John McCain wants to delay/duck the first Presidential debate with Barack Obama scheduled for Friday because “It is time for both parties to come together to solve this problem” of the financial crisis being debated in Washington.
Obama replied that “Part of the president’s job is to deal with more than one thing at once.”
We have no idea how McCain’s gambit — coming as it does at a bad time for his campaign — will play with the voters. But we take Obama’s point. We were not too disturbed by McCain’s alleged lack of computer finesse, assuming that Lincoln was probably not a great telegraph operator, either. But Lincoln had to prosecute a war while handling the other administrative details of his office, as has every other President, at least publicly.
Neither our bosses, nor our clients, nor our creditors have ever relieved us of an obligation because we were in the busy season and couldn’t spare them the attention. Is there any good reason why McCain and/or the U.S. Government should be treated more leniently?