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Party On, First Dude

Criticizing presidential vacations? in this case there may be a bit more justification for the venom than usual.

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Jazz Shaw

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August 13, 2014 - 9:48 pm
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The president has been on the receiving end of some withering criticism over his unwavering determination to stick to his guns and hold true to his long-range vacation plans. Such commitment is admirable, particularly in the face of public admonitions from both Republican malcontents and weak sisters in his own party.  Obama was already under fire in June for his planned California getaway, even as the crisis on the southern border boiled over in the summer sun and disasters unfolded on no less than three other continents. But in August, undeterred by the negative Nellies surrounding him, he doubled down on his strategy, announcing a Golf Surge with a plerophory that his detractors would be proven wrong yet again.

The launch party for this latest stop on the PGA tour — that’s Presidential Golf Adventures, and don’t any of you media vultures try to steal it — had the flavor of genius about it.  Rather than seeming distant and removed from world affairs, Barack Obama met the press corps head on, reciting a prepared statement on the newest plan to bomb Iraq. But in the background stood Marine One, the commander in chief’s personal helicopter, leaving no doubt as to the longer-range arrangements for the day. And only moments later he disappeared into the aforementioned aircraft, zipping off to the gated enclaves of Martha’s Vineyard.

This proved too great a cross to bear for Dana Milbank. The author bubbled over on the pages of the Washington Post, declaring that the tawdry display gave “the impression that he is detached as the world burns. “

The president was not without his supporters in the media, however. USA Today launched into a spirited defense of the Tiger Woods School of International Crisis Management, leading off with the time tested comparison between the sum totals of Obama’s vacation days and those spent by his predecessor in Crawford or at the Kennebunkport compound. (A nearly four to one ratio in favor of the current White House occupant at this stage in their respective presidencies, for those keeping score at home.) The statistical lesson seemed to become a bit strained when they moved from Bush to Bill Clinton to Franklin Roosevelt.  But the essay might still have been salvageable at that point had they not resorted to playing the John Adams card. (Adams spent seven months on his farm at one point, leading his critics to ask if he’d abdicated his office.)

Simply stating that the president’s vacation days don’t add up to the quantities taken by previous office holders is weak tea at best. Comparing your hero’s actions as being somewhat less questionable than those of other leaders you’ve mocked still doesn’t paint him in a good light.

The USA Today article put the true cherry atop the dish, however, when they chose to add the following disclaimer:

“If he’s lucky, no big emergencies will upend his trip.”

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The problem with this president, Brian, isn't whether he's connected, or not. The problem with Obama is, even when he's on the job, and connected, he produces nothing of worth.
9 weeks ago
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If I were a terrorist, I would time my attacks according to the President's vacation/golf/fundraising schedule. Later, when he finally gets back to his office and reads about it in the newspaper, he'd have a vigorous and meaningful response or a salad for lunch or something.

If an American city or two were blown up, it might be enough to cause him to stop at the 9th hole for a statement about why he's a great President. If a golf course or two were blown up by terrorists, he'd be on the phone to the Pentagon in a second demanding action.
9 weeks ago
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PARTY on, my wayward son
For there'll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest
Don't you cry no more

Once I rose above the noise and confusion
Just to get a glimpse beyond this illusion
I was soaring ever higher, but I flew too high
Though my eyes could see I still was a blind man

Though my mind could think I still was a mad man
I hear the voices when I'm dreamin', I can hear them say
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Obama has always CARED MORE ABOUT PRESIDENTAL PERKS than work. He doesn't give a darn about the US or any citizens.
9 weeks ago
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sad, the optics are so bad, and for a man that spoke of the contract that would preclude vacations for taking this job, once more the video of what he said and what is does, confirms a liar, and even worse a liar that can't remmeber that what he said in on video.

http://conservativevideos.com/2014/08/remember-obama-vowed-take-vacations-elected-president/
9 weeks ago
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At this point in the game, does it really matter where Obama is? He's completely irrelevant to anything.
9 weeks ago
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Very good point. Who would want Barry's input anyway? The man is
totally ignorant of history and could actually care less. Isn't that obvious
by now, so why is everyone griping about his vacations, parties, etc?
He is and will always be a jive ass community organizer and with
the presidency has become a quintessential grifter.
9 weeks ago
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"They were careless people....they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever
it was that kept them together and let other people clean up the mess they
had made." F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby
9 weeks ago
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I actually thought he wanted this job; however, being on perpetual vacation is one of his self-induced perks. Even when he is in the WH, he manages to not be accomplishing anything. The fact that he cashes his paycheck is no reflection on his integrity.
9 weeks ago
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Do not be naive. He is not accomplishing "nothing".

Things are changing in this country, and it is no accident.
9 weeks ago
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Things may be changing but that is the result of an uneducated population who have no idea of "American values"
9 weeks ago
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The criticism just seems like the boy who cried wolf. You do not put it in context of how often this president has taken vacation in relation to past presidents. You just say that is not a good analysis. You do not say what a good comparison would be. You also do not criticize other presidents for having taken vacations. It is just yelling squirrel. Also, unlike in the past, due to technology the president can now be completely connected with his cabinet and other advisers.
9 weeks ago
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The problem with this president, Brian, isn't whether he's connected, or not. The problem with Obama is, even when he's on the job, and connected, he produces nothing of worth.
9 weeks ago
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The best thing that could possibly happen for the country is for the scorpion to stay on vacation.

Just look at his track record. 0 for 1,000 ain't a coincidence.
9 weeks ago
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If I were a terrorist, I would time my attacks according to the President's vacation/golf/fundraising schedule. Later, when he finally gets back to his office and reads about it in the newspaper, he'd have a vigorous and meaningful response or a salad for lunch or something.

If an American city or two were blown up, it might be enough to cause him to stop at the 9th hole for a statement about why he's a great President. If a golf course or two were blown up by terrorists, he'd be on the phone to the Pentagon in a second demanding action.
9 weeks ago
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PARTY on, my wayward son
For there'll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest
Don't you cry no more

Once I rose above the noise and confusion
Just to get a glimpse beyond this illusion
I was soaring ever higher, but I flew too high
Though my eyes could see I still was a blind man

Though my mind could think I still was a mad man
I hear the voices when I'm dreamin', I can hear them say
9 weeks ago
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How about these lyrics from a 80's song "Cult of Personality" by the band Living Colour:

Look in my eyes, what do you see?
The cult of personality
I know your anger, I know your dreams
I've been everything you want to be
I'm the cult of personality
Like Mussolini and Kennedy
I'm the cult of personality
The cult of personality
The cult of personality

Neon lights, Nobel Prize
When a mirror speaks, the reflection lies
You won't have to follow me
Only you can set me free

I sell the things you need to be
I'm the smiling face on your TV
I'm the cult of personality
I exploit you, still you love me
I tell you one and one makes three

I'm the cult of personality
Like Joseph Stalin and Gandhi
I'm the cult of personality
The cult of personality
The cult of personality

You gave me fortune
You gave me fame
You gave me power in your God's name
I'm every person you need to be
I'm the cult of personality
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