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Thursday, September 27, 2012

If Obama's so sure he's winning, why is he campaigning so much?

I'm trying to recall another American President who has been this shameless about prioritizing his own reelection ahead of the good of his country. I can't recall anyone.

With the United Nations General Assembly in New York City this week, President Obama spent less than 24 hours in the Big Apple, and his first trip was to an interview with The View (Hat Tip: Jennifer Rubin). 
After landing in New York Monday afternoon, the president headed straight for a sit-down -- not with visiting leaders, but with the ladies of "The View," for an interview to air tomorrow.
Last year at the U.N. General Assembly, President Obama held 13 one-on-one meetings with major leaders. 
But this year diplomacy is taking a back seat to campaigning, despite a worsening civil war in Syria, rising tensions between Israel and Iran, and the recent attack in Libya.
In the president's absence, it was Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who met with Libya's president Monday, as well as the presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
"The president and the Libyan government have been staunch partners to the United States," Clinton said.
The View's Joy Behar quipped that 'Obama would rather talk to me than to Netanyahu.' Not everyone is amused.
“Obama is being bashed for doing the View instead of meeting world leaders,” Behar, a co-host of The View and outspoken liberal comedian, tweeted. “Maybe he’d rather talk to me than Netanyahu. Ever think of that?” She also tweeted a photo from Obama’s appearance on the show, which she described as a “lovefest.”
Behar was referring to the fact that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will, for the first time, visit the United States but not have a personal meeting with President Obama. Reports have suggested that the Obama turned down his meeting request, but the White House has denied that claim.
What's most amazing about this is the way that the media is wall-to-wall. I thought a free press was supposed to be one where different points of view gain exposure. Sadly, the large media outlets are clearly in Obama's corner - including rigging poll results to make people think that the President is winning.Trust me, if Obama really thought he was winning he wouldn't be running from one campaign appearance to another like a chicken with its head cut off.

This could yet be another Dewey v. Truman election - if only the media doesn't convince the Romney supporters to stay home.

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