Obama On The "Sacrifice" Of "No Vacations" In His Own Words

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A few weeks after none other than a suddenly critical NYT took on the topic of a "tone-deaf" president's vacation days during times of domestic and global crises, the topic of Obama's vacationing days during the twilight of his presidential career, one already marked with near record low approval ratings, has suddenly become mainstream media fodder.

Entier Reuters, which takes up NYT torch as follows:

President Barack Obama gave Americans an update on U.S. military strikes in Iraq on Saturday from a podium on the White House lawn with Marine One, the presidential helicopter, parked in the background.


Four hours later, he offered an altogether different tableau: a golf game with friends at a lush course on Martha's Vineyard, the upscale Massachusetts island where the president and his family began a two-week vacation.


contrasting scenes, which quickly sparked some hostile commentary from critics, illustrate the dilemma of taking time off when you are the most powerful leader in the world and, by definition, handling major issues all the time.

None of this is new or exclusive to Obama of course. His predecessor certainly wasn't immune from vacation gaffes:

While on vacation in Maine in August 2002, Republican President George W. Bush reacted to a suicide bombing in Israel from the first tee box on his golf course.


"I call upon all nations to do everything they can to stop these terrorist killers. Thank you. Now, watch this drive," Bush said before swinging his club. The Republican president later gave up playing golf when his popularity plummeted after the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Still, the volatile geopolitical state of the world which is the most fragile in decades, with the biggest threat, aside from the numerous regional wars, being the second Cold War spiralling out of control, is one which the president seems to take almost casually: it is this nonchallance that appears to have stunned most.

The president's Republican critics have already hammered him for going ahead with a vacation just days after authorizing airstrikes in Iraq - the first direct U.S. military action there since the last U.S. troops withdrew in 2011. But White House staff allowed press photographers to take pictures of the president with club in hand at the beginning of his Saturday game. That is rare. Journalists seldom get to view the president playing golf, which he does almost every weekend in Washington when the weather is good.


The fact that reporters were given access to him on the same day as his somber comments on Iraq showed a White House wanting to appear immune to critics of Obama's taking time off.

Judging by the response this is merely the latest tactical misstep by an administration that is now affectionately known as a bull learning to tango in a china store.

On Monday he plans to attend a Democratic fundraiser and, if previous vacations are a guide, he will spend the rest of his time putting, eating dinners at upscale restaurants, and spending time with his wife and two daughters


This year's presidential trip to the island is longer than previous years, when his stays have lasted just over a week. Obama, in office since 2009, is scheduled to return to the White House on Sunday for a couple of days of meetings before coming back to Martha's Vineyard to finish his vacation. Several dozen anti-Obama protesters held signs and waved at passing vehicles on Saturday afternoon at a traffic circle near a bridge that links Cape Cod to other parts of Massachusetts.

But what is the most damning aspect of this whole "straight to TV" scandal of an administration which should probably have been on vacation from day one, considering the fate of the US economy markets has been in the hands solely of the Federal Reserve, with both the legislative and the executive merely doing lip service to either Bernanke or Yellen, are Obama's own words on the relevant topic. To wit:

"You give me this office, and in turn, my fears, doubts, insecurities, foibles, need for sleep, family life, vacations, leisure is gone. I am giving myself to you. The American people should have no patience for whatever is going through your head because you have a job to do. You don't make that decision unless you are prepared to make that sacrifice, that tradeoff. Those who make mistakes in the president's office make them because they haven't fully thought through the dimensions of that choice."

And the clip:

For once, the president was spot on.

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RacerX's picture

I think "Deaf and Dumb" is a better description for the responses.

Keyser's picture

401 fund raising events in between his time on the links hardly constitutes "working hard"... 

TeethVillage88s's picture

I guess going to Law School and Editing the law Journal never meant studying all day and working on his extra curricular activities.

Law School was too easy? Didn't you at least watch some episodes of the "Paper Chase"?

r00t61's picture

Whether the Teleprompter-in-Chief, past or present, is taking time to go golfing, or lunching in the toniest towns and shops, or whatever, is immaterial. They all do it.  They're all hypocritical little parasites enjoying themselves at taxpayer expense.

The bigger question is why MSM sources that are traditionally aligned with the Democrat team have decided to turn on Obama in this fashion. 

I think that they have already made a conscious decision, a long-term strategy, to start distancing themselves from Obama to pave the way for Hitlery in 2016.


Pladizow's picture

Where you stand depends upon where you sit!

gh0atrider's picture

gh0atrider doesn't know about you guys... but personally, BO gets me feeling all volksy.

gh0atrider's picture


jcaz's picture

No problem-  Joe's got this shit handled......  BUWAHAHHAHAHHAHHAHAHAH

espirit's picture

"Don't do as I do, do as I say."

Austerity, Bitchez...

Pure Evil's picture

g0atfucker actually had me laughing at those!

knukles's picture

Conscious?  Hah ha ha haha
Politically adept manipulation, no guilt or remorse.

chubbar's picture

The MSM doesn't mention that the U.S. started the conflict in Ukraine (among other places).

