Remember that Australia trip Obama was going to make last Spring, which got postponed?
It ain’t gonna happen, again:
Obama postpones Indonesia, Australia trip again
President Obama has once again postponed his trip to Indonesia and Australia, telephoning the leaders of the two countries late Thursday night, the White House said.
It is the second time the trip has been canceled. It was originally planned for March but was put off because the president wanted to be in Washington for a critical health-care vote in Congress.
Now, the president needs to stay in Washington to oversee the worsening environmental crisis from the oil spill off the Gulf Coast, making a seven-day venture oversees impractical and politically problematic.
As Roseanne Roseannadanna said, “it’s always something!”, isn’t it?
Obama had been scheduled to leave June 13 and stay abroad for a week, spending time in Indonesia, Guam and Australia. There was no indication in the statement about when he might try again.
This time Obama dropped the pretense of a “re-schedule”,
Mr. Obama telephoned Prime Minister Kevin Rudd of Australia and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia to tell them he could not come after all, the White House said in a statement issued at midnight.
This ought to clear any doubts as to whether Obama sees himself almost exclusively as a domestic-issues president.
Well, in that case, “never mind!”
Daniel Drezner: Barack Obama has foolishly decided to blow off the most dynamic region in the globe — again