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Obama's Hawaii Vacation Not Much of a Vacation (Actual LA Times Headline and Article)
Los Angeles Times ^ | Wednesday, December 30, 2009 | Alana Semuels

Posted on 12/30/2009 5:53:13 PM PST by kristinn

...a sign when President Obama delayed his Hawaiian vacation until the Senate passed the healthcare bill: There wasn’t going to be a whole lot of relaxing going on this Christmas.

Sure, there’s been the requisite Hawaiian vacation activities -- golf, basketball, tennis, picnics and snorkeling, but for every minute of fun, the president has had hours and hours of briefings and secure conference calls.

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Even without politics, Obama’s days are frenzied. He works out at the Marine Corps Base before dawn every morning, including Christmas Day. On Sunday, a day many people might watch football and sleep in, Obama left for the gym at 6:36 a.m., worked out and played basketball with staff there for two hours, was briefed about another unruly airline passenger, and then went to the beach with his family -- all before noon. That night, the Obamas went out to dinner for about 2 1/2 hours, not leaving for home until 11 p.m., making Sunday a 16-hour day.

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The long days and constant news have made the Obamas' vacation not very fun for the staff and media traveling with the president. Journalists spend most of the day in a frigid ballroom in the Moana Surfrider hotel in Waikiki, waiting to hear if any other news is breaking, or if any officials will drop by for briefings. A recent dinner featured yawning journalists checking BlackBerrys for new developments on the thwarted terrorist plot, ready for bed by 10 p.m.

White House staffers have been waking between 3 and 4 in the morning because of the time difference with Washington, D.C., and spending 17-hour days in windowless hotel conference rooms, not on the beach. Many are skipping meals. Most haven’t gotten the chance to don the bathing suits they toted all the way from Washington.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Hawaii; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhochristmas; bhovisit; flight253; mediabias; obama
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1 posted on 12/30/2009 5:53:14 PM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn

This is a joke, right? The Prez is worn out because he had to work out at the gym for 2 hours and eat out for 2 hours, not getting home til 11?

Life’s just a bitch, isn’t it?


2 posted on 12/30/2009 5:55:07 PM PST by bboop (We don't need no stinkin' VAT)
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To: kristinn

Am I the only one who thinks yesterdays audio only speech was given from the seat of a golf cart?


3 posted on 12/30/2009 5:56:07 PM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: kristinn
?Most haven’t gotten the chance to don the bathing suits they toted all the way from Washington.

Something for which the other Hawaiian tourists are eternally grateful.

4 posted on 12/30/2009 5:56:33 PM PST by edpc (Those Lefties just ain't right)
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To: kristinn

Like I C-A-R-E.......

The lametard jack squat president should be back in D.C. already, in fact, he should have been there after the attempted terrorist act on Flight 253, which ironically, Google is attempting to likewise bury....just type in flight 25 and watch as Google’s smart search identifies EVERYTHUNG but Flight 253.


5 posted on 12/30/2009 5:57:15 PM PST by cranked
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To: kristinn
poor wittle man child
6 posted on 12/30/2009 5:57:53 PM PST by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: kristinn

Yeah, he had to spend it with MO.


7 posted on 12/30/2009 5:58:16 PM PST by ducdriver (judica me, Deus, et discerne causam meam de gente non sancta. (Ps. 42))
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To: kristinn

Sorry, I’m not buying “This Hawaii Vacation sucks and it’s really work” suck @ss media spin. If it’s soooo bad he would have left days ago.


8 posted on 12/30/2009 5:58:33 PM PST by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: kristinn

FUBO!!!!!!!!! FUMSM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


9 posted on 12/30/2009 5:58:34 PM PST by My Favorite Headache
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To: kristinn
but for every minute of fun, the president has had hours and hours of briefings and secure conference calls.

Like I believe this garbage...

10 posted on 12/30/2009 5:58:42 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Remember Neda Agha-Soltan|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: kristinn
the Obamas' vacation not very fun for the staff and media traveling with the president.

Sniff! (not)

11 posted on 12/30/2009 5:59:54 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Remember Neda Agha-Soltan|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: kristinn

“Sure, there’s been the requisite Hawaiian vacation activities — golf, basketball, tennis, picnics and snorkeling, but for every minute of fun, the president has had hours and hours of briefings and secure conference calls.”

Gosh, you’d think being President wasn’t a 9-5 job or something!

Where *do* they find these idiots?


12 posted on 12/30/2009 6:00:14 PM PST by DemforBush (Now officially 100% ex-Democrat.)
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To: kristinn

But Obama still found time to golf, surf, snorkel, layout in the sun....


