Yes, they’re still going on about President Obama’s vacations.
I’m not sure where the Republican outrage was hiding when George W. Bush spent a third of his entire presidency on vacation. It’s okay, after all, if you’re a Republican.
The president is the president wherever he goes: the infrastructure comes with him, which is why vacation travel is paid by the White House as official travel. It comes from the White House budget, of course, not some mysterious slush fund that wouldn’t be spent absent presidential vacations – eschewing Hawaii would afford him a few more policy speeches in various cities, or a few more czars, and afford the country a tired president who hasn’t had an opportunity to relax lately. This doesn’t stop his political opponents from attacking the expense, especially with Michelle staying behind and returning separately.
They tally his rounds of golf and gym workouts; they count his hikes and beach visits, and catalog his restaurant outings. The Washington Times
even took a jab at him for not attending church while in Hawaii. (I wonder how many of them tore themselves from A&E’s Duck Dynasty
marathon to attend a Christmas service?)
Carefully worded statements mislead readers into thinking the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve was closed to the public because the First Family were visiting – not that they visited on a day when it is normally closed anyway – and that the Honolulu Zoo was closed for a presidential visit, not that the visit took place after normal closing time. Where no public inconvenience exists, it must be manufactured.
And, they knock the Obamas for living “like royalty,” while misrepresenting his statement as criticizing Congress for going home for the holidays – not for failing to extend unemployment benefits,
which they don’t want you thinking about.
I’m sure we’ll be hearing the same tired, old lines until 2017.http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/01/04/president-obama-while-on-hawaii-vacation-lambastes-gop-who-went-home-for-the-holidays-and-abandoned-less-fortunate/http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/01/05/President-Leaves-Michelle-Obama-in-Hawaii-as-Birthday-Presenthttp://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jan/2/what-a-life/?page=allhttp://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/01/03/weekly-address-time-pass-bipartisan-legislation-extend-emergency-unemplo