On Thursday, 26 members of Congress were invited to participate in a conference call with administration officials on the situation in Syria. White House National Security Advisor Susan Rice tweeted that she, along with Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, met with members of Congress by phone. But President Obama did not participate in the call. Obama did, however, find time to meet with Magic Johnson.
“I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would be in a working meeting with the smartest and most powerful leader in the world,” Johnson said of Obama.
“Working side by side with the President on getting America back working is bigger and better than the 5 NBA Championships I won,” he said in another tweet.
Johnson also said he met with Obama, Valerie Jarrett, other White House staffers and “some very smart people.”
“Great meeting! Thanks, Magic,” Jarrett said in response.
Twitchy said that Johnson is “apparently taking the place of the now-disbanded President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.”
A post at Weasel Zippers excoriated Obama for skipping the call while meeting with the basketball star..
“You cannot conduct foreign policy like a political campaign, and just dial in fancy rhetoric. Even if you can buffalo your supporters, you cannot fool the rest of the world,” the blog said.
The post also said that Obama “apparently skipped out on another meeting on Syria Tuesday night to meet with the family of Trayvon Martin, among other things.”
According to the Daily Caller, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama plans to to hold “robust consultation” with Congress and the president may address the American public.
“The president believes it is important to have a dialogue with the American public,” he said.
The White House maintains that the Assad regime is responsible for a chemical attack against hundreds of Syrians and the use of those weapons against Syrian citizens is in the national security interest of the United States.
On Thursday, the British Parliament voted against action in Syria, but it appears Obama is willing to “go it alone” if necessary, and has deployed a fifth warship to the region.
- Obama weighing two-day military strike against Syria
- Poll: Only 17 percent see President Obama as a strong military leader
- Ted Cruz: Will Obama do background checks before giving arms to Syrian rebels?
- President Obama fiddles as the world burns
- Reporter to WH: ‘Doesn’t there come a point where you have to make a decision?’
- UK paper asks: Is Barack Obama the weakest President in history?
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