Their View: Obama’s outrage misplaced

Conservative political columnist Michelle Malkin offers this view of President Obama's reaction to American deaths in Libya:

Wazzup, President Obama?

You've got room on your schedule to schmooze hip-hop radio DJs, debate Nicki Minaj's rap lyrics and hobnob with big donor celebs Jay-Z and Beyonce.

We see your passion on the golf course. We see you late night on Letterman and Leno. We see your boundless energy on the campaign trail.

But when it comes time to play leader of the free world in times of international crisis, we see a president who's all swag, no cattle.

I was flabbergasted by Obama's bloodless Rose Garden appearance following the planned two-part 9/11/12 jihadi attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. They resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

Late as usual, the president ambled up to the podium teleprompter-less and spent most of his fleeting 5 1/2-minute appearance with eyes downcast on his script.

Obama delivered a flat, obligatory tribute to the murdered Americans. And then he read these words, drained of any iota of outrage, as if reading a local weather forecast:

"The United States condemns (pauses, looks down) in the strongest terms (pauses) this outrageous and shocking attack (monotone). We're working with the government of Libya to secure our diplomats. I've also directed my administration to increase our security at diplomatic posts around the world."

Detached, diffident, aloof and resigned, America and the world saw a eulogizer in chief, not a commander in chief. It was as if something more important were occupying his mind at the time.

And it was. Soon after, Obama scurried onto a plane to Las Vegas where he turned quickly back to the central business of getting himself re-elected.

If only Obama had mustered half as much energy and outrage at the homicidal Islamic plotters in Benghazi as he shows in his tirades against the Tea Party, conservative talk radio, Fox News, House GOP budget reformers or GOP presidential rival Mitt Romney.

Unsigned editorials are the opinion of the Clovis Media Inc. editorial board, which includes Publisher Ray Sullivan and Editor David Stevens.

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