13 posted on 12/30/2009 6:00:59 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: kristinn

14 posted on 12/30/2009 6:01:01 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: kristinn

I can tell ya, pity is just oozing out my pores for these poor people. I mean, really, they are just so...so...put upon. Gosh, I’m just so impressed.

Maybe they’re all just getting vacation bored since they’ve had at least 12 in the last 11 months.


15 posted on 12/30/2009 6:02:03 PM PST by RowdyFFC (The opinion of a wise Welshtino woman...)
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To: kristinn

AAWWWWWWW! Cry me a river!


16 posted on 12/30/2009 6:02:16 PM PST by R_Kangel (`.`)
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To: kristinn

17 posted on 12/30/2009 6:02:21 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: kristinn; maica
White House staffers have been waking between 3 and 4 in the morning because of the time difference with Washington, D.C., and spending 17-hour days in windowless hotel conference rooms,

They probably never thought they'd yearn for Crawford, Texas in the winter. At least they didn't have to get up at 3 a.m. there. LOL

18 posted on 12/30/2009 6:02:32 PM PST by Freee-dame
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To: kristinn
"Obama's Hawaii Vacation Not Much of a Vacation"

If the job is so tough, he could always resign.

19 posted on 12/30/2009 6:03:26 PM PST by Flag_This (ACORN delenda est)
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To: cripplecreek
Am I the only one who thinks yesterdays audio only speech was given from the seat of a golf cart?

The interesting thing is there were reporters there at the time.

I could hear them shouting, "Mr. Pres--ent!, Mr. Pres--ent!" after he spoke. Yet nobody seems to know where he gave the speech from.

20 posted on 12/30/2009 6:04:33 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: kristinn

If you aren’t up to the job, RESIGN! A total panty waste.


21 posted on 12/30/2009 6:04:35 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bail out)
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To: kristinn
Poor little sweetie.

Golfing is so much more difficult than ranching.


22 posted on 12/30/2009 6:04:40 PM PST by BuckyKat
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To: Red Steel
But Obama still found time to golf, surf, snorkel, layout in the sun....

But not to go to church on Christmas Day.

23 posted on 12/30/2009 6:04:46 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Remember Neda Agha-Soltan|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: kristinn

The Prex is not much of a reader is he? In that respect, he is unlike any President since Ford, and before Ford, Harding. An obvious political stickfigure, he is certainly not the intellectual the university wiseguys and BostWash elitists supposed.


24 posted on 12/30/2009 6:04:55 PM PST by Melchior
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To: kristinn

“White House staffers have been waking between 3 and 4 in the morning because of the time difference with Washington, D.C., and spending 17-hour days in windowless hotel conference rooms, not on the beach. Many are skipping meals.”

thanks to `Columbian marching powder’!


25 posted on 12/30/2009 6:05:06 PM PST by tumblindice
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To: sionnsar
but for every minute of fun, the president has had hours and hours of briefings and secure conference calls.

Like I believe this garbage...


Yeah, they can't keep from going over the top, can they? Amateurs. A little understatement would help their case, but no. . . . The LA Times has been out of control like this a lot lately. Hilarious.
26 posted on 12/30/2009 6:06:06 PM PST by Genoa (Luke 12:2)
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To: bboop

“Alana Semuels is a journalist for the Los Angeles Times in Los Angeles, California. Semuels, born in Boston, Massachusetts, attended Harvard University where she earned Bachelor of Arts in American History and Literature.” (wiki)

Not a joke to these types. But to me, this blog read like satire.
All she left out was that Obama would find who was responsible for the undiebomer...right after the snorkling session.


27 posted on 12/30/2009 6:06:24 PM PST by Matt Hatter
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To: kristinn

The TOTUS-reader has taken more vacations in a year than any other recent Presidents’ entire TERMS.


28 posted on 12/30/2009 6:07:32 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: kristinn
"On Sunday, a day many people might watch football and
sleep in, Obama left for the gym at 6:36 a.m., worked out
and played basketball with staff there for two hours, was
briefed about another unruly airline passenger, and then
went to the beach with his family -- all before noon."


-the hack that wrote this is to journalism as the Detroit
City Council is to government.
29 posted on 12/30/2009 6:10:32 PM PST by 4buttons
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To: cripplecreek
Am I the only one who thinks yesterdays audio only speech was given from the seat of a golf cart?

I don't know where he gave the speech from but the official AP photo below taken at the time explains why it sounded kind of muffled.


30 posted on 12/30/2009 6:11:35 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: 4buttons

We do more vacationing by 8 AM than most people do all day.


