A "Tone-Deaf" Obama Mocked By The NYT For Vacationing While The World Burns

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When it comes to mocking president Obama, there is no easier or more effective way than focusing on his vacation/golfing schedule. The conservative Washington Examiner did just that last week, before the latest Malaysian Airlines disaster, when it reported that "It's going to be hot tubs, basketball, tennis and golf for the first family this summer, having set plans for a 16-day vacation in Martha's Vineyard, Mass., on a $12 million, 10-acre forested estate on the southwestern corner of the island.

Reports from the Bay State indicate that President Obama and his family will vacation August 9-24 at the 8,100-square foot, beachfront home of a Democratic donor that includes a pool, hot tub, basketball and tennis court. It will be new digs for the first family, who have summered on tony Martha's Vineyard every year of Obama's presidency, except in 2012 when he was running for reelection. The Vineyard Gazette reported that the White House has no major or public events planned for the almost three weeks, typical at this stage of a presidential vacation.

That and golf of course.


However, all of that is to be expected, and sure enough, Obama can and will parry such mockery as political attacks coming from the right, while remarking how strong the US economy has become under his watch, how many millions of waiters and bartenders thousands of manufacturing jobs he has created, and of course, how the stock market hits a record high now on a daily basis.

Things get dicier, however, when Obama is mocked and virtually attacked for his vacation plans by none other than that flag-bearer of leftist ideology, the New York Times itself. Which is precisely what just happened in "Sticking to His Travel Plans, at Risk of Looking Bad"

As smoke billowed from the downed Malaysian jetliner in the fields of eastern Ukraine on Thursday, President Obama pressed ahead with his schedule: a cheeseburger with fries at the Charcoal Pit in Delaware, a speech about infrastructure and two splashy fund-raisers in New York City.


The potential for jarring split-screen imagery was clear. Reports of charred bodies and a ground-to-air missile attack from Eastern Europe dominated television screens while photographers snapped pictures of a grinning Mr. Obama holding a toddler at the restaurant. The presidential motorcade was later filmed pulling up to Trump Place Apartments, the Riverside Avenue venue for his first fund-raiser.


And yet, White House aides said no consideration was given to abandoning the president’s long-planned schedule, even during the hourlong flight from Delaware to New York, when word suddenly arrived that Israel had begun a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip, providing the day’s second international challenge.


Instead, White House officials simply made sure to describe the president’s on-the-road management of the crises: calls to world leaders from Air Force One, telephone briefings from Secretary of State John Kerry and a secure-line meeting of his national security staff from a room in the Trump Place Apartments before his fund-raiser.


“It is rarely a good idea to return to the White House just for show, when the situation can be handled responsibly from the road,” said Jennifer Palmieri, the White House communications director.Abrupt changes to his schedule can have the unintended consequence of unduly alarming the American people or creating a false sense of crisis.”

Actually, that is somewhat correct: it has gotten to the point where seeing Obama actually work in the White House, instead of golfing of shaking hand with the same Wall Street bankers his DOJ pretends to prosecute, would create a "sense of crisis" among the American people. Not so sure about be "false" part.

And this is where things got rough:

For an administration in its sixth year, juggling presidential optics is nothing new. And with some rare exceptions, the public relations team around the president has remained consistently stubborn about refusing to let the never-ending stream of political, economic or international crises affect Mr. Obama’s daily schedule.


The current myriad incidents are no exceptions: Moments after making a grim statement about Ukraine on Friday, the president popped into the East Room, where the first lady, Michelle Obama, was holding a mock state dinner for children to promote her Let’s Move nutrition initiative. “My big thing,” he confessed to the kids, “chips and guacamole!” There was plenty of laughter all around.

To be sure, conservatives promptly ridiculed the president for what he does best: put on a great show before the teleprompter then quietly disappear in the golf cart. As noted above, this is nothing new and the administration felt no need to defend itself.

“Instead of responding to multiple international crises, the president apparently thought it was a better use of his time to attend a set of fund-raisers in New York,” Representative Kevin McCarthy, Republican of California and the incoming majority leader, said in a statement. “While the president is out on the loose and having a good time, he should remember that his responsibilities as commander in chief don’t stop when he’s out of the office.”

