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Not About Him?

9:07 AM, Sep 5, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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Justin Sink of The Hill writes that:

President Obama is struggling to convince lawmakers, foreign leaders and the public that military action in Syria isn’t about him.  

Pertinent point but, sticking with the vernacular, it is what it is.  Which is to say, it is about him.  Mr. Obama and his core of adoring followers, to include many in the media, have personalized his presidency until just about everything is all about him.  

A point Eleanor Holmes Norton makes earnestly when she observes that:

... if a Syria resolution passes Congress, “it’ll be because of loyalty of Democrats. They just don’t want to see [Obama] shamed and humiliated on the national stage.” 

The same point Jon Stewart makes in his fashion:

“We have to bomb Syria because we’re in 7th grade!”

Unfortunately, it is "about" President Obama, to some degree.  Something he made clear when he said, essentially, What red line?  That isn't my red line.  That's everybody's red line.

So if it is to be about him, then perhaps the president ought to turn the situation to his advantage.  So far, he has left the heavy lifting to his Secretary of State.  It might be time, in another clichéd formulation, to go all in.  

Because if he doesn't care enough to do that, then the rest of the country will wonder why it should.

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