Ron Fournier of the National Journal presses on with his "How To Run A White House" series; today's topic is adjusting the President's schedule in response to crises.
Is the White House Lying or Just Bad at Crisis Communications?
Ordering a cheeseburger with fries while a downed airline smolders may not have been a great decision.
He links to a NY Times story making similar points:
Sticking to His Travel Plans, at Risk of Looking Bad
Obama Maintains Schedule Despite World Crises
WASHINGTON — As smoke billowed from the downed Malaysian jetlinerin the fields of eastern Ukraine on Thursday, President Obama pressed ahead with his schedule: a cheeseburger with fries at the Charcoal Pit in Delaware, a speech about infrastructure and two splashy fund-raisers in New York City.
The world is blowing up and Obama is out to lunch - the optics were spot on.