The most demanding job in the world requires the ability to prioritize – to know what must be acted upon immediately and what can wait pending further consideration or additional information.

The person who fills that job, the president of the United States, makes decisions on a 24/7 basis obeying the timeframe of world events as they unfold.

Hurricanes and military coups, earthquakes and acts of terror cannot be scheduled, but the advanced communication system that accompanies the president around the country and around the world allows him to be fully engaged with any matter that requires his immediate attention.

So it isn’t surprising that on the night of August 10, a team of special operation forces put together to rescue two teachers kidnapped earlier in the month from the American University in Kabul, Afghanistan, didn’t anticipate any delay in receiving final approval for the mission from President Obama.

“We had the hostages within reach,” said a source who met in person with a reporter on condition of anonymity.

But the approval didn’t come.

The president was on vacation.

“We had to stand down,” the source said.

President Obama apparently was able to get around to the decision about the rescue attempt the next day, but for the teacher – it was four hours too late.

“The second time, the hostages were gone. Our special operations team went all that way for nothing,” said the source.

The teachers, American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks, who remain missing, had the misfortune not only of being kidnapped, but of bad timing.

Less than 2 hours after the teachers were forced out of their vehicle at gunpoint in the Afghanistan capital, the Obamas set off for their annual extended vacation in Martha’s Vineyard.

This year marks the final time the First Family will enjoy the seaside resort for weeks of fun in the sun, dinners and Democrat fundraisers with the rich and famous, and – of course, golf.

“The hostages didn't have the luxury of time,” said the source. “The president was on vacation. How could he not find time to approve this mission?”

The botched approval is similar to the recently-revealed delays on the night of September 11, 2012 as American forces awaited the go-ahead to rescue Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans at the consulate in Benghazi while members of the Obama administration, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, debated whether they should conduct the operation in uniform.

After all, priorities are important.

h/t : AMINewswire

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