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  • How Obama Spent His Summer Vacation The strangest PR debacle of a weird presidency.

    08/27/2011 6:59:31 AM PDT · by radioone · 33 replies
    Human Events ^ | 8-25-11 | John Hayward
    Barack Obama​’s misadventures in Martha’s Vineyard are some of the stranger unforced public-relations errors in recent memory. Spending a fortune to jet off to a fabled playground of the rich, while the country suffers from his recessionary economic policies, was a bizarre slap in the face to an electorate that has already come to view this President as arrogant and out-of-touch. “Optics” matter. Camp David is a nice vacation spot, too. Naturally, Obama played a lot of golf on vacation. Part of the problem with skipping off to the golf course so frequently is that when he plays a lot...
  • President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters...en route to Washington

    08/26/2011 7:27:10 PM PDT · by maggief · 137 replies
    AP image via YAHOO ^ | August 26, 2011
    President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Sasha and Malia walk from Marine One to board Air Force One, Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, at Cape Cod Coast Guard Air Station in Bourne, Mass., en route to Washington after a family vacation on Martha's Vineyard.
  • White House: Obama ending vacation due to Hurricane Irene

    08/26/2011 1:38:51 PM PDT · by matt04 · 53 replies
    The White House says President Barack Obama is cutting his Martha's Vineyard vacation short because of Hurricane Irene. He'll return to Washington on Friday night instead of Saturday afternoon. Spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama made the decision shortly after urging Americans in Hurricane Irene's path to heed warnings about the storm. Earnest says Obama decided it would be more prudent for him to be at the White House at the end of the day, instead of in the New England area.
  • Michelle Obama Accused of Being $10 Million 'Vacation Junkie'

    08/24/2011 6:58:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Gather ^ | August 24, 2011 | Tom Rose
    Is Michelle Obama a modern-day Mary Lincoln? Anonymous (so far) White House sources are saying it's a fair comparison as the First Lady does to President Obama what Mary Todd did to her husband by spending taxpayer money on luxuries like it was drying up forever. Which is possible... In the last year alone Michelle Obama is accused of spending more than $10 million on vacations and expensive accommodations, all on the public dime. The report, broken by the National Enquirer, is light on the sources, but heavy on the details. The picture painted seems to go way beyond what...
  • President may have to bail on vacation

    08/24/2011 9:30:45 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 32 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 8/24/11 | Laurel Sweet
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency is keeping a line open to President Obama and the First Family as they vacation on Marthas Vineyard and Hurricane Irene growing both in size and strength appears destined to pelt the Bay State sometime Sunday. An early POTUS pull out has not been ordered, but FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate told the Herald this morning, We briefed the president yesterday and are keeping him and his team updated. As authorities forecast yesterday, Irene exploded into a Category 3 storm overnight, now with maximum sustained wind speeds of 115 mph. She is churning west...
  • Obama plays through on golf course during earthquake, inspires critics

    08/24/2011 7:24:02 AM PDT · by maggief · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 24, 2011 | David Nakamura
    Is this the bad optic that President Obamas critics have been waiting for: An Associated Press photo of the president taking a call on the golf course within the hour after the East Coast earthquake Tuesday? When Obama left for a 10-day vacation in Marthas Vineyard last week, critics and supporters alike warned that the image of him pursuing leisure activities on the tony island might make for an unfortunate contrast with much of the country mired in economic doldrums. Turned out it was a natural disaster, not the economy, which pierced his vacation bubble. But now we have a...
  • Note to Obama: Stay on Vacation (Spare us another Stimulus)

    08/24/2011 6:42:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/24/2011 | Michael Tanner
    As the economy continues to teeter on the precipice of a double-dip recession, there is a growing demand for the president and Congress to rush back from their vacations and do something. But why? What is it that we really think the president can do? While the presidents latest economic plan remains a deeply held secret until after his vacation, pretty much everyone in Washington expects him to call for . . . drumroll please . . . a stimulus plan. Now why havent we thought of that before? Oh, thats right. We have. In fact, we have now had...
  • Vacationing Obama hits lowest levels ever in both Gallup and Rasmussen. Will media mention?

