Presidentin’ is Hard

First Family Vacations In Martha's Vineyard

Nero fiddled. Obama golfs.

WH defends Obama’s Key Largo vacation

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.

“We have complete confidence the president can handle all the responsibilities he has,” Earnest said.

The White House spokesman also said it was not unusual for the president, vice president, secretary of State and national security adviser to all be out of the nation’s capital. John Kerry and Susan Rice are traveling on business, while Vice President Biden is visiting the Virgin Islands for his second vacation there in three months.

“Most of the people you described have as their job description traveling overseas to represent the interests of the United States. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is a fairly regular occurrence,” Earnest said.

Is there anything on this planet more important than a Obama vacation? Seriously, this isn’t funny anymore.

There is a thing in politics called “optics.” does this White House have any idea how bad it looks for Obama to keep taking off on golf vacations during various crises?

Sure, the job goes with him, but that raises another issue – who picks up the tab for his trips? In an era where a little governmental austerity would be nice, how about saving the taxpayers a few bucks by taking a staycation at Camp David? Barry has a lot of free time in his future where he can golf all he wants without sticking us with the bill.

What is especially galling is that he never seems to skip a chance to golf, but he routinely skips national security briefings.


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94 Responses to Presidentin’ is Hard

  1. The Klown says:

    Did everybody Spring forward?

    • The Klown says:

      This is the best night of the year for insomniacs.

      • Lulu says:

        I completely forgot about that stupid crap. And I am not an insomniac. I simply go to bed early and get up at 4:00 am like I’m 90 years old.

        As for the Obama’s social climbing, they are just trying to hoist themselves to the next level. They want to be the twenty-first century version of Louis and Antoinette or Ferdinand and Imelda. I bet they die broke and shunned. They should stick to the academia-trash in Hyannis Port which is their mileau.

        • r u reddy says:

          They will die very rich. Obama will collect big private sector payouts as his reward for his service to the Overclass. If they didn’t pay him after all he has done, how could future Presidents feel guaranteed that they too would be paid after office for serving the Overclass? So I predict he and wifey-poo will collect millions of dollars.

          They may well be shunned, though. Die alone and lonely, fully aware of how despised and unwanted they are. Perhaps it will spoil their pleasure in all the beautiful money.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      I lost that hours sleep and my old body feels it.
      I will be taking a nap soon. 🙂

    • DandyTIger says:

      Someone should have warned me about that wall before I sprang forward.

  2. mothy67 says:

    This from the guy who canceled a Saturday Night Live appearance in Nov of 2008 due to Hurricane Ike. Said it would be inappropriate.

  3. swanspirit says:

    To the folks who get their news from Jon Stewart, and their reality from SNL , ( because Sarah Palin really said that you know , wink ,wink ) a sketch wherein an SNL player is doing a parody of Obama parodying Putin , and looking tough standing next to Liam Neeson ; doesn’t really make him competent or effective as a leader . It just helps your imagination to pretend he is . He is really somewhere in Florida , on a golf course , playing “hard” at playin President . I bet he gets out of the golf cart and walks sometimes!
    For the rest of us , watching Obama shills try and pump up his image , is just sad and pathetic .

    • The Klown says:

      I never watch SNL or TDS anymore unless people whose sense of humor I trust say there was a good bit, then I watch a clip of the bit, but that’s all. Before they canned Tommy Christopher from Mediaite I used to check what bits he liked (he would do five posts for each SNL show) and if he liked them I knew I wouldn’t.

      SNL and TDS are both predictable and pathetic these days. “FOX News is dumb, ha ha!” “Republicans are stupid, ha ha!”

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  5. foxyladi14 says:

    From the last thread here is mine. 😀

    • foxyladi14 says:

      Sorry!!!! I should have looked. This was already posted. :mrgreen:

      • foxyladi14 says:

        I love this from a commenter at WZ. 🙂

        Sarah isn’t afraid to give credit to others which is a sure sign of being comfortable in your own skin. Dr. Ben Carson, Levin, Cruz, Paul, Gowdy, Gomert, Lee, Gosar.

