Commentary by Reb Akiva
When US presidents act presidential, we (generally) appreciate the leadership and accept some level of inconvenience when impacted. (Those who live in New York City find themselves impacted several times a year as the city sets “security freeze zones” as the president moves through the city to the UN or other important meetings – often delaying people going to or from work, businesses accepting deliveries, etc.) Visits to the United Nations, meeting with foreign leaders, a political visit with local politicians, it’s par for the course.
But when a US president acts royal and inconveniences the public for the (direct and obvious) sake of his political polling status, well then even the average support will turn against him and his disregard for the little people.
Yesterday my teenage daughter was trapped in an airport in Florida. Her flight and all flights to Newark, New Jersey (one of the busiest airports in the United States) were cancelled yesterday afternoon. Why???
Because President Obama had to fly in to New York during prime time busy flying hours…to attend a television talk show. (Oh, he also visited a sub shop in Edison, New Jersey…to visit with the common man.)
Frankly if the Big O was spending some time traveling around visiting the common man (and maybe ask why some stores on the street with the sub shop had their doors shuttered) I’d applaud him. But when a hundred flights are cancelled because he’s got to make a prime time talk show…. my daughter’s response is “I hate this guy.”
Some consideration for the little guy is in order.
(Cost to my daughter – 1 day of vacation lost, 4 hours waiting in line in the airport, lots of frustration. Cost to the airline - $220 for a hotel room plus meal vouchers till they could get her on a replacement flight 24 hours later. Multiply by 100 flights with an average of 150 people…cost to the little people, 15,000 vacation days or work days lost, cost to the airlines $3,300,000.)