31 posted on 12/30/2009 6:12:10 PM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: kristinn

Wonder if any of the journalists are wishing they were in Crawford Texas right about now.

LOLOL......oh I love their whining misery.


32 posted on 12/30/2009 6:12:41 PM PST by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: VRWC For Truth
A total panty waste.

A waste of the panties the Left keep throwing at him..

..oh waittaminute! They're screaming that they're getting screwed too. Never mind..

33 posted on 12/30/2009 6:14:19 PM PST by Clint Williams (America -- a great idea, didn't last.)
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To: Freee-dame

GMTA.......I posted before I saw your comment about Crawford.


34 posted on 12/30/2009 6:14:53 PM PST by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: 4buttons

he was PLAYING BASKETBALL and working out and that is why he wasn’t notified for almost 3 hours during the terrorist attack???????????


35 posted on 12/30/2009 6:15:23 PM PST by RummyChick
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To: freedumb2003
The TOTUS-reader has taken more vacations in a year than any other recent Presidents’ entire TERMS.

This might be a good thing. I vote for a 24/7/52 vacation for 3+ more years.

In solitary in Leavenworth.

Or any other places without communications to the outside world.

36 posted on 12/30/2009 6:16:42 PM PST by Clint Williams (America -- a great idea, didn't last.)
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To: kristinn
He works out at the Marine Corps Base before dawn every morning,

Sorry, BO. You're not good enough OR man enough to work out at the Marine Corps Base.

37 posted on 12/30/2009 6:20:19 PM PST by azishot (HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!)
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To: ducdriver

” Yeah, he had to spend it with MO. “

Barry’s boyfriend Reggie Love is with him at all times.
Michelle is obviously the beard.
And the media knows it.
I think that the primary reason Barry refused to leave Hawaii the moment the country was attacked was because of his desire to spend quality time with Reggie.
Love trumps national security.
Yesterday, Barry wore his thong banana hammock and admired Reggie’s snorkel at the closed to the public Hanauma Bay .
I think they renamed it HomoObama Bay in their honor.


38 posted on 12/30/2009 6:20:23 PM PST by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: bboop

If he works out for two hours he must be using 10 pound weights because he still has man boobs and no muscle tone at all.


39 posted on 12/30/2009 6:22:02 PM PST by Renegade (You go tell my buddies)
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To: kristinn
Journalists spend most of the day in a frigid ballroom in the Moana Surfrider hotel in Waikiki...

The horror.

40 posted on 12/30/2009 6:27:27 PM PST by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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To: kristinn
Let's give him to Germany because they adore him so much. (1 year ago:)

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41 posted on 12/30/2009 6:27:53 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Remember Neda Agha-Soltan|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: kristinn
making Sunday a 16-hour day

If the briefing took more than an hour, I'd be surprised. The rest of the time was his usual exercise stuff and the rest was family. So what if it was 16 hours? That leaves a good night's sleep. Cry me a river.

42 posted on 12/30/2009 6:33:25 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is fading.)
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To: kristinn

If Emperor Obama worked out at the Marine Corps gym before dawn on Christmas morning, which Marines had to come in to open the place and miss Christmas morning with their families?


43 posted on 12/30/2009 6:33:31 PM PST by Bulldawg Fan (Victory is the last thing Murtha and his fellow Defeatists want.)
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To: devolve

The latest pictures of him show his eyes half shut, all of them and it’s strange looking.


44 posted on 12/30/2009 6:34:03 PM PST by potlatch
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To: bboop

oh still laughing from your comments, many thanks for a good laugh I needed that!


45 posted on 12/30/2009 6:35:34 PM PST by okokie
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To: azishot

Or American enough or patriotic enough.


46 posted on 12/30/2009 6:42:44 PM PST by Badray
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To: sionnsar
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47 posted on 12/30/2009 6:48:22 PM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: Red Steel
But Obama still found time to golf, surf, snorkel, layout in the sun....

Workouts, basketball, time at the beach with family, long dinners.

I'm crying for the poor Commie.

48 posted on 12/30/2009 6:52:28 PM PST by A message
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To: 6SJ7

Here’s a thought:

Get your butts OUT of the frigid ballroom and do a little INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM! Obama supposedly grew up in Hawaii-—maybe you could attempt this new-fangled thing called an interview of people who knew him and his grandparents!


49 posted on 12/30/2009 6:53:07 PM PST by Mangia E Statti Zitto
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To: kristinn

Obama is over with. He will be a lame duck President soon.


50 posted on 12/30/2009 7:02:58 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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