Obama Vacations While Economy Tanks


Obama-GolfOne in five Americans are on food stamps. The number of Americans in the labor force fell to its lowest level since 1979 in March, when another 500,000 Americans simply gave up hope of finding a job. Median household income has declined 5.6 percent since 2009, when the so-called economic recovery began. Given these grim realities, Americans might expect President Obama to make the economy his greatest priority. Americans would be wrong. According to a new report, “Presidential Calendar: A Time-Based Analysis,” compiled by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Institute (GAI), Obama has spent only 3.6 percent of his total work time on economic issues, during his entire tenure in office.

Yet even that dismal number may be a generous estimate. As the “Methodology” section of the report reveals, “generally wide parameters were used to include anything that may have constituted an ‘economic meeting.’” This is to account for the fact that not every presidential conversation about the economy is officially recorded on the presidential calendar. Moreover, if Obama’s official schedule did not indicate an end time for a particular session, the GAI allotted a minimum of two hours per meeting. And, as the Appendix describing the nature of these meetings indicates, including “Obama delivers remarks on middle class tax relief at a campaign event,” and “Obama delivers a statement about the action we need to take to keep our economy growing and reduce our deficit,” political campaigning is included in the total.

In one such appearance before UPS workers in 2011, Obama’s speech reflected the disconnect between his words and his deeds. “I know there’s a lot going on in the world, and the news is filled with images of the Middle East and Japan,” he said. “But you should know that keeping the economy growing and making sure jobs are available is the first thing I think about when I wake up every morning. It’s the last thing I think about when I go to bed each night.”

Perhaps that is what the president thinks about. What he actually does however, is another story. The report reveals that the president has spent 976 hours on vacation and playing golf, versus just 474.4 hours on economic meetings of any kind. That is a two-to-one ratio of fun compared to work, yet once again this may be a generous assumption. The report assumes the president works a six day, 10 hours per day work week, that he spends only six hours of each vacation day relaxing, and that he spends only fours hours per round playing golf–despite the fact that Obama told CBS News last year that playing golf is “the only time that for six hours, I’m outside.”

GAI president Peter Schweizer explains the discrepancy. “Like most people, presidents still do work while on vacation,” he said. “So we really went out of our way to fairly and accurately reflect how the president spends his time.”

Since 2009, the time Obama spends on economic matters has steadily declined: in 2009, he spent 187.2 hours addressing economic concerns; in 2010, it was 127.8 hours; in 2011, 73 hours; in 2012, 80.4 hours.

For the first three months of 2013, the numbers are even worse. Through the end of March, the president has spent only six hours dealing with economic issues, compared to playing six rounds of golf and spending four days on vacation, that account for 48 hours of his leisure time.

In 2012, Obama received some criticism when he played his 100th round of golf. But he has not received anywhere near the level of criticism George W. Bush got, despite the reality that Bush played a total of only 24 rounds during the first two years of his presidency, before giving it up completely six months after the beginning of the war in Iraq. ”I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal,” Bush said in a 2008 interview with Yahoo and Politico.com. Even the leftist Daily Beast, which further noted that Obama has spent more time playing golf than meeting with the press, was repulsed by the media’s double standard.

It is a double standard that still applies. The media hammered Bush for his vacations, with the Washington Post characterizing his frequent trips to his ranch in Crawford, Texas as something his critics consider “a lackadaisical approach to the world’s most important day job, an impression bolstered by Bush’s periodic two-hour midday exercise sessions and his disinclination to work nights or weekends.” Yet even the Post was forced to admit that Bush ”rarely takes the type of vacation one would consider exotic–or, to some, even appealing.”

Obama, on the other hand, is a lavish vacationer. Just the four vacations to Hawaii he and the First Family have taken every year since his election, have cost more than $20 million. The First Lady and and her daughters, Malia and Sasha, have visited exclusive ski resorts in Colorado each of the last four years as well. While they were there this year, the president spent three days at an exclusive club in Florida, where he was joined by Tiger Woods. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) estimated that golf outing alone cost a million dollars, which was “enough money to save 341 federal workers from furlough.

