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March 8, 2014 - 4:56 pm

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Following up last weekend’s official White House photo of President Obama talking on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the administration today released another phone photo, this one of a conversation with French President Francois Hollande. This one comes from Key Largo, Fla., where Obama is spending the weekend before returning to Washington to host a reception Monday for the 2012 and 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Champions before moving on to fundraising events Tuesday.

“The President welcomed the strong, unified stance of the United States and the European Union regarding Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine, including in the conclusions of the March 6 European Council,” the White House said of Obama’s calls with Hollande as well as British Prime Minister David Cameron and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. “The leaders reiterated their grave concern over Russia’s clear violation of international law and reaffirmed their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

The grim news out of Ukraine today included Russian forces mining the Crimean border. Opposition forces also reported that Russian laid mines five meters from a major gas pipeline near Armiansk in Crimea. Gas engineers are not being allowed to enter the the site and are being kept out by gunmen, according to Euromaidan PR. “If, God forbid, a gas pipeline explodes in this place, the exclusion zone will become a devastated wasteland and additionally, most of the Crimea will be left without any gas,” said Serhiy Golovin, chairman of the board at the Ukrainian state gas company Chornomornaftogaz.

UPDATE: Obama spent the afternoon golfing at the Ocean Reed Club in Key Largo. His partners were Valerie Jarrett’s cousin Cyrus Walker, Jarrett’s boyfriend and sportscaster Ahmad Rashad, and former Miami Heat player Alonzo Mourning.

Also read: Neither Snow, Nor Rain, Nor Gloom of Night Shall Keep our President from His Appointed Vacation

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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His fists aren't clenched, the gameboy was photoshopped out.
32 weeks ago
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My foreign policy is to play rock, paper, scissors!

My domestic policy is to take Constitutional paper and just play scissors.
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Yup, if you count every day he went to his home in Texas as "vacation". You know, the Waco White House, the one with the specialized equipment installed to provide all the secure channels etc? Oh, and all the time spent in Kennebunkport, which had all that going back to his Dad's time.

In fact, of you read the actually article (you linked a short summary) you find that:

"Sharpton said that Obama "has taken 92 days of vacation since he was sworn in," compared to 367 for President George W. Bush at the same point in his presidency. While this discrepancy is explained by the fact that Bush often worked from a family home in Texas ...."

Which is to say, even the source you're citing had Bush working at the Waco White House (his primary home not a vacation home, you ninnies) while Obama was going to big contributors' lavish mansions in resort locations.

In other words, nice try. For a fool.
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What a ridiculous photo.

I can tell that he's all worked up. I can also tell that he's dressed for golf. That suggests why he's all worked up.

The White House has logo-imprinted Styrofoam cups? Really???

I don't know what the White House expects Americans to think of that photo. I imagine Vladimir Putin will see it, chortle, and say "I can wipe up the floor with that".
32 weeks ago
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He's mad because he missed his tee time.
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Ocean Reef/
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G-d help us all.
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http://nyyrc.com/blog/2014/03/iron-tent-curtain-falls/

On the other side are the neo-fascist Eurasianists, led by Aleksandr Dugin, allied with other far-right Russian nationalist parties such as splinter factions of the National Bolshevists and the umbrella organization of Russian Skinheads, the Russian March. By the way, Russian March happen to have their annual get-together on the first of March… which as a coincidence just happened to be the day that the Russian troops went into the Crimea. The admiration of such groups of the Third Reich is equally apparent, as explained above. If this is not enough to convince one, then their propensity for tattooing their body with Nazi symbols, Nordic Runes, and their obsessive-compulsive predisposition to shave their heads and give each other Nazi-salutes takes all of the ambiguity out of the issue.
32 weeks ago
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mmm mmm mmm How's that hopey-feely thing workin' out?
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I'll have more flexibility after the next election
32 weeks ago
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what a wimp
32 weeks ago
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more likely he is trying to convince Reggie Love to come to Florida for some "bone fishing"
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Looks like he's working on that gas problem.
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Welcome to "Cupcake Island."
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