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For Obama, no ordinary vacation
Washington Post ^ | January 1, 2010 | By Anne E. Kornbut

Posted on 01/01/2010 9:09:27 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer

KAILUA, Hawaii -- Before heading to a Wednesday luau, President Barack Obama did something much more somber, his aides said: he called CIA director Leon Panetta to discuss the deaths of seven agency officers in a suicide attack in Afghanistan.

On Thursday morning, before taking his family to a private viewing of the movie "Avatar 3-D," Obama called his counterterrorism and homeland security advisers for updates on an attempted airline attack a week earlier.

And on New Year's Eve, after more than five hours of golf, the president "cleared the decks" for work, aides said -- sequestering himself for several hours to study some preliminary assessments of intelligence failures in the airline case.

After an early wave of criticism for the president's decision to decline comment for three full days on the attempted Christmas attack, his advisers spent the rest of the trip pursuing two competing goals: shielding the president from further scrutiny so he could enjoy his time off while proving that he was fully engaged in national affairs.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Hawaii; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhochristmas; bhonye; doublestandard; failure; socialism

1 posted on 01/01/2010 9:09:28 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Hussein played plenty of golf, watched movies, surfed, and pretended to care about national security. He had plenty of vacation.


2 posted on 01/01/2010 9:12:01 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
After an early wave of criticism for the president's decision to decline comment for three full days on the attempted Christmas attack, his advisers spent the rest of the trip pursuing two competing goals: shielding the president from further scrutiny so he could enjoy his time off while proving that he was fully engaged in national affairs.

Wow

3 posted on 01/01/2010 9:12:03 AM PST by wastedyears (If I'm going out, I'm going out like Slim Pickins in Dr. Strangelove.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

>> on New Year’s Eve, after more than five hours of golf, the president “cleared the decks” for work, aides said — sequestering himself for several hours

Oooh, I feel much safer already!


4 posted on 01/01/2010 9:12:06 AM PST by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

These “working” vacations while US citizens died were never tolerated by the MSM under the Bush adminstration.


5 posted on 01/01/2010 9:12:31 AM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Poor baby...

Call the waaaaambulance...


6 posted on 01/01/2010 9:12:53 AM PST by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Barf-a-rooni Alert


7 posted on 01/01/2010 9:13:15 AM PST by duckman (My Grandma Isn't Shovel Ready!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

...”Obama called his counterterrorism and homeland security advisers for updates on an attempted airline attack a week earlier.”....

Attempted attack? It was an attack, that was successful except for the detonation.

This is the Washington Post covering for Obama. Are these people insane? They have to fly, too, just like you and me. Why do they cover for Obama?


8 posted on 01/01/2010 9:13:17 AM PST by astounded (The democrat party is a clear and present danger to the USA)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
.......the president "cleared the decks" for work, aides said

what a crock

9 posted on 01/01/2010 9:13:44 AM PST by kingattax (99 % of liberals give the rest a bad name)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
During Obama's Thursday golf outing, his advisers released an official photograph made earlier in the day during his national security call, holding a phone with a concerned look on his face.

Probably dictating a sternly worded letter over the phone.
10 posted on 01/01/2010 9:17:16 AM PST by AndrewB (FUBO)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Anything to avoid the wife and kiddies.


11 posted on 01/01/2010 9:18:52 AM PST by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“Defense Mode On” by WaPo.....


12 posted on 01/01/2010 9:19:20 AM PST by cranked
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Oh, please don't interrupt the festivities for something as trivial as national security!
God help us...he's absolutely sickening-the media even moreso.
I'll fall to my knees and cry with sheer joy to My Father when he's out and gone.
13 posted on 01/01/2010 9:20:03 AM PST by gimme1ibertee ("In a time of universal deceit,telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act"-George Orwell)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I want to know who told him he could take a vacation!


14 posted on 01/01/2010 9:20:12 AM PST by unixfox (The 13th Amendment Abolished Slavery, The 16th Amendment Reinstated It !)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The rest of the world has figured out what a disaster Obozo is. How come the WaPo can’t?

I haven’t read such blatant kneepad “journalism” in quite awhile. Excuse me while I go retch.


15 posted on 01/01/2010 9:21:54 AM PST by Tigerized (Proud Dad of a US Marine)
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To: wastedyears

>”his (COMMUNIST INSPIRED SYCOPHANTS) advisers (THE STATE RUN MEDIA)spent the rest of the trip pursuing (OBAMA ON THE GOLF COURSE) two competing goals: shielding the president from (MAKING AN ASS OF HIMSELF) further scrutiny (SCRUTINY, YEAH RIGHT) so he could enjoy his (FOURTH, OR IS IT FIFTH VACATION) time off while proving (FANTICISING) that he was (CLUELESS) fully engaged in (HIS GOLF GAME) national affairs”<


16 posted on 01/01/2010 9:22:27 AM PST by Kickass Conservative (Election 2010. No RATS, No RINOS...)
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To: unixfox

He’s taken more vacation sand played more golf than George Bush did. Obama feels insecure when it comes to golf. As a black man, he needs to prove he can play golf too like white President GWB.


17 posted on 01/01/2010 9:22:50 AM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

He’s sinking faster than Tiger Woods. He’ll be channeling Jimmah Carter in the Rose Garden. 100% sissified prima donna.


18 posted on 01/01/2010 9:23:50 AM PST by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bail out)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
pretended to care about national security

Nailed it!!!

19 posted on 01/01/2010 9:23:53 AM PST by Fast Moving Angel (GOP: Stop listening, start doing -- we need new leaders!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
And on New Year's Eve, after more than five hours of golf, the president "cleared the decks" for work, aides said -- sequestering himself for several hours ...

Oh Jesus Christ.

