Letters to the Editor

August 18, 2014

Obama late to everything

I recently read a rather eye-opening Washington Post article concerning President Obama's habitual tardiness for public events. Obama has been late for a combined 35 plus hours for 2014 events alone. He averages 11 minutes late for scheduled speaking appointments.

I spent most of my adult life in the military and ascribed to the old adage, "Fifteen minutes early is on time and on time is late." Granted our current CINC has no military service time nor can he very well show up early for events. Surely his colleg

e professors at Occidental, Columbia, Harvard and University of Chicago Law School or even teachers at Punahou School, a private college prep school where he attended 5th through 12th grade, would condone him slinking into class late.

Somewhere along the way it appears he picked up a lateness routine. I wouldn't expect the commander-in-chief to consistently consult his Rolex but surely his bevy of handlers can be relied upon to keep him on-time. Fashionably late should not be an option nor should an elitist attitude spur on prima donna antics.

His "late" pattern transcends his appearance schedule. It permeates his presidency. He was late for Benghazi, Syria, the IRS and VA scandals, and Iraq to highlight just a few. One can only wonder about his tee times.

Horace Mann, a politician and education reformer in the 1800s, said, "Unfaithfulness in the keeping of an appointment is an act of clear dishonesty. You may as well borrow a person's money as his time." I guess that sums it up pretty well.

Bill Malec

O'Fallon

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