However, by now even the ubiquotous social media is starting not only to noticed, but to comment:

Administration officials shrug off that kind of organized Republican criticism. But social media users noticed, too. Twitter was filled with snarky mentions of the president’s activities on Thursday. One noted that Mr. Obama “interrupts busy fund-raising night to check in with team on two crises. Then back to business.” Another wrote: “Nice he could take a moment to check on those meddling world events.”

Obama won't be the first president to see his reputation tarnished by his vacation plans:

Veterans of previous administrations recalled that the political damage could be serious if the American people concluded that the president was politically tone deaf or insensitive, especially to the suffering of others during an emergency.


Scott McClellan, who served as George W. Bush’s press secretary during Hurricane Katrina, recalled that Mr. Bush, on a trip through Western states, was photographed strumming a guitar with a country music artist even as the storm began to bear down on New Orleans, flooding streets and stranding residents.


“When those moments are placed side by side with a crisis that’s worsening, it creates a perception problem that the White House can’t ignore,” Mr. McClellan said in an interview.


In his book “What Happened,” Mr. McClellan recalls with horror seeing the “image of a seemingly carefree President Bush pursuing his original schedule and disregarding the plight of Katrina’s victims — the dead, the homeless, the lost.”


Later, Mr. McClellan writes: “With 20/20 hindsight, it’s clear that President Bush should have canceled his two-day western trip and headed back to Washington on Saturday or Sunday, before Katrina unleashed its fury.”

The NYT's punchline:

“There is a total lack of symmetry from what the American people are seeing from the president and what is going on in the world,” Mr. Schmidt said. He acknowledged that no president should be captive to events or hunkered down in the White House. And he said presidents, like other people, deserved downtime. But he said White House occupants had to abandon those moments when the situation demanded.

Will this time be any different for the tone deaf president, and will the first observation of Obama's vacationeering by a liberal outlet force him to change his ways? Or does the world have to finally succumb to at least one mushroom cloud beside the countless fires raging across the globe, before someone in the White House notices? We should find out... but not before Obama comes back from Martha's Vineyard on August 24. Let's just hope that no major wars break out over the next month.

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bigrooster's picture

Of course he is on vacation.  His plan to destroy America is working perfectly and is right on schedule.  

lordylord's picture

"When it comes to mocking president Obama, there is no easier or more effective way than focusing on his vacation/golfing schedule."

I beg to differ.  Mocking his policies and intelligence (and that of his voters) is much easier.

SoberOne's picture

Tone deaf my ass. To those who cannot see what is coming, crazy ol me and many others have warned you. No more warnings. Good luck.

chumbawamba's picture

Isn't this the same New York Times that has endorsed the fuck out of Obama and his policies for the past 6 years?

Here's a clue: don't expect to be informed by fireplace kindling.

I am Chumbawamba.

NumNutt's picture

"Hour long flight from Delaware to New York", where is a good SAM when you really need one?

economics9698's picture

Free taxpayer money, WTF else would you expect from the low life?

kaiserhoff's picture

The speech Friday was a real hoot.

He looked twitchy, completely disengaged, reading badly, and exhausted.

I expect a resignation in a few weeks for "health reasons."  Might even be some truth in that.

Closeted queers gots issues.


nmewn's picture

Serious issues and a pen & a phone.

Not good.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Edward Klein just wrote Blood Feud, an almost shocking book on how loathesome the Obamas and Clintons are and how they hate each other.

Horrifying but fascinating reading.

nmewn's picture

One group of narcissistic, power hungry sociopaths competing against another group. We do seem to get the worst of the worst to choose from...selected for us.

Don't we? ;-)

WhackoWarner's picture

I am going to throw this out. Any woman who knows kids has seen this.

Bullies on the playground?  ONE huge weapon is ignore. They are powerless and irrelevant. You have no power and no meaning. (Kinda like what BRICS bank just did). 

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

"The BRICS Bank" is going to be my next article, I am still researching it.  The "Bank" seems to be completely misunderstood, and many are looking at the wrong things...

The more I study the BRICS Bank (especially the "CRA": Contingency Reserve Arrangement), the less I worry.

The bureaucrats at the IMF need lose no sleep, ha ha...

