French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Tuesday asked members of the European Union to convene for discussions on providing military and humanitarian assistance to the people of Iraq, and took a jab at those on vacation.
While France is known to guarantee its workforce five weeks of paid vacation a year, Fabius appeared to be taking a shot at President Obama, according to the Daily Mail.
“I know in Western countries this is vacation period,” Fabius said on a French radio station, according to the Wall Street Journal. “But when people are dying, you must return from vacation.”
Obama’s approach to the Iraqi crisis has been to coordinate airstrikes on the terrorists who have taken over entire towns, while humanitarian supplies have been airlifted to those victimized in the region, the Daily Mail reported. Britain, France, Italy and other European nations have assisted in the effort with materials and personnel.
Obama delivered on Saturday an update on the bombing campaign in Iraq, and quickly departed to Martha’s Vineyard afterward. Within a half an hour, he was on the golf course, according to the Washington Post, which said:
“Even presidents need down time, and Obama can handle his commander-in-chief duties wherever he is. But his decision to proceed with his getaway just 36 hours after announcing the military action in Iraq risks fueling the impression that he is detached as the world burns.”
He is scheduled to be on vacation for two weeks.
The perceived dig did not go unnoticed by Fox News’ Shannon Bream, who tweeted:
FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTER: “when people are dying, you must come back from vacation” http://t.co/Ck5GgBtuhL
— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) August 13, 2014
Reponses were equally critical of the president in these tweets:
— CW (@CW315) August 13, 2014
@ShannonBream How bad have things gotten? France is now schooling the US.
— Sergeant Hulka (@Hulka_Sgt) August 13, 2014
@ShannonBream Even when Obama is “working” it seems he is on vacation!
— Matthew Battle (@librab103) August 13, 2014
It helps to keep a sense of humor, like this tweet:
@ShannonBream This from the FRENCH! Man, are we in trouble!
— George (@Gb8269George) August 13, 2014
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