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Dumbest GOP Meme Yet: Does The President Deserve A Vacation? (Barf Alert)
Outside the Beltway ^ | 8/22/2010 | Doug Mataconis

Posted on 08/22/2010 2:05:56 PM PDT by Qbert

As silly season in Washington continues, the Republican Party has decided to make it even sillier:

VINEYARD HAVEN, MASS. — For the second straight year, the first family has landed on this island of quaint seaside towns, second homes and working farms for a late-summer getaway.

But this year, more so than last, political opponents are trying to hang a question over the visit: Does President Obama deserve a vacation? The Republican National Committee has taken to calling Obama “the Clark Griswold president,” a mocking reference to the Chevy Chase character in National Lampoon’s “Vacation” movies. With unemployment claims climbing again, the GOP was hoping its criticism would have a certain national resonance. And maybe it will.

One potential complication: Obama has spent far less time on vacation than his Republican predecessor, George W. Bush, had at this point in his presidency.

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That is fairly obvious, of course, considering that it is only the vociferous partisans that seem to bring this issue up time and time again when Presidents engage in the most inane types of leisure activities. Steven Taylor put it best, I think, when he talked about the golf meme back in June:

First, presidents deserve some down time.  Do we really want them to have no rest and relaxation?

Second, conservatives in particular, who argue that we should recognize and accept the limitations of government should recognize that having a president work 24/7 is an inefficacious desire.

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So let the President golf, let him go to Martha’s Vineyard.

One can argue about the President’s performance in office, and I largely think he’s done a pretty bad job so far, but to criticize him for stuff like this is petty and stupid.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: golf; obama; vacations
His FIFTH vacation since...July?? (I know it takes work to get the right David Brooksfrum/Kathleen Parker-style touch, but sheesh, even some Libs at the Times are starting to sour on the guy...)
1 posted on 08/22/2010 2:06:03 PM PDT by Qbert
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2 posted on 08/22/2010 2:06:45 PM PDT by Schnucki
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To: Qbert

Zer0 needs to focus like a laser beam on something other than lining up his putts.


3 posted on 08/22/2010 2:07:36 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Qbert

Why Yes a long stay in Leavenworth would do nicely.


4 posted on 08/22/2010 2:08:15 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: Qbert

Uh, I’d like to give the dope a PERMANENT vacation....


5 posted on 08/22/2010 2:08:57 PM PDT by Kozak (USA 7/4/1776 to 1/20/2009 Reqiescat in Pace)
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To: Qbert

Dumb? Dumb is not knowing the equivalent political torture called, “Death by a Thousand Cuts.”

Works pretty well.

He’s great at providing the knives, too. The waffling worked well this week.


6 posted on 08/22/2010 2:10:44 PM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: Qbert
One can argue about the President’s performance in office, and I largely think he’s done a pretty bad job so far, but to criticize him for stuff like this is petty and stupid.

I getting pretty weary of people who criticize people who criticize the president. He's the President of the United States for gosh sakes. If the little man can't handle the (well deserved, IMHO)scrutiny, perhaps he should look for another line of work.

7 posted on 08/22/2010 2:10:58 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: Qbert

undocumentd mooooselum vacationeer


8 posted on 08/22/2010 2:10:58 PM PDT by barbarianbabs (Liberty 5-3000)
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To: Qbert

Lazy *ss and Fat *ss take their 479th vacation.

Worst Presidential couple in history.


9 posted on 08/22/2010 2:13:21 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (Character is defined by how we treat those who society says have no value.)
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To: Qbert
Seriously takes so many vacations ... he needs a vacation from his vacation.

But honestly, it's not just the fact that he takes vacations.. it's the over the top excursiveness, and the insensitivity it displays that is the real issue.

Actually in many ways this issue is just like the mosque one... Does a president have the right to take a vacation... of course. Should the President and his family go on extravagant trip after trip wearing the latest most expensive designer clothes and blowing 100’s of thousands of dollars while the American economy burns... no.

This is not a question of rights. It's a question of doing what is right.

10 posted on 08/22/2010 2:14:37 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Epic Fail)
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Key word here is “A.” Not five. One. Same as many people get in a year.


11 posted on 08/22/2010 2:15:40 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is <strike>fading</strike>gone.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009
grr... I wish their was an edit feature on this board. Why do I always notice typo's the second AFTER I post.
12 posted on 08/22/2010 2:15:45 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Epic Fail)
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To: Qbert

He can’t meet with George Soros and the K Street lobbyists at the White House, because it’d show up in the sign-in log.


13 posted on 08/22/2010 2:17:54 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I don't need a newspaper to know the world's been shaved by a drunken barber.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

” expensive”

Nay, extravagent. Lavish. Wasteful.

Hmmmmmm....wasteful at a time of foodstamps, homeless, despairing unemployed and dispossessed.

Out of touch.

Thank yew!