Those furloughs resulted from the sequester, a reality that is a testament to the president’s disinterest in economic issues. Aside from the reality that it was the president’s idea, between the time he got his tax hikes at the beginning of 2013, and the beginning of sequestration on March 1, there was plenty of time for Obama to bring members of Congress together and work out an alternative. Instead, heembarked on a fear campaign that fell flat despite, the publication of a White House “fact sheet” filled with doom-and-gloom predictions. As a result of that campaign, both parties and the president finally got together for their first meeting on sequester negotiations–on March 1, the same day the sequester began.

As the GAI researchers have documented, such behavior is, if you’ll excuse the expression, par for the course for a president far more interested in the status and trappings of the presidency, than the job requirements of the position.

Schweizer, reflecting the nonpartisan nature of the GAI, remained above criticizing the president. “As a government watchdog group, we just tabulate the numbers and let others decide how to interpret them,” he explained. ”People understand that presidents have the most stressful job in the world and need a break from time to time. There will be some who will be encouraged by the numbers, and some who will wish the president spent more time in economic meetings.”

One suspects millions of un- and under-employed Americans are part of the latter category. Ironically, a study released by the Urban Institute may put some of the president’s most ardent supporters on that side of the equation as well. It revealed that the loss of wealth that has occurred during both the recession and recovery of the last five years, has affected blacks and Hispanics far worse than whites, and that this “wealth gap” may still be growing. In other words, it’s still the economy, stupid–even as the president remains appallingly disengaged from that reality.

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  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Oh yeah…and what a good time he is having, fully primed and the like – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/02/21/the-continued

    Make good mental note – the above was written with all due deliberation and seriousness!

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • Rostislav

    "president remains appallingly disengaged from that reality" – sure, but he had already disengaged from it much earlier, when he was permitted to "fly away from it all" by his un-vetted 2008 election's sponsors. Since that moment he lives in his personal reality only, being not interested in any other – why? Rostislav, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

  • SoCalMike

    Who is more nauseating?
    The Boy in Chief whose never made a dime of his own money pretending to lead OR the low information clowns who voted for him twice??
    He doesn't speak like any kind of leader.
    He comes across more like he's auditioning for a spot on The View.
    Sadly most if not all of the low information clowns who voted for him twice would put him in office again.

    • http://michellemalkin.com/ wolfeatworld

      ✭✭✭✭✭ Truer words were never spoken…

    • Parenthetical Phrase

      "Low information clowns"? I would call them morons, loafers, thugs, parasites and petty tyrants. And they would vote him into office permanently if they could.

  • AnOrdinaryMan

    There was a bill recently introduced in Congress, to strip the Traitor-in-Chief of his Presidential pension; but the REPUBLICANS wouldn't go for it.(Need I say anything about the Dhimmicrats?) Mr. Traitor has no incentive to think about hungry, out of work Americans. You say he works a "six day week, 10 hours a day?" Not even close to that. Zero begins his work day at 10 a.m., and ends at about a quarter after 4, with a LONG lunch break. So he works about 4-5 hours per day; not exactly anything approaching a work ethic.

  • uptownsteve

    LMAO. These racists are enraged that a black man is their President. Well get used to it. You got 3 1/2 more years.

    • Softly Bob

      You're an idiot. It's nothing to do with him being Black. It's the fact that he's a loser and traitor You've just come out with a loser's comment. You can't argue with facts so you accuse people of being racist. That is an argument that a five-year old would make.
      I personally think that Allen West would make a good president and he's blacker than Obama. What do you say to that, retard?

