“I’m so tired, haven’t slept a wink, I’m so tired, my mind is on the blink,” the late John Lennon sang in 1968, while he and the Beatles experienced “transcendental mediation” under the tutelage of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in India.
Channeling the late Beatle in an early release of the cover story in this Sunday’s New York Times magazine, Obama’s chief of staff Rahm Emanuel exclaims, “I’m so tired, I’m so tired.” Congressman Heath Schuler is quoted, “I can see it in his eyes…it’s taking a toll on him.”
Lennon wasn’t really tired, he was reportedly suffering a major case of the lonely hearts when he penned the song, obviously unmoved by the Maharishi’s teachings that give practitioners the ability to walk through walls, levitate and become invisible.
The Obama administration hasn’t picked up the ability to walk through walls; instead, according to the Associated Press, the New York Times and other publications, they are walking INTO walls for lack of sleep.
“Big first year leaves Obama tired,” the AP’s Julie Pace wrote on December 29 of last year. “After a sleepless, overnight flight to Oslo to accept the Nobel Peace Prize, President Barack Obama made a not altogether surprising admission. He was tired.”
The president was open in explaining his pooped-out appearance. "You have a convergence of factors that have made this a difficult year not so much for me but for the American people…Absolutely that weighs on me," the fatigued commander-in-collapse sighed.
And according to London’s Sunday Telegraph, the president’s decision to not welcome British Prime Minister Gordon Brown last March with the customary press conference and State Dinner was not a result of a deliberate slight, rather POTUS was pooped. "People say he looks tired more often than they're used to," said an anonymous strategist.
And like a yawn, exhaustion in the White House is contagious. In another New York Times article, White House senior adviser David Axelrod admits he’s “tired” and his friends are worried “he’s getting close to a burnout kind of thing.” It sounds like the White House is in desperate need of some NoDoz, or better yet, more sleep.
The Telegraph also contained this stunning admission by a Democratic strategist with ties to several White House staffers, “…the president has regularly appeared worn out and drawn during evening work sessions with senior staff in the West Wing and has been forced to make decisions more quickly than he is comfortable.”
All last year, the President cited the Mayo Clinic as the exemplar of quality health care, and when you’re trying to reorder one sixth of the U.S. economy, maybe you ought to take Mayo's advice and get the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep a night before making decisions of monumental consequence to the American people.
Brian W. Doherty is a Fox News Channel producer and writer.
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