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Reporter Asks Carney: Will Obama Cut Back on Lavish Vacations, Golf Trips? (Carney Punts)
Weekly Standard ^ | 3/18/13 | Daniel Halper

Posted on 03/19/2013 2:06:14 AM PDT by markomalley

A reporter from Colorado asked White House spokesman Jay Carney how President Obama justifies "lavish vacations" and golf trips, and whether he plans to cut back:

(NB: video at link)

Bringing up high unemployment in minority communities and government furloughs, the reporter started, as well as "millions of Americans unemployed, and family budgets that have been cut. How does the president justify lavish vacations and a golf trip to Florida at taxpayer expense? And does he plan to cut back on his travels?"

Carney responded, "I can tell you that this president is focused every day on policies that create economic growth and help advance job creation."

UPDATE: Here's the full exchange: 

  Q    All right.  I wanted to follow up on this young woman’s question about the high unemployment out in places like Colorado, all around the country, especially in the minority communities -- exceptionally high unemployment.  And when there is government workers who may be furloughed, millions of Americans unemployed, and family budgets that have been cut, how does the President justify lavish vacations and a golf trip to Florida at taxpayer expense?  And does he plan to cut back on his travel?

     MR. CARNEY:  I can tell you that this President is focused every day on policies that create economic growth and help advance job creation.  We have presided over the past three years over an economy that’s produced over 6.3 million private sector jobs, and we have more work to do.  And this President’s number-one priority is growth and job creation.  When you come to --

     Q    But it’s not working in the minority communities.

     MR. CARNEY:  Well, the fact is unemployment has come down.  It has not come down nearly enough.  And what we need to do is embrace policies that advance job creation, make secure the middle class, and create ladders of opportunity for those who aspire to the middle class.  We certainly do not need to embrace economic policies that shift the entire burden of deficit reduction onto senior citizens, middle-class families, Medicaid recipients.  The proposal coming out of the House would slash Medicaid by a third. 

     Q    But it doesn’t affect inner-city jobs.

     MR. CARNEY:  It doesn’t?  You don’t think it does?

     Q    No.

     MR. CARNEY:  People who depend on Medicaid to help take care of their kids who are disabled.  People who depend on Medicaid to take care of their parents who are in nursing homes.  People who are not in the middle class but aspire to it, who depend directly on Medicaid.  I think you need to examine what the Medicaid program actually does.



TOPICS: Extended News; Government; US: Colorado; US: Florida; US: Hawaii
KEYWORDS: colorado; florida; golf; hawaii; jaycarney; medicaid; sequester

1 posted on 03/19/2013 2:06:14 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley
Time share in Crawford! Come on down...Welcome Bronco Bama!


2 posted on 03/19/2013 2:10:30 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: markomalley

I would say this. If any of us were in some stupid position where you had to spend twenty-four hours a day in some compound, and only got out two or three times a week....then we’d take every single opportunity to get the heck out of the compound. The sad thing is that you can figure it’s an easy $100k an hour to venture beyond the White House fences.


3 posted on 03/19/2013 2:12:52 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: markomalley

Albert Einstein “ The definition of Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results>”

Obama Administration is actually insane.

6.3 million jobs generated. Get real. Opps I forget Obama lives in another world - Neverland. Never has take any responsibility for anything because it is someone elses fault. he has no sense of responsibility Because all he has ideas that are nonsense.

Basically America is being run by a Zero. Someone that has no idea of what to do, when to do it or how to do it. Just take out the Demoncratic Playback and do the same thing over and over till just maybe something will work. when that dos work repeat it for everything else. Dumbdowning of America by ineffectual leadership and plain stupidity.


4 posted on 03/19/2013 2:23:56 AM PDT by hondact200 (Candor dat viribos alas (sincerity gives wings to strength) and Nil desperandum (never despair))
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To: markomalley

FINALLY someone brought their LAVISH VACATIONS!!!!


5 posted on 03/19/2013 2:38:56 AM PDT by Ann Archy
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To: Ann Archy

Carney responded, “I can tell you that this president is focused every day on policies that create economic growth and help advance job creation.”.

Think about that for a second:
Job Creation...Caddies, greens keepers, waiters @ the 19th hole, etc..Yep, those a “jobs”. These “servents to the master” get paid and spend their $ to survive so, in a sense, Odumbo does stimulate the economic growth of the economy a little bit.


6 posted on 03/19/2013 3:10:26 AM PDT by Progov
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To: Progov

Sadly, when the President goes someplace, a restaurant, golf course etc. people LOSE money because it all shuts down while he is there!!


7 posted on 03/19/2013 3:20:04 AM PDT by Ann Archy
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To: markomalley; Tony Snow; andrew

Tony Snow and Ian Anderson - Flute duet

8 posted on 03/19/2013 3:25:27 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Liberty Valance

Which president hasn’t spent a bunch of time and money vacationing? They are all the same in this regard. Screw em all.


