Timing of Obama vacation another brick in the wall

Obamas in HawaiiPresident Obama is once again in disengagement mode.

The first family has scheduled another vacation – for three weeks, beginning Dec. 17. This in and of itself doesn’t bother me. Presidents are entitled to take vacations – even presidents who spend more time on the golf course than they do in the Oval Office.

I don’t even begrudge him the disruption he’ll be causing his constituents. According to the Hawaii Reporter,  the Obamas’ vacation will hugely restrict the comings and goings of the residents living in the upscale Oahu neighborhood, where they’ll be staying. Streets will be barricaded and, unlike many voting precincts, identification will be in constant demand.

In this day and age of terrorism, whether the president believes it exists or not, this, too, is understandable, although I believe he could have chosen a locale where the neighbors’ lives would be less disrupted, especially during the holidays. Have the Obamas ever heard of Camp David?

And then there’s the price tag, which while mind-bogglingly pricey, doesn’t even rate my rage meter today. The Obamas’ three-week fling will cost the taxpayers a cool $4 million. Although this bothers me somewhat, I won’t complain. I realize security costs money. It’d be nice if they could keep expenses down to a mere $1 million a week, though, wouldn’t it?

No, my real beef is with the timing of the thing.

Jan. 2 is the date the country is scheduled to take a “Thelma and Louise” nosedive off the fiscal cliff, unless Congress and the White House can reach an agreement. At this juncture, such a kumbaya moment looks doubtful. The president seems more interested in meeting with constituents friendly to his own policies than he is negotiating with Republicans.

The fact that he’s beginning his “much needed time off” two weeks before the Jan. 2 date tells me loud and clear that the fiscal cliff means nothing to him. These final two weeks are when negotiations will be at their most heated and we’ll be closest to reaching that critical accord.

As of Friday, the president hadn’t met with congressional leaders for 14 days — two weeks. And now he’s blocked out the final two weeks before Jan. 2 to cavort with his family.

The president’s skewered priorities are reminiscent of when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu requested a little face time with him in New York, but the president was too busy partying with Jay-Z and Beyonce. Or how about the day after the Benghazi tragedy, which resulted in the murder of four Americans, when the president jetted off to a Las Vegas fundraiser?

It’s also ironic that at the same time he’s wholly disengaged from “fiscal cliff” negotiations, our president will be busy spending $200,000 a day on his Hawaiian vacation.

I realize, of course, that after watching Obama in action the last four years, this is all nothing new. In the words of Pink Floyd, “All in all, it’s just another brick in the wall.”

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  • Faye Bush

    Throw the bastards out of our country, they do not belong here!!!!!!!!

  • http://yahoo Robert

    The American people have spoken , we have elected him for another 4 yrs. or more .(??????) God help us all!!! Or did we elect him ?

  • Phere

    Stoned, is appropriate!

  • Roger

    Obama don't care about the American people he has the typical what's in it for me Attitude.He think's he's a rock star. He Need's to be Thrown out of Office and he should stand trial for crimes against The United States of America. Enough said Now Let's Do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Linda

    I so loathe these two liars and traitors – IMPEACH this jerk and put her back at WalMart as a fashion consultant – hahahaha – she needs all the help she can get. This hag does not know how to dress; she's disgusting and he's an idiot! I still want to know who's backing this guy and who's supporting him – it's no one in the U.S., I can tell you that!

  • Linda

    No; the American people did NOT elect him. I will never believe he "won" this election; he stole this election and he had a lot of help doing it!

    • bob tremblay

      I think he stole the election also.I can't believe what a lousy piece of crap he,and his bitch are. I hope Karma works,and they get theirs…

  • Adeline

    I don't believe "we" elected him, I know I did not! He doesn't care about all the people out of work and the state the country's economy is in, or about anything else.

  • karen dixon

    join us in boycotting all left wing media, never be on in our american home!

    • SAMSPAD

      @KARENDIXON…..IF WE BOYCOTT ALL THE LIBERAL MEDIA……WE WOULD ONLY BE WATCHING ONE CHANNEL….AND READING ABOUT 2 NEWSPAPERS…..WHAT WOULD THE ADVERTISERS DO WITH ALL THEIR MONEY THAT THEY COULDN'T SPEND?????

  • Turbo

    Will someone please tell me why congress hasn't moved to impeach Obama? They were going to impeach Clinton for lying about his affair with Monica Lewinski. Obama hasn't produced a real birth certificate and his social security number belongs to a dead man. What could be stranger? Obama doesn't even seem to care. Now this deal with Bengazi. His gross neglect and flat out lie cost 4 americans their lives. Have any charges been brought against him?

    • SAMSPAD

      @ TURBO…..NO CHARGES HAVE BEEN BROUGHT AGAINST HIM AS FAR AS I HAVE HEARD……AND THE REASON BEING……THE CONGRESSMEN AND SENATORS ARE SCARED SHITLESS…….THEY DON'T WANT TO MESS WITH THE CHICAGO MAFIA…..

      • Bettijo

        I agree with Samspad. We have no idea who all has been threatened: the Clintons? The media? Justice Roberts? General Petraesus? (Yes, I think the WH used their knowledge of his affair to gain his compliance with the Libya situation, then after the election threw him under the bus), and what about members of Congress? Who knows?

        But, nevertheless, there can be no impeachment as long as Evil Reil stands guard over the Senate. We MUST get rid of him in 2014. WE ABSOLUTELY MUST.

  • bob tremblay

    Bend over,here comes another 4 years with the liar,and his bitch..