      • uptownsteve

        How is Obama a traitor? And the fact that he has won 2 national elections kinda blows your "loser" drivel out of the water, doesn't it? And Allen West is buffoon who is lucky that he's not in Leavenworth for war crimes. He couldn't get reelected to a jerkwater congressional district in Florida and you think he would be a good President? LMAO!!!!! West is just the only kind of black people like you can stomach. The kind who grins in your face and tells you what you want to hear.

        • fiddler

          "How is Obama a traitor?"

          Are you suffering from dementia?
          – Failing to do ANYTHING about billy-club toting, beret-clad "guards" outside of a polling place
          – Failing to act on "Fast and Furious" (apparently some 200 deceased Mexicans and 2 Americans don't matter.
          – Describing Fort Hood as "Workplace Violence"
          – Nidal Hassan's attach happened in 2009 and STILL not trial (especially before the 2012 election)
          – His extensive Apology Tour
          – 2 weeks calling Benghazi a protest caused by a movie, even formally announcing it to the UN

          Uptown, you continually refer to race. You NURSE it because frankly, you NEED it. It is your sure-fire excuse for thinking and takes NO GUTS whatsoever.

          Low
          Aptitude
          Makes
          Obstinate

          Laugh at yourself; nobody is laughing with you.

          • fiddler

            Corrections:

            Uptown, you continually refer to race. You NURSE it because frankly, you NEED it. It is your sure-fire excuse for thinking and takes NO GUTS whatsoever. When you have noting left, use invective and ad hominem; or just shout people down. Your unwillingness to look objectively at what someone does without seeing through a racial prism makes you look ignorant. Doing otherwise you decry as being a sellout. Very sad.

            Low
            Morals
            And
            Obstinate

            Laugh at yourself; nobody is laughing with you.

          • Brad

            Stevie has a problem thinking that just because someone puts obama down, that he or she is a racist. Stevie boy you need to have thicker skin. It's not about being a racist. If you can't take the heat get out of the kitchen.

          • uptownsteve

            The Rethugs caused the economic collapse and nobody is forced to get an abortion. It's a matter of choice.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            "The Rethugs caused the economic collapse…"

            How? It's just a fact because it's on the talking points sheets? If you're a retread leftists, that's what "fact" means; it's on the list of DP talking points.

            "…and nobody is forced to get an abortion. It's a matter of choice."

            How exactly do you ask babies to choose to get murdered?

          • uptownsteve

            Uhhh, the beret clad guards were outside of a polling place (a senior citizen apartment building) in black North Philadelphia. What were they doing wrong?

        • Lan Astaslem

          stevie – you're a typical slave of the dems. How do you like all the black unemployment, and how's the 40% black abortion rate going for ya?

          • uptownsteve

            The Rethugs caused the economic collapse and nobody is forced to get an abortion. It's a matter of choice.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            "The Rethugs caused the economic collapse…"

            How? It's just a fact because it's on the talking points sheets? If you're a retread leftists, that's what "fact" means; it's on the list of DP talking points.

            "…and nobody is forced to get an abortion. It's a matter of choice."

            How exactly do you ask babies to choose to get murdered?

        • objectivefactsmatter

          "And Allen West is buffoon who is lucky that he's not in Leavenworth for war crimes."

          Racist.

        • Mary Sue

          The people who rigged the election are losers, and he's a loser because of his policies. The fact that idiots voted for him and idiots rigged some districts with stuffed ballot boxes doesn't mean he's a winner.

          So, you WOULDN'T Vote for allan west because he's black? Hypocrite.

      • Jim_C

        Softly Bob, Allen West's political career is over, unless he magically reinvents himself as, say, someone with class. But don't worry–you'll still get to see him make the rounds on your shows!

        • reader

          Jim, granted, you're the most sophisticated troll on this site, but you're troll nevertheless. Trolls have class. Right.

          • Jim_C

            Trolls say things only to get a rise and don't stick around long. That is what trolls do–they bait and "trawl."