20 posted on 01/01/2010 9:26:39 AM PST by HIDEK6
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To: unixfox

Do you know if anyone’s locked the door so he can’t get back in?


21 posted on 01/01/2010 9:29:22 AM PST by FrdmLvr ("The people will believe what the media tells them they believe." Orwell)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“Advisers described him as having achieved the ultimate work-life balance, shifting from national security commander to outdoor sportsman every day, all while catching up with some of his oldest friends in a place that holds deep meaning for him.”

GAK! Since the stugots has apparently achieved Nirvana in Kailua, maybe he’ll do us all a favor and STAY THERE!!!


22 posted on 01/01/2010 9:31:24 AM PST by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "P" in democrat stands for patriotism)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
From Article: "Senior administration officials said that Obama at no point considered cutting short his trip to attend to matters on the mainland, and they could not deny that Obama still had plenty of fun despite the unexpected crises. He played golf and basketball, went snorkeling and to the gym, and ate at his favorite Honolulu restaurant. His wife and children went to the beach, and his entire family spent time with both a group of Chicago friends Thugs who traveled to Hawaii with them and local Oahu residents who have known Obama since childhood."
23 posted on 01/01/2010 9:37:18 AM PST by Spunky (You are free to make choices, but not free from the consequences)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Everyone of these “Cover for the boy-king” stories this week never fail to mention he was in the vicinity of his birth hospital. Thou protesteth too much?
24 posted on 01/01/2010 9:39:46 AM PST by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Let’s be honest. Has Obama ever NOT been on vacation since he entered the White House? It’s all been gyms, golf, parties, and travel to exotic foreign parts, where he is usually too tired to meet with heads of state unless they are people he can bow to.

At a guess, he spends no more than an hour or two a day on actual work—listening to his aides and agreeing to whatever they advise. Six months in office before he could be bothered to meet with the man in charge of the Afghan war—the war he earlier said was crucial to his plans. And when he did finally meet him, it was only to chew him out for going public with embarrassing revelations.

Even Porkulus and Obamacare have been left entirely to Nancy and Harry and the Backroom Boyz. Obama has gone out on the campaign circuit, but that’s about the only work he does. Maybe a hard weekend’s work, appearing on four or five TV talk shows, or a tour of the White House with Michelle and the kids and some slobbering reporter.


25 posted on 01/01/2010 9:41:04 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: unixfox
I want to know who told him he could take a vacation!

Probably the same idiot who told him he was qualified to be President.

26 posted on 01/01/2010 9:47:29 AM PST by YankeeReb (Pray for 0bama Psalm 109:8 ; May his days be short. May another take his office.)
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To: astounded

This is the Washington Post covering for Obama. Are these people insane? They have to fly, too, just like you and me. Why do they cover for Obama?


WAPO and MSM cover for Obama because it works.

MSM is the reason Obama is President.

MSM is the reason Bush’s poll numbers were in the tank.

MSM is not going to stop being the proponent of Marxist thought.


27 posted on 01/01/2010 9:49:05 AM PST by Presbyterian Reporter
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

And bowing toward Mecca five times a day?...


28 posted on 01/01/2010 10:22:14 AM PST by onedoug
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To: kingattax

“Odumbo” and “Work” should never be used in the same sentence.


29 posted on 01/01/2010 10:26:10 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: nmh
If you all want to have a good laugh....

Go to YouTube and type..”Shankapotomus President Barack Obama”.

I'm not sophisticated enough to ‘link’ the video, but it is outstanding, HE swings the club and his BlackBerry flies off.
Made my day,and hopefully will make yours.
Regards

30 posted on 01/01/2010 10:54:12 AM PST by AFret.
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To: Recovering_Democrat

He’s been on vacation since the beginning.


31 posted on 01/01/2010 11:10:41 AM PST by Parmy
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To: Oldeconomybuyer; All
I've said it before, and I'll say it again-- Kommander ZerØ's "_residency" is a laughable mixture of:

And "Movin' On Up!"

Unfortunately,

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32 posted on 01/01/2010 11:12:38 AM PST by backhoe (All Across America, the Lights are being relit again...)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
And on New Year's Eve, after more than five hours of golf, the president "cleared the decks" for work," AFTER, AFTER MOre than FIVE hours of golf!Obama lap dog Media Alert!
33 posted on 01/01/2010 11:43:29 AM PST by ColdOne (ColdOne(Obama=Treason))
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To: ColdOne

Senior administration officials said that Obama at no point considered cutting short his trip to attend to matters on the mainland, and they could not deny that Obama still had plenty of fun despite the unexpected crises”

Yeah despite the crises,,, plenty of fun for Obama. THESE PEOPLE MUST GO!


34 posted on 01/01/2010 11:46:49 AM PST by ColdOne (ColdOne(Obama=Treason))
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To: Spunky

“Senior administration officials said that Obama at no point considered cutting short his trip to attend to matters on the mainland, and they could not deny that Obama still had plenty of fun despite the unexpected crises. He played golf and basketball, went snorkeling and to the gym, and ate at his favorite Honolulu restaurant. His wife and children went to the beach, and his entire family spent time with both a group of Chicago friends (Thugs) who traveled to Hawaii with them and local Oahu residents who have known Obama since childhood.”


Wait, what? And this is the same press corps that hounded W for being in Crawford during the August recess? At least he worked at the Texan White House, and didn’t carry on like a user kid with a free pass to Six Flags. They’ve fallen mysteriously silent.

They don’t care. The Democrats don’t care, and Obama certainly doesn’t care ... not about the United States, its citizenry, the Constitution or the rule of law. It’s the Chicago way.


35 posted on 01/01/2010 7:05:57 PM PST by bootless (Never Forget. Never Again. And NEVER GIVE UP!)
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