Skip to comments.Why is Obama returning to Washington?
Posted on 08/13/2014 9:24:12 PM PDT by upchuck
President Obama won't make any major announcements on immigration reform during his secretive mid-vacation trip back to Washington next week, the White House said Wednesday.
The president is expected to return to the White House on Sunday, but officials won't say why Obama is taking the unusual, and costly, trip back to Washington. He's expected to return to Martha's Vineyard, where he's been vacationing, on Tuesday.
Speculation has circled around whether Obama might make an announcement of executive actions he's taking on immigration reform, or a surprise visit from a foreign leader.
But the White House is "not anticipating a major announcement on immigration when the president is in Washington," spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters traveling with Obama in Massachusetts.
Schultz did say that Obama will be meeting with Vice President Biden while he's back in Washington. And Obama will be without both press secretary Josh Earnest, who is out on paternity leave, and Schultz, Earnest's top deputy, while in the nation's capital.
"Eric Schultz is staying," the spokesman quipped, dipping into the third person.
Adding more mystery to the topic, Schultz said the administration did not "anticipate any major significant news developments out of Washington those few days."
But if the president is only coming back to meet with staff face-to-face, it could invite questions about wasting taxpayer dollars.
According to Air Force documents obtained Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, the roundtrip travel expenses for the president's 2013 vacation to Martha's Vineyard totaled $1,164,268.
A return to Washington merely to meet with staff would also seem to undercut assurances offered by the White House that the president is fully operational, even when vacationing away from the capital.
Asked about partisan criticism of the vacation last Friday, Schultz noted Obama "travels with a wide array of communications equipment, and we also travel with a staff that allows us to have robust operational capabilities."
The situation with ISIS and the starving thousands has reached critical mass. Our involvement in Syria, and arming rebels has caused the current ISIS situation. Other countries are demanding he do something as they are holding him directly responsible now. The administration can’t hide the ISIS Crisis anymore
He forgot his favorite bong?
I dont get mad about these guys going on vacation. I think it is an easy shot against any President.
But coming home in the middle of it for two days only means one thing: Reggie Love over for dinner.
Probably just bringing back his first plane load of commie lib money and to let the dogs out.
The idiot started the machine tinkering with the buttons on the panel, and now doesn’t have a clue how to shut the damned thing down. What’s an idiot to do?
Lobbyist left checks there for him to pickup.
Michelle threw him out of the . . . Mansion
except this trip home was planned before he left.
-St. Louis is burning...
-Isis is proving him to be a liar, again.
-Russia is likely about to do a “Humanitarian Incursion” into Ukraine, using the EXACT same rhetoric that Obama used to justify Libya.
-Israel is about to smack down Hamas again.
The world is coming apart, it is largely OBAMA’S FAULT, and his Golf Vacation rubbing elbows with the rich and powerful cronies, while this is all going on, is starting to look bad
Even Rachel Maddow is calling him out on MSNBC, right now.
When it gets that bad, you know he is in real trouble..
If he isn’t fundraising or playing golf, who knows what he does ...
or his balls? Golf balls, that is.
.... but officials won’t say why Obama is taking the unusual, and COSTLY, trip back to Washington
He’s just trying to stay ‘in character’ .... spend LOTS, accomplish little (or in this case, maybe nothing).
He forgot his banana.
We use WebEx. There’s good meeting technology out there now.
Why cn’t they tell us why he’s coming back? /rhetorical
To put some space between him and the wookie?