Skip to comments.Obama Grapples with Vacation Decision
Posted on 12/21/2011 3:50:18 PM PST by Kaslin
RUSH: Obama's vacation. TheHill.com, I swear when I went to the website and read the story and I swear my computer screen started crying. The story is a tear-soaked article out this morning about what they say is one of the toughest decisions Obama has ever faced in his presidency. I'm not making that up. That is how they characterized this. One of the toughest decisions he's ever faced in his presidency, and the decision is -- dadelut dadelut dadelut dadelut dadelut -- whether to go to Hawaii for his Christmas vacation or not. You see, Moochelle (My Belle) and the kids are already occupying Hawaii while Obama remains in Washington to occupy the White House.
The sad thing is that The Hill in their tear-soaked piece might actually be right here, this could be one of Obama's toughest calls ever. But in the end, Obama, like Clinton, like everybody else, is gonna do what the focus groups and the polls say will be the best optics. His reelection comes first even before vacationing in Hawaii. But I mean, folks, look, I mean passing up spending 17 days alone on a tropical island with Michelle Obama, what could he be thinking? Who could pass that up? Ahem. But you have to wonder, at least I do, as a married guy, I have to wonder here why Michelle and the girls couldn't have simply waited a few days. Why? I mean it's just today, it's December the 21st, and she's been gone four days. She split the scene on the 17th.
The kids are still in school. A lot of people's kids are still in school. Why couldn't they have all just gone to Camp David? It's a Christmasy destination. But think of how this indecision is inconveniencing his Secret Service detail. You may not know this. George W. Bush spent Christmas in the White House. You know why? He got out of there after Christmas, went down to Crawford, but he spent Christmas in the White House so his Secret Service detail could stay at home in Washington and spend some time with their families. Now, he mighta hightailed it for Crawford on the 26th, but he spent Christmas in the White House. Obama, of course that's not a concern, and he probably might be saying, "Secret Service, why, hell, family or Hawaii, who cares when, I'll opt for Hawaii." Who knows.
But Michelle (My Belle) and the kids couldn't wait, just like they couldn't wait four hours to accompany Obama to Martha's Vineyard back in August. They left four hours early. And we had the story out of Oahu about how much this is costing. What is it, $4 million this whole thing is gonna cost, a hundred thousand dollars minimum a day, and that did not factor Michelle (My Belle) and the kids going early on their own plane before Obama takes his two 747s out there.
RUSH: They are really saying that one of the toughest decisions poor Barack will have to make is whether or not to stay in town or to go on his vacation. I'm looking for it. It's in the Stack somewhere. Now, my question about this, I'll make the point while I'm looking for it, why would Obama's decision whether to go to Hawaii or not be difficult?
Harry Reid has shut down the Senate, folks, and he's not going to reopen it. Nancy Pelosi has said that she wouldn't send any Democrats to a conference committee to work out a compromise on this. The Democrats have iced any activity in the House. There's nothing more that will be done on it unless the Republicans cave. So if this is such a slam-dunk winner for Obama, and if you've got the Wall Street Journal and the establishment Republicans wetting their pants over this, why even think about not going to Hawaii? As some news reports have it, he could leave early. If this is such a slam-dunk win, why doesn't he get on that plane and go?
Here's the story, and when I read this my computer monitor started tearing up. That's what a tearjerker of a story it is, and it's by a chick, Amie Parnes. "President Obama faces a most difficult decision with the payroll tax extension up in the air, and it isn't whether to compromise with Republicans. The toughest call for the president this holiday season could be whether to join his family for Christmas in Hawaii or stay in lonely Washington. The White House won't say whether the president is heading west for the holidays -- or even if hes making an abbreviated appearance." This is what it actually says.
"Even if theres no ideal time for a presidential vacation, this one comes at a particularly inopportune moment. For weeks, Obama has insisted that lawmakers stay in town." I'll tell you, I burst out crying when I read this. I kid you not. That's exactly what it says. Toughest decision of the year. But again, Harry Reid shut down the Senate, said he's not gonna reopen it. Pelosi has said she's not gonna send any Democrats to a conference committee to work out a compromise. So the Democrats have iced any activity in the House. There's nothing more to be done in this unless the Republicans cave. So why not fly off? It's over except, again, if this is such a slam-dunk winner, what's so hard about the decision? It's over with, the Democrats have iced all activity, go, go to Hawaii, claim victory. Claim victory. Our side says it is one. What's Obama doing taking the dog shopping? He could be on the plane to Hawaii right now.
NOBAMA looking to sneak in an EO. Tea Party Critters won’t let his skinny ass do it.
The man is a pistol.
Message on the Observance of Christmas
December 19, 1988
The themes of Christmas and of coming home for the holidays have long been intertwined in song and story. There is a profound irony and lesson in this, because Christmas celebrates the coming of a Savior Who was born without a home.