Scarlett's picture

I think as soon as the kenyan found out he wouldn't be allowed to be anything but a puppet, he decided to call it the quits with the appearances

DoChenRollingBearing's picture



Link here to a "short version" of the BRICS Bank CRA: 


Note that they will be using US dollars to fund it, (at least they have a lot of those).  No mention of gold.  The longer version looks an awful lot like the original IMF agreement...

umdesch4's picture

Good to know. I will definitely be reading that. I like the articles on your blog because they assemble a lot of detailed research I'm generally too lazy/busy to dig up myself. Keep up the awesome work.

ebworthen's picture

He just needs a vacation and some Xanax, he'll be fine.

The NYT is greasing the tracks for Hillary.

Obama = Worst President Ever.

Hitlary will be in the running.

economics9698's picture

The tribe is upset about the heat the scumbag is drawing from his bozo tactics.  It means more cheating will be required come 2016. 

disabledvet's picture

"Tune in, turn on and drop out." Timothy Leary had this pathos down perfect. The electorate is not merely disengaged but TURNED OFF.

At least Hitler had an HQ in Eastern Europe. Obama has "surragates" and "hangin with the rich folks."

How many black people are on Martha's Vineyard again?

"A few washed ashore back in 1794 but were later repatriated"?

Send em all back to Africa?

I don't see how anyone can identify with this guy..."everywhere he goes pure anarchy follows." How about a golf outing Chicago?????

"Too much gang bangin"?
He'd only given a speech to the folks a Detroit about "takin it to the man" only WEEKS before that entire shithole went up in flames.

How quickly we all forget the hood.

"Nothing a wicked inflation can't solve! How do ya like me now suckaa!"

Can't wait for the Hitlery "Final Solution" either. "Washington DC awaits your arrival!"

Well--at least there was a band called Chicago.

Democrats? Republicans? "We're all Nazis now."

thamnosma's picture

For a guy who hails from Chicago certainly seems he could give a damn about 40 people shot every weekend.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Those murders were probably committed by people that look like Trayvon against other Trayvon look alikes, in a gun unhappy state and city ruined by dems for a couple generations.  Bad optics.   

DoChenRollingBearing's picture


A fine comment, good stuff in four short lines!

logicalman's picture

After HItlary, he'll look pretty good, I think.

Dr. Everett V. Scott's picture

Narcissictic Personality Disorder:


  • Believing that you're better than others
  • Fantasizing about power, success and attractiveness
  • Exaggerating your achievements or talents
  • Expecting constant praise and admiration
  • Believing that you're special and acting accordingly
  • Failing to recognize other people's emotions and feelings
  • Expecting others to go along with your ideas and plans
  • Taking advantage of others
  • Expressing disdain for those you feel are inferior
  • Being jealous of others
  • Believing that others are jealous of you
  • Trouble keeping healthy relationships
  • Setting unrealistic goals
  • Being easily hurt and rejected
  • Having a fragile self-esteem
  • Appearing as tough-minded or unemotional

Tell me that isn't Obama to a 'T'.

TheSecondLaw's picture

Well, corporate execs hatch out all their little plots and deals on the golf course. Maybe Obomber is simply doing in Rome what the Romans do.  Afterall, he has to get them to give hom a job when he's done destroying Amercia.

countupir's picture

I could be wrong but the SAM is a surface to air missile rather than the Uncle Sam that usually has to do with taxes. Kinda like in Ukraine. Keep up with current events even though I understand how taxes are probably a bigger concern for you.

countupir's picture

Sorry. Duplicate post. No delete.

Antifaschistische's picture

"Or does the world have to finally succumb to at least one mushroom cloud beside the countless fires raging across the globe, before someone in the White House notices?"


Can we pick the GPS coordinates of the mushroom cloud?  If we could limit the world to a single mushroom....I'd put good money on my favorite GPS coordinates.

kaiserhoff's picture

Exactly, Chumba.

My first thought was Et Tu, Fruitay?

chumbawamba's picture

All part of the same shitshow that we've seen played out since time immemorial.  The inevitable political tossing under the bus.  In the olden days one was tossed beneath the horse drawn carriage and before that you were tossed beneath the wheels of the chariot.  Pretty soon NYT will be endorsing Hillary and the play begins anew.

I am Chumbawamba.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture



SoberOne (hey, I'm there too...)

+ 1

The time for warning is pretty much over.  Batten down the hatches and prepare for rough weather.


WhackoWarner's picture

Agree.  Warnings have been posted.  Batten down yes,  Wish you well.  This is not going to be pretty.