        Poke in the eye. Poke in the eye. Poke in the eye. Democrats HATE Sarah. She names names. She mocks them like no other. She mocks their words, their looks, their results. She mocks their manhood, “Buck up or stay in the truck. …when their skirts got all tangled up over their heads. …panties in a wad. …feinty couch liberals.”

        “After all, who could have seen this comin”. Ha!

  6. foxyladi14 says:

    And the hit piece about it. 😆

    • The Klown says:

      Wow, I thought the article was bad until I read the comments.

    • The Klown says:

      Sarah Palin was in rare form tonight at CPAC. The crowd loved her, more than any other speaker. She said if she doesn’t run for President, she loves Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.

      Though she gave a rousing rendition of a rage-filled Green Eggs and Ham riff, proving that she is still the Queen of mean girl spite, Palin predictably tripped over reality when she was instructing President Obama on foreign policy. “Mr. President,” she spat, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a nuke is a good guy with a nuke.”

      Translation: Nuke Russia now or else it’s green eggs for you, Mr President! Neener-neener!

      First she mocked Obama for being weak with Putin, and backed up her nastiness with a bunch of lies about Obamacare and all of the things Obama promised us that haven’t happened in her Barbie Princess Politics world. Obama promised a perfect world and it didn’t happen!

      So we got, “Mr. President, the only thing that stops a bad guy with a nuke is a good guy with a nuke.”

      “He promised to heal the planet and stop the rise of the oceans, but the planet is not listening to Dr. Obama and the only thing rising in his la-la land is the Russian empire.” This from the woman whom the Russian paper Prava labeled a “traitor” for exactly this kind of talk. Why Putin is rearing his head when Palin is still in the world keepin’ an eye on him is beyond me, but I guess when she quit on Alaska, she quit on America too, so fung you America.

      Palin’s entire speech can be summed up with “I hate you Barack!”, peppered in with mocking John Kerry’s face and Obama’s pen (which she clearly doesn’t understand is a reference to executive orders, which is the opposite of weak, but whatevs, why is this reality TV wannabe still the highlight of CPAC?).

      She lectured the President about the debt with her trademark smirking school marm disappointment, with a tinge of her old standby, the dominatrix. Yet Palin left Alaska in quite the hole. She’s not one who can really point fingers when it comes to debt. Or Socialism.

      Palin egged on the crowd in spite of reality, “We’re not hear to rebrand a party but to rebuild a country. We’re in the business of digging ourselves out of debt, restoring competitiveness, educating our children, and liberating our potential.” So, Republicans plan to dig us out of debt by charging up the credit card when they are in power and then blaming the Democratic President for the bills, whilst collecting no revenue? More Fairy Princess land politics.

      But this is Palin and the GOP, so reality isn’t playing an actual role in this party. In rode the Unicorn as Palin told women that the war on women doesn’t exist. She informed everyone that it is Democrats who are subjugating women, “Who’s really stereotyping you? … Honey, that’s not liberation. That’s subjugation.”

      Yes, just let the nice Republican men make all of your decisions for you, ladies, because that’s liberation Palin style!

      If you can’t/won’t listen, add a screech and a lot of bitterness into all of the quotes, for which she utilized a teleprompter, and just imagine you’re back in middle school and she’s the really angry girl who used to be popular but no one talks to her anymore. This is her “I don’t care! I really don’t care!” speech, given to the girl now dating her ex, the quarterback.

      • The Klown says:


        Sat, Mar 8th, 2014 at 7:55 pm

        I’m glad I read her comments rather than actually hearing that horrible voice that can make dogs howl and cats yowl. As always, her abysmal stupidity is unsurprising along with the response to her from the “choir” she was preaching to. God knows, no one with an ounce of brains or impatience with the antics of a 50-year-old mean girl wants to hear what she has to say. When McCain and she lost in 2008, we didn’t just dodge a bullet. We also dodged nuclear weapons.