    08/23/2011 1:55:59 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 11 replies
    Free Republic | 08/22/11 | NHWingut
    I'm wondering if the nightly newscasts will note Obama hitting his lowest levels, on the same day, in both Gallup and Rasmussen polls... all while he vacations in luxury (while everyday Americans suffer)? You can bet if this were Bush, Brian Williams would be breaking into NBC daytime programming for teases: Americans angry at vacationing president; Bush hits lowest levels. Blah blah. Instead, I'm sure, we'll get some puff pieces on how Obama is concerned about earthquake and hard at work on economic plan (despite bike rides, ice creams, and 6 hours on the golf course). And no mention of...
  • Obama pays Sunday visit to CEO (Comcast)

    08/22/2011 5:17:45 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 32 replies
    Politico ^ | 8-22-11 | Glenn Thrush
    The presidential motorcade on Martha's Vineyard peeled out of Blue Heron Farms at 5:15 p.m. with the president and Valerie Jarrett in tow. After 10 minutes, we made an abrupt left turn on John Cottle Road an unpaved, deeply rutted eight-foot-wide private path hemmed in by ivy, scrub oak and big, scary boulders. After bottoming out four times we're talking two-foot holes in a sand-and-gravel road, along with one hairpin turn Obama and Jarrett arrived at the West Tisbury home of their friends Brian and Aileen Roberts, spokesman Josh Earnest informs us. It was 5:30 p.m. Roberts...
  • Obama has some summer fun while monitoring Libya

    08/21/2011 8:56:13 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sunday, August 21, 2011 11:40 PM EDT | ERICA WERNER
    OAK BLUFFS, Mass. (AP) In between briefings on Libya, President Barack Obama packed golf, beach time, a stop at a seafood restaurant and a visit to a wealthy friend's seaside compound into his Martha's Vineyard vacation Sunday. Meanwhile, across the globe, rebels stormed into Tripoli as Moammar Gadhafi's hold on power crumbled. Obama monitored events closely even as he engaged in a heavy schedule of summertime activities under mostly sunny skies. As crowds gathered in Tripoli's Green Square, Obama was buying seafood at a popular restaurant. When reporters asked him for his reaction on Libya, he said he'd have...
  • Fore! Obama Skips 8th Hole To Avoid TV Cameras & Photographer

    08/21/2011 6:32:16 PM PDT · by SanFranDan · 50 replies
    Blogspot via GatewayPundit ^ | August 21, 2011 | The Obama Report Blogspot
    Barack Obama skipped the 8th hole rather than be filmed by TV crews at the Vineyard Golf Course on Friday. The Boston Globe reported: But it was later, at the Vineyard Golf Course in Edgartown, where the presidents recalcitrance was most evident. Approaching the eighth tee in a golf cart with friend and frequent golfing buddy Eric Whitaker, the president noticed three TV cameras and a Globe photographer across the street. Rather than stop and be photographed teeing off, the president skipped the hole.
  • Iraqi sniper who killed two Marines released as families mark fifth anniversary of deaths

    08/21/2011 11:10:26 AM PDT · by Nachum · 39 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 8/21/11 | Michael Daly
    The Iraqi sniper captured after he killed two Marines has been freed and is at liberty - even as the still-grieving families of Brooklyn-raised Capt. John McKenna 4th and Queens-raised Michael Glover gather in Rockaway today for a memorial marking the fifth anniversary of their deaths.The families had been assured that "as long as there is a Marine in Iraq, the sniper will remain in jail." Their already overwhelming loss has been compounded by the failure of the Defense Department to inform them that Muhammad (Big Ears) Awwad Ahmad had been released.
  • Caption: A Day in the life of the President

    08/20/2011 8:40:11 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies
    Yhaoo pics ^ | 8/20/11
    A Day in the Life of the Clear and Pres_ent Danger in the WH (and the golf course too) Now on Vacation .. Whew! But, rumor is .. He's coming back! :-o
  • Obama: Congress impeding progress on jobs

    08/20/2011 8:40:16 AM PDT · by Justaham · 54 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | 8-20-11
    <p>President Barack Obama says members of Congress should put country before politics, set aside their differences and find ways to get people back to work.</p> <p>The president is vacationing on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, but he recorded his weekly Saturday radio and Internet address earlier in the week while in Alpha, Ill., during an economy-focused Midwestern bus tour.</p>
  • Obama increases his personal debt ceiling -- his-and-hers jets for vacation

