The news comes as no surprise to the citizens of America. “Dad” is out golfing again today.

This got me thinking. If the First Family is akin to America's Mom and Dad, then Dad has become an absent father.

When he's not golfing, he is out partying to raise political donations. Mom stays at home raising the girls and -- to her credit -- staying focused on her passion to help the rest of us eat more healthy. But Dad, oh Dad, where have you gone?

Dad? Dad?

The Telegraph in Britain has picked up on our nation's absent father as well.

Consider this: In recent days, a) Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down, apparently by Russian separatists in Ukraine, b) In the Gaza strip, the numbers killed continued to mount as Israelis and Palestinians exchange rocket fire, c) a huge influx of children fleeing Central American poverty and gang warfare swamped America’s southern border, creating a humanitarian crisis. And, oh yeah, d) Christians living in Mosul were given the choice to either convert to Islam or flee the area they have inhabited for nearly two thousand years.

You know what else has happened during this time? a) Obama played many rounds of golf, b) he attended numerous fund-raisers, c) he dined on barbecue in Texas and burgers in Delaware, and d) he almost appeared on the comedian Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night television show in Hollywood.

I say “almost” because the White House finally relented. “We ultimately elected not to have the president do that interview over the course of this trip,” the White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, conceded. “And that is at least in part related to the challenges of doing a comedy show in the midst of some of these other more serious matters that the president’s dealing with in the international scene.”

The irony is that Obama won election in 2008, partly based on his ability to demonstrate leadership (at least, rhetorically).

If we take this family analogy one step further, our national aunts and uncles in the Governors residences are getting their jobs done. We may not always agree with each one of them -- but they are doing their jobs and tending to their states' citizens as good parents should. Uncle Rick Perry is getting so angry at absent Dad Obama that he's taking the matter on the border into his own hands.

No one should be particularly surprised at Dad's distance from his job and us, his citizenry family. He's not at the local bar getting tanked, but he is partying his life away while the rest of us wonder when Dad will come home.

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