How bad do things have to get before Barack Obama pauses from the campaign trail and actually acts like a president of the United States? Even on the day following the attacks in Egypt and Libya, Obama was hobnobbing and collecting campaign cash.
As noted in the Washington Post last week, Obama went from giving a speech about the Americans killed in Libya to a fundraising event in Las Vegas.
After briefly referencing the events in the Middle East, Obama quickly pivoted to his usual stump speech, laying out the choice he says Americans face in this election. On the one hand is the option of going backward, he said, to less regulation of Wall Street, lower taxes for the wealthy and what he described as a failed belief that success at the top trickles down to the middle class. He then outlined his own vision — to go “forward” and continue investing in education and infrastructure.
After Las Vegas, Obama was off to Colorado for another campaign stop.
The night after the first murder of an American ambassador in more than three decades, President Obama flew to Vegas for a campaign stop. The next day, he was rallying a crowd in Colorado. The campaign continues to make plans for swing-state visits next week in Ohio and Florida.
Yet as more information emerges indicating the attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, may have been a coordinated terror strike -- Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is the latest to declare it a "terrorist attack" -- some are questioning whether the president is acknowledging the severity of the situation.
And when the bodies of the four Americans killed in Libya were returned to the United States on Friday, what did Obama do that night? He collected $1.4 million for his campaign.
The event Friday night, at a private residence in the nation’s capital, attracted 35 donors who each contributed $40,000.
The event capped a day marked by the return of the remains of four Americans killed in Benghazi, Libya, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. The president attended the ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base.
Life also goes on as usual on Barack Obama's twitter account, which is not focusing on the turmoil in the Middle East or the fallen Americans, but rather campaign issues and merchandise. As the coffins were being unloaded, Barack Obama tweeted: "Winter is coming, but these sweatshirts are perfect for fall."
Just what does it take for him to act like a president? Sweatshirts over solemn ceremony. That just about sums it up.