The White House says President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will attend a Tuesday memorial service in South Africa honoring Nelson Mandela.
The service will take place at a stadium in Johannesburg.
The Obamas will be accompanied on Air Force One by former President George W. Bush and wife Laura Bush. Former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, along with former President Jimmy Carter, will also attend memorials for Mandela in South Africa.
I don’t want to take anything away from Nelson Mandela, he earned the accolades that he is posthumously receiving. But it annoys me that Barack Obama gets an early Christmas present that allows him to change the subject away from Obamacare.
What really pisses me off, however, is the thumb-in-the-eye that Obama is giving one of America’s oldest friends and closest allies in the process. When Margaret Thatcher died in April 2013 Obama sent some retired Republicans and a former ambassador to her funeral, but neither he nor Joe Biden attended. Not did he order the lowering of flags to half-mast in her honor.
Diplomacy is tricky business, and people in other countries are constantly parsing every word and move our presidents make. Obama is a rube when it comes to diplomacy. He snubs our close friends and allies and rushes to embrace (or bow to) our enemies.
Seriously, the man is a walking clusterfuck.