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French FM: People Are Dying, Obama Must End Vacation

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

‘When people are dying, you must come back from vacation’

By David Martosko | 14 August 2014

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has a message about Iraq for Barack Obama: Get back to the White House and do something. ‘I know it is the holiday period in our Western countries,’ Fabius told a radio interviewer Tuesday in France,’ but when people are dying, you must come back from vacation.’

Full-time workers in France are guaranteed a whopping five weeks of paid vacation every year, making his plea all the more urgent.

When a French socialist (communist, really) starts questioning your work ethic, you have a problem with your worth ethic.

Obama is on a family and golfing holiday in a ritzy neighborhood of Martha’s Vineyard but says he will come back to Washington this weekend before returning on Tuesday to fun, sun, and more golf…

Since the communications and war apparatus of the commander-in-chief travels wherever the president goes, Obama can conduct matters of state from a Masachusetts [sic] vacation island almost as easier as he can from the Oval Office.

So [the] reasons for his planned return to Washington on Tuesday, while it may please the French, remain a mystery.

In fact, The Hill is pondering that very same mystery:

Why is Obama returning to Washington?

By Justin Sink | August 13, 2014

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…

[T]he 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.

We strongly suspect that Mr. Obama had intended to announce some executive orders giving amnesty to another five million or so illegals.

But the recent polls may have caused him to chicken out. And he can’t change his previously announced plans without giving away the game.

Schultz did say that Obama will be meeting with Vice President Biden while he’s back in Washington…

Yeah, that has to be the reason for his return. (Not.) Heck, picking up his dog would be a better excuse.

Adding more mystery to the topic, Schultz said the administration did not "anticipate any major significant news developments out of Washington those few days."

What new developments does this White House ever anticipate? They are always taken by surprise by the events they see on TV.

But if the president is only coming back to meet with staff [sic] 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…

Absolutely. As both articles note, we are constantly told he can conduct the duties of the office from anywhere. So why does he need to waste all of that money?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, August 14th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “French FM: People Are Dying, Obama Must End Vacation”

  1. Rusty Shackleford

    On a side note, it occurs to me that Obama broadcasts his lack of mental diversity with his perpetual addiction to golf. If he was a PGA hopeful, I could understand it but, I know a lot of people who, even in their own less-than-creative way, enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities. Boating, horseback riding, bicycle riding, etc. And other hobbies that vary from stamp collecting to playing in a band.

    Obama’s one string banjo of golfgolfgolfgolfgolf is a bit disturbing. It smacks of a single-minded focus on one thing and one thing only. And, as the reports trickle out, he sucks at it as it is.

    So for me, it’s a doorway into his mindset. He is unable to change his habit pattern, therefore unable to entertain other possibilities. Extrapolating that outward, he is therefore an uncreative thinker and cannot entertain any other options or possibilities in world politics other than his own.

    One—-string—-banjo.

  2. ‘I know it is the holiday period in our Western countries,’ It is? Let’s see… there was my Birthday… but that was months ago. There’s July 4th, but that’s not a vacation. It’s one day off… maybe. Labor day, but that’s not till September. So what Holiday period are we in again? Are we talking about Summer? Is our president a school boy on vacation for the summer? I look forward to his latest essay. “What I did last summer”.

    “…I burned down the southern border, gave amnesty to 5 million illegal aliens, watched ISIS take over Syria and Iraq, watched Russia take over the Ukraine, played golf, and went to the zoo…”




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