Skip to comments.A "Tone-Deaf" Obama Mocked By The [NY Times] For Vacationing While The World Burns
Posted on 07/20/2014 11:22:22 PM PDT by Zakeet
When it comes to mocking president Obama, there is no easier or more effective way than focusing on his vacation/golfing schedule. The conservative Washington Examiner did just that last week, before the latest Malaysian Airlines disaster, when it reported that "It's going to be hot tubs, basketball, tennis and golf for the first family this summer, having set plans for a 16-day vacation in Martha's Vineyard, Mass., on a $12 million, 10-acre forested estate on the southwestern corner of the island.
Reports from the Bay State indicate that President Obama and his family will vacation August 9-24 at the 8,100-square foot, beachfront home of a Democratic donor that includes a pool, hot tub, basketball and tennis court. It will be new digs for the first family, who have summered on tony Martha's Vineyard every year of Obama's presidency, except in 2012 when he was running for reelection. The Vineyard Gazette reported that the White House has no major or public events planned for the almost three weeks, typical at this stage of a presidential vacation.
That and golf of course.
However, all of that is to be expected, and sure enough, Obama can and will parry such mockery as political attacks coming from the right, while remarking how strong the US economy has become under his watch, how many millions of waiters and bartenders thousands of manufacturing jobs he has created, and of course, how the stock market hits a record high now on a daily basis.
Things get dicier, however, when Obama is mocked and virtually attacked for his vacation plans by none other than that flag-bearer of leftist ideology, the New York Times itself. Which is precisely what just happened in "Sticking to His Travel Plans, at Risk of Looking Bad"
As smoke billowed from the downed Malaysian jetliner in the fields of eastern Ukraine on Thursday, President Obama pressed ahead with his schedule: a cheeseburger with fries at the Charcoal Pit in Delaware, a speech about infrastructure and two splashy fund-raisers in New York City.
Actually, that is somewhat correct: it has gotten to the point where seeing Obama actually work in the White House, instead of golfing of shaking hand with the same Wall Street bankers his DOJ pretends to prosecute, would create a "sense of crisis" among the American people. Not so sure about be "false" part.
And this is where things got rough:
For an administration in its sixth year, juggling presidential optics is nothing new. And with some rare exceptions, the public relations team around the president has remained consistently stubborn about refusing to let the never-ending stream of political, economic or international crises affect Mr. Obamas daily schedule.
The current myriad incidents are no exceptions: Moments after making a grim statement about Ukraine on Friday, the president popped into the East Room, where the first lady, Michelle Obama, was holding a mock state dinner for children to promote her Lets Move nutrition initiative. My big thing, he confessed to the kids, chips and guacamole! There was plenty of laughter all around.
To be sure, conservatives promptly ridiculed the president for what he does best: put on a great show before the teleprompter then quietly disappear in the golf cart. As noted above, this is nothing new and the administration felt no need to defend itself.
Instead of responding to multiple international crises, the president apparently thought it was a better use of his time to attend a set of fund-raisers in New York, Representative Kevin McCarthy, Republican of California and the incoming majority leader, said in a statement. While the president is out on the loose and having a good time, he should remember that his responsibilities as commander in chief dont stop when hes out of the office.
However, by now even the ubiquotous social media is starting not only to noticed, but to comment:
Administration officials shrug off that kind of organized Republican criticism. But social media users noticed, too. Twitter was filled with snarky mentions of the presidents activities on Thursday. One noted that Mr. Obama interrupts busy fund-raising night to check in with team on two crises. Then back to business. Another wrote: Nice he could take a moment to check on those meddling world events.
The NYT's punchline:
There is a total lack of symmetry from what the American people are seeing from the president and what is going on in the world, Mr. Schmidt said. He acknowledged that no president should be captive to events or hunkered down in the White House. And he said presidents, like other people, deserved downtime. But he said White House occupants had to abandon those moments when the situation demanded.
Will this time be any different for the tone deaf president, and will the first observation of Obama's vacationeering by a liberal outlet force him to change his ways? Or does the world have to finally succumb to at least one mushroom cloud beside the countless fires raging across the globe, before someone in the White House notices? We should find out... but not before Obama comes back from Martha's Vineyard on August 24. Let's just hope that no major wars break out over the next month.
... and when we can no longer stand the meat head, the poor dumb dolt is starting to get in deep doo-doo!
Note: The article quotes the NY Times at length. They are touchy about conservatives quoting their material, hence the (probably unnecessary) excerpting. Thought it was better to be safe than sorry.
Hell he is actively putting the world a lite.
Okay everybody, avoid playing the liberal media version of rope-a-dope. They know Obama is unpopular so the new spin will be, Obama couldn’t deliver the progressive agenda, Hillary can. So at some point they can bury Obama with this narrative ready to get liberal bobble-heads nodding in vigorous agreement. Some time around 2022, it will be time to replay the tapes, Hillary blah blah, so somebody we have not yet heard about, now being assembled in the workshop will be the new wunderkind.
