Barack Obama is America’s first absentee president

We can always count on Barack Obama for a speech when things are good, but where does he go when things are bad? Photo: America's absentee president Photo: AP

CHARLOTTEJune 15, 2013 – Barack Obama doesn’t spend much time in the kitchen. He can’t stand the heat. You know the old expression.

When there is “trouble in River City” count on the president to be somewhere else.

Obama really does not enjoy the worrisome pressures of being president. At first his throngs of supporters believed he was being thoughtful when problems arose as he weighed every contingency before acting.

Not true.

Obama hates the presidential aspect of being president. For him it is the worst part of the job.

Give the president a big plane, an elegant rent-free residence, fancy state dinners, a carte blanche credit card, unlimited golf and plenty of time for romancing with the stars and he will most assuredly find a way to avoid being commander in chief.

Other presidents have the same amenities and privileges, you say. Indeed they do, but other presidents spend most of their time being president.

Mr. Obama is the first absentee American president in history. When the nitty gets gritty, he is nowhere to be found. It’s the perfect strategy. Send subordinates out to test the water, pretend problems do not exist until the public wearies of talking about them and magically they will eventually all disappear.

After more than four years as President of the United States, Barack Obama is still a mystery. We really do not know much about the man who leads our country, except for one thing, he can talk.

When things are good, or Obama needs to change the subject, we can always count on is a speech. Not so when decisions need to be made or scandal rages throughout his administration.

Even in good times, the president rarely says anything meaningful. He is superb at eloquently lecturing or scolding the American people while taking no responsibility for anything negative that occurs on his watch.

Some media have recently opined that Obama seems remarkably out of touch on virtually every situation. Aloof is a better description. Disengaged.

The president is in no way out of touch. No politician as savvy as Barack Obama could possibly be so out of touch on so many levels. If anything, he is way TOO in touch. That is the way Mr. Obama governs. That lack of leadership is a primary reason why Washington is now spinning out of control

Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi took over healthcare. Obama then headed to the links and told them he would sign it when it was ready. Oh sure there were plenty of speeches back then. The president was everywhere. He was in full campaign mode. That was different. He was selling his product. He was not overseeing it, but he certainly was selling it.

Susan Rice, Hillary Clinton and, to a lesser degree, Leon Panetta took the heat for Benghazi. Obama went to bed. He was too busy to be bothered with minor details like Americans being slaughtered in the streets of Libya.

On the night of the Osama bin Laden raid, Obama had to be dragged kicking and screaming off the golf course. Of course, a few days later, after giving the Navy Seals props for their accomplishment, Obama was highly visible then.

For the past several weeks scandals have seriously limited Mr. Obama’s free time. Now he is suddenly invisible, though he did manage to say something about the NSA situation. Following a steady stream of sleazy political revelations regarding Benghazi, the IRS and investigating journalists, Obama went to the podium to calm the American people about government intervention in obtaining their personal phone and internet records.

“Trust us,” he said.


Should we really be surprised that the “most transparent presidency in history” is so secretive? Secrecy defines Barack Obama. It has been the cornerstone of his leadership philosophy. If you can honestly term what he does as leadership.

Obama’s own personal life is a parallel to his presidency. There are no close relationships from his student days, other than ultra-liberal political mentors, who have ever expressed any meaningful associations with him.

Does it not seem the time has arrived to actually vet the man who is guiding our country through the most scandal-ridden era in presidential history in decades?

Barack Obama’s house of cards is crumbling because he is a paranoid, absentee president who does not like being in charge. Let other people handle the problems and when they are finished, he can talk about them. And ohhh can he talk about them.

Leadership requires more. The frightening thing is that we still face more than three years of endless lectures from a disappearing president who prefers to govern by being AWOL.

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Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services in CharlotteNCTaylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club ( which offers tours and travel information for people who share his wanderlust spirit.  

Inquiries for groups can be made at Taylored Media has produced marketing videos for British Rail, Rail Europe, Switzerland Tourism, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council, the Finnish Tourist Board, the Swiss Travel System and Japan Railways Group among others.

As author of The Century Club book, Peabod is now attempting to travel to 100 countries or more during his lifetime. To date he has visited 71 countries. Suggest someplace new for Bob to visit; if you want to know where he has been, check his list on Facebook. Bob plans to write a sequel to his book when he reaches his goal of 100 countries. He also played professional baseball for four years and was a sportscaster for 14 years at WBTV, the CBS affiliate in Charlotte.

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Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club ( and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.


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