I'm not sure the President understood what Rahm was saying. Or maybe he just wasn't listening. In any case, Obama has followed crisis after crisis by stubbornly doing what he has always done. The day after the military attacks on the CIA compound in Benghazi that left four Americans including our Ambassador to Libya dead, Obama flew off to a fund raiser. And he spent the following weeks and months lying and denying – 'nothing he hasn't been doing all his life.
When Edward Snowden broke the NSA scandal in June 2013, Obama's response was to deny any knowledge of government spying and to fly off for an extended vacation on Martha's Vineyard. 'Nothing new there.
And in July 2014, when the VA Scandal was heating up, the President predictably denied any knowledge of the situation, denounced the people involved, and flew off for 15 days of golf on Martha's Vineyard.
The current ISIS crisis is a prime example. I don't blame the President for his reluctance to admit that he himself created the crisis by arming ISIS in Syria and by precipitously withdrawing US troops from Iraq, but I do blame him for dithering and denigrating ISIS as a junior varsity team even as they were decapitating Christians, children, and members of the Iraqi Army.
And even after his advisors forced him to take action, it has been half hearted and slip shod. Five or six air strikes a day on an enemy spread over 30,000 square kilometers is like spitting on a forest fire. Hitler's Luftwaffe launched 500 bombers a day to bomb England for eight months straight in 1940-1941 – and he still failed to break the will of the British people.
Of course Hitler didn't play golf.
The tragic truth is that Obama doesn't care – or, more likely, he's so ignorant of the realities of the job he's been given that he doesn't know enough to be concerned. He really believes that the primary duties of the President of the United States are to play golf, throw sumptuous White House parties, and take lavish vacations at the taxpayer's expense.
"After all, what good is it being emperor if I have to work? Or if I have to think? And didn't I appoint all those czars to actually handle the dirty business of running the government? What more do you people want from me?
"Sheesh! You guys are enough to raise a man's handicap."