If you thought the NYT was just starting to come around, fughedaboudit. They would oppose a Jesus-Buddha ticket if there was some cheap trick progressive available.
‘Okay everybody, avoid playing the liberal media version of rope-a-dope. They know Obama is unpopular so the new spin will be, Obama couldnt deliver the progressive agenda, Hillary can...’
Don’t kid yourselves, gang. This narrative has been picked up by Fox News
Megyn Kelly, Greta, imus on FBN, Brett Baier... Here are some paraphrased quotes:”Hillary is smart, personable, interviewing her was not as bad, I can’t believe she graced us, I love her to death, even Hillary Clinton has something diplomatic and smart to say about the airliner deal where Obama didn’t” and with a video clip
With outlets like this, who needs the Times?
It is campaign advertising
While out today, we saw her mug plastered all over the bookstore, the movie theater... The kids want to know what is up
Horrible. And we won’t get through tomorrow without seeing her, hearing from her, about her, her voice, her face, her statements if we turn on fox or jeopardy or drive to the corner drug store or turn on the radio
This piece is from Maureen dowd not the times not the editorial board anyway
But fox will fix it
With the world tranquil, our borders secure, and the economy recovering, Obama feels free to get in more time riding his girly-bike, wearing his faggoty purple helmet and dressed in his woman’s white blouse & mom jeans. Tennis, anyone?
Vacationing in August? I think it was Bush 1 after the Iraq invasion of Kuwait, Aug. 2, 1990, “what is it about the month of August.” ANy good answers?
‘...wearing his faggoty purple helmet...”
Faggoty? Haven’t heard that (perfectly executed) word in a while. :)
A meat puppet presidency.
The more golf, the less America destroying.
If one wants to compare the two, neglecting to compare media coverage is silly
Oh, the title might lead to a Katrina reference, as it is, but it’s about bush the elder, many years after the golfing in 1990 many years later, as your reference today, he’ll never hear the end of it
The Emperor is entitled to his rest
DEAF & DUMB! ! ! ! !
He doesn’t care what he looks like as long as it makes us look week as a nation. That said nothing is done by accident or naivete...please don’t fall for that. Now either Warren or Hillary or check, both will be pumped up as statesmenlike...hey why not have one as VP...to criticize that ticket would be a war on women. Don’t doubt me in this.
I just think he likes flipping whitie the bird.
The media’s BS is cyclical, playing “unbiased” until it really matters (election time). A week after Obama was safely re-elected to a second term, the media starting covering stories from months before.
Expect more of the same for the upcoming mid-terms; Obama’s failures won’t be mentioned as the media shills for the communist candidates.
The reason this stuff is written by the NYT because it gets bad enough that they even can't ignore it, anymore
Nero “fiddled” while the world burned... Omama “golfs”.
I figured out why he is fundraising so obsessively. Someone has tipped him that Nov. may be the mother of all losses for Dems, & finally he will get the blame. So he is frenetically, frantically trying to raise sufficient cash to avert such a Dem. catastrophe.
Hope it doesn’t work. & not inclined to think it will. Obama is now officially looking like a loser. It’s not going to get better from here.
One thing you will definitely never read in the NYT is: “We’re sorry we endorsed Obama and actively campaigned on his behalf.”
He is quietly (and sometimes not quietly) mocked by the world. Incompetant Loser.
Congress goes on vacation (back to home districts) in August so not much high level business can get done
even if the President sat in the WH 24/7 the legislative branch and much of the cabinet is MIA in August
It’s actually better for the USA when JugEars and his nutrition expert “bride of chuckie” aren’t in town issuing fiats disguised as executive orders
and ditto with Congress dithering and signing off on thousands of pages of bullcrap nobody has read
It’s just too bad nobody has the cajones to bus 2000 illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard while the first grifters are lounging there
After all this time some people still do not know that mac daddy could give a crap about anything other than himself.
I’ve been saying for a while now.... Obammy isn’t running anything. His job is to read and say whatever he’s told, and do the fund raisers. In return he and the cow he’s married to get to “live the life”... and his job is to read the teleprompter. That’s it. He’s doing what he’s suppose to do. When whoever it is that’s running the white house figures out what they want him to say, he’ll read their statement. In the mean time.... he’s doing his part of the deal.
Only if Val Jar and Mooch are teeing up with him.
Whoa! Very good!!
I'm pretty sure that it is really humid-hot in DC during Aug. that is why everyone used to leave.
now-a-days who would turn down a 1 month vacation?
You'd have to have the buses from NOLA. You know, the Nagin buses that float.
Don't forget today where he really is focused on important issues - gay rights.
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