            My purpose here is to correct the thinking of my conservative friends–a thankless task, no doubt–and every now and then, learn something.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            "My purpose here is to correct the thinking of my conservative friends–a thankless task, no doubt–and every now and then, learn something."

            But you don't actually do that. You summarize with simple statements. If anyone criticizes 0'Bama you reduce it to simple hypocrisy because in your mind people aren't critical enough of historical Republican presidents. It doesn't make all that much sense and I haven't seen anything I would call a useful correction.

          • Jim_C

            I actually appreciate you saying so and I will try to do better.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          "Softly Bob, Allen West's political career is over, unless he magically reinvents himself as, say, someone with class."

          Define class? Like 0'Bama?

          He's not very astute at pandering for votes, that's for sure. Is that what you mean?

          • Jim_C

            Oh, Obama's got more class in his pinky than West does in his entire body. This is an objective fact. Obama is someone who can control himself, who can comport himself in a dignified manner, who speaks to people with respect. West has publicly and professionally proven himself incapable of any of those things.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            "Oh, Obama's got more class in his pinky than West does in his entire body."

            But what does that mean? What kind of class? Is '0'Bama a better dancer? Looks better in a suit? What?

            "Obama is someone who can control himself, who can comport himself in a dignified manner, who speaks to people with respect. "

            If there is no objective source for moral conduct, then 0'Bama is your man. He knows how to manipulate people very well. No doubt. That's class alright.

            "West has publicly and professionally proven himself incapable of any of those things."

            A politician that's too easy to read. That sucks for people who want him to win at any cost. I think he's happy enough with the sort of bully pulpit he's managed to work out. We'll see where that leads and hope he doesn't care about being too "classy" at deceiving people.

          • Jim_C

            Obama's not that good at the bully pulpit; that's his problem. He seems like he would be, but he's actually not that good at defining a space politically other than in broad, amorphously liberal terms. Part of it is obvious–he will never, ever be caught being an "angry black man"–he will not provide that chum for the knuckle-dragging dimwitted dirtballs unfortunately dragging down this great nation as we speak. But part of it is his lack of Washington bona fides and that's a big shortcoming. I said earlier he needs either FDR's "I welcome their hatred" attitude or LBJ's "Let's get this deal done now" maneuvering. I'd take either one but he doesn't have either.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            "Oh, Obama's got more class in his pinky than West does in his entire body. This is an objective fact. "

            Great. Show me the objective data to support your statement of fact.

          • Jim_C

            Court martial, communist accusations, "vile, despicable…etc"… you know the drill.

    • fiddler

      As Jim Croche's song goes:

      "Uptown got it's hustlers,
      Bowry got it's……"

      Well you know how the song goes!

    • Mary Sue

      They don't care that he's black.

      They care that he's the black version of John Kerry.

  • William

    Just think…if we can impeach the POTUS, just think who we have to then contend with. Mr. Joe Biden. Which is the lesser of 2 evils?

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Just think…if we can impeach the POTUS, just think who we have to then contend with. Mr. Joe Biden. Which is the lesser of 2 evils?"

      Biden would be an immediate lame duck and he's already easier to mitigate. It's a no-brainer to get rid of 0'Bama.

  • Ken

    Why is it "your a racist" if you speak out against the worst leader this country has ever had, and that includes "a rabbit attacked my boat while fishing" Jimmy Carter

    • uptownsteve

      What make him the "worst leader since Carter" in your mind? Be specific.

      • BLJ

        The fact he is a muslim is enough for me. He is also a complete loser and anyone who voted for him is the same.

        • uptownsteve

          Wow. You're a real intellect, aren't you?

          • BLJ

            Just an American patriot who cannot stand people like you.

      • gee59

        How about the economic recovery that isn't?

        Or the dozens of foreign policy disasters that he has managed?

        How about his attacks on the 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th Amendments to the Constitution?

        Like me to continue?

        How about one positive that he has done?