      • angienc says:

        Right off the bat, the writer doesn’t understand what “rare form” means — because it was a typical Sarah Palin speech. “Rare form” for her would have been bombing.
        But the rest is actually worse than that — typical lib projection of “Look how dumb she is! We’re the smart ones!” based completely on their middle school fantasy lives (hence all the pathetic references to mean girls, etc) with some sex fantasy mixed in (“dominatrix”).
        What a bunch of pathetic losers. I know exactly why no one talked them in high school.

  7. The Klown says:


    The right wing seems risible, swooning over Pooty-Poot, as W. dubbed Putin. They gleefully claim the Russian strongman is Carterizing Obama and act huffy that the only one parachuting into Kiev is John Kerry. “What are you going to do, send the 101st Airborne into Crimea?” says Terry McCarthy, the president of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council. “The way Republicans are dumping on the president, saying anything short of Armageddon shows that he’s weak, is silly. It’s kind of shocking that foreign policy, which used to be nonpartisan, now becomes partisan so quickly.”

    Speaker John Boehner said congressional Republicans were “trying to give the president tools that he might employ that would strengthen his hand in dealing with this very difficult problem.”

    More calculating conservatives pounced. Trying to rehabilitate himself, Marco Rubio told a CPAC audience here that America must “stand up to the spread of totalitarianism.”

    Sarah Palin, who seems ever more viperish, deployed her Yoda syntax with Sean Hannity: “People are looking at Putin as one who wrestles bears and drills for oil. They look at our president as one who wears mom jeans and equivocates and bloviates.”

    Actually, the jeans the president wore in the Oval Office, talking to Putin on the phone last weekend, looked good.

    And his Russia response is a positive contrast with Syria, where Obama came across as naval-gazing and feckless when he dithered and then drew a “red line” against Bashar al-Assad using chemical weapons. He was still explaining to the press why he had decided on military action while Republicans and Democrats in Congress and the Brits were yanking the rug out from under him.

    What really dives me nuts about MoDo isn’t the insane crap she spews, it’s the fact that she gets paid a lot of money to spew it.

    • 1539days says:

      Plus, fact checking the attractiveness of Obama’s saggy jeans.

      These guys are all constructing some straw man argument that Obama can’t do anything NOW that isn’t provocative and dangerous. That may be true. He had 5 years to develop a relationship with Russia. Instead, he played golf. Six months ago, Putin drank Obama’s milkshake on Syrian weapons.

      In July of 2001, GW Bush said he looked into Putin’s soul and found a man straightforward and committed to his country. Besides being mostly true, it was the kind of diplomatic buttering up that feeds Putin’s ego. When the US was attacked 2 months later, there was no Russian saber rattling. There was granting of air space rights over Russia.

      Obama is not diplomatic. At all. He can’t even negotiate with Republicans. He just bullies and hopes his minions in the press can badmouth the GOP enough to scare them. Putin has a media behind him and he knows how to get what he wants without them, too.

  8. fif says:

    It’s positively absurd. Three vacations this year, and it’s only March 9th?? I’ve been asking the same thing: where are the media reports of taxpayer cost? As usual, what galls me most is the sheer hypocrisy of it all. The members of the ultra-exclusive place where he is staying (love how the WH plays it down like some generic campground with a few amenities) bombarded the Board with complaints because he’s there upsetting their quiet privilege even while he slanders the rich every chance he gets.

    • erin says:

      I noticed that too. we are on about week 11 of 26 in any given year and he’s on his THIRD vacation of the year and Biden is on his second to the same virgin island. I wish I could be out of the office that often and have everything still function

  9. gram cracker says:

    Putt he deserves another vaca after Putin had him on hold for so long! Holdin onto that phone of his for so many hours probably messed up his puttin stroke. POTUS would be really teed off if he had to cancel his much needed downtime with Mo and the girls who by the way have been counting on having some quality time with stinky. Any bets on how much time he really spends with them?

