Everyone has heard, if even in passing, of Nero fiddling while Rome burned. It is a cliche, and the phrase instantly conveys the idea of a ruler so detached and consumed with himself and his pleasures that he is simply unable to respond to a crisis or even fulfill the normal demands of governing...until the whole place burns down around him.
That is our president.
A passenger plane carrying 295 innocent civilians, as many as 23 U.S. citizens, was shot down and our boy throws out a casual mention that it may be a terrible tragedy...and even that bullshit was qualified with "it looks like". WTF? It looks like it may be a terrible tragedy?
Mr. President, just what WOULD be a terrible tragedy, if this doesn't end up qualifying for one? Hmmmmm...?
Besides, as someone wrote (I honestly can't remember who), a plane crashing because of a mechanical malfunction is a tragedy. A plane being shot out of the sky by Russian separatists is an act of war. At the VERY LEAST it demands a response that conveys outrage and a firm resolve to seek justice for the murder of innocents.
This indecisive, bullshit, throwaway, I'll-know-more-when-I-hear-it-on-the-news-tonight comment does not, under any circumstances, fit into a 16 minute whining joke-and-bitch session about how Republicans are not letting our boy spend even more money.
The man is nuts. Stark. Raving. Nuts. Cookoo. Mad as a March Hare. CRAAAAAZZY!
But he's our nutty little professor. Isn't he?
I'm sure Putin is delighted that our little boy-toy president is fretting over whether this MAY be a terrible tragedy.
Who wants to take bets that not a single thing is done about this possible tragedy?
Not. One. Thing.
There are fundraisers scheduled, people! By GOD! The show must go on.