        • uptownsteve

          The economic recovery, Universal Healthcare, He's killed Osama Bin Laden
          Eliminated several other Al-Qaeda leaders
          Ended the War in Iraq
          Begun the drawdown of forces from Afghanistan
          End-run Republican obstructionism by recess-appointing Richard Cordray to run the Consumer Financial Protection Board.Obama has overhauled the food safety system
          Advanced women's rights in the work place
          Ended Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) in our military
          Stopped defending DOMA in court.
          Passed the Hate Crimes bill.
          Invested in clean energy
          Overhauled the credit card industry, making it much more consumer-friendly.
          He's done a lot for veterans
          He got help for people whose health was injured during the clean-up after the 9/11 attacks.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            "The economic recovery"

            You have zero credibility already.

            'Universal Healthcare"

            There is no such thing. It's a Utopian dream that destroys free market incentives to provide quality healthcare and now most of the brain cells doctors used to use to figure out managing wellness are used to figure out how to pay their bills. Brilliant plan.

            "He's killed Osama Bin Laden"

            Didn't. He didn't impede plans put in motion by Bush.

            "Eliminated several other Al-Qaeda leaders"

            Didn't. He didn't impede plans put in motion by Bush.

            "Ended the War in Iraq"

            Didn't. He didn't impede plans put in motion by Bush too much.

            "Begun the drawdown of forces from Afghanistan"

            After destroying gains made by Bush.

            "End-run Republican obstructionism by recess-appointing Richard Cordray to run the Consumer Financial Protection Board."

            I see. Anything opposed by Republicans must be "good" for the country according to you.

            "Obama has overhauled the food safety system"

            How about we overhaul your brain. That seems more urgent than food safety based on how it was before the "overhaul."

            "Advanced women's rights in the work place"

            Class warfare. You love it. You're not a bigot?

            "Ended Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) in our military
            Stopped defending DOMA in court.
            Passed the Hate Crimes bill."

            Again, the man without a brain assumes that if it's on the talking points list…

            "Invested in clean energy"

            Failed.

            "Overhauled the credit card industry, making it much more consumer-friendly."

            Delusional wishful thinking, as usual.

            "He's done a lot for veterans."

            Such as?

            "He got help for people whose health was injured during the clean-up after the 9/11 attacks"

            Don't forget the Sun continues to rise each day while he's on the job. He brings hope to those who want to get rid of race-based capitalism and bring forth a new era of true social justice based on values defined by the great visionary Karl Marx.

            And he'll be more fair about "hurt religious feelings" too. Jailing insensitive film producers is a great start. Our world keeps getting better as we grow more confident each day in the Sun rising and Heaven on Earth slowly coming closer to reality under the great red-green messiah.

          • Mary Sue

            Uh, there is no economic recovery that can be credited to Obama.

            Universal Health Care? NO he has not done that. I think You'd better actually READ obamacare.

            Ending Iraq and drawing down Afghanistan is NOT NECESSARILY a positive thing

            recess appointing WHEN THERE IS NO RECESS is UNCONSTITUTIONAL!

            He's not done a damn thing for womens rights in the workplace.

            DADT was put in by CLINTON! And it was put in, because previously, GAYS WERE NOT ALLOWED TO SERVE, PERIOD. Are you ignorant, or just forgetful, about what DADT actually WAS?!

            How is not defending the DOMA a positive thing?!

            Investing in clean energy is NOT a positive thing! Wind and solar power are a disaster, everywhere they've been tried. Families in Britain HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN FOOD AND HEAT IN THE COLDEST WINTER IN LIVING MEMORY. All because of "clean" (which really isn't) energy.

            He's done jack and S*** for veterans.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "What make him the "worst leader since Carter" in your mind? Be specific."

        Tip of the iceberg samples:

        Empowering the Muslim Brotherhood in their quest for religious totalitarian rule

        "You didn't build that."

