Ed Morrissey is dizzy with trying to figure out which would have been worse: President Obama meaning the snub to Brown and Great Britain, or that it was apparently just a by-product of the administration's inability to run the country. Me, I'm too busy being appalled that there are supposedly functional adults in the Democratic Party that thought that saying the below would help. Read the whole thing, but only if you think that both your head and the wall will survive the pounding that you'll be giving the latter with the former:
Barack Obama 'too tired' to give proper welcome to Gordon Brown
Barack Obama's offhand approach to Gordon Brown's Washington visit last week came about because the president was facing exhaustion over America's economic crisis and is unable to focus on foreign affairs, the Sunday Telegraph has been told.
Sources close to the White House say Mr Obama and his staff have been "overwhelmed" by the economic meltdown and have voiced concerns that the new president is not getting enough rest.
You see, I don't give a tinker's dam if you're feeling overwhelmed. I could care less if your stress levels are elevated. If I came across you puking in the White House toilet from the nervous tension, my only response would be to flip the switch that turns on the fan before I went to find another bathroom. That's because you wanted this job that you now have, and if you didn't know that it was a killing job then you should have asked somebody. 2.5 years apparent aging for every one on it; that's the cost of being POTUS. A look at before-and-after pictures of Bill Clinton and George W Bush should have driven the message home for you. In short, you have no excuse, and my sympathy is zero.
So, instead of sending out people to whine for you about how you can't get your head above water, ask yourself: are you prepared to hack it anyway? If you are, then shut up and do it. If you aren't, do the country a favor and quit. God help me for saying this, but if you can't do the job give it to Joe Biden; he can't do the job either, but at least he's not too proud to beg for help.
PS: Find the person who made that statement to the Telegraph, thus embarrassing the country, myself, and (least importantly) yourself. If that person works for you, fire that person. Fire that person filthy.
Right after you fire this idiot:
The real views of many in Obama administration were laid bare by a State Department official involved in planning the Brown visit, who reacted with fury when questioned by The Sunday Telegraph about why the event was so low-key.
The official dismissed any notion of the special relationship, saying: "There's nothing special about Britain. You're just the same as the other 190 countries in the world. You shouldn't expect special treatment." The apparent lack of attention to detail by the Obama administration is indicative of what many believe to be Mr Obama's determination to do too much too quickly.
Because there's going to be a post-Obama era someday, and I'd quite like there to be something to work with in it when it comes.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.