I could sit back and easily name every one of George W. Bush’s White House press secretaries, one after another, every single one. However, before the recent fallout over the Iranian election, I couldn’t have told you Robert Gibbs was the current administration’s press secretary if my life depended on it. Maybe that’s because we’re so rarely offered a glimpse of him. In fact, the only name I could have mustered regarding a presidential spokesperson would be that of Obama himself. Indeed, Barack has unquestionably emerged as the lead media figure in the executive branch. So if Obama is preoccupied rehearsing speeches and statements for his adoring press, that leaves the intriguing question of who is running the country.

Albeit, ol’ Barack fancies the spotlight and frolics around among bright flashes, shuttering lenses, television cameras and boom mics that precariously dangle from reporters’ outstretched arms. But nonetheless, isn’t he also our president? Well, of course he is, at least to the naked eye. But behind the scenes of our “omnipotent” presence on the planet, who is truly running the show? If the United States is the No. 1 world power we are perceived to be, and we possess the capability to project massive amounts of force anywhere across the globe, who is at the helm of this massive “omniscient” entity?

Perhaps it’s Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., with her Democrat-controlled House of Representatives. Given all the useless and self-destructive bills to come out of the House lately, that would be the easiest conclusion, however unlikely it may be. And clearly Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., can be ruled out, as anyone with the slightest degree of political savvy knows the intricate inefficiency of the Senate. So that leaves Vice President Joseph Biden, and God help us if he were really in command.

Point the finger squarely back at Barack Obama then. For better or worse, our unofficial White House press secretary is also our president. So get used to him running the country, as well as being the primary voice and televised figure of his administration. And if you should possibly desire to see any more of him than you already do, just hold your breath till 2012.

Kevin Cardin

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