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Give Obama a Break About Vacations: Presidenting is Hard

If we ever had an Independence Day-type scenario, this is not a president who would personally fly an F-15 against the alien mothership

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Frank J. Fleming

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August 21, 2014 - 5:25 pm
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People are starting to wonder if maybe — just maybe — President Obama takes too many vacations. This is his work week lately:

Monday: Get home from vacation.
Tuesday: Readjust after being gone for so long.
Wednesday: Work.
Thursday: Pack for next vacation.
Friday: Tee time!

And if you’ve ever been by 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, you know that the mailbox out front is constantly stuffed, because no one is ever there to collect the mail.

Meanwhile, wars are being fought in Iraq, Israel, Ukraine, Syria… maybe it’s just easier to list the countries where there isn’t a military conflict or huge unrest. And things are just falling apart domestically. Like why in the world were all the police in military gear in Ferguson? It’s like there’s a commotion in Mayberry, and suddenly Andy Griffith rolls downtown in a tank and body armor. And we thought that we in America had solved the whole racial tension thing, but it turns out, no. We have not. That one is still a problem.

Where is the president during all this? He’s at Martha’s Vineyard. Researching class warfare, I guess. His area of expertise: how the one percent live. He did take a break from his vacation to attend some high-level briefings in Washington since, you know, basically the whole world is on fire, but you can tell he did so pretty begrudgingly. If we ever had an Independence Day-type scenario, this is not a president who would personally fly an F-15 against the alien mothership. Instead, he’d be wishing Earth the best of luck from the nearest golf green.

But should we be mad about all of the president’s vacations? I argue no. Here’s why.

Reason 1: Presidenting is hard.

Being president of the United States of America, the most powerful country in the world, is not easy. I mean, way back when George Washington started, it wasn’t that bad. At the time, the country’s population consisted of only a dozen families living in mud huts or something. And the Middle East was merely a rumored place no one was actually sure existed. I assume President Washington had a conversation with his Secretary of State — named “Bob”, I guess (if you really care what his actual name was, look it up on Wikipedia yourself; don’t be lazy) — that went something like this:

“We hear there’s lots of violence going on in the Middle East, Mr. President.”

“And where is that, Bob, or whatever your name is?”

“Well, it’s to the east. It’s past the beginning of the east but before you get to the end of the east.”

“And is there anything there we need?”

“No, Mr. President. They only have oil, which our top scientists have determined is completely useless.”

“Let’s ignore the Middle East, then. Instead, we’ll work on my legacy. I don’t want to just be known as America’s first white president, so I’m working on a universal health care plan called ‘Leeches for All’.”

But things are much tougher for America today. There are like a billion people in America now, and we all hate each other. Plus America is now the world’s police force — a very militarized one (though people in other countries like that, for all I know or care to know). If something happens in any country, the U.S. president is supposed to do something about it. And scientists estimate there are something like 200 countries on this planet. So hundreds of countries, plus all of the U.S.’s problems like jobs, the border crisis, and fat kids constantly weigh on the president, and if he doesn’t take vacations to relieve this stress, then he ends up spending his nights staring at The Button.

The big red button that will bring peace to the world through fire and death. The thing that will end it all. And as the stress grows, The Button talks to him. “Yes, Mr. President. Let’s bring about change. Horrible, horrible change. All you have to do is push me. Push me, and it all finally stops. Come on. There’s nothing good left to watch on Netflix. You’re bored. But I will bring you excitement. I’ll bring the whole world excitement. You’ll be remembered throughout history — what little will be left of it. Yes, that’s right. Your hand is hovering above me now. Just press me. Do it. DO IT NOW!”

So the president needs vacations.

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If we ever had an Independence Day-type scenario, this is not a president who would personally fly an F-15 against the alien mothership.

He wears mom jeans but Michelle wears the pants in the family. He throws like a girl, sissy-rides a bicycle and can't hit a basket in less than 20 tries. Putin puts his ostensible manhood to shame. The words "F-15" and "President Obama" do not belong in the same sentence.
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I doubt this guy can change a tire, much less fly an airplane.
8 weeks ago
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“Gentleman seeks employment. Position must pay at least $400,000 per year, include residential mansion with hundreds of staff, very large private jet with a staff of at least a dozen, plenty of vacation and other recreational opportunities and require no more than 10 hours of actual work per week. My qualifications are ... well ... basically nonexistent, but I can assure you I am a very special person, in fact the most special person in the whole wide world ... ever ... and I am entitled to it”.

No matter what the problem is, Obama’s solution almost always involves at least 18 holes of golf. I guess it’s a variation of that old, “If your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail”.
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What? You mean he's not a better pilot than our pilots?
8 weeks ago
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Yes it is true Obama is the worst president in modern history it is also true that a majority of Americans elected him. Are the people who put him in office ashamed of their choice? The answer is HeiI no! America is full of ignorant brain washed idiots! The only way this is going to change is when a life threatening crises hits the nation. Until then idiots will continue to elect morons.
8 weeks ago
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Reason # 5: What difference, at this point, does it make???
8 weeks ago
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On a Martha's Vineyard vacation -
After his 24/7s for years now excelling at making repeated, heart-breaking, real-time combat decisions under nearly constant incoming fire in the WH Situation, he needs some R & R to continue his pace and duty of faithfully defending the U.S., its Constitution and its worthy true citizens in the fast-paced, high risk world of 2008 - 2016. We would not want him to now disintegrate under the pressures and responsibilities. Let's all pitch in for his parking fees at the Hale Koa, too.
8 weeks ago
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Don't miss Maureen Dowd's column, Obama's version of the Gettysburg Address, linked at Drudge under "So Help Me Golf." http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/24/opinion/sunday/maureen-dowd-the-golf-address.html
8 weeks ago
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Can anyone imagine this clown flying an ass and trash plane onto a carrier and stepping out in a flight suit ala George Bush? I'd pay to see that.
8 weeks ago
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but he does like wearing the flight jacket, because it is so cool
8 weeks ago
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To paraphrase the planet of the apes movie before this one, "Vacation...is...home."
8 weeks ago
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The OBVIOUS response, comes, from all places, Mystery Science Theater 3000:

"Push the Button, Frank!!"
8 weeks ago
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We can all joke about this clown, but let's not forget that when
A charismatic megalomaniac is going down that's when he
Does the most damage to his 'followers', in Obama's case,
America. Jim Jones forced his people to drink poison
Kool Aid and David Koresh helped burn his congregation
Alive. We should be more than a bit nervous knowing
Our own little Napoleon in the White House has that little red
Button on his desk! He presents a danger to the whole world!



8 weeks ago
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And his followers deserve to be damaged.
Damaged real bad.
8 weeks ago
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What makes you think he's not from the mother ship?
8 weeks ago
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Because he's not funky. Why do you think George Clinton hangs out with Brad Thor instead of Obama?
8 weeks ago
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I missed that. Who's George Clinton?
8 weeks ago
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Parliment Funkadelic. you'll hava google it.
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