Friday, October 8, 2010
Fulfilling his promise to be our most transparent president, Barack Obama is taking an extended trip overseas...with the departure date rather transparently moved up to be as close to election night as possible.
So as much as Obama might like to make himself available to domestic reporters and answer questions about the expected drubbing of Democrats and what the election returns mean about the mood of America toward his failed policies, the president feels it is more urgent that he arrive in India in time to help celebrate the Hindu holiday Diwali.
And while Obama would surely like to have the opportunity to let American voters know that he's heard their voices, this overseas trip will be among the longest in his presidency - with additional stops in Indonesia (where the president lived as a boy and earned pennies from the local children by showing his birth certificate), Japan, and South Korea.
The first lady will be accompanying her husband on the trip, just in case there's more lobster than he can eat without assistance...but Malia and Sasha will be staying behind in the USA, strongly suggesting that their parents will return once the fuss over the election dies down.