  10. mothy67 says:

    I like Tina Fey and she has said she wishes she had never done Palin. Seems it cost her. 30 Rock was never a big hit but it was produced by NBC so they kept it going to get it to syndication. WON lots of awards and stayed steady in the ratingzs but the show was very expensive had to get a lucrative deal to make money. Advertisers want 25 to 49 women. They do the shopping for households. And you betcha those racists at ad companies really want white women. Fey’s show was ready to be stripped and no one wanted it. She was a golden girl befoe 08 but then she insulted the people advertsers want to reach. I giive her props for saying so.

    • 1539days says:

      Do you have a link to her saying it hurt her show? I’m still amused by Palin haters’ remorse.

      • mothy67 says:

        I will attempt a bing search with Palin Fey SNL regrets just yields the same old. I do not thi k she owes an apology Palin was fair game I just hate the one sided aspect How is Michelle Obama’ s Ler’s Move not mocked.Comedy should be allowed to be brutal and except children I think everything should be fair game. Have you ever gotten up to go to the bathroom when a comic was dying on stage. They savage you.

      • mothy67 says:

        Went through 20 pages on bing and yahoo but cannot find it. I only remember it because I was shocked she said it. Google gives same results. Easy to bury a story allyou have to do is write a program.

        • lyn says:

          “Tina Fey: Miss Tina Regrets” (Vogue)

          She also bought a “little house” in the country, but she won’t say where, because “I don’t want anyone to come there and try to kill me.” Ever since her devastatingly funny Sarah Palin impressions, she has for the first time in her life attracted unwanted attention—and hate mail. “People started projecting politics onto me,” she says. “There are people who hate me now because of that.” Fey’s parents are Republicans, and she herself is an Independent. “The partisan nature of politics continues to appall me. I’m almost paralyzed by my inability to see things in black-and-white. I encountered a lot of hard-core Democrats who are just as rabid and hateful, and I found that just as shocking. It was scary to be in that world of politics. I felt uncomfortable to be in that discussion. The weird thing is, when Darrell Hammond or Will Ferrell or Dana Carvey did an impersonation of a president, no one assumed it was personal, but because Sarah Palin and I are both women and people think women are meaner to each other, everyone assumed it was personal.”

          • The Klown says:

            It was an easy assumption to make, considering how one-sided the humor was. But the real problem with her impersonation of Palin is that she did it in the middle of a hate-fest unlike anything I ever saw in this country before then. To this day, whenever Sarah makes the news, progs start foaming at the mouth.

          • lyn says:

            I agree with you. Timing is everything. Fey’s impersonation of Palin fed the beast.

          • leslie says:

            I remember when she did that impersonation. At the same time, Sarah had graciously offered one of her daughters to babysit Fey’s daughter, Alice, during the show. Fey said she wouldn’t trust Palin’s kids with her daughter because….stupid republican mother.

          • mothy67 says:

            I still give her some credit. Not the article I was looking for. May have been a trade paper because it had loads of stats. I hate pc comedy. It is just not funny. Big Bang and Modern Family are the only shows I think are funny and both embrace stereotypes while shedding a little more light. Modern Family is really good at it. The two gay guys with an asian baby could have been so awful instead it is just a show about a family . No preaching no educating. Lucille Ball put on a show what 60 years ago. She owned it and it was groundbreaking. Feisty independent woman. The few times(meaning ever week) she was in a woman’s role she screwed something up.

          • 1539days says:

            This “Independent” label gets overused a lot. Palin probably has a lot of liberal / prog views that she doesn’t think are “political,” like the way some think that being pro global warming is the “right” way to think.

            In the case of Modern Family, there is some normalcy because the gay characters are as screwed up as the straight couples. A decade ago, gay couples were perfect.

          • 1539days says:

            Oops. I meant Tina Fey thinks she’s an independent.

    • Constance says:

      I turn the channel when Fey comes on. She makes me sick.