        "Stimulus" taxpayer funding of political cronies instead of to projects that would employ people productively – and even that would have been questionable.

        Energy dependence policies biased in favor of fear mongers on the left rather than managing risks of funding Islamic terror in the Persian Gulf.

        Appeasement around the world…"reset" and "do-over" means pretend people are not actively harming our interests.

        I could go on all day…it's likely all over your head. Otherwise you wouldn't immediately cry "racism."

      • Mary Sue

        -failing Benghazi and letting the ambassador there die
        -didn't rein in Freddy Mack and Fanny Mae
        -removed the work requirement for Welfare
        -put in IDIOTIC policies in Iraq and Afghanistan that caused the deaths of more American soldiers
        -went on an "apology tour" and thus made America look weak
        -tears at the military to make America actually weak
        -removed "radical Islam" from the training manuals
        -appointed Eric Holder
        -Fast and Furious, ie selling guns to Mexican criminals to make an excuse to ban guns in USA
        -The bailouts
        -the Stimulus Package, a bunch of failing Keynesian Rot that didn't improve ANYTHING
        …need I go on?

  • jerome

    he has wrought the changes promised , as promised and as so gushingly accepted by the myopic general public.
    the decline will continue until america is sharia based and anemic , dependent on life support.

  • BLJ

    Grifters……..meet the Grifters……..

  • pierce

    Golf vacations. If I played as many rounds of golf as he (Obama) has, I would be a scratch golfer again. And for those of you who have no idea what scratch golfer is, it is a golfer with no handicap, just one step from being a pro, not like Tiger, but then there is no one quite like Tiger. Dream on Barack, dream on.

  • Parenthetical Phrase

    What is happening is outrageous. Obama plays golf while the world he has set on fire burns out of control. The photograph of him says it all. Say nothing critical of him, do not notice his insane behavior or his arrogance in nonchalantly condemning millions to death with a stroke of his pen or with a phone call. Don't accuse him of trying to destroy not only the US but the world. Don't whisper that he is a psychopath or on drugs or that he's a muslim or he's gay and had his ex-lovers murdered.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, if God is just, know that America's future does not look good.

    • Bev

      Nero fiddles while Rome burns……

  • tracy

    Bush is the worst president the United States has ever,ever had. The crap Obama had to deal with when he first took office was unbelievable.Obama should have brought the 3 musketeers (Bush,Cheney and rummy up on criminal war crime charges and should be held accountable. The American people should have seized their ill gotten spoils of war and make THEM pay for this humungous deficit they perpetrated ! Why don't these supposed terrorists blow up Bushs new library of lies and deceit ?

    • reader

      Tracy, do you even know what deficit is? Do you know what portion of the federal budget is spent on defense and what portion of federal budget is spent on entitlements? Do you know when the last federal budget was even adopted by the federal government? Do you know what Obamacare did and is going to do to federal budget? The answer is no. I can tell from your mindless rant.

    • Nancy

      Tracy reading what you wrote proves to me that up are not up to understanding what is written and what is shown on TV. You need to go back to school and learn to comprehend what you read and see. Come back when you get passed grade 7.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Bush is the worst president the United States has ever,ever had. "

      I know! The first thing he does is get together with Israel to put together false flag operations to justify the so called "war on terror" and then before you know it we NEED the red-green messiah to save us.

      I think it might take the rest of his life for 0'Bama to save us. Let's make him our dictator for life and then his designated heir can rule after that.

      It's the only thing that can save the world from the tyranny of liberal democracy and the evils of racist capitalism.

    • Mary Sue

      Kid, how old are you? You don't know what a bad president is, if you think Bush was the worst. You obviously never experienced the Carter years. Go learn some history, dummy.

  • Tracy

    don't compare Bush to Obama there is NO comparison . Bushs egregious acts don't compare to any other president and I don't know how he sleeps at night maybe he has taken up drinking again.

    • uptownsteve

      At last. Someone with some sense.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "At last. Someone with some sense."

