Does Obama Have a Sense of Humor?
Obama’s reaction to General McChrystal’s comments quoted in a Rolling Stone article will say much about him.
McChrystal was called back to Washington to explain his remarks. That is a reasonable reaction. General McChrystals remarks showed lack of respect toward his superiors and, as an officer speaking contemptuous words against the Vice president, he potentially faces a court-martial that could bust him to private, take away his pay and privileges, imprison him for a year and dismiss him from the military (Enlisted personnel getting kicked out are discharged, Officers are dismissed).
That is the maximum punishment, but it doesn’t HAVE to be his punishment at all – in fact, if the President chooses, he can let it go with a simple “don’t let it happen again” and move on. Really, it all depends on how thin skinned the President and Vice President are. And, since Biden seems to be pretty level-headed and able to shrug off remarks, that means it all comes down to h0w Obama reacts.
Obama has been called thin-skinned before – he seems to keep cool about matters of policy and governance, but criticisms that even seem to be directed at him personally rankle him.
That does not bode well for General McChrystal.