Friday, March 18, 2011

Obama Finally Speaks on Libya This Afternoon, Pissing Off University of Texas Fans In The Process

Well, my dad was one of them, when the Golfer/Vacationer-in-Chief decided to (finally) speak on Libya this afternoon, right before the University of Texas vs. Oakland University basketball game ended.
Did President Obama wait until the University of Texas-Oakland University NCAA basketball game was out of reach before making comments on the situation in Libya?

At 2 PM today, President Obama was scheduled to comment on Libya. 2 PM came and went without Obama, and there was no word from the White House on why there was a delay.

Finally, at around 2:20 PM, President Obama gave his brief remarks.

One of the three TV sets in the SportsNewser office was tuned to CBS, where a great game between Oakland and Texas was underway…

This got us thinking: was President Obama or his staff waiting for the game to end, or at least become out of reach, before making the statement on Libya?

As it happened, Obama ended up making his remarks right as the game became more or less unwinnable for Oakland, with Texas securing an eight point lead with about 30 seconds left to play.

CBS stations across the country–including those in San Francisco and Austin–went to a split-screen, with half the screen carrying the remarks, and the other half carrying the end of the game (see above).

There are actually a number of reasons why the President would wait on the game before making the remarks.

The biggest is that he wants the largest possible audience to see it, and there were no guarantees that CBS–which probably has the most viewers of any network at 2 PM today– would carry the comments if the basketball game was close.
His speech was a whole lotta nothing, showing how much of an empty suit he is. The United States, under the Chicago Jesus, is now a follower instead of a leader.

Then, it was off to Rio. All that golfing, Final Four picking, and partying calls for a break, while pressing matters in the United States and the world can wait.

Related: Hillary's "fed up" with the incompetence of The Regime and says she's leaving after this term. When she asked who do you want answering the phone at 3AM, she wasn't joking.

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