@JoeBlow "Regardless of what Obama does, he will be criticized
by the right. Like the boy who cries wolf, many, including Obama have stopped
listening." Ironic comment coming from a group that has totally
destroyed its own credibility by crying "racist" every time anyone
notices that Obama is not actually the messiah.
He is described as this because he does not start two wars and trash the
Right off, I can't recall any previous Gerson column so petty in its
criticism as this one.
worf probably makes the most pertinent point about Presidents and vacation time.
If your playing golf, swimming, riding bikes, ect. you are not in meetings
making policy.Esquire That is why even though the
President is in touch if something happens, that is only a REACTIVE position,
not a PROACTIVE one. Right now with so much going on in the world, we need our
leaders in meetings deciding what to do IF, as well as what to do NOW. Not just
what to do after the fact, or worse, admittedly seeming to be just as
"surprised" as the public when things happen. That certainly does not
give the people any sense of safety hearing that the White House found out about
it when CNN did. And truth is, there are times when a President cannot
"take a break". A working vacation at Camp David, or even Crawford
Texas (Bush) can still be one with a lot of work happening. No one believes any
work can be accomplished during 9 rounds of golf. However, it is possible that
the real President is, and had been, Valerie Jarrett. So maybe the work IS
going on. Only without Obama.
@ 2 bits.I think he's referring to the spending thing, you know the
Republicans want him to reign it in, he just keeps spending. Or maybe it's
the foreign policy thing, the Republicans want him to have one, he just does the
"don't do stupid stuff". I know, it's the whole
"faithfully execute the laws" thing, but he just goes on about his
business of selectively applying them.
@@GaryO,Exactly how is Obama, "doing exactly the opposite of
what Republican leaders want him to do"?He attacked libya
(isn't that something Republicans would do)? He helped the the
people there murder their President in the streets (Muammar Gaddafi). A nut or
sure, but at least he had sense enough to end their nuclear weapons program.
And was he really worse than Saddam Hussein??He attacked Pakistan
multiple times (they are getting tired of our missiles killing their
civilians).Kept the conflict in Afghanistan going... (something a
Republican would probably do). There's been more US troop deaths in
Afghanistan under Obama than BushLet ISIL gain power in Iraq (not
something a Republican would do, but still something to Obama's credit).Kept Patriot Act going and actually enhanced it (That's something
Republicans pushed for initially... so how is extending it doing the opposite of
Republicans)?==========What exactly has Obama done that
a Republican wouldn't do? I think your "He's doing
exactly the opposite of what Republican leaders want him to do"... is mostly
a partisan myth.
@GaryOMe: "WHAT IS HIS PLAN??? You: "do the exact
opposite of what Republican leaders want him to do".And you
blame REPUBLICANS for being non-partisan or not cooperating??? I think you
have turned that bunk-theory on it's ear...===========Re: "That’s worked pretty well so far, don’t you
think"...If you believe North Korea and Iran continuing their
nuclear weapons programs (despite Obama's red line) and Syria still killing
it's own people (despite his red-line) although thanks to Russia not using
chemical weapons anymore.. and Israel and Hamas being on the brink... and
American military attacks on Iraq again and the government he helped establish
and leave in control in collapse, ISIL growing and decapitating western
journalists again... America unable to protect it's Ambassadors overseas
and focusing on the political cover-up instead of fixing the problem... If you
call that "success" then I guess his plan is working...I
guess if you drink enough partisan-coolaid these result, and a plan to "just
do the opposite of what Republicans want to do".... WOULD look like
2 bits –“He also wants to force all States to give
Felons the right to vote (Felons have not been allowed to vote for a long
time).”Wrong again. You’re consistency amazes me. Plenty
of states give felons the right to vote, including Utah. Look it up.“I don't want our President being selected by Felons.”Why not? That sure doesn’t sound very Christian to me.After all, Jesus Christ himself is a convicted felon. And you don’t
think Jesus deserves the right to vote? Besides, nothing in the US
Constitution says felons can’t vote. What do you have against the US
Constitution?We have to agree to disagree I guess. I have neither
anti-American nor Anti-Christian sentiments.“WHAT IS HIS
PLAN???’Well, Obama will keep on implementing the Obama
doctrine: “Don’t do stupid stuff.”In other words,
he will do the exact opposite of what Republican leaders want him to do.That’s worked pretty well so far, don’t you think?
"His failures have multiplied...." and "Now he must provide some
assurance that he is shaping events with a strategy that culminates in the end
of the Islamic State". Oh really now, is that why he was voted into office?
I thought we spent a trillion dollars in an attempt to do that but now
recognize that is not a realistic expectation. And speaking of his multiple
failures. Maybe, just maybe Americans are more concerned about domestic issues.
If reducing unemployment from 10 percent down to 6 percent, having significant
reduction in deficit spending, having significant reduction in uninsured
citizens, and having a significant boost in the stock markets, if all these
things are multiple failures, what does it take to be successful.
On the topic of "What is his strategy"...On the news last
night a Democrat Congressman was teasing the news with the scoop that when he
gets back from vacation he's going to execute the Executive Order they had
drafted for him giving blanket-amnesty to 5 MILLION people in the United States
illegally (bypassing Congress yet again).Sometimes it seems like his
main strategy is just to get more voters for future Democrats (even if it takes
making 5 million people here illegally into legal voters overnight).He also wants to force all States to give Felons the right to vote (Felons
have not been allowed to vote for a long time). I don't want our
President being selected by Felons. And it doesn't matter if
these 2 groups don't become a majority. The last several Presidential
elections the margin of victory has been 1%. So even if these groups only make
up 1% of the voting population... they could change the outcome of the
election.I wish I knew what his plan was...