14 posted on 08/22/2010 2:20:09 PM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: Qbert
One potential complication: Obama has spent far less time on vacation than his Republican predecessor, George W. Bush, had at this point in his presidency.

Bush used to go to his home in Crawford and work from there. That time out of Washington is being equated with posh vacations on Martha's Vineyard and Bar Harbor, Maine, as well as time spent in five star hotels in Spain, with 40 close friends.

15 posted on 08/22/2010 2:24:49 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Right Wing Assault

“Key word here is “A.” Not five. One. Same as many people get in a year.”

—Ok, I’ll reword it for the GOP...:

“Does the President deserve his fifth vacation since July?”

Satisfied?


16 posted on 08/22/2010 2:29:01 PM PDT by Qbert
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To: Qbert

First, I don’t buy this idea that President Bush spent more time on vacation than Obama. The media has lied about similar things (claimed that Pres. Bush hadn’t gone to Arlington on Memorial Day either - except a FReeper here linked the speech Pres. Bush gave at Arlington when he supposedly wasn’t there).

Second, context if EVERYTHING. Taking personal time at one’s own home isn’t the same thing as jet-setting the World at public expense. Also, the economic times in 2000 weren’t Depression Era, and so, it didn’t show nearly so much contempt for those struggling.

This is just another pathetic attempt to keep the real media (so-called alternative media) from reporting what the drive-by media doesn’t want known.

“Nothing to see here, move along. . .”


17 posted on 08/22/2010 2:34:44 PM PDT by ziravan ("Are you better off now than you were 4 trillion dollars ago?")
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The dumbest assertion this month - republicans invented this meme just for this president.


18 posted on 08/22/2010 2:35:37 PM PDT by DManA
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I wish he’d play more golf and slow down the central management crap coming out of the White Crib. The less he does, the less damage he can cause. It is a little tone-deaf for Barry and Michelle-Omarosa to party every Wednesday night, have wagyu beef bashes, lavish trips with huge entourages, etc, while the unemployment rate goes up beyond even his own predictions, pension funds tank, and the economy circling the drain.


19 posted on 08/22/2010 2:41:04 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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I imagine Lindsey Graham will come out and tell us that Obama was elected president and is entitled to taking all the vacations he wants.


20 posted on 08/22/2010 2:43:36 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (DemocRATS! America's Taliban!)
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To: Qbert
I like to comment withis quote from the People's Cube (www.peoplescube.com):

White House revises policy to announce when President is at work instead of announcing when he is going on vacation.
21 posted on 08/22/2010 2:44:12 PM PDT by alecqss
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To: ziravan

I don’t remember Bush taking ANY vacations during Katrina or 9/11. Correct me if I am wrong, but didn’t he spend his “off-time” mostly working on his ranch? Didn’t he handle matters frequently from his ranch? I don’t see the comparison. I don’t ever remember Laura taking personal trip to Spain with friends either. Did I miss something?


22 posted on 08/22/2010 2:44:52 PM PDT by marstegreg
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To: Qbert

The more time he spends vacationing on the taxpayer dollar, the less time he’ll have in the office spending the taxpayer’s grandchildren’s dollars.


23 posted on 08/22/2010 2:52:29 PM PDT by bgill (K Parliament- how could a young man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: ziravan

“First, I don’t buy this idea that President Bush spent more time on vacation than Obama. The media has lied about similar things (claimed that Pres. Bush hadn’t gone to Arlington on Memorial Day either - except a FReeper here linked the speech Pres. Bush gave at Arlington when he supposedly wasn’t there)...”

Yeah, good points- wouldn’t surprise me.

And how do we *really* know what Obama is doing “presidential-wise” while on vacation? His advisors of course will say that he’s getting daily briefings, etc. but given the lack of transparency and amount of dishonesty with these people, who knows whether this is true or not?


24 posted on 08/22/2010 2:58:59 PM PDT by Qbert
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It's much easier to track the Usurper's days in the office.

What are we up to over the last 2 years, minus Wagyu beef parties...Day 90 maybe?


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

25 posted on 08/22/2010 3:21:16 PM PDT by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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Pres. Bush had working vacations...not hiding vacations
26 posted on 08/22/2010 3:28:21 PM PDT by stylin19a (Never buy a putter until you first get a chance to throw it)
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The loon deserves a sentence, not a vacation.

Hopefully, the former will replace the latter if Repubs manage to find the testosterone and grow a pair sometimes in the next millenium.


27 posted on 08/22/2010 3:33:02 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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I don’t recall any president ever taking a “news free” vacation.

Apparently obummer thinks this is a part time job.


28 posted on 08/22/2010 3:38:25 PM PDT by muddler (Diligentia, Vis and Celeritas)
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To: TexasFreeper2009
Should the President and his family go on extravagant trip after trip wearing the latest most expensive designer clothes and blowing 100’s of thousands of dollars while the American economy burns... no.