David449420's picture

Awsome, Banzani7. You consistantly exceed what I am expecting.

qbravo's picture

written in 1841, bitchez.

"The farmer imagines power and place are fine things. But the President has paid dear for his White House. It has commonly cost him all his peace, and the best of his manly attributes. To preserve for a short time so conspicuous an appearance before the world, he is content to eat dust before the real masters who stand erect behind the throne."

Ralph Waldo Emerson 
Compensation, from Essays: First Series (1841)


nmewn's picture

“Prudence itself is at her wits’ end. Pride, and Thrift, & Expediency, who jeered and chirped and was so well pleased with themselves and made merry with the dream as they termed it of philosophy & love: Behold they are all flat and here is the Soul direct and Unconquered still. What answer is it now to say—it has always been so.—I acknowledge that as far back as I can see the winding procession of humanity the marchers are lame & blind & deaf; but, to the soul, that whole past is but the finite series in its infinite scope. Deteriorating ever and now desperate. Let me begin anew. Let me teach the finite to know its Master. Let me ascend above my fate and work down upon my world." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some men are called on to rise above their petty selves & their times. Other men are called on to go golfing while working to down the world they find themself in.

kaiserhoff's picture

Is there ever quick sand on golf courses?

Sorry, the wish was father to the thought.

nmewn's picture

I think he's found one and he's up around his chest in it ;-)

disabledvet's picture

"You First" it should read...after "Forward."

The Great Dichotomy continues.

He really needs to climb some mountains, ride some horses...phucking CHANGE THE ROUTINE dude!

Go ride in an Apache gunship...hobnob with some B-52 pilots back from carpet bombing "zee undermunchen."

thamnosma's picture

Riding in a tank didn't help Dukakis.

WhackoWarner's picture

I do not believe in this religion stuff.  BUT GOOD LORD we (the unwashed masses) are in deep shite. The sheer audacity of calling the majority of the world incapable of thinking and doing so with such lack of ???? I am at a loss.


this gets more and more and more unbelieveable by the second.  WTF? How stupid do these people think we are?  And how desperate are they to stop all this info/opinion sharing?


NoDebt's picture

"How stupid do these people think we are?"


But you ask the wrong question.  The right question is whether they think you are going to do anything about it.

SofaPapa's picture

Who is "we"?

If you mean the people on this board, this does not represent the average of the nation.

The average person in the country is probably paying little enough attention to what is really going on that it doesn't matter whether they are stupid or just disengaged.  The effect is the same.  The elites can continue their games either way.

Until the majority reacts with horror to the propaganda that is currently deemed "normal" spewing out of CNN / FOX / etc. in all the public places you are likely to find yourself, we are not there yet for doing anything about it.

WhackoWarner's picture

Please put us out of our misery.  Buy the guy a fiddle and let someone set Rome on fire already.

We (the great unwashed waiters/truckdrivers/middle management/cashiers/taxi drivers/union members etc.) will fight the fires.  good riddance to stinking rubbish.

WhackoWarner's picture

Will this time be any different for the tone deaf president, and will the first observation of Obama's vacationeering by a liberal outlet force him to change his ways? Or does the world have to finally succumb to at least one mushroom cloud beside the countless fires raging across the globe, before someone in the White House notices? We should find out... but not before Obama comes back from Martha's Vineyard on August 24. Let's just hope that no major wars break out over the next month.

Good question.  But becoming less relevant by the second.  Question assumes that he gives a damn. Question assumes that White House is more that just a "Disneyland front". Question assumes that Pres actually has any power of any kind.  Question assume morality. Question assumes some remaining trust.

REST of the world.  Who cares what he says anymore.

ajax's picture



"President George W. Bush spent a total of 879 days on holiday in his eight years in office, according to Mark Knoller of CBS, the unofficial statistician of the presidency."


drendebe10's picture

"...navy-corpse man..."


The only thing the incompetent corrupt arrigant narcissustic illegal alien muslim sociopathic liar in chief puece of sh*t cares about is its celebrity grand imperual golf lifestyle.  Let the serfs & peasants eat cake in yhe unemployment line.

fleur de lis's picture

He's not smart enough to come up with any kind of plan. He doesn't even plan those vacations. His job is to look prim and pretty for the cameras, and read what ever the ruling psychos hand him.