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Swingers

By Mahons On February 20th, 2013

Presidential vacations are a sideshow.  However, criticism of them is and should be a national and bi-partisan pastime.  President Obama’s recent golf outing to Florida is the latest in what can be described as a tone deaf outing given the nation’s issues.

He just got finished a campaign in which he advocated an anti-poverty program, explaining how sacrifice must be made, how hard he works, how sacrifices must be made and how he is the best advocate for women.  Then he jets down to Florida on Air Force One for a golf weekend at an exclusive club with serial philanderer Tiger Woods.

Look, Presidents take vacations.  Reagan took more, as did George W Bush.  Bush arguably took off a full year out of eight (some wish he had taken all eight).  Reagan had a line, quoting Nancy, that Presidents don’t get vacations – they get a change of scenery.  To a certain extent this is true, the issues remain, the President stays in constant contact and  modern communications mean he could serve from Wyoming.

But to me it is a matter of appearance.   Symbolism matters.  And I think the President has figured he isn’t running again and whatever criticism there may be it will die on the vine so there isn’t a political cost to a getaway he wouldn’t have dared before the election.  It is a disappointment.  And those who are critical of the media’s not pointing that out have a point on this occasion.

16 Responses to “Swingers”

  1. Obama is lazy.

    One of the reasons why Obamacare is a convoluted and corrupt mess is that he never proposed a bill, which might have taken study and work.

    He let the crooks in the House slap a bad deal together instead of proposing something simpler, and which might have included things like lawsuit reform, which would have displeased his trial lawyer donor buddies.

    Now, watch him really coast for the last four years.

  2. And those who are critical of the media’s not pointing that out have a point on this occasion.

    Surely you mean the state-run media!

  3. When GW Bush was president, Rush Limbaugh and Hannity were state run media?

  4. Petr – Funny.

  5. //And I think the President has figured he isn’t running again and whatever criticism there may be it will die on the vine so there isn’t a political cost to a getaway//

    I very much doubt that’s his reasoning.
    Was he not criticised for taking vacations over the past few years too?

  6. There seems to be a big difference between American Presidents and British Prime Ministers.
    In America, they generally appoint competent people with appropriate specialist knowledge to posts equivalent to our Ministers, agree a policy, and them leave the appointee to get on with the job. Not all of the appointees are politicians or in Congress, but are subject to congressional approval.
    Here the prime minister appoints Ministers who are MPs and have no great knowledge of the ministry they are to run, and are certainly not as competent as their American counterparts. In addition, when there are problems, the public seem to expect the Prime Minister to get involved rather than leaving it to the Minister.
    No wonder our PMs look aged when they retire after a few years whilst the American Presidents seem largely unchanged

  7. Noel – He was, but this one is more of a pure stag party among the rich and famous that would not have worn so well.

  8. Reagan’s point about the president never really being on holiday is true.

    When reviewing one of Michael Moore’s mendacious documentaries which mocked Bush for going on holiday by showing him at his ranch, someone pointed out that the very footage he used showed Tony Blair there as well- ie he wasn’t on holiday he was meeting another head of government.

    Mind you I don’t think working more hours makes someone better at their job anyway.

  9. //someone pointed out that the very footage he used showed Tony Blair there as well- ie he wasn’t on holiday he was meeting another head of government.//

    I’d say it depends on the individual – Obama is probably able to get a lot of work done even during vacation breaks, whereas Bush, for example, probably did little work even in a normal day at the White House, which partly explains how America was able to survive his 8 years.

    Certainly, these two idiots don’t seem to be getting much done.

  10. All Presidents are never on vacation, even this one. There office and there work goes with them where ever they are.

    That’s what you miss whether Obama is in the Whitehouse or on the golf green he doesn’t govern.

    You’ve got brass balls talking about “appearance” especially when it comes to Obama. The man just doesn’t care and sycophants applaud him. When Bush was President he played 18 rounds of golf and someone in the press asked him if he thought it looked good for the president to be playing golf while men were dying in war. He never played another round of golf. Obama has played 163 rounds of golf and more soldiers have died while Obama has been President than when Bush was President. Yet the Press has not once asked Obama how it looks with him playing while men die. There is your difference.

  11. //more soldiers have died while Obama has been President than when Bush was President. Yet the Press has not once asked Obama how it looks with him playing while men die. //

    What about when men lie?
    As any child can tell you, many more US soldiers were killed under Bush than since Obama became president. Go out and find one and ask him.

    You obviously couldn’t care less about US troops dying if you don’t even know this.

  12. your wrong Noel

  13. I’m breaking my rule in responding to you, but oh well I’m not perfect. I can admit when I’m wrong.

    First off 6631 Soldiers have died since the beginning of the War on Terror. Unlike you I have family members who are fighting in it. So preach to me about which of us cares about those that serve in the military.

    Second the war is far from over, and Obama is still President so his death count is far from finished. Third you are right if you want to crunch numbers which is how you view a soldier as a number or more importantly a person that you don’t understand. More have died so far under Bush than Obama.

    I won’t get into the reasons why, because they are beyond both your understanding and your caring.

    The point of my comment was the press made the comment to Bush, he reacted. The press has never made the comment directly to Obama. It has been made to him and he hasn’t altered his behavior one bit. It goes to the character of both men.

    That was the point.

    oh and unlike you not only do I care about our soldiers I know the numbers

    2003 526, 2004 898, 2005 944, 2006 917, 2007 1021, 2008 468, 2009 459, 2010 559, 2011 467, 2012 314, and this year 3 so far.

  14. //oh and unlike you not only do I care about our soldiers I know the numbers//

    Oh bullshit, we all know you just went looking for those numbers on some website.

    You said that more soldiers have been killed under Obama than under Bush. Either you DID NOT know the numbers or you DID know but were trying again to tell lies.

    Now, tell us: which was it?
    But either way, it very much suggests you don’t really care, as anyone who cared would both be aware of the numbers and definitely not try to distort them just to make a cheap propaganda point.

    Of course, the only number nobody can keep track of is how often you get things wrong, as that figure is truly astronomical.

  15. Noel your to stupid to see I already gave you the answer.

    That speaks for itself.

  16. They were all sent off to be killed by Bush II and Bush III.

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