Criticism abounds over President Obama’s lavish vacations, but one possible 2016 presidential contender had a few choice words on the commander in chief’s latest trip to Martha’s Vineyard.
Fox News host and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee blasted Obama for taking time off for “simmering and summering” at such an upscale venue while Americans are suffering.
Often working all-nighters to meet deadlines, Huckabee said that he has rarely taken vacations and 9-5 hours are unheard of, adding, “Basically, I’ve worked my tail off.”
“Now I’ve been watching our federal government in Washington lately, and by gosh, I realize I’m a sucker,” he said. “I’m working long hours and long days to pay for the people in Washington to take a long vacation. I’ve been asked if I’ll make another run at the presidency, and here’s what I’ve concluded: It might be a nice reprise from the kind of hours I’m putting in now.”
Chalking up 186 rounds since his election, Huckabee said Obama has played more golf as president than most people have played in their lifetime.
“I’ve never played golf. Didn’t grow up affluent enough to do it and never had the time as an adult,” the former governor said. “But if I became president and followed in the steps of our current one, I might have time to take up golf, get back into some fishing, play more music, even host lavish parties at the White House with Hollywood celebrities that last late into the night.”
Huckabee noted that while Obama is on vacation, millions of Americans are still out of work, ISIS is slaughtering Christians and Israel has been under daily attack from Hamas.
“I don’t begrudge a president for some time off, but to take repeated exotic vacations at taxpayer expense while millions of Americans don’t have enough money for a minor league baseball ticket and a hot dog because we’ve got a lousy economy just seems unseemly,” he said. “Have a nice vacation, Mr. President.”
Watch Huckabee’s stinging words here:
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