  11. wmcb says:

    Oh, good grief. This kind of stuff makes me crazy. The “quote” she is talking about is that Paul used Pink Floyd’s “did you trade your heroes for ghosts?” line. And most people have no idea what the political views of band members are. Lighten up.

  12. mothy67 says:

    I am starting to think of him as the first HDHD president. Everything comes with an excuse. No personal responsibbility. I am appalled by what I see in grade school. Everything is someone elses fault. Horse shit and offensive. My pain in the ass goes to a small school and 6 of the kids are taking meds. I thank God for the nuns. They did not play. Actions have consequences and so do choices. Iwill not allow my baby girl to feel sorry for hersrlf. Not gonna happen. Ithrow my body to the ground and start crying about the end of the world when things don’t go her way. Eventual y she gets it.

  13. angienc says:

    I actually heard an idiot reporter describe Obama down in FL saying “The president continued his telephone diplomacy in Florida today.”

    For the love of fuck — optics are irrelevant here, because there is no Orwellian speak too absurd for the MSM to parrot in defense of Teh Precious. (OTOH, I remember the # of days GWB spent at his ranch in Crawford *leading* news stories).

    Obama’s entire presidency — nay his entire career — nay his entire LIFE has been nothing but “down town.”

    • 1539days says:

      He has a telephone and a pen, but the pen is being used to write down his golf scores.

    • mothy67 says:

      I am 47 so I sort of rmember Nixon everything else was all out abuse. Carter Reagan Ford Clinton Bushes. Always mocked never before has someone been so exempt. His fans do not allow open debate any criticism is looked at like you are picking on my kid. Bizarre he is president too fucking bad if your feelings get hurt. ADHD president we must all walk on egg shells so not to offend.

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    Dems plan to stay overnight and discuss global warming. Lame publicity stunt.

    • Lulu says:

      The cool kids scam to make themselves rich is imploding. All they can do now is talk about how awful it is and give us some more money and watch our telethon. Running two scams (Obamacare) AND carbon tax eco green tech global warming at the same time is very tricky.

  16. Lulu says:

    Unions finally figure out that Obamacare is a massive pay cut for all low and middle pay workers. “Based on government and private reports, polling and statements from administration officials, the report, to be sent to pro-union members in Congress, charges that low-wage workers are taking the hit under Obamacare, while wealthy insurance companies fatten up on government subsidies.” And it “says the Affordable Care Act will shift workers from union insurance to the more expensive Obamacare health exchanges, costing them up to half of their pay to cover premiums.” This is from the first union to endorse Sen Obama in 2008 so they must be slow on the uptake.

    ….”also suggested that Democrats in Washington are telling unions to stop griping about the impact of Obamacare on their members. He quoted a Senate aide saying, “Labor needs to regress to the mean.” Said Taylor: “In other words, roll back what you have and take one for the team. Ironic, given that Congress and the president carved out an exemption for staffers on the ACA. We cannot sit idly by as the politicians carve up our health plans while they carve out exceptions for themselves and every special interest feeding at the trough in Washington.” Regression to the mean explained is going backward or regression to mediocrity as Vile Progs appropriate more statistical jargon for double speak and shut up. Everybody take a pay cut to cover Obama and the Democrats butt is not a winning election strategy.

    • angienc says:

      I’m sure they’d be OK if *they* were one of the special interests “feeding at the trough” (i.e., got an exemption), so fuck ’em.

  17. helenk3 says:

    brought this up from downstairs. even little kids are getting backtrack’s number

  18. Lulu says:

    “Four Central European nations are urging the United States to boost natural gas exports to Europe as a hedge against the possibility that Russia could cut off its supply of gas to Ukraine.

    Ambassadors from Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic made their appeal Friday in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. A similar letter was expected to be sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.”

    The four nations skipped the White House and the Dept of State. The WH said they have had a mild winter apparently not realizing they use natural gas for industry and silly things like cooking at home and hot water. They may send a letter to Dirty Harry as a courtesy. Maybe not. They see the 2014 elections and lame ducks so why waste a letter on them.