    08/19/2011 9:55:09 PM PDT · by garjog · 18 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 19th August 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Before it had even started in earnest, the much-maligned vacation became a PR nightmare, after it emerged this morning that he and his wife took separate government jets to Martha's Vineyard just hours apart. Michelle Obama​ was revealed to have arrived at the Massachusetts retreat, only 500 miles from Washington, four hours before her husband yesterday. ... The extra transport to get the the First Lady to the island for only a few more hours of vacation time will have cost taxpayers thousands in additional expenses. The costs related to Mrs Obama’s solo trip mainly include the flight on the...
  • Obama opens vacation with security briefing, golf

    08/19/2011 4:50:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    AFP ^ | 8/19/11 | Stephen Collinson
    VINEYARD HAVEN, Massachusetts The White House showed President Barack Obama absorbed in a security briefing with his top anti-terror aide Friday, countering Republican complaints about his summer vacation. Arguing the duties of his job follow him everywhere, aides released a picture of Obama, in a blue leisure shirt, receiving his daily intelligence briefing from John Brennan at rented Blue Heron Farm on Martha's Vineyard. Officials did not divulge contents of the briefing but it took place at a time of escalating fighting between Moamer Kadhafi's forces and Libyan rebels and followed a US call for Syria's President Bashar al-Assad...
  • ... Postcards From Obama's Island Vacation? Funny - or Bad Taste ?

    08/19/2011 3:36:39 PM PDT · by cakid1 · 14 replies
    cbs47 ^ | 8-19-11 | cakid1
    ... Postcards From Obama's Island Vacation? I saw this on The Business Insider.. Its certainly not something the White House would be happy about... But.. is it Funny? Fair Game? Or in Bad Taste? "The Republican National Committee is up with a new website today poking fun at President Barack Obama's Martha's Vineyard vacation." "Visitors can send postcards featuring Obama relaxing, with one-liners critical of his leadership of the economy."
  • On vacation, Obama drops by Vineyard bookstore (Buys Brave New World by Aldous Huxley)

    08/19/2011 12:04:05 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 37 replies
    LA Times ^ | 08/19/2011 | Maeve Reston
    Reporting from Vineyard Haven, Mass. President Obama made his first foray out of his vacation compound Friday with a trip to the legendary Bunch of Grapes bookstore in Vineyard Haven. Bystanders who had been browsing upstairs at the two-story bookstore rushed to the windows as crowds gathered on the street outside. Obama, in a blue polo shirt, jeans and sneakers, wandered in with his daughters. After telling some customers that Sasha was going to browse, he wandered the store with a staff member while discussing his choices with one of the employees. In a stack of at least four books,...
  • Obama Takes A Vacation: Getaway Or Gaffe? (Even the NPR piles on!)

    08/19/2011 8:47:19 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 30 replies
    NPR ^ | 08/19/2011 | Linton Weeks
    As the U.S. economy takes hit after hit, President Obama is taking heat for his 10-day fun-in-the-sun vacation at Martha's Vineyard that began Thursday. From the left: Colbert I. King, op-ed writer for The Washington Post, observed: "Mr. President, Martha's Vineyard is the last place in the world you should visit. ... You simply don't have time to take time off from America." From the right: Mike Murphy, a Republican strategist, told the Daily Beast that Obama is "acting like the rich guys he wants to raise taxes on." From The Donald: Obama "takes more vacations than any human being...
  • Sarah Palin: Obama will come back early from vacation

    08/19/2011 8:41:34 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 63 replies
    CBS News ^ | 08/19/2011 | Lucy Madison
    Sarah Palin has yet to make clear her intentions for the 2012 presidential elections, but she remains vocal in the debate over President Obama's performance. In a Fox News appearance on Thursday, Palin blasted President Obama for taking a vacation on Martha's Vineyard - and predicted that "he will come back early" after hearing from disgruntled Americans. Palin, a paid Fox News contributor, called Mr. Obama's vacation "very, very tone deaf" considering the nation's current economic woes, and said she would have acted differently. "I wouldn't if I were he, especially to Martha's Vineyard," she said. "I think he will...