Skip to comments.Barack Obama-the Traveling Salesman
Posted on 03/12/2012 5:04:02 AM PDT by Kaslin
During the past year, Barack Obama has attended over 100 fundraisers. Even in a cynical, political town, such as Washington, DC Obama is racking up some staggering numbers, with time spent out of the office leading the list.
We are a generation that is used to executives who work outside of the office using air travel, telework, video conferencing, off-site, motivational conferences, international, simulcast product launches and a host of other 21st century management techniques to enhance a workers performance. But in this age of out of the office productivity activities, the average American is a mere piker compared to Barack Obama.
Peter Drucker, the management guru, once said that an effective CEO spends his time on an organizations priorities because time is the scarcest resource of the manager. If it is not managed, nothing else can be managed.
Few executives seem to spend as much time out of office as of Barack Obama, but with the recent Chapter 11 filing for bankruptcy by Fuller Brush, thoughts about door-to-door traveling salesman immediately brought Barack Obama to mind.
Consider: Barack Obama has played over 90 rounds of golf in the past 36 months, attended over 250 fundraisers (100 of them in the past 12 months),and taken 78 days of vacation.
The Presidency of the United States is, arguably, the most difficult job on the planet. Certainly, Americans want a president that is refreshed, rested and capable of making sound judgment calls on the complex issues of the day, but Barack Obama has taken more than just a few days off; hes taken them at great cost (literally) to the America people.
In the past year, Obama has done 20 fundraisers in California alone, traveling via Air Force One at a cost of approximately $180,000 per hour flying time. While several of the fundraisers occurred on the same trip, even the President of the United States cant change the basic rules of physics, so, Obama, on Air Force One, will still require approximately 5 hours to fly to California and 5 hours to return from California.
A modest cost estimate might show that the10 hours of air time costs, alone, for a round-trip fundraiser in California is upward of $1.8 million. Then, consider the sheer number of trips made by Barack Obama, and Americans can see that Obamas fundraisers in California cost the American taxpayer anywhere from $7 million dollars to $30million dollars and thats just the travel costs to California fundraising events. Imagine then, the cost of traveling to the other 80 fundraisers this past year.
If Americans consider the Presidents time spent playing golf, those numbers are also startling. A round of golf, where the course has been cleared (because hes the President and because of security) might be able to finish in about 3 hours. Of course, usually Obama golfs in the presence of hundreds of spectators such as occurred in Nantucket this past summer or in Hawaii over Christmasso assume in those cases that the play is a bit slower. In general, though, the average time to play a round of golf is approximately 4.5 hours. If Americans do the math, then 90 rounds of golf, averaging 4.5 hours equals about 405 hours spent golfing and several dozens more hours traveling to golf courses to play..
Then there are Obamas vacation days. (Now, hopefully some of the golfing occurred during Obamas vacation daysthough Obama often counts golf as a work day since he golfs with other politicos.) During the past three years, Obama has taken about 78 days of vacation. Most American workers work, on average, about 2000 hours annually. Obamas 78 days of vacation equal approx. 1872 hours, so Obama has spent almost one year of his three years in office on vacation.
And, as always, there is the travel to get to the fundraising, golfing and vacationing.
What becomes clear is that Barack Obama is traveling arounda lotselling himself, and trying to garner perks, privileges and a second term in office, but very little work that benefits the average American taxpayer seems to be getting done with our taxpayer dollars.
Its no surprise that President Obama rarely meets with his Cabinethe doesnt have timehes traveling. Its no surprise that Obama has little understanding of the complexity of current, American political issues since Obama rarely meets with the opposition. Obama doesnt have time, hes traveling.
Consider: three years is 1096 days. Even by the most modest of estimates, with over 250 fundraiser, 90 rounds of golf and 78 vacation days, Obama has spent 40% of that time pleasure-seeking and fundraising.
Is it any wonder that Obama has no understanding of the struggles of the small business owner who spends 14-hour days, six or seven days a week trying to grow a business? The struggles of the small business owner who is being crushed under the Obama Administrations excessive regulatory stranglehold and who has to use his personal savings to finance business growth, who has to use his home as collateral to gain access to capital and who hasnt had a vacation in five years has more in common with aliens from outer space than with Barack Obama.
Our nation is facing big problems, and we need folks willing to work now to solve these problems now. Delaying hard decisions is a sign of weakness and will surely lead to failure. So, its a bit scary when Drucker warns managers against ignoring fiscal priorities in favor of a grandiose future, as Obama seems to have done.
Golfing. Traveling. Fundraising. Vacation. Golfing, and then more fundraising. And, oh yes, vacation. Obama has made his priorities clear to Americans. Obama is all about re-election, pleasure and re-electionas long as it can continue to be done at the expense of the American taxpayer.
He's a con artist.
It reminds me of the tricks that the phoney baloney good time rockin rolling faith healers use. Bark is a snake-oil salesman, a conman, a wise guy, a confidence man, a shyster, a hustler, a flat out crook.
He should be impeached for abusing his office to get reelected. The extra fuel he is using to travel around the country must run into the millions and he should pay for it.
I believe you are falling way short on the 28 vacation days per year. You forget the many vacations he took in between. Also President Bush worked on his vacations, unlike that arrogant lazy pos.
He has only NINE posts. In them he steps on SEVEN toes:
1) Defending Obama's fundraising.
2) In favor of the Intelligent Design guy at NASA getting fired.
3) Thought Palin was "unprepared"
4) Says "everybody does it" when looking at how out-of-touch Obama is on the economy.
5) Defends Maher by asking why people waste so much time on him.
6) Minimizes the Breitbart video of Obama at Harvard.
7) Presses for a national ID card.
Cold Equations couldn’t coldly equate his way out of a waterlogged fishwrap.
Noted that he failed to note Obama perpetually vacations and golfs.
I’d impeach him for putting his filthy feet on Ronald Reagan’s desk, the pig.
Impeach him for thinking the Constitution is no limit to his power.
Impeach Congress for making it appear that way.
Okay. Heck, I’d impeach him for getting up in the morning because he’s sure to do something to diminish our country.
Which presumably equals the number of his teeth. Good riddance.
Disgusting! Can’t WAIT for him to be sent to the dustbin of history!
I would have had him impeached for not showing up to the swearing in ceremony on time. That’s just me.
Oh, there’s also the little matters of not producing a valid birth certificate, attempting to bribe Andrew Romanoff and Joe Sestak to drop out of their Imperial Senate races against key political cronies, Operation “Fast and Furious”, attacking Libya without the consent of CONgress, and Solyndra. Let’s not forget them like the media has.