November 5 2012

The President's Job

Carrie L. Lukas

Americans have a critically important decision to make tomorrow.  The next President will profoundly affect our national policies, which impact our economy and American life.

Yet sometime there seems to be a misunderstanding about what the President does on a day-to-day basis.  As if, the President is trouble-shooting all day and issuing directives that must be executed in real time.  This is simple not the case, nor should it be. 

Americans can get a more realistic sense of the President's day-to-day responsibilies by checking out the President's schedule.  Much has been made that the day after four Americans died due to a terrorist attack in Libya the President jetted off to Vegas to do entertainment TV and campaign events.  Yet the day of September 11 i(shown below) s just as telling. 

Not surprisingly, it was a day filled with ceremonies, and a pre-planned meeting with the Secretary of Defense.  Perhaps the last meeting was substantive, but Americans should note that there is nothing on here that should have prevented the President from giving his full attention as the attack unfolded in Libya.  Indeed, when America or America's interests overseas are under attack, it is one of the few times that the President is required to provide real-time guidance.  The idea that the White House and Administration was simply too busy with other matters or there was too much information coming in for them to make sense of that attack is, or should be, absurd.  With the tens of thousands of people who work for the federal government, surely there are plenty who are suppose to help isolate truly urgent information that the President needs to hear immediately.

The President has many responsibilities, but the primary one is as commmander in chief.  Americans should be very concerned when a President fails at this responsibility, or worse, seems that that's supposed to be his top concern in the first place. 

 

President's Schedule - September 11, 2012

8:45 am
The President and the First Lady observe a moment of silence to mark the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks
South Lawn
Pooled Press
9:10 am
The President and the First Lady depart from the White House to the Pentagon Memorial
Press Information
9:30 am
The President and the First Lady attend September 11th Observance Ceremony
The Pentagon Memorial
Press Information
11:30 am
The President and the First Lady return to the White House
Press Information
1:55 pm
The President arrives Bethesda, Maryland
Press Information
2:15 pm
The President visits the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Bethesda, Maryland
Closed Press
4:40 pm
The President departs Bethesda, Maryland en route the White House
Press Information
4:50 pm
The President arrives at the White House
South Lawn
Open Press
5:00 pm
The President and the Vice President meet with Secretary of Defense
Oval Office
Closed Press

 

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