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NYT: Sequester Complicates Obama’s Free Time

From a tear soaked New York Times:

Amid Cuts, Does a President Dare Tee Off?

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR | March 6, 2013

WASHINGTON — Fair or not, the extracurricular lives of American presidents are often measured by how they compare with the everyday pursuits of the people they lead.

Don’t worry. Now it is unfair.

And so as the nation’s federal workers and others prepare to tighten their belts amid budget cuts, reduced overtime and furloughs, it is inevitable that someone would ask the question about President Obama and golf.

"Inevitable"? Obama has been endlessly golfing and vacationing for five years in the midst of a recession and the worst economic ‘recovery’ in history. And the New York Time just gets around to noticing?

In fact, they still aren’t asking any questions. Others are:

It came this week from, among others, Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker and Republican presidential candidate, who expressed outrage that the White House had canceled daily tours of 1600 Pennsylvania at the behest of the Secret Service, which said its officers were needed more elsewhere…

Representative Louie Gohmert, Republican of Texas, even proposed an amendment that would prohibit the president from going on any more golf trips at federal expense until the tours resume at the White House.

Ari Fleischer, press secretary to President George W. Bush, said: “If George Bush were playing golf while this was under way, there would be pandemonium in the press corps about it.”

There was pandemonium whenever Bush golfed or fished, or even went to his extremely modest house in Texas for a working vacation.

For Mr. Obama, the months ahead will be tricky. Few people object to a president taking some time to relax — to work out, play basketball, sit on a beach, go to dinner. And like all presidents before him, Mr. Obama does all those things with the costly machinery of government orbiting around him.


But the budget cuts known as sequestration are going to have an outsize effect on government workers who, like Mr. Obama, get their paycheck from the federal treasury. Some will be furloughed as often as once a week. Others will lose overtime, forcing them to cancel vacations or trim household expenses.

In fact, they will lose no money. And they will get more paid vacation days.

So the president’s White House advisers are going to have to confront the question of how, or whether, to adjust his family’s activities. Should they go to Martha’s Vineyard? Will Michelle Obama and the couple’s daughters avoid trips like the ski vacation they took to Aspen last month? And what about the golf that Mr. Obama frequently plays at the nearby Joint Base Andrews? …

Such is the life of a modern president and his family. The first President Bush was mocked as out of touch when he was seen on a speedboat in Kennebunkport, Maine, during an economic downturn.

Yes, such elitism, fishing in an outboard motorboat near your family’s house.

President Bill Clinton hobnobbed with Hollywood glitterati and took heat for it.

When? From whom? Certainly not the press.

And like Mr. Obama, the second President Bush was criticized for his frequent golf outings, which sometimes made him seem disconnected from the grim task of leading a nation in war.

And never mind that President Bush stopped playing golf entirely, as soon as the war started.

For Mr. Obama, the golf weekend in Florida last month drew criticism at the time.

Only because the press was prevented from photographing their idol with Tiger Woods. And only because they might also get a picture of the oil executives Obama was also playing with. There was no criticism from the press about his wretched excess.

But no matter what, Obama always has to be portrayed as a victim. Even when it comes to his constant recreation.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, March 7th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “NYT: Sequester Complicates Obama’s Free Time”

  1. Meg10 says:

    As a state employee I am being asked to give up 9 days of pay. The very least thing that the President can do is show some solidarity and at least act like this is hurting him too.

  2. captstubby says:

    cut back on the largest Federal expense…
    furlough the president .

  3. Meg10 says:

    Did I say asked, I meant forced…

  4. River0 says:

    The Knee Jerk Times, “All the Lib flattery that’s fit to print”.

  5. GetBackJack says:

    Must be nice to golf on someone else’s dime

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