They don't mention that Malaysia is charging the Kiev gov't of shooting down MH17. In other words directly confronting one of the main talking points in the U.S's march to war.

They don't mention that Eastern Ukraine actually VOTED to join Russia (AKA self determination, one of the constitutions founding principles).

They don't mention that Putin has every right to sent in humanitarian aid to anyone he chooses, to say nothing of it being one of his neighbors.

In short, the main stream media is joined at the hip with this administration in every crucial, important matter. They are co-conspirators in getting a world war started. Always remember that and the fact that not one of those dickless reporter wimps could ever imagine actually doing what they went to school for instead of bending over for 20 pieces of silver.

knukles's picture

He don' do no va-k-shuns.  He's on Fact-Finding Missions.
Mooch and the kids vacation all the time!

Sudden Debt's picture

For a guy from Kenia, vacation is even to much work so if you look at it from his point of vue...

Oldwood's picture

Just another sacrifice for his peeps.

The Phallic Crusader's picture

he knows less about the Constitution than the legal affairs writers at Slate.

NidStyles's picture

Doesn't matter this article is basically the media laying groundwork for the eventual take over by the Executive. You can't have a coup unless the masses think you don't do enough and have to more to fix the mess you may have had a hand at. 


I think more of you need to go back and actually read the NDAA. It basically states that from now on anything these people says is aimed at generating a specific reaction. 

Roll Tide's picture

For all of you who care - the lobster last night was outstanding.  It is true that they taste better if you eat them fresh from the ocean.  Barak loved them!

Having a wonderful time.  Wish you were here.  


Signed, Michelle

inhibi's picture

Law school is a joke. I went to NU engineering undergrad. Then when I graduated, I went for my masters in 2 years (only took me 1) and am now getting my PhD and JD concurrently (5th year). If I had to rank all the programs from hardest to easiest it would go:

undergrad engineering

phd engineering

masters engineering


Reading technical papers during my PhD and then reading even the most fact loaded, convoluted, law cases, really put it into perspective. Law school is a joke. Its a joke because almost everyone in law school never took a hard science class or had to read scienctific articles/papers that require:

1). Massive amounts of studying and brushing up on mathematical concepts/biological concepts/cehmistry etc, not BS (since law is, you know, made up)

2). Incredible attention to detail. If you cant understand a sentence in a technical paper, most of the time, you wont be able to understand anything after it, since it all builds on each point (once again completely different from law)

3). Logic beyond that 2nd grade level required to understand a law case.

Yet people like you keep telling themselves and everybody around them about how "hard" it was. No wonder lawyers tend to suck.

drendebe10's picture

More "truth" from the incompetent corrupt arrogant narcissistic illegal kenyan indonesian alien muslim pathological liar in chief sciopath. And the sheeple lap it up.  The king had new clothes,the king has new xlothes. But is that a banana stuck up its azzho?

y3maxx's picture

"Liar in Chief"

Bar None

holmes's picture

The Dave Dinkins (ex NYC Mayor) of national politics

QQQBall's picture

So what is golf? OJT?

Sudden Debt's picture

Wow!! Let's hope it's not true because once it's established in on big country like france, it's as good as global.

NidStyles's picture

The only thing big about France is the average size of it's prostitutes vaginas. 

knukles's picture

Frenchwomen also have very large hairy nutsacks

Implied Violins's picture

At least they give it up...

Lea's picture

NidStyles, if not "big", the word central certainly applies to France. It has borders with Spain, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, it's is within spitting distance of the UK, and Paris is a world hub of tourism with an average 15 million tourists per year.

See the problem?

samcontrol's picture


la concha de tu hermana conchudo de mierda! Encule de ta rasse.

First, leave prostitutes alone.
Second, leave France alone.

This French dude can give you a BIG ass kicking whenever you need it you yellow pussy.

WTFx10's picture

Fuck ,enough of this ebola shit. When 100's are dying daily in the cities then I can give a fuck.

mobtown's picture

Try moving to Baltimore, so you can give a fuck.

NoDebt's picture

I can't believe he would have said one thing while he was running for office and done something different when he got there.  Utterly shocking.

Frankly, I feel better when he's not around.  

Jumbotron's picture

"So what is golf? OJT?"

A walk in the woods spoiled.

TeethVillage88s's picture

Could be some ball cleaning time in the Locker Room. Maybe the Locker Room is the real focus.

Pure Evil's picture

If it has a bath house, then he knows he's at home.

Time to take a selfie of my junkie.

Itchy and Scratchy's picture

Ain't  sure if he's werkin' hard ...or hardly werkin'?

rbg81's picture

Obama would have, and did, say ANYTHING go get elected POTUS.  Almost everything out of his mouth was a lie.  Claiming that he would take no vactions was one of the dumber things he said.  As usual, no one in the MSM will hold him to account.

newdoobie's picture

So, is he saying that all his mistakes are because he didn't know what he was getting into?

Bastiat's picture

Gosh, you'd almost get the impression that he's a lying sack of shit.

NoDebt's picture

They're all lying sacks of shit.  Just some of them are effective lying sacks of shit, and some aren't.  Obama isn't.