"This is a scheduling issue. The president will meet with Secretary of State Clinton this afternoon. We will have something to say out of that meeting. If possible, the President will speak this afternoon or tomorrow."
- New White House press secretary Jay Carney, speaking on the Presidents lack of response to the crisis in Libya.
I sat and paused over this commentary today. Nine days without any Presidential response since this Libya mess has started.
Then it hit....there's likely a calendar for the President and he can only respond to events in the world like this except the 2nd Tuesday or the 4th Thursday in each month. The rest of the month is spread out with other important observation dates circled (NFL comment day, medical care comment day, Egypt day, eat low fat food day, pumpkin day, Ford F-150 day, aggravation day).
It's hard to be President and continually come up with brilliant or witty comments. I'm guessing three guys are hired on and spend most of the day watching TV (Jeopardy, X-Files, and Animal Planet)....hoping to find witty things to perk people up and give them enthusiasm over the administration.
I don't think we should knock this method. There are three hundred events each week that occur, and you just can't expect the President to have something to say over stuff like this. In the old days...when Taft or Hoover were around....you were lucky to get eight comments a month....so with modern technology....you need to appreciate what you get today.