The President of the United States of America is the most powerful being on the planet. When something bad happens, he is expected to respond. He may be powerless to do very much, but he needs to show leadership. After 9/11, Rudy Giuliani showed leadership.  George Bush showed leadership when he visited the site and stood with a rescuer vowing revenge.

Bush got excoriated for his slow response to Katrina and his callousness in not flying to New Orleans the day after the disaster. The reality is quite different, but that never bothered the MSM. They believe in the doctrine of “Presidential omnipresence”, especially when the President is a Republican. Whatever happens on a Republican President’s watch is always his fault.

Democrat Presidents get a highway, instead of a tightrope. But the highway is only so wide. Get off that highway and your LSM (aka MSM) allies will turn on you like a pack of wolves. When you lose Jon Stewart, you have suffered your first bite.

It’s unclear whether Rudi actually accomplished much on 9/11. The Twin Towers were going to fall, no matter what he did. But he was there, on the scene, doing everything in his power for New York. But no one has the sense that Obama is really engaged in the gulf disaster. His calendar suggests it is more of a distraction from Presidential perks rather than a total engagement in solving the problem.

Obama has fallen off the highway of Presidential omnipresence. He will have a hard time getting back on the highway, let alone the tightrope.