This isn't about vacations... WHAT IS HIS PLAN???Quit
side-tracking the conversation with vacation bickering... who cares! This
isn't about who took more vacation (irrelevant)... it's about what is
the CURRENT President of the United States plan... for Russia/Crimea, Syria,
Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Hamas, for Missouri, etc...???I don't
care if he golfs, but WHAT IS HIS PLAN? And is it WORKING? THAT should be the
point of this conversation!
there is an old saying "you can't teach an old dog new tricks" that
I think applies here. Barack is who he is - we have lived through 6 years of his
administration and we know how he works ...and doesn't work. Barack Obama
does not have a strategy on anything and I think that is clear. How many times
has this administration been surprised by some world event stating that they
learned about it from the news paper. There was no strategy for the exit from
Iraq - just pull out and don't worry about the details and now ISIS has our
equipment and is chopping heads and wrecking havocc. Russia is invading and
grabbling land and we act surprised and this same pattern plays out in
everything Barack Obama has to deal with. There is no strategy or plan - the man
just seems like he is only semi-interested in governing and quite frankly
doesn't really have the understanding of the economy or foreign policy to
really formulate an effective plan much less lead the nation. How do we fix
this?? A new president. Nothing else will help.
I infinitely prefer Obama's cool and moderate response over the
saber-rattling of Romney. I can't help but think we'd be at war on
several fronts now if Mitt had been elected: Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Libya,
Nigeria, ad nauseam.
Gerson is worried that No Drama Obama who got Osama is too
“detached,” huh? And he says Obama’s supporters are concerned
about that too.I don’t think so.“Having once
served a president . . . “ Gerson, the writer, cut his teeth in the
halls of the White House during the GW Bush Administration. That is his
foundation. The mindset of the GW Bush administration is his NORMAL. And that
mindset delivered disaster to this nation in both the foreign and domestic
arenas.Gerson seems to think that Obama should be more like GW, his
mentor. Does ANYONE else in the country want that? . . . Even Republicans?
Should Obama mimic the style of GW Bush?GW had his blustering,
certitudinous, I’m-the-decider style. But Obama has his own laid back,
OK-Lets’-get-it-done style. And I like that . . . Because it WORKS. GW put this nation in a world of hurt, and Obama, in the face of
obstructing “Conservatives,” has been gradually and painfully
setting everything straight again.Let Obama keep his style.
And yet Syria is destroying it's chemical weapons, ISIS is being pushed
back, Putin is standing still bloviating, Iran still doesn't have a bomb,
Bin Laden is dead, other Al Qaeda leaders disappear regularly, nothing
significant has changed between Israel and the Palestinians (no power shift),
North Korea can't get a rocket off the ground, etc. etc.......yea but Bush
was a decider...we need a decider!
So Gerson DOES begrudge the President a vacation. Listen, the White House goes
where the President goes. Little changes except there are fewer ceremonial
meetings and the President pursues some recreational activities. If the
President waited until there were no problems in the world, he would never have
a break. In a prior year, the President went on vacation and I remember it was
disrupted several times. And the same happened this year. While the President
can be briefed, make decisions, etc., he can't be everywhere and do
everything. Sorry, but the criticism of the President taking some time is
cynicism at its worst. And these words apply to any President.
To compare Running a country with a football team? Only in Texas. Outside the
Fox echo chamber, people aren't commenting on his vacations every chance
they get, because unlike little children they understand that the POTUS is Never
really on vacation.Where were you Sven when your mentor said:“I call upon all nations to do everything they can to stop these
terrorist killers. Thank you. Now watch this drive.”― George
W. BushSo his strategy should be a war of aggression based
on...let's make something up, like the right did?
From "Five Myths about Presidential Vacations," in the Washington
Post.George W. Bush took 879 days of " vacation," including
77 visits to his TX ranch, compared to 150 vacation days for Obama. (Remember,
we were at war in Iraq and also had experienced the worst terrorist attack in
U.S. history).Nancy Reagan said, "Presidents don't get
vacations--they just get a change of scenery."
Tuesdays edition of the daily "Politically Neutral" DN anti Obama Rant!
Who better to write it than Gerson, a man who worked for the POTUS that got us
into the mess in the Mideast, you know the one who spent all that time riding
his horse on the ranch in Texas, while many of our finest were giving their
lives looking for those WMD.
"He appears to be telling the media, his political critics and the world:
You can criticize me, vilify me, challenge me; but you are powerless, at least,
to change my tee time"Regardless of what Obama does, he will be
criticized by the right. Like the boy who cries wolf, many, including Obama
have stopped listening.
Obama has taken 1/4th the amount of vacation time as Bush.Where were
your concerns then? Why did history seem to begin merely in 2009?
Barry does have a strategy. Has anyone ever heard of the socialists, Cloward
and Piven? Their idea was to drastically increase the welfare rolls to the
point that it collapsed the government. I'd say this is exactly what Barry
is trying to do.
It's funny watching the liberal media panic over Obama's coldness
towards others. Even Maureen Dowd was shocked at Obama's lack of empathy
towards James Foley, when he immediately went back to the golf course after his
empty words to Mr. Foley's parents and the nation.
I wonder if that more than anything, President Obama is very angry for even
having to deal with something so utterly intractable, unattractive and
threatening to the world, and his legacy, as Islamic terrorism as manifested by
ISIS. And that's without Iran's continued march toward nuclear
weapons capability also sharing the current news cycle's front page.
In football, the coach needs a game plan to execute his moves.How
can a coach create a game plan if he's constantly on a golf course, fund
raiser, and misses most of his staff meetings?