Sneed: In TV show, Bill Daley’s months-old comments on war prove prescient in Syria crisis
By Michael Sneed September 10, 2013 7:22PM
Legendary Chicago Cub Ernie Banks poses with the newspaper headline tha t marked his signing with the Chicago Cubs in 1953. Provided photo.
Updated: October 12, 2013 6:34AM
The Daley news . . .
Wow! Dem gubernatorial hopeful Bill Daley’s hindsight is a stunner.
◆ Translation: Daley, who was once President Barack Obama’s chief of staff, was interviewed last May for a Discovery Channel show, “The President’s Gatekeepers,” set to premiere Wednesday night.
◆ To wit: Daley’s four-month-old comments were so timely, they now mirror the national debate over Obama’s threat to bomb Syria for killing its people with chemical warfare.
◆ In one portion of the interview, Daley talked about lessons he learned from our country’s involvement in Libya and the American people’s lack of real connection with war when a president makes a decision on military action without Congress’ input:
“But how easy it has become. It is almost too easy [to go to war],” said Daley.
“If you’re not paying for those wars, and you’re not a part of the pain of those wars, and Congress has taken . . . somewhat of a hands-off position when the president decides there must be military action, I don’t care if it is Iraq or Afghanistan, or Libya, you begin to make this less personal, and that, I think, is a bad thing for the country going forward.
“And I think this was seen in Iraq and Afghanistan, the American people had become further and further away from these actions in any meaningful way, and that is bad for the presidency. In many ways, I think it is bad to implement because none of these actions are short-term. They’re all long-term.”
◆ Addendum: With Congress’ help or not, Daley did admit there “are certain circumstances where you must act.”
Oh oh Oprah . . .
Well, stick a pin in it! Oprah is afraid of balloons.
The Sneed reader . . .
What a bummer: Memo to Gordon Bumber, who wondered if Sneed was related to “Sam Sneed,” a reference to the legendary golfer.
Ah, no . . . The famous turf king’s name was actually Sam Snead. No relation.
The Huma door . . .
In case you missed it — and why wouldn’t you — Huma Abedin, the wife of sexting politico and New York mayoral contender Anthony Weiner did not accompany her errant, now contrite, husband to the voting booth Tuesday.
◆ Translation: Huma reportedly had a work call to take care of. Monday night, the night before the election, she skipped town to attend a fund-raiser for the Clinton family foundation in D.C.
The latest pregnancy rumor: Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton may be pregnant, thereby giving the Clintons what they want most . . . besides, of course, running the world’s most powerful nation again.
Dugout dirt: Baseball legend Ernie “Mr. Cub” Banks celebrated a major benchmark this week: The 60th anniversary of his signing with the Chicago Cubs!
The irrepressible slugger celebrated over lunch at Harry Caray’s Italian eatery Tuesday with restaurant manager/sports geek/Bartman ball buyer Grant DePorter, and posed for a photo next to a framed Chicago American newspaper dated Sept. 8, 1953, bearing the headline, “Cubs Sign Banks.”
◆ Banks shot: Sneed is told Banks, who was angling to bring the paper home with him, was told by DePorter: “Since it has been on the wall there since 1987, we don’t know what color paint we would have behind it . . . so you’ll just have to visit it here instead.” Foxy.
I spy . . .
Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis, Olympic speed skater Shani Davis and Olympic figure skater Evan Lysacek all stopped by RL at various times last week.
Sneedlings . . .
Wednesday’s birthdays: Harry Connick Jr., 46; Tom Dreesen, 71, and Brian De Palma, 73.