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Obama Vacation Days
Yeah...Bush Did Also
Fun Time for Obama...Meanwhile, back at the ranch....
I don't ordinarily begrudge any person vacation time. I mean, you work all year, you pay the mortgage all year, you buy new braces for the kids, you work five days a week...you deserve time off. Most of us get two or three weeks vacation time a year (if we're lucky). In this "recovering economy" of ours, many people simply can't afford to take a vacation. If you are the typical American family (meaning born in the USA or legal resident), it's you, your wife and two kids. Plus, Fido probably would have to come along as well. Say you want to go to Disney World...or not. We're talking thousands of dollars for a family of four. Many families simply can't afford that. So, maybe something less than Disney World. Six Flags over Georgia or whatever state? Think again. It's expensive as hell for a family also. So, most families try to find something to do not far from home. It's all about the economy.
I was initially surprised when I heard President Obama had taken, yet, another vacation swing in late March to rio de janeiro. It's not like he didn't have other more pressing matters to tend to. As leader of the most powerful nation (well...at one time anyway) on earth, he has problems that might preclude him from taking this vacation. The apologists at the White House said this vacation had been planned a long time ago. Well, plans are often delayed or just outright canceled when current events demand it. Japan, probably our closest ally in Asia, is going through a nightmare scenario of a 9.2 earthquake, a devastating tsunami and, to cap matters, nuclear power plants in the process of meltdown. The latter might actually have an effect on the USA. We are bombing the hell out of our third Muslim nation daily in Libya. Israel is on the verge of attacking Islamic fanatics once again. They are getting rocket attacks on a daily basis from Hezbollah. We have the greatest crisis financially this nation has ever faced. The "New Red Menace" is the national debt. . So, to handle this problem, the President of the United States takes another vacation. He is quickly becoming known as "The Absentee President" by his critics. It's obvious Obama enjoys the limelight and perks of being the President of the United States. What he does not like is the workload.
President George W. Bush took vacations to Crawford, TX quite a bit also (he allegedly spent five months of his first year there...click). But, most (certainly not all) were working vacations. One could argue the latest Obama vacation to Brazil is a working vacation. But, the reason most are upset with Obama on this latest vacation is the timing. The Obama Administration has the worst record of timing of any I've ever seen in my life. But, you know what is amazing to me? The number of people who defend Obama's vacations. Do a google search on Obama Vacations or Obama Vacation Days. Look at the number of stories from either the AP wire services or from the White House defending him. Strangely, the stories are mostly in 2010. Very few stories are mentioned this year. According to factcheck.org, Presidents Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and W. Bush spent more vacation time in their first year than President Obama did. But, this article is from January 2010. I could not find anything for this year on vacation time.
But, this is something that is unexplainable to me insofar as Obama Vacation Days; he took three vacations after the oil spill started in the Gulf of Mexico. Again, it comes back to Obama's timing of vacations. How does it look to the people on the gulf coast when they see their President whooping it up in Hawaii or wherever, while their livelihood is drowning in oil slicks? How many vacations do you think FDR took during WWII? How many did President Bush take after WTC attacks? This country is facing more crisis's than any other in recent memory. It requires a president who sets an example for the rest of the country. President Obama is supposed to be our leader. He simply doesn't understand he is not a community organizer any longer. When most Americans are unable to take vacations, he goes to the beach to have fun with his family.
I did find one site that listed all kinds of stuff about President Obama's vacations. It is called brokencountry.com. This is from January of this year. I don't know how reliable this guy's facts are. But, consider some of what he says on the link I provide. For instance, Obama has taken six vacation trips, all or part of 32 days. He has taken Foreign trips: 6 trips to 8 countries spanning 22 days. Since taking office: 16 trips to 25 countries spanning 70 days. Flights on Air Force One, 172. Since taking office, 328. There is more if you just hit that link. Again, I don't know how reliable this is since it appears to be a private blog. But, if this guy is half-right, this appears to be over the top to me. President Obama has got some tough decisions to make on the national debt. He can't keep ignoring it or making half-hearted attempts to manage it. He has decided to let the UN command our troops in Libya. This is not something Americans are comfortable with by any stretch of the imagination. There are people who see Obama as a weak president. Even Donald Trump is attacking Obama by making the birth certificate a front and center issue again. When your enemies see you are vulnerable, they will get even more vicious. Watch for this trend to increase as the weeks go by.
If you are perceived as weak, your enemies will come at you even harder. Albert Einstein once said, “Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.” Obama's attitude needs to change toward his job as a part-time President. Obama needs to just do his job. That is plain and simple as I can make it. It is not only about timing that is a problem for his vacation time. It is about appearances as well. He gives off the notion he is an elitist, a snob of the highest order. He is so much above it all. Obama is in love with himself. There were many people who were in love with him in 2008. That was then, this is now. President Obama needs to stop fiddling while America burns.