  19. The Klown says:
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    • angienc says:

      The biggest lie of any POTUS in my life time, as it went *straight* to policy that affects millions of Americans, not merely to cover up personal transgressions, that was repeated & repeated while calling the rest of us who said “that’ isn’t mathematically possible” r*cists — and it’s nothing but a joke to them.
      Fuck them – -seriously — I will never vote for anyone with a (D) behind his or her name again, including Hillary.

      • lyn says:

        “Fuck them – -seriously — I will never vote for anyone with a (D) behind his or her name again, including Hillary.”

    • 1539days says:

      That is on par with Bush’s looking for WMDs video.

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    • lyn says:

      That’s why the status quo is afraid and lashes out with hate.

      • The Klown says:

        “However,” Putin proceeded gravely, “according to new information from reliable sources, this so called ‘independence’ movement in Ukraine has been taken over not only by Jews and Neo-Nazis, but TEA Party members as well.”

        “Here is picture of hundreds of activists waving Gadsden flags and other totalitarian symbols of oppression in Maidan Square,” said the Russian President to an audible gasp of horror from the Western journalists. “Believe it or not, they are shouting for lower taxes and limited government.”

        As one reporter for NPR began mumbling, “I knew it, I knew it,” an ABC correspondent fainted in her chair. The presser was briefly paused to allow medical personnel to carry a trembling New York Times journalist from the room.

        U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid immediately seized on the news: “We must no longer punish our Russian brothers who have joined us in this most noble cause,” he whispered passionately from the Senate floor. “I hope my Republican colleagues will join me in granting Russia with most favored nation status and access to any military technology we might not have already passed on to them.”

        Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who was nodding in agreement behind Reid, took the microphone next. “World peace is threatened by dangerous radicals. They may be supported by the likes of Senator Ted Cruz, but certainly not by the reasonable, true conservatives in the Republican Party. We stand with Putin,” McConnell finished and turned away to be warmly embraced by Senator Reid.

        President Obama immediately countered Putin’s press conference with a statement of his own.

        “This new information changes everything,” Obama said from the Oval Office. “In the past, I had threatened to release another picture of me posing decisively with a telephone if Putin continued to escalate the situation, but I have directed the photographer to wait indefinitely. Instead, by my direction, we are sending a carrier task force to the Black Sea to assist the Russian military in their mission, and in addition, three divisions of crack IRS auditors.”

  22. The Klown says:


    Investigators in Malaysia say that the lack of debris from the disappeared Kuala Lumpur to Beijing flight could indicate it “disintegrated” in mid air.

    “The fact that we are unable to find any debris so far appears to indicate that the aircraft is likely to have disintegrated at around 35,000 feet,” a source, who is involved in the investigations in Malaysia, told Reuters.

    Asked about the possibility of an explosion, such as a bomb, the source said there was no evidence yet of foul play and that the aircraft could have broken up due to mechanical issues.

    But David Learmount, operations and safety editor for Flight International, said he would be very surprised if the authorities knew for sure that the plane “disintegrated” in mid air.

    If the plane disintegrated, there would be debris strewn all over the South China Sea. Some of it would float.

    • 49erDweet says:

      Yep, there’d be a debris field at least 50 miles long by 20 miles wide and it would plainly show up on satellite views during the day and by radar scans at night. If they don’t find something soon at sea it will be fairly intact, wherever it is.

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  28. mothy67 says:

    Damn I do love me some Palin. She said buck up or stay in the truck. In my memory no person ever got what she did. She was meant to slink away and be gone. Instead she became so much more.

  29. mothy67 says:

    How insane is this —- they are predicting a very hot summer but my local pool is going to be closed so they can build an ice hockey rink. I love the game but the community cannot afford a hockey rink. Crazy. Each year has only about a hundred students so that means 50 boys. MAkes no sense. Not a poor place but not rich. Hockey is expensive. How many games could they even have? Something very fishy. I graduated from the school in 1984 and pretty sure that I am the only one that has ever played and I was terrible.

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