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Two weeks ago, as the influx of illegal immigrants was reaching a crisis point at the southern border, Mr. Obama visited one of those imperiled border states — Texas — but rather than see the chaos firsthand, he chose to attend two fundraisers.

Last week, as the proxies of Russian President Vladimir Putin purportedly shot down a commercial jet over eastern Ukraine with weaponry supplied by the Russian military, killing 298 innocent people, Mr. Obama commented on it for less than one minute before launching into some playful banter about the Bidens and a joke at the expense of Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. He then delivered his prepared remarks about transportation projects.

At the same time, our close ally, Israel, facing fresh aggression from Hamas, began a ground incursion to eliminate terrorist cells and tunnels in Gaza. Mr. Obama hightailed it to New York to attend two fundraisers. This week, he went to California for a few more fundraisers, and to possibly house-hunt for some luxury post-presidency digs. I hope HGTV has their cameras rolling.

No one begrudges any president downtime, vacations or the enjoyment of a joke. But there are countless examples of this president excessively prioritizing frivolity over the demands of his job. Like a defiant adolescent, Mr. Obama doesn’t let anyone or anything disturb his plans (with the rare exception of canceling an appearance on a late-night comedy show, as he did this week with “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” That was quite a sacrifice for him.)

The need to avoid defiant adolescents in the presidency is a big reason the Founding Fathers made 35 the age threshold. Unfortunately, they did not foresee the modern cultural shift toward adulthood marked by childish selfishness and immaturity. When those things are ensconced in the Oval Office, the result is a profoundly dangerous leadership vacuum in the free world.

If you’d like to make Mr. Obama aware of the collapse of American power and prestige on his watch, you can find him on the back nine. Just don’t interrupt his swing.

Monica Crowley is online opinion editor at The Washington Times.