Even Jimmah figured that one out.

29 posted on 08/22/2010 3:38:36 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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The question shouldn't be if the president deserves a vacation, as that is petty.

The question is if the president deserves the most lavish luxurious royal vacation that is possible?

The answer is no, the president does not deserve royal treatment on our dime.

-PJ

30 posted on 08/22/2010 3:38:40 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too ("Comprehensive" reform bills only end up as incomprehensible messes.)
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Israel and Iran are about to go head to head, our unemployment figures are going ever skyward, police in NY are now having to contend with protesters and supporters of this Victory Mosque ( no violence yet, but you really think it will stay peaceful?), our borders are more unstable than ever, and this so-called president is off in Martha’s Vineyard deciding what kind of ice cream to try today. Absolutely pathetic.


31 posted on 08/22/2010 3:38:51 PM PDT by Xyz22
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To: The Comedian

LOL

I’m guessing he’s probably having secret Arugula parties, too.


32 posted on 08/22/2010 3:44:07 PM PDT by Qbert
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The O’bozo’s had to cut one vacation short so they could start the next one on time.

At least when he is on the golf course he isn’t poisoning America with more of his simplistic socialist claptrap.


33 posted on 08/22/2010 3:51:21 PM PDT by Iron Munro (If you cannot be a good example you can serve as a horrible warning - like Obama)
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To: Paladin2

“Zer0 needs to focus like a laser beam on something other than lining up his putts.”

That is PUTZ!


34 posted on 08/22/2010 4:30:21 PM PDT by chooseascreennamepat (Reid: Why, oh why, are they picking on me?)
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Ruining a world beating economy and flushing 200 years of history down the crapper is a hard job of work; the man deserves his days of leisure. Let him rest up while the rest of us little people scrabble to hold on our little pieces of the American Dream. He’ll pick up where he left off all too soon enough.


35 posted on 08/22/2010 4:57:49 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Socialism is the philosophy of failure, - W Churchill)
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“Ruining a world beating economy and flushing 200 years of history down the crapper is a hard job of work; the man deserves his days of leisure. Let him rest up while the rest of us little people scrabble to hold on our little pieces of the American Dream. He’ll pick up where he left off all too soon enough.”

Fair enough. ;-)


36 posted on 08/22/2010 5:01:59 PM PDT by Qbert
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To: Right Wing Assault
Key word here is “A.” Not five. One.

Amazing, isn't it, that this needs to be pointed out?

37 posted on 08/22/2010 5:10:46 PM PDT by MozarkDawg
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“Key word here is “A.” Not five. One.
—Amazing, isn’t it, that this needs to be pointed out?”

So the fact that the guy is basically on vacation for a month-a-half (separated by a bunch of fundraisers) before he takes his “official” once a year vacation is...irrelevant?


38 posted on 08/22/2010 6:13:15 PM PDT by Qbert
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A vacation is not several separate and distinct spots, time frames, regardless you're hitting the campaign stop during them -- all that means is that he and his family won't be spending their money on them. Yes, that is irrelvant, as is your idea that a month-and-a-half *vacation* is somehow not a vacation before he takes his "official" vacation -- he's the president, not a school teacher who gets the summer break because of the schedule.

I also resent the use of the word "deserve" here.

39 posted on 08/23/2010 5:39:21 AM PDT by MozarkDawg
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Dumbest GOP Meme Yet: Does The President Deserve A Vacation?

Hey Mataconis.

Dumbest Democrat Meme Yet: The President Deserves Five Vacations in Two Months.

40 posted on 08/23/2010 5:46:17 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("We beat the Soviet Union, then we became them." Lazamataz, 2005)
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Where to begin...?

First:

“A vacation...means...that he and his family won’t be spending their money on them.”

Hotel bills and restaurants are paid for privately by a president.

Second:

“A vacation is not several separate and distinct spots, time frames, regardless you’re hitting the campaign stop during them.”

I didn’t say he took campaign stops *during* his vacations. He hits the campaign stops...when he returns to “work” after each vacation.

Third:

“Yes, that is irrelvant, as is your idea that a month-and-a-half *vacation* is somehow not a vacation before he takes his “official” vacation...”

That’s basically the exact opposite of what I was saying if that “not” is meant to be in the sentence.

I realize there are bigger fish to fry, but all I’m saying is, if you ask the average Joe on the street- who’s struggling to find work of pay his bills- whether POTUS needs another (lavish) vacation, and you’re going to hear a response asking something along the lines of, “How many bleeping vacations does the guy need in less than two months?”, or “I didn’t know that he left the last vacation...”. Most folks don’t have the time or energy to engage in the semantic word games of the elites.

“...[H]e’s the president, not a school teacher who gets the summer break because of the schedule.”

—Agree.


41 posted on 08/23/2010 11:25:12 AM PDT by Qbert
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