Skip to comments.Reporter Asks Carney: Will Obama Cut Back on Lavish Vacations, Golf Trips? (Carney Punts)
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 womans 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 thats produced over 6.3 million private sector jobs, and we have more work to do. And this Presidents number-one priority is growth and job creation. When you come to --
Q But its 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 doesnt affect inner-city jobs.
MR. CARNEY: It doesnt? You dont think it does?
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.
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.
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.
FINALLY someone brought their LAVISH VACATIONS!!!!
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.
Sadly, when the President goes someplace, a restaurant, golf course etc. people LOSE money because it all shuts down while he is there!!
Which president hasn’t spent a bunch of time and money vacationing? They are all the same in this regard. Screw em all.
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 ?
No words to express how much I miss Tony Snow.
And I thought the last press secretary was a turd.
Speaking of unemployment, there is probably a reporter from Colorado who will get fired very shortly for questioning his master
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.
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.
“The sad thing is that you can figure its 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.
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.....
I think I could suffer through it.
The fact that Jay Carney the boy wonder won't answer the question is a passive way to say what you said.
How did it morph from Jobs to Medicaid? Is there some sentence i missed?
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.
reported = reporter
going for more coffee now
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...
The children’s Easter Egg hunt must go, least Dear Leader’s lavish banquets and multi-million dollar vacations and junkets be cut back.
I haven’t seen that much tap dancing since Shirley Temple danced with Bill Bojangles Robinson on the staircase!
I wanted to follow up on this young womans 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?
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.)