Being President of The United Sates is a hard job. All eyes are constantly on you to preform and every move you make is scrutinized. This is doubly true during election years and turbulent times in society. President Obama’s recent re-election has been questioned by many due to his handling of events that have taken place both in the last 4 years, and especially in the past few months. The timing of some of these events has allowed attention to be taken off Obama and directed elsewhere. This article from The Washington Post deals with the current scandal involving General David H. Petraeus, as well as some other ‘’well-timed’’ events that have helped Obama during the course of his presidential career.
The story starts off by calling the president ‘’a politician of famous good fortune, even scandals within his administration seem well-timed.’’ The article makes mention of another scandal that also came at a good time ‘’Obama’s luck as a politician emerged with another sex scandal almost a decade ago, when, as a U.S. Senate candidate from Illinois, his popular likely Republican opponent, Jack Ryan, dropped out of the race amid reports that he made his then-wife visit sex clubs.’’ The article also points out how Hurricane Sandy seemed to help the president at a crucial time in his campaign‘’ Hurricane Sandy arrived a week before Election Day, disrupting GOP rival Mitt Romney’s campaign at a time when he appeared to be gaining ground.’’ Many critics are sighting the super storm as the turning point in the 2012 election.
In regards to the Petraeus scandal, the article makes it seem like it is a welcomed distraction ‘’Petraeus’s precipitous fall also may provide Obama with more opportunities than problems, especially in staffing a second-term administration and in winding down the war in Afghanistan.’’ Petraeus was also scheduled to speak to congress about the recent attacks in Benghazi, that is now up in the air. The story states that while Republicans have been generally found of Petraeus, ‘’[He] is not known to be any kind of Obama loyalist.’’ Another good point brought up in this article is the fact that this scandal does not involve Obama or his closest advisors, “[It] is hinged on a personal relationship beyond the White House.’’
There are many theories floating around about the timing of the release of the information concerning the affair. In the story, Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.), who heads the House Homeland Security Committee, is quoted as saying “I have not said a word critical of the president throughout this time. . . But when I say there are a lot of unanswered questions, in this case, there really are. And I do believe at some point, someone dropped the ball.” King and others are questioning whether anyone around the White House knew this information before the election and how long the investigation into this situation has actually been going on. According to the article, White House officials are claiming they were not aware of any of the information until after the election even though the FBI’s probe began this past summer. While the investigation into the General Petraeus situation is still ongoing, there seems to be some missing pieces in the puzzle, pieces that could potentially direct negative attention back towards Obama.