Despite the long war in Afghanistan; the faltering economy at home and abroad; the map-changing upheaval in the Middle East; and a disaster-beyond-imagination still unfolding in Japan, it's P-A-R-T-Y T-I-M-E for the prez.
According to the Associated Press, "President Barack Obama will speak at the 126th annual Gridiron Club dinner in Washington [tonight]. The white-tie event is an opportunity for journalists to poke fun at public figures and political themes of the day. This will be the first time Obama has appeared at the event. Last year, former President Bill Clinton stood in for the president who was preparing for a probable House vote on health care reform. Obama, however, did speak to the dinner via videotape. Vice President Joe Biden represented Obama in 2009."
But have no fear, even though the distractions and demands are many, the president has been working hard today.
On his golf game.
According to ABC News, "For the second week in a row, the most powerful man in the world stepped away from the White House to hit the golf course. Even as his administration and the U.S. military help Japan recover from a devastating earthquake, and as the world worries about Fukushima's nuclear reactor, the president could not resist taking advantage of the 48-degree weather in the Washington, D.C., area. The president left the White House Saturday afternoon for a short trip to Joint Andrews Base in Camp Springs, Md. With cloudy skies, it's not the best weather for golf, but Obama loves to spend his Saturdays on the greens. Last fall, Obama went golfing darn near every weekend. These are never quick "work on your swing" trips; usually the president plays 18 holes, as he did last week."
You stay focused, Mr. President...