There's that Inauguration thing...some big parties to attend... speeches to give...
Meanwhile the world is still churning and in some cases burning.
Particularly in North Africa where a hostage crisis incited by a terrorist group in Algeria turned ugly, leaving three Americans are dead.
Some critics are waiting... and waiting for a response from the President to this turn of events.
The criticism comes at a time when political and social pundits are decoding the president’s recent inaugural keynote speech. Though laden with extensive motivational remarks concerning the economy and equality, President Obama generally shied from foreign policy. (Critics were quick to label President Obama’s address as another campaign speech.)
The brevity of President Obama’s official statement, released a few days ago, has offended many. It was clearly an obligatory press release, as opposed to a comprehensive, genuine message to the American people.
Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), who serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was quick to weigh in on the subject:
This incident in Algeria reminds us that it needs attention and investment from the highest levels of the American government.
In contrast, UK Prime Minister David Cameron took an approach that many feel President Obama should have – full disclosure and acknowledgement. Prime Minister Cameron appeared to speak on the matter before the UK Parliament multiple times and asserted what the UK’s response will be:
We must frustrate the terrorists with our security, beat them militarily, address the poisonous narrative they feed on, close down the ungoverned space in which they thrive, and deal with the grievances they use to garner support.
President Obama swore to “manage crisis abroad” in order to obtain and secure a more “peaceful world,” during his second inaugural speech on Monday.
Is it too early to expect him to start now?