Pat Caddell: Obama Checking Out on Iraq to Pursue Politics

Image: Pat Caddell: Obama Checking Out on Iraq to Pursue Politics President Barack Obama holds hands with Edie Windsor after she introduced him during the Democratic National Committee LGBT Gala at Gotham Hall on in New York City on June 17.

Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 07:16 PM

By Greg Richter

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President Barack Obama is worried about politics when he should be concentrating on Iraq, says Democratic pollster Pat Caddell.

Appearing Tuesday on Fox News Channel's "Your World with Neil Cavuto," Caddell joined other critics of Obama, who played golf and attended fundraisers in California over the weekend as members of the terror group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria took over cities in Iraq.

After one day back in Washington, Obama is attending three fundraising events in New York City Tuesday night.

"It sets an image," Caddell said. "I've never seen anything like this, in crisis, where a president just checks out and takes care of whatever politics…."

Caddell noted that Obama wasn't in the White House Situation Room while the Benghazi attack was happening, but flew to Las Vegas the next day to raise money and campaign for re-election.

In contrast, Caddell said, he and other senior political advisers begged President Jimmy Carter to campaign while he was holed up in the White House in 1980 during his own re-election bid.

Carter told his advisers, "I cannot do on the road what I can do in the White House. I need to be here whatever the political consequences," Caddell said.

"Presidents belong behind their desks doing their job," Caddell told Cavuto. "This president seems to think the only thing he's supposed to do is be a fundraiser out there — anything to avoid doing his job — while we're on the verge on another 1975 'helicopter moment,' as I call it."

Caddell was referring to the helicopter evacuation of the U.S. Embassy staff in Vietnam. Some members of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad have been moved as ISIS forces have threatened to move toward that city.

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