Skip to comments.Obama's Hawaii Vacation Not Much of a Vacation (Actual LA Times Headline and Article)
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 wasnt going to be a whole lot of relaxing going on this Christmas.
Sure, theres 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.
Even without politics, Obamas 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.
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 havent gotten the chance to don the bathing suits they toted all the way from Washington.
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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?
Am I the only one who thinks yesterdays audio only speech was given from the seat of a golf cart?
Something for which the other Hawaiian tourists are eternally grateful.
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.
Yeah, he had to spend it with MO.
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.
Like I believe this garbage...
“Sure, theres 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?
But Obama still found time to golf, surf, snorkel, layout in the sun....
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.
AAWWWWWWW! Cry me a river!
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
If the job is so tough, he could always resign.
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.
If you aren’t up to the job, RESIGN! A total panty waste.
Golfing is so much more difficult than ranching.
But not to go to church on Christmas Day.
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.
“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’!
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.
The TOTUS-reader has taken more vacations in a year than any other recent Presidents’ entire TERMS.
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.
We do more vacationing by 8 AM than most people do all day.
Wonder if any of the journalists are wishing they were in Crawford Texas right about now.
LOLOL......oh I love their whining misery.
A waste of the panties the Left keep throwing at him..
..oh waittaminute! They're screaming that they're getting screwed too. Never mind..
GMTA.......I posted before I saw your comment about Crawford.
he was PLAYING BASKETBALL and working out and that is why he wasn’t notified for almost 3 hours during the terrorist attack???????????
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.
Sorry, BO. You're not good enough OR man enough to work out at the Marine Corps Base.
” 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.
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.
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.
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?
The latest pictures of him show his eyes half shut, all of them and it’s strange looking.
oh still laughing from your comments, many thanks for a good laugh I needed that!
Or American enough or patriotic enough.
Workouts, basketball, time at the beach with family, long dinners.
I'm crying for the poor Commie.
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!
Obama is over with. He will be a lame duck President soon.