Republicans struggled with a pesky intramural squabble Friday over budget cuts as President Obama celebrated the remarkable rise of democracy in Egypt.I surmise if the GOP stuck their nose into foreign policy here they'd be widely rebuked. So instead they went about their business of those silly budget cuts. How dare they do their jobs. Obama, meanwhile, had no clue what to do for three weeks and found out Mubarak left office while he was watching television. Yet he's a soulmate to the protesters? How ridiculous.
Guess who looks better today?
After a shaky beginning, Obama and his foreign policy handlers seem to have gotten this crisis right. Hosni Mubarak and his repressive baggage are gone, but America's relationship with a critical Mideast ally and partner in the war on global terror remains intact.
Moreover, Obama has positioned himself as a soulmate for the hundreds of thousands of ordinary Egyptians who stormed the Arab country's streets in peaceful protest instead of another American leader playing ball with an aging autocrat.
"They got off to a slow and cautious start," a prominent foreign policy expert told the Daily News, "but they ended up on the right side of history."Obama was suddenly camera-shy Thursday night following Mubaraks' defiant final speech, but he played this all just right.
Really, can the slobbering get any worse?
Well, yes, it can.