the rest of the world has understood for quite some time.

Here’s just some evidence:

But wait, there’s more.

Even the president’s domestic allies have caught on:

I could go on — and on and on and on — but it’s clear that after an initial, six-month honeymoon, the rest of the world had President Obama tagged as a man in over his head, and without enough wit to tread water. When Bill Clinton threw him a line Friday afternoon, Obama at last noticed his own predicament, and quickly scurried away and out of sight.

But given our weakened economy at home and standing abroad, Simon is scarily right to say that “we need a leader and don’t have one.” One possible solution would be to invoke the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad Section 4 of the 25th Amendment — giving us Acting President Joe Biden. Section 4 was ill-conceived and hastily written in the aftermath of JFK’s assassination. And if a lack of leadership is our problem, invoking it now would be a case of jumping out of the frying pan and into the shark-infested molten lava without so much as your towel.

So with that, I’m going to tune into the Sunday shows and see what they can do with the weekend’s big story. But first I need to make a Bloody Mary the size an oil drum.