        He has the same sense you do. What a thrill that must be for you.

    • Obama Guy

      Tracy, they really have a fantasy that insisting Obama is horrible will make people forget Bush.

  • Tracy

    Does he think a library is going to save his ass? or maybe he thinks Americans will blame it all on Obama since he has been gone a while what a joke he is.

    • Mary Sue

      which whacked-out teacher/university proffessor did you uncritically learn from and beleieve without question all this nonsense?

  • Tracy

    According to Forbes magazine Social Security isn't supposed to have anything to do with it.Bush tried to privatize SS to use that money for his cronies.

    • Mary Sue

      If you actually believe that drivel, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I can sell you…

  • Tracy

    Who would you rather have Obama or Mitt

  • Obama Guy

    Good Lord, this again. Find a friend and a good therapist Arnold.

    • Mary Sue

      You need to stop drinking the purple Koolaid of Obama, Obama Guy, it's fried your brain.

      • Obama Guy

        Do you have any suggestions Mary Sue, Arnold seems deeply disturbed.

  • Obama Guy

    I just finished a book on how a President's vacations destroy an economy.

    • Mary Sue

      They do if he's taking way too many and in a wasteful manner.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    Nominations for most robotic troll: __________?

    • reader

      I think it's a single troll trying to make a crowd to compensate for the lack of sense.

  • http://freakytikihammocks.com/my-hammock-blog-your-hammock-blog/ gidget521

    thank goodness he is playing golf.. any idiot that thinks you don't need this type of downtime in to function with less stress obviously still flips burgers. You don't have to like his policies or him but find something real to gripe about.
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  • Andy Lewis

    Hey Barry, nice moobs.

  • riddler01

    As far as the"R"word goes,I thought Obongo was The First "Post Racial"POTUS?Now,if you disagree with ANYTHING he does,you are branded a"Racist"!The conclusion I have arrived at is that Obongo is absolutely the most unqualified man to EVER occupy The Oval Office.!!!If that means I am a"Racist",so be it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • berke
  • Didgevillage

    Better for the economy if he never comes back.

  • Gregory H. Bontrager

    A ‘pretend’ president
    The Hutchinson News

    While America languishes, President Obama spends his time on the golf course or sunning on the beaches of Hawaii.

    But then maybe the country would be in better shape if the commander in chief spent a little more time frolicking and doing a little less so-called “work.”

    After all, the welfare of the nation isn’t really Mr. Obama’s primary concern. It’s appeasing billionaire miscreants like George Soros and union thugs like Richard Trumka. Saul Alinsky and Bill Ayers must be proud of their protege.

    We travel down a road fraught with peril with a pretend president whose single-minded goal seems to be driving the United States into the history books of “once-great nations.” As “Atlas Shrugged,” the legacy of this bamboozler is a bankrupted, third-rate nation.

    He couldn’t care less as long as Air Force One has fuel enough to fly him to the next exotic junket at taxpayer expense.

    http://www.hutchnews.com/Westernfront/wfbontrager-sendr–1

  • Gregory H. Bontrager

    Third-rate leaders
    The Hutchinson News

    When progressive liberals, including the president, are confronted with opposing points of view, they often resort to unfounded accusations or name-calling of the crudest sort. Bigotry and prejudice are unpardonable, except when they do it.

    Progressives feel justified in their own hypocrisy, which is why we have IRS-type scandals. They consider themselves morally superior to the rest of us, so normal rules of conduct don’t apply to them. Only in partisan Obama circles could the last five years be touted as a success.

    Domestic and international policies are formulated in stumbling ad-hoc leaps resulting in one failure after another. To progressives, success is determined by ideology rather than what is in the best interest of the people. We are a first-class nation with third-rate leaders who have made us the laughingstock of the world

    http://www.hutchnews.com/Westernfront/wf-Bontrager-Gregory-9-23–2