Today’s New York Times headlines: “Amid Assurances on Ebola, Obama Is Said to Seethe.” Said by whom, one wonders. The answer is as you would expect:
“It’s not tight,” a visibly angry Mr. Obama said of the response, according to people briefed on the meeting. …
“He was not satisfied with the response,” a senior official said. …
Senior officials said they pushed Mr. Obama to name an Ebola coordinator….
At the meeting on Wednesday, officials said….
Administration officials insist….
“It’s not that people aren’t doing anything,” a senior official said.
So the Times story is basically a plant by the Obama administration. Multiple “senior officials” have bent reporters’ ears, trying to put the administration in the best possible light with regard to the ebola fiasco. No doubt they were confident the newspaper would act as their mouthpiece, reporting the administration’s spin as news.
Readers of the Times are assured that President Obama is not as lazy and incompetent as he appears:
Administration officials insist the president has been deeply engaged since late August….
Those frustrations spilled over when Mr. Obama convened his top aides in the Cabinet room after canceling his schedule on Wednesday.
This was Obama’s workaholic schedule for last Wednesday, as reported by the White House:
That’s our Barry, laboring tirelessly on behalf of the people. But hey, that wasn’t all that the president canceled:
Within hours, White House aides canceled a planned trip by Mr. Obama to Connecticut and New Jersey. Hours later, Thursday’s trip to Rhode Island and New York City was also scrubbed.
The Times doesn’t mention that those were all fundraising trips. The sacrifices a president has to make! It’s not just the president, either; the aides who sat for interviews with the Times want us to know that they, too, are overworked:
In the days that followed, Mr. Obama carried on as usual while his aides gamely added Ebola to their bulging portfolios.
You have to be game to be a White House aide!
But the administration doesn’t just want us to know that Obama is on the case. The main point of this spin exercise is that Obama is really, really angry. So angry that he “seethes.”
[T]here is a deepening frustration, even anger, with how the government has handled key elements of the response. …
“It’s not tight,” a visibly angry Mr. Obama said of the [administration’s] response [to ebola]….
People briefed on a cabinet meeting said Mr. Obama was angry at the Ebola response.
So we got that: Obama is angry. Is he angry at himself? Has he looked in the mirror and realized that incompetence starts at the top? Of course not. Obama has never in his life taken responsibility for anything:
At the meeting on Wednesday, officials said, Mr. Obama placed much of the blame on the C.D.C…..
And yet, even the sycophants at the New York Times can’t help noticing a pattern:
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and its arrival in the United States, is the latest in a cascade of crises that have stretched Mr. Obama’s national security staff thin. As the White House scrambled to stop the spread of Ebola beyond a handful of cases, officials were also grappling with an escalating military campaign against the Islamic State, the specter of a new Cold War with Russia over Ukraine, and the virtual disintegration of Yemen, which has been a seedbed for Al Qaeda.
We are experiencing a cascade of crises on the domestic front, too. Barack Obama must be the unluckiest president ever. It’s a good thing he still has the press running interference for him, or there is no telling what might happen.