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March 7, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Nor, apparently, war or the threat of war.

Russian tanks may be revving their engines on the borders of Ukraine, ready to begin Sevastopol Grand Prix, but that’s not going to keep President Obama from jetting off to Key Largo for a little fun in the sun.

Politico:

The situation in Ukraine won’t keep President Barack Obama from taking a weekend getaway in South Florida with his family.

Obama will stick with his plans to travel to a beachfront resort in Key Largo following a visit Friday to a Miami high school, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One.

“There’s always a chance the schedule could change, but I don’t anticipate any changes,” Earnest said.

The president is bound to face criticism from Republicans for spending the weekend away from the White House while he and other foreign leaders remain stymied by Russia’s refusal to pull back troops from Ukraine.

Obama will be able to monitor the situation, Earnest said: the president is traveling with a deputy national security adviser, will be able to engage in talks in a “secure fashion,” and can meet “all the responsibilities that he has.”

CNN helpfully explains why this is no big deal:

While the White House signaled earlier in the week that a long-planned getaway in South Florida could be nixed due to overseas events, the commander-in-chief and his family will remain in Key Largo for the weekend.

All presidents are routinely criticized for taking time off even though the chief executive always travels with a full retinue of aides and secure communications equipment. This means he can work and the requirements of the job are never far away.

This is true — up to a point. While every president leaves themselves open to criticism for sneaking away for a weekend, I can’t recall it happening when our primary geopolitical adversary is poised to start a shooting war in Europe.

Just sayin’.

What do you suppose Vladimir Putin is thinking when he hears that Obama is off to Florida with his family to play golf and soak up some rays while he holds a massive air defense exercise and 150,000 Russian troops are on the border of a much smaller neighbor?

What would you think if you were Putin?

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Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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It would be a significant improvement if he never returned to the White House. His vacations only cost us a few millions a day, which is a bargain compared with his policies.
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For all the difference Obama has made in the matter, so far, he might as well be camped on the far side of the moon.

His value as President is so far into the negative column, it would hardly matter if he never shows up at the White House again.
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Perhaps, on this occasion, it might be better if Obama were out of town. Given his reluctance to be bothered about the Ukraine and the ineptitude shown by his handling of Syria and Libya, it might be better if he were not in Washington, DC misinterpreting events.
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Even when Obama is in Washington, who knows what he is doing during the crisis.
29 weeks ago
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Obama can skip his morning briefing as easily in Key Largo as he would in Washington, right? "Hey, watch this drive!"
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What would I think if I were Putin?

I might think it's time to test fire some of those new missiles in Cuba.
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Putin thinks he is in control and will hold off annexing Florida for now.
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"What would you think if you were Putin?"

I would think what better place for the president to receive the "thinking and marching orders" from the Masters. Secluded. Surrounded with like minded messengers in a setting least likely to be bugged. It just may be that "golfing" has many facets.

I'd think "Ok - lets see what THEY come up with."
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Yup. Get the script, rehearse the lines... for all we know Putin could be in on it.
29 weeks ago
29 weeks ago Link To Comment
For all the difference Obama has made in the matter, so far, he might as well be camped on the far side of the moon.

His value as President is so far into the negative column, it would hardly matter if he never shows up at the White House again.
29 weeks ago
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It would be a significant improvement if he never returned to the White House. His vacations only cost us a few millions a day, which is a bargain compared with his policies.
29 weeks ago
29 weeks ago Link To Comment
Perhaps, on this occasion, it might be better if Obama were out of town. Given his reluctance to be bothered about the Ukraine and the ineptitude shown by his handling of Syria and Libya, it might be better if he were not in Washington, DC misinterpreting events.
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