The late Nancy Reagan’s wisdom should have applied last night in Argentina, where Barack Obama would have been wiser to have just said no, instead of looking like a lamppost while a lovely Argentine woman did the tango around him.
The asymmetric dancing our hopeless and hapless president allowed himself to be roped into was done to the tune of the lovely “Por Una Cabeza” (by a head — a horse-racing expression.) But the execution of it was not nearly as charming as that to the same tune by Al Pacino and Gabrielle Anwar in the 1992 movie Scent of a Woman. (For those who didn’t see the movie, the Pacino character is blind.) Is the young Gabrielle in this sequence a heart-breaker, or what?
How can Obama embarrass the country he is supposed to be leading? Let us count the ways — when we have A LOT of free time. I guess we should be grateful that he didn’t try to throw out the first pitch at the Tuesday baseball game in Havana. That has turned out badly for Obama and for the nation more than once.
A fair number of commentators have harrumphed that Obama should have come home after the attack in Brussels in order to, well, in order to what is not made clear. I won’t join the chorus calling on Obama to hustle home and stick his oar into world affairs, where he has demonstrated, time and again, that anything he would do would be either pointless or would make things worse for America. Better that he should spend his time doing the wave at a ball game with Raul Castro, or engaging in dance diplomacy, than to involve himself in matters he is more inept at than he is at the tango.
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