I admire President Obama very much, but enough is enough.
It was one thing when he intruded in a local race-relations in Cambridge, Mass.
It was one thing, too, when he tried to cajole his new BFF LeBron James into signing with the Chicago Bulls, the president's favorite sports-team town.
When the president proposed a beer summit, it was a little over the top but basically harmless.
When he advised James, it was all in good fun and showed that Obama was just as Everyman as any involved fan who calls sports-talk radio and vents on behalf of his favorite squad.
Now, the president has gone too far — by rendering an opinion in the white-hot matter of whether a mosque should be built within spitting distance of ground zero, the most emotionally charged section of New York City because of its deep and ever-present connection to the 9/11 tragedies.
This is a local or statewide matter. There is no reason for the POTUS to jump into the fray, regardless of whether he is offering a perfectly reasonable opinion.
Nobody questions his right to take positions on controversial subjects -- as long as they are housed in Washington. The president stands to gain nothing from making his points on something that is a no-win situation.
He has to understand that the voters want him to be engaged, yes, but on matters of healthcare legislation, removing the troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, and creating jobs. THAT is what a president should be thinking about — not a local matter like the mosque. Leave it to the experts in Gracie Mansion and Albany.
Jon Friedman writes the Media Web column for MarketWatch.com. Click here to read his latest column.
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