The Washington Post on Friday offered a breakdown of President Barack Obama’s problem with punctuality. According to the analysis, the President is running more than a day and a half behind.
We decided to try to figure out just how late Obama actually is. The way we did that was pretty simple: Every time the president gives prepared public remarks, they are posted on the White House Web site. And, importantly, they’re time-stamped. When he spoke at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit earlier Wednesday, he started at 10:17 a.m. But those remarks were supposed to begin at 10 a.m., according to his public schedule. Ergo, Obama was 17 minutes late. We pulled every time-stamped speech in 2014 and compared it to the schedule. Not everything on his schedule had time-stamped remarks, and vice versa, so we only included those events for which we had both pieces of data.
What we found: Obama has been a cumulative 2,121 minutes late to events in 2014. That’s 35 hours, 21 minutes — or almost a day and a half — that his audiences have been waiting for him to speak. That’s for a lot of events, though. On average, he is 11 minutes late to scheduled speaking appointments.
What’d be more interesting is an analysis of how far behind the President is in dealing with the most important issues facing the Nation as the world burns and illegal immigrants continue to flood into the U.S.
We’d wager that it’s a lot more than a couple of days.