- Posted July 23, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
While the world is burning, President Barack Obama seems to be dancing. He is not slowing down his golf games or his fundraisers.
Today, the President is off to California for more fundraisers and partisan politicking.
While there is nothing wrong with either activity, in times of multiple crises - optics matter.
The pictures being seen give an appearance that the President is not in tune with what is happening. The optics show a President more intent on partisan dabbling rather than a display of a world leader in the midst of battle.
The story is not new.
Recently when again optics mattered, the President declined to go to our southern border to view the humanitarian crisis of nearly 60,000 children crossing into our country. The President opted to be seen out at the bars in Denver, shooting pool and drinking beer.
The world, nay the US of A, is crying out for a leader. The world looks at American television or newspapers and see not a leader, but a man too busy to care.
This does not mean that the President is not on top of the situations going on, but the visuals give a different impression.
Today when the first bodies of those passengers slain on Malaysian Flight 17 were returned to The Netherlands, where was the President or Vice President Joe Biden or Secretary of State John Kerry?
True, only one passenger with dual Dutch citizenship was an American, but does not the White House realize and understand the signal that would be beamed to the world, to Russia, if the US of A was seen standing in solidarity with the king, the queen, the Dutch people, as those bodies were returned?
It is the visual which has the strongest immediate effect and provides the most stimuli. It is not what is heard nor read which can inflame the emotions as much as what we see.
For a President, who has never been shy of a photo op, suddenly, when it matters - the President doesn't want to be seen in a "photo op" as he said recently about the border crisis.
It is not, Mr. President, what you say, your Secretaries or your ambassadors say which has the most impact as much as what image you send to the world.
From the Cornfield, when will this Administration begin using some wisdom and realize there are photo ops and then there are photo ops?
It is time to realize how you look to the world and Americans determines how the world and Americans perceive you, Mr. President.
To be thought of as a leader, a strong leader, a world leader - you must be SEEN as that image.