There was no room at the inn for the Holy Family. Weary of travel, a young Mary close to childbirth and her carpenter husband Joseph found but the rude shelter of a stable. There was born the King of Kings, the Prince of Peace -- an event on which all history would turn. Jesus would again be without a home, and more than once; on the flight to Egypt and during His public ministry, when He said, ``The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath no where to lay his head.''
From His very infancy, on, our Redeemer was reminding us that from then on we would never lack a home in Him. Like the shepherds to whom the angel of the Lord appeared on the first Christmas Day, we could always say, ``Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.''
As we come home with gladness to family and friends this Christmas, let us also remember our neighbors who cannot go home themselves. Our compassion and concern this Christmas and all year long will mean much to the hospitalized, the homeless, the convalescent, the orphaned -- and will surely lead us on our way to the joy and peace of Bethlehem and the Christ Child Who bids us come. For it is only in finding and living the eternal meaning of the Nativity that we can be truly happy, truly at peace, truly home.
Merry Christmas, and God bless you!
How about a 1-year payroll deduction agreement and Oil Sands for jobs AND oil for America, Obama?
Oh, no you’re just stalling — and playing games while pretending this is not a “game”.
Get yer lazy Dumbocrat Senators back to Washington and get it done.
OR GOOF OFF IN HAWAII - WHICH IS WHAT YOU WILL DO
The man is a pistol
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Well, that is one word for him - one of the nicer ones at that.
I just saw an ad on USA Network with this idiot recruiting people for his 2012 run.
Don’t believe I have ever seen an incumbent personally plea for support - in the form of an ad.
“They” probably got it run in as a PSA ....
This guy is dangerous and I ‘fear’ for our well being.
Barry can't figure out what went wrong The people aren't singing his song Well, here is the gist The people are p...ed And we'll vote him out before long
Wow. How far we have fallen in such a short time. The only religion I can imagine Obama discussing in that way is Islam.
Our family is never able to spend Christmas Day with our extended family because my husband is a pastor. But sometime in the week or two before or after Christmas we’re usually able to see either my or my husband’s parents. The people I really feel for are the military folks stationed abroad, who don’t get to spend any of the season with their families.
Why don’t the Obamas stay home and give the saved $4 million to the poor? They could give 4,000 people a thousand dollars each, or 8,000, $500 each. Now that would be a nice Christmas present to those Obama put out of work.
Obama certainly has many tough decisions right now. /sarc
Ah, that may well be it.
What’s the status on the bill allowing US citizens to be detained indefinitely for being a “suspected” terrorist even without evidence? Is that in conference to align the House and Senate versions? Or does Obama have something he can sign on that already?
I am going to say something so in appropriate. The Obama’s have seperate lives! She has her own thing going on the side, and so does he. There, I said it. They are happy not to be together.
I don’t know where that one is. That skinny ass Marxist isn’t hanging out for no reason.
My screen is blurry and it’s your fault.
That was beautiful, thank you. So glad to have been alive during his time. I hope that what once was, will someday be again.
What a wonderful memory....thank you so much for posting that.
And Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Will our country ever recover from the ravages of the RAT bastard commie-fascist pig 0dumb0 & his evil phat ass wife mooochelle mabelle? What a travesty is now occupying the WH!
Oh the BUTCHERS BILL 369?
369 minority tyrants who deem themselves ruling class have voted, now Zero will sign it, hidden in the dark during the Christmas season. 369 enemy combatants and one illegal usurping fraud who just crossed the Rubicon.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (283 of 435)
And this is the Constitutional militias’ response:
Mike Vanderboegh broke the story of Fast and Furious, we knew about it back in Dec 2010. Because of snitches in ATF. And there are plenty more at all levels. Throwing out bills like this will further cause division between Oathkeepers and those “following orders”.
Allen West was on Glenn Beck’s radio show sometime last week discussing this - supporting the measure. He’s on the committee that is supposed to reconcile the House and Senate versions and said he would vote against it unless the language was cleaned up so it couldn’t be construed to mean anything the feds want it to mean.
What he and others fail to understand is that any law that doesn’t specifically enable citizens to challenge it is ripe to mean anything the feds want it to mean, because nobody has the ability to hold the enforcers to the rule of law. That’s the great lesson from the eligibility saga. Unless the law gives specific steps to hold government accountable, any judge, bureaucrat, and/or law enforcement entity can simply say it’s none of our business and do what they darn well please.
I haven’t heard since then whether it was reconciled and/or passed. Do you know the status of that?
I was thinking Obama wanted to make sure that was in place before he went to Hawaii - possibly to prepare for a pre-2012 Israeli attack on Iran happening while he and his family are safe in Hawaii (while the mainland is susceptible to attack by Hamas and Hezbollah which have been coming through our soft underbelly - which Holder has been making sure is unprotected).
He’s sticking around for some reason, and whatever it is it can’t be good for America.
Rush is wrong about Bush spending his Christmases at the White House.
GW Bush spent all eight of his presidential Christmases at Camp David, and all four of GHW Bush’s Christmases there too.
Google Bush 12th Christmas Camp David
I think you’re right, but it sure didn’t cost millions of Dollars. I believe it was President Reagan who did