Working on his fore in policy Via NBC Miami President Barack Obama got out on a Florida golf course Saturday with two former professional athletes and the cousin of one of his top advisers. Obama’s foursome included Ahmad Rashad, Cyrus Walker and Alonzo Mourning, the White House said. Rashad is a sportscaster and former NFL […]
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Barack Obama Golfs With Alonzo Mourning During Florida Keys Vacation
The Obamas have a nice vacation ahead — their third of the year: White House spokesman Josh Earnest defended President Obama’s weekend vacation in Key Largo, despite the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, arguing Obama would be able to monitor events from Florida. “What the president will be doing this weekend in Florida is essentially what the president would be doing back at the White House. It’s just that the weather will be a little warmer,” Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One. “The president is looking forward to spending some time with his wife and daughters, who are traveling down to Florida as well,” he continued. “There are some recreational amenities on the property, including workout facilities, tennis courts, a couple of golf courses. “If there is an opportunity for the president to enjoy some of those amenities, then he’ll do that. What he will do, and what he is looking forward to doing, is getting a little downtime in the warm weather with his wife and daughters.” Earlier this week, there was speculation the president could scrap the trip — his third vacation of the year — because of the crisis. But Earnest downplayed the suggestion, saying deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken is traveling to Florida with Obama, along with the “regular assortment of communication tools” allowing the president to attend secure briefings. Hey, at least he’s being frugal about it. The rooms are only $2500 per night . There is at least one critic of the idea that a president should be taking a lot of vacations: this guy. Essentially the bargain that any president, I think, strikes with the American people is: “you give me this office and in turn my fears, doubts, insecurities, foibles, need for sleep, family life, vacations, leisure is gone. I am giving myself to you .” And the American people should have no patience for whatever is going through your head because you’ve got a job to do. What a churlish person. Who is it? Read on: And so how I think about it is that you don’t make that decision unless you are prepared to make that sacrifice, that trade off, that bargain and I think that what’s difficult and important for somebody like myself who has a wonderful forbearing wife and two gorgeous young children is that they end up having to make some of those sacrifices with you ,” he continued. “And that is a profound decision that you don’t make lightly. You guessed it, right? That’s Barack Obama from 2006 . Look at it this way: it’s hardly the first “bargain” he’s made with the American people that he has reneged on. If it makes you feel any better . . .
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A Surprising Critic of Presidential Vacations
Buzzfeed has a test that supposedly tells you, on the basis of the various choices you make, which U.S. President you are most like. It’s mostly silly, hardly scientific as you can tell from the President I supposedly am below the fold. You got: Barack Obama You are pure class and shy away from drama. […]
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Which U.S. President Are You?
Barack Obama has expressed “deep concern” over the situation in Ukraine: U.S. President Barack Obama spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin for 90 minutes on Saturday and expressed “deep concern over Russia’s clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity , which is a breach of international law,” the White House said. Putin must have been deeply concerned by Obama’s use of this phrase, since Obama doesn’t express “deep concern” lightly. It’s not like it’s a pet phrase he trots out every time something happens overseas. Or . . . maybe it is. Darfur, April 2008: IN APRIL 2008, candidate Barack Obama expressed “deep concern” that the Bush administration was making an unseemly deal with the Khartoum regime as a means to bolster the fledgling but already failing UN/African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). Gaza, January 6, 2009: Barack Obama, who takes over as U.S. president from George W. Bush on January 20, broke his silence about the violence in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, calling the loss of civilian lives in Gaza and in Israel a “source of deep concern for me.” Taliban, March 5, 2009: Taliban havens Obama’s deep concern THE terrorist attacks have greatly heightened US concerns about the political stability of Pakistan, already under pressure from a weakened economy and increasingly assertive militant groups. In a joint press conference with the British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, President Barack Obama expressed his “deep concern” about the attack . Iran, June 16, 2009: As Iran’s Guardian Council announced a partial recount of Friday’s contested presidential election results, and mass protests rocked the capital of Tehran for a second day Tuesday, President Barack Obama used a press conference with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak to again express his “deep concerns about the elections.” “I have said before that I have deep concerns about the elections, and I think the world has deep concern about the election,” Obama said. Libya, February 5, 2011: In separate phone conversations with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and British Prime Minister David Cameron, Obama “expressed his deep concern with the Libyan government’s use of violence which violates international norms and every standard of human decency, and discussed appropriate and effective ways for the international community to immediately respond,” the White House statement said. Sudan, June 16, 2011: U.S. President Barack Obama Thursday met with his special envoy for Sudan to express “deep concern” over the violence and humanitarian crisis in the country. Syria, August 12, 2011: President Obama, for his part, expressed deep concern about Assad’s continued use of violence in a phone call with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Edrogan, said the White House . The two leaders agreed violence should end now, US officials said. Of course, it’s not just international issues where Obama is deeply concerned. He shows deep concern about domestic issues as well. Tucson, January 9, 2011: Obama “was updated on the investigation around 9 a.m. by (national security aide) John Brennan,” said a White House statement. “The president will continue to be updated as appropriate in the coming days.” He is not expected to speak today on the tragedy. The statement also said that Obama did connect with Giffords’ husband, astronaut Mark Kelly. Obama “expressed his deep concern and full support,” the statement said. There are more. I just got tired of documenting them all. Because Obama so often expresses deep concern , it stands to reason that he is, of course, deeply concerned. Confirming this deduction, the blog I Hate the Media in April 2011 collected over a dozen examples of Obama being deeply concerned . So when Obama tells Putin of his deep concern , well . . . Thanks to an excellent tipster.
Many Republicans—and a handful of independent commentators like George Washington University professor Jonathan Turley—have been highly critical of President Obama’s executive branch overreach. The president has arbitrarily delayed, deferred, or ignored provisions of numerous laws, none more so than his signature Obamacare legislation. There is indeed much to criticize; no other president in recent times has usurped congressional lawmaking powers to the extent Barack Obama has.
Upholding the Law