Friday, February 7, 2014

The Hardest Working Man in Politics

Traditional, the President's day starts at 7:oo am, after all, in the Far East the day is done, in the Middle East our enemies are well into their mischievous ways (i.e. Benghazi), and our European economic partners and allies are 6 to 8 hours ahead of us are hard at work. It makes sense the president would be up early and briefed on the events of the world for the day.  

While Calvin Coolidge and Ronald Reagan were not known for being early risers, both where in the Oval Office long before 9am.  Lyndon Johnson stayed up late, drinking Scotch and pouring over intelligence to choose bombing targets for missions over North Vietnam, took a long nap midday and started all over again. George W. Bush was an early to bed, early to rise well briefed war leader.

Barack Obama? Well....

I have watched with interest the schedule of our dear leader Barack Obama. Rarely does his announced schedule ever show him at work before 10am. Here is a sample (typical), last weeks schedule showing first and last official events of the day as released by the White House, compliments of Keith Koffler.

Friday - 1/31/14 - 9:45 am - Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing - 2:00 pm  - Discusses State of the Union via Google+ Hangouts; Roosevelt Room
Monday - 2/3/14 - 10:45 am - Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing - 2:30 pm - Meets with Harry Reid
Tuesday - 2/4/14 - 9:45 am - Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing -12:40 pm -Lunch with Biden - 4:30 pm - Meets with the House Democratic Caucus; East Room
Wednesday - 2/5/14 - 10:45 am - Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing - 4:45 pm - Meets with Secretary of State Kerry
Friday- 2/7/14 - 9:45 am - Receives the President Daily Briefing - 10:30 am - Departs the White House - 4:50 pm Arrives White House
Now to be fair to Dear Leader, the times do not include morning whining about Fox News over his bowl of oatmeal, shaving Michelle's back or practicing his putting skills in the resident halls. Nor do they reflect  secret late night meetings with the NSA, IRS, meetings with lapdog media like Al Sharpton, or just mulling over important decisions like appointing Soap Opera producers to an Ambassadorship to Hungry.
Just to be fair.