It is a kindness to say that Barack Obama did not want to talk Libya. Obama has not really consulted with anyone in congress. Ya got a lot of ’splaining to do Barack:
“So when Obama takes the stage at the National Defense University at Fort McNair on Monday evening, there is a sense of urgency that he make an airtight case for his decision to intervene in Libya — and skeptics and supporters alike will also be looking for an endgame.”
Barack won’t be ’splaining from the Oval Office:
“An address from the Oval Office has at least three problems for President Obama. Among other things, it implies the nation is at war — and if there is one thing the administration is rather emphatic about, it’s that we are involved in a limited military action in Libya, not a war.
The president also is not great in an Oval address – few are. Tense and alone at the Resolute desk, reading off a teleprompter into a network camera while a few staffers and TV crew stand silently by — it’s an isolating, airless moment that does not always convey confidence.
There is also an unfortunate Saturday Night Live effect, with frankly unavoidable visual references to Fred Armisen. Not a winner for the White House, although obviously of minor concern.
“The Oval Office calls to mind too many other images,” said Stephen Hess, a presidential scholar at the Brookings Institution. “When you are going to war, you do the Oval — if you claim it’s not a war, you don’t.”
Obama tonight heads to National Defense University, a facility in Southwest Washington that provides higher education for the military. It’s a good spot — presidents use it from time to time as a backdrop for military-themed addresses. But it’s also not without potential problems.”
During the 2008 campaign Obama promised he would not sign laws until after they were up for public discussion for days. That promise was never kept. But one would have thought that his happy Hopium gobblers would have been told about war before war.
Tonight’s speech comes very late. Obama was on vacation in Rio.