Michelle on the airline bomb plot: Why isn’t Obama back in Washington?

posted at 7:20 pm on December 30, 2009 by Allahpundit

I take her point — it sure is odd how camera-shy The One’s become this week after 24/7 Hopenchange for 11 months — but ultimately I agree with Ramesh Ponnuru. Let the man golf:

I don’t buy the criticism that Obama should have cut short his vacation and come to D.C. The modern presidency can and should be able to run from anywhere, and I doubt that any of the decisions that have been criticized would have come out differently if Obama had been in the White House. It’s true that being on vacation is politically risky; but that’s the public’s fault, not Obama’s.

More here from Lowry. Actually, the “where’s Obama?” angle is just a minor part of the clip; I’m using it as a bait to get you to watch because I want you to note the point MM makes near the end about Holder. She’s been after him about it since almost the day Obama was inaugurated and never has she seemed more prescient than she does right now. Holder’s old law firm, Covington & Burling, represented 17 Yemeni detainees, presumably with an eye to having them freed and sent home — which, as has been painfully clear since the Bush administration, is insane from a security standpoint. Did Holder object while at C&B or did the future Attorney General think that was someone else’s problem?

Exit question: Are Beck’s substitute hosts required to use the chalkboard too, or is this guy just enjoying the perk?


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Two things: One, Obie Wan Bumbler cannot screw up our lives too much while he is on his innumerable vacations. And, two, Unless one of his friends gets killed in an attack, then there is nothing happening in the world that really needs to concern him.

TimothyJ on December 31, 2009 at 1:13 AM

The modern presidency can and should be able to run from anywhere, and I doubt that any of the decisions that have been criticized would have come out differently if Obama had been in the White House. It’s true that being on vacation is politically risky; but that’s the public’s fault, not Obama’s.

And the left went all apoplectic over Bush’s vacations……because?

Fed45 on December 31, 2009 at 2:04 AM

…because BO is behind the underwear bomber?

elifino on December 31, 2009 at 4:30 AM

I’ve always thought the vacation gripe on either side is silly. The job follows you everywhere. And it’s not like The Won doesn’t play golf all the time anyway. Now if we want to discuss how useless he is on a daily basis, now we have a topic.

Cindy Munford on December 31, 2009 at 4:36 AM

President A.D.D.’s inability to respond has nothing to do with his location at any given time. Remember he is from the Chicago Political Machine. It takes awhile to figure out whose arm has to be twisted and then who is getting tossed under the bus. Remember you never want to waste a good crisis!

shov74 on December 31, 2009 at 6:51 AM

but ultimately I agree with Ramesh Ponnuru

AP, Bozo hasn’t earned a vacation. He doesn’t actually DO anything and I do not care if he’s beat from jet setting around the globe, partying, dating, golf and public appearances.

We are at war. Its his job to lead the effective prosecution of that conflict and to win it. One lounges on the beach AFTER VICTORY. Not while you’re still in the fight.

dogsoldier on December 31, 2009 at 7:10 AM

I have no problem with any President taking vacation time.

But perhaps the President could at least activate the VP or Secretary of State in situations like this. Is it the rule if the President is on vacation that EVERYONE in the Administration is on vacation, too???

With Obama, however, I think his vacations have evolved into depression therapy (i.e. “why did I take this job, I am way over my head” depression. I wonder if behind the facade of the teleprompter the real Obama is near a nervous breakdown from the pressures of the job).

What would help Obama with the vacation thing is to be a bit more candid and honest and say something like, “You know, I always criticised Bush on his vacations and golf, but I would like to take all that back and apologize. The President, whoever he is, does need a chance to re-charge his batteries.”

albill on December 31, 2009 at 7:22 AM

Well he can’t acknowledge Bush in any positive way, so thats out. These dems rushed him through the ’10 items or less’ isle to the Whitehouse. He has no idea what the hell is going on. He’s just a puppet in a suit for the dems.

johnnyU on December 31, 2009 at 8:46 AM

“,,but that’s the public’s fault, not Obama’s.”

Ramesh, please explain why his being on vacation is our fault? When one is in a critical job, vacation does not excuse that person from attending to serious matters when they arise.

..or so were were told by the hectoring liberals about George Bush’s trips to Crawford.

VoyskaPVO on December 31, 2009 at 9:25 AM

As usual, Michelle provides U.S. with the truth regarding the failed policies of President Obama.

Further, an observation is that President Obama stopped playing golf and speed of in a helicopter to his bunker to attend to a friends child who was injured, and then returned to finish his round. However, during his vacation, he just stayed in place and presented his comments to a prepared press release of the incident of Christmas day.

Thus, clearly an indication that his priorities are misplaced and view of the world is not based on reality.

MSGTAS on December 31, 2009 at 9:52 AM

President Obama:
clueless to terror at Ft. Hood
clueless to terror in Afghanistan
clueless to terror on a plane in Detroit
clueless to the devatating affect on universal health care on the general public
clueless to the devastating affect of tax and trade on the american economy
clueless to the damage of illegal immigration on america
clueless to US history
Or has it all been extremely calculated

ranzofola on December 31, 2009 at 10:10 AM

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