Obama's 3 am Moment|
February 1, 2011
One of the issues raised in the run-up to our last presidential election was the
question "Which candidate is best qualified to handle a '3 am moment'?" America
now has a partial answer. It isn't President Obama.
Last Friday was Day 4 of the ongoing protests in Egypt, where tens of thousands
Egyptians took to the streets to demand the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. As
the situation reached
a flash point
, with a mounting death toll and Egyptian tanks in the streets
of Cairo, President Obama maintained his silence. Well, not quite. He did Twitter,
Around noon Friday, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs issued a 22 word statement on Twitter
: " Very concerned about violence
in Egypt - government must respect the rights of the Egyptian people & turn
on social networking and internet". The White House also informed the media that
Obama had received a 40 minute briefing on the situation. Phew!
After the US markets tanked Friday, a full 4 days after the beginning of the Egyptian
crisis, Obama finally addressed the nation. As usual, our president first absolved
himself of any blame, stating that if only Egypt had instituted the reforms Obama
had been suggesting for the last 2 years, the crisis could have been averted. He
then went on to make a bold statement about human rights, "...and the US will stand
up for them - everywhere." Period.
By Saturday, the uprising in Egypt had spread to other countries
, with waves of Arab protests in
Tunisia, Jordan and Yemen. Saturday night, Obama partied. "The Washington A-List
was out in force Saturday night at the farewell party for
senior adviser David Axelrod, with a roster of guests featuring Cabinet secretaries,
big shot journos and Obama."
On Sunday, with the protests turning into a conflagration, the only word from the
White House was that Hillary Clinton, our Secretary of State, was heading to Haiti
to "mediate the political crisis." That's
Meanwhile, the only information available to Americans comes from talking heads
and the few journalists not hung-over from Saturday's rollicking good time at the
White House. The only "official" information so far from the White House was Joe
Biden's statement on Day 3 of the protests. Joe said that President Hosni Mubarak
should not step down. He then proceeded to downplay the protests spreading across
the Mid East as generally unconnected.
The world is left wondering what position America, the world's former superpower,
will take. The only stance our administration has taken to date is a generic plea
for an end to the violence and the oft-repeated call for human rights. Meanwhile,
the world teeters on the brink as a global crisis with profound geopolitical
implications for the U.S. continues to unfold.
Obama's 3 am moment has come. And gone. Obama was noticeably AWOL. America is now
officially bereft of leadership, at least until the latest polls come in.
Under Obama's leadership, the US has voluntarily ceded its authority as the world's
super power. After all, according to Obama, all countries and cultures are equal.
America's voice should be but one of many. This is now becoming a reality. Egypt
continues to burn. And Obama parties and Twitters by proxy. Welcome to the new world
Morgan is a columnist and news editor
for conservative news site
She lives in South Carolina
This article was first published
American Thinker on January 31, 2011
Article may be reprinted, with attribution