9 posted on 03/19/2013 3:34:11 AM PDT by sakic
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To: markomalley

It would be refreshing if the obama spokesclown just was honest and told the press....obama thinks him self as king....and it’s good to be king....plus mooch would be one unhappy camper.....if she was cut off from her divine right...to party

Next question ?


10 posted on 03/19/2013 3:56:00 AM PDT by Popman
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To: Liberty Valance

No words to express how much I miss Tony Snow.


11 posted on 03/19/2013 4:01:04 AM PDT by animal172 (I remember what we use to be.)
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To: markomalley

And I thought the last press secretary was a turd.


12 posted on 03/19/2013 4:05:30 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: markomalley

Speaking of unemployment, there is probably a reporter from Colorado who will get fired very shortly for questioning his master


13 posted on 03/19/2013 4:11:20 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: pepsionice

That’s not just some compound. It is the most sought after address in the world and has all the amenities necessary for luxury living. It is no hardship to live in the White House.


14 posted on 03/19/2013 4:15:21 AM PDT by billhilly
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To: pepsionice
I would say this. If any of us were in some stupid position where you had to spend twenty-four hours a day in some compound, and only got out two or three times a week....then we’d take every single opportunity to get the heck out of the compound.

You may be right but I still remember the years on end that my wife and I didn't have a vacation of any sort. Then again, I'm not the POTUS.

15 posted on 03/19/2013 4:24:03 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: pepsionice

“The sad thing is that you can figure it’s an easy $100k an hour to venture beyond the White House fences.”

Times two, since he and his faux family take seperate vacations almost always.


16 posted on 03/19/2013 4:34:58 AM PDT by Fireone (Impeach and imprison, NOW! Treason and murder are still crimes.)
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To: markomalley

The Smirking Twerp

17 posted on 03/19/2013 4:40:23 AM PDT by Amagi (Obama is never so animated as when he is assaulting the Constitution.)
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To: markomalley

Punted...and whiffed.


18 posted on 03/19/2013 4:47:19 AM PDT by yawningotter
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To: pepsionice

A compound with it’s own gym, movie theater, bowling alley, full service dining room, maid service, butler service, concierge service etc...... I don’t see a lot of reason to leave often. I could get used to living like that.....


19 posted on 03/19/2013 4:54:28 AM PDT by Mom MD (A million people attended Obamas inauguration. 14 of them actually missed work)
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To: pepsionice

I think I could suffer through it.


20 posted on 03/19/2013 4:58:13 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: Popman
It would be refreshing if the obama spokesclown just was honest and told the press....obama thinks him self as king....and it’s good to be king....plus mooch would be one unhappy camper.....if she was cut off from her divine right...to party

The fact that Jay Carney the boy wonder won't answer the question is a passive way to say what you said.

21 posted on 03/19/2013 5:09:02 AM PDT by Fzob (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Jefferson)
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To: markomalley

How did it morph from Jobs to Medicaid? Is there some sentence i missed?


22 posted on 03/19/2013 6:04:56 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: markomalley
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23 posted on 03/19/2013 6:26:07 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: markomalley

It seems the reported should have asked him how they can keep lying about the employment picture when there are so many fewer people actually working now.


24 posted on 03/19/2013 6:38:12 AM PDT by NEMDF
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To: NEMDF

reported = reporter

going for more coffee now


25 posted on 03/19/2013 6:40:31 AM PDT by NEMDF
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To: markomalley

26 posted on 03/19/2013 6:44:37 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: BykrBayb
I think I could suffer through it.

Yikes. I'm starting to read like I hear.

I first read that as "I think I could smell sulfur through it."

And that made sense...

27 posted on 03/19/2013 6:48:50 AM PDT by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: Ann Archy

The children’s Easter Egg hunt must go, least Dear Leader’s lavish banquets and multi-million dollar vacations and junkets be cut back.


28 posted on 03/19/2013 7:11:10 AM PDT by OldArmy52 (The question is not whether Obama ever lies, but whether he ever tells the truth.)
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To: markomalley

I haven’t seen that much tap dancing since Shirley Temple danced with Bill Bojangles Robinson on the staircase!


29 posted on 03/19/2013 9:00:10 AM PDT by JaguarXKE (Welcome to the new America.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks markomalley.
I wanted to follow up on this young woman’s question about the high unemployment out in places like Colorado, all around the country, especially in the minority communities -- exceptionally high unemployment. And when there is government workers who may be furloughed, millions of Americans unemployed, and family budgets that have been cut, how does the President justify lavish vacations and a golf trip to Florida at taxpayer expense?

30 posted on 03/19/2013 5:02:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: pepsionice

He spent a billion dollars or more to get there. Why does he want to leave so badly?

If I didn’t know better I would think he was loco. (Who am I kidding.)


31 posted on 03/19/2013 5:06:15 PM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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