Obama skips national security meeting on Ukraine: What, another happy hour?

by Tom Tillison | March 3, 2014 3:20 am

PresidentObama‘s national security team met Saturday on the escalating crisis in: Ukraine, minus one key player – the president.

Time Magazine political reporter: Zeke Miller: posted a tweet suggesting that Obama skipped the meeting and opted instead to be “briefed” by: his: national security adviser,: Susan Rice,: according to The Weekly Standard[1].

The tweet followed an email from a: White House: official who said the team met to discuss the situation in Ukraine. Miller tweeted:

Obama did not attend the meeting, but WH official says he has been briefed by Susan Rice and his national security team.

– Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) March 1, 2014[2]

It’s bad enough that Obama was: calling for happy hour[3]: as Russian tanks rolled into Ukraine on Friday, but to skip a national: security meeting: in the face of the “uncontested arrival,” as U.S. officials are calling the action, is pretty bold.

A Republican president would be crucified by the media for such behavior, but a different standard seems to apply to Obama, who skipped his daily intelligence briefing the morning after the terrorist attack in Benghazi to go to aLas Vegas: fundraiser.

To be fair, the president did have “a testy exchange” Saturday in a 90-minute phone call with Russian President: Vladimir Putin, according to the Washington Post.

As expected, Twitter users did not hold back in their reaction to Miller’s tweet, saying:

[email protected][4] did susan rice blame video? Or the talking points

— Dave Carney (@granitewinger) March 1, 2014[5]

@ZekeJMiller[4] Where was he briefed, on the 10th tee?

— JWF (@JammieWF) March 1, 2014[6]

@ZekeJMiller[4] Obama didn't attend the meeting on Ukraine situation! Beyond irresponsible! Was he on the golf course, at happy hour, Vegas?

— anne cink (@annecink) March 2, 2014[7]

I feel safer already knowing Susan Rice is defending America! @ZekeJMiller[4]

— Janie Johnson (@jjauthor) March 2, 2014[8]

This post was used with the permission of Bizpac Review[9].

Endnotes:
  1. according to The Weekly Standard: http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-skips-national-security-team-meeting-russia-ukraine_783659.html
  2. March 1, 2014: https://twitter.com/ZekeJMiller/statuses/439861221287002112
  3. calling for happy hour: http://www.bizpacreview.com/2014/03/01/after-russia-invades-ukraine-speech-obama-declares-official-happy-hour-with-democratic-party-103856
  4. @ZekeJMiller: https://twitter.com/ZekeJMiller
  5. March 1, 2014: https://twitter.com/granitewinger/statuses/439864869752303616
  6. March 1, 2014: https://twitter.com/JammieWF/statuses/439870324679913473
  7. March 2, 2014: https://twitter.com/annecink/statuses/440074615272898561
  8. March 2, 2014: https://twitter.com/jjauthor/statuses/439980328078176257
  9. Bizpac Review: http://www.bizpacreview.com

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