A Tired, If Not Weary, Obama Comes To Joplin Today

Later today, after finishing the NATO summit in Chicago, Mr. Obama will touch down at the Joplin airport and soon thereafter speak to graduates of Joplin High School.

But he will no doubt arrive here tired, what with urging NATO on Sunday that there are still “great challenges ahead” in Afghanistan and,

Just as we’ve sacrificed together for our common security, we will stand united in our determination to complete this mission.

Yeah, well, France’s new president says he will get his troops out by the end of this year, almost two years ahead of time, and other NATO honchos are feeling the domestic pressure to get out, too.

As for Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai, he said he can’t wait until his nation is “no longer a burden” to those nations who still care.

Meanwhile in Afghanistan:

Earlier this month, the Taliban announced the start of their annual spring offensive. On Saturday, a suicide bomber killed at least 10 people, a number of them children, at a checkpoint in the eastern province of Khost.

And so it goes.

On Saturday at the Camp David G8 summit, President Obama tried to be the pro-growth wind beneath the wings of world leaders, many of whom have advocated austerity or have had it thrust upon them.

Here’s the lede and more from the Associated Press on the gathering of the planet’s economic elite:

Confronting an economic crisis that threatens them all, President Barack Obama and leaders of other world powers on Saturday declared that their governments must both spark growth and cut the debt that has crippled the European continent and put investors worldwide on edge.

There’s now an emerging consensus that more must be done to promote growth and job creation right now,” Obama proclaimed after hosting unprecedented economic talks at Camp David, his secluded and highly secure mountaintop retreat.

That “emerging consensus” of promoting growth and job creation “right now” doesn’t include, of course, the Republicans in Congress, who are hell-bent on starving the economy of much-needed stimulus, just when it would be relatively cheap to borrow the money (interest rates are low) and when the money would do the most good (there are signs of life nearly everywhere).

Republicans have an election to win, you know.

And so it goes.

Mr. Obama, after a weekend of prodding world leaders to focus on economic growth and to keep NATO’s eyes on whatever the prize is in Afghanistan, will, when he arrives in Joplin later today, have a much easier task: tell high school graduates in a tornado-ravaged town why they are lucky to be FEMA-blessed Americans.

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  1. ansonburlingame

     /  May 21, 2012

    Any President must be able to handle many issues all the time. As well he has a considerable staff, like about 2 million federal workers to help him do so. So I don’t feel sorry for a “tired President”. I expect any President to be “on his game” whenever he speaks publicly.

    Whether a President is attempting to inspire world leaders or high school graducates in a small midwestern city, that is ultimately his job, to inspire and lead people regardless of their age, gender, “status” etc. I suppose that is why it is called a “bully pulpit”. And again I do not feel sorry for any President when he uses such a platform, a very powerful platform.

    Rather it is what he says anytime he enters that pulpit that matters to me. I will be there tonight for my grand daughter but as well will listen carefully and respectfully to what the President has to say.

    Whether I will be inspired, challenged, disgusted, or whatever all depends on what the President says.

    Clearly he fell short at the NATO Summit to convince the new President of France to “stay on board until the end”. And my bet is he fell short in inspiring the Chancelor of Germany to open up those loan portfolios.

    Now my grand daughter and I and a lot of others in Joplin will be on the receiving end of the President’s remarks. I hope for the best and actually expect to hear a great speech.

    I’ll for sure be posting a blog tomorrow with my own perception of his remarks. My grand daughter will probably be sobering up, however. I would be if I was graduating from HS. But BOTH of us will remember for the rest of our lives who spoke at her graduation.

    Thanks for coming Mr. President and we all look forward to what you have to say.



  2. Well stated, Duane.


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