Good news: Despite economic apocalypse, Obama’s vacation still a go

posted at 5:12 pm on August 10, 2011 by Allahpundit

I know what you’re thinking. “It seems like just yesterday that he was talking about a ‘new sense of urgency’ on deficits and job growth.” You’re wrong, though. It was two days ago. Maybe the mood passed?

Over to you, Zero Hedge guy:

We bring you this special announcement courtesy of the White House which has informed that American plebs that following a fantastic job well done, in which the market is now back to pre-QE2 levels, unemployment is near record highs, delays for presidential press meetings compare with Newark airplane take offs, pessimism is at record highs, America’s credit rating has just been downgraded, the country was nearly bankrupted, and sales of end of the world provisions are through the roof (not to mention ammunition), president Obama is taking a well-deserved vacation at Martha’s Vineyard at the end of the month…

Our advice: buy ELY stock: with the market about to implode, the president is sure to make at least one company’s year.

The Bidens have already decamped to the Hamptons, you’ll be pleased to know, and plenty of European leaders are still on vacay despite the tremors in the eurozone and ominous economic forecasts coming out of Germany. Although that’s beginning to change: Sarkozy canceled the rest of his trip to deal with the risk that France is next up for a downgrade and the Netherlands’ parliament recalled its prime minister to discuss the Greece bailout agreed to last month.

But you know what? If O is dead set on a little Vineyard frolicking while the global economy shudders, let him go. He knows the political risk of getting caught by a photographer playing hacky sack on a day when the market drops another 500 points. (It was down 519 today; two of the top 10 biggest Dow drops in market history have occurred within the past three days.) His approval rating’s already perilously close to breaking through the 40th-percentile floor; 73 percent say the country’s on the wrong track; and just one in four Americans still has confidence in the federal government to solve economic problems. The country’s given up on him and on Congress, so what would be accomplished by having him hang around the White House to watch Europe and the NYSE implode? If he wants to give a speech mumbling about “recommendations” for the economy that he plans to get around to issuing one of these days, he can do it from the beach. Have a blast, champ. Click the image to watch.

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Well, if the news is so good, explain why I am afraid to check my 401k…

ladyingray on August 10, 2011 at 6:26 PM

And I don’t think Americans out there would begrudge that notion that the President would spend some time with his family. It is also, as I think anyone who has covered in the past, either in this administration or others, there is no such thing as a presidential vacation.

Wow, does Michael Moore know this? Maybe he’ll recut Fahrtenheit 911 to give Bush a break.

brambo_42 on August 10, 2011 at 6:27 PM

there is no such thing as a presidential vacation.

There is however such a thing as a fiscally responsible vacation, and renting a place in MV for $50,000 isn’t it.

Bishop on August 10, 2011 at 6:39 PM

Hardest hit: businesses in the area that depend on access to the water, since the Secret Service shuts everything down.

slickwillie2001 on August 10, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Not just the water.

Last time O’bama stayed in Kailua, airspace over most of the Windward Coast of Oahu was shut down. The air tour folks were not too happy.

Here’s an example of what happened in 2009 when O’bama was on Martha’s Vineyard and they shut down the air space:

Angel Flights, the nonprofit organization which flies people who are critically ill to off-Island medical appointments, has shut down Martha’s Vineyard operations this week, apparently in reaction to flight restrictions in place for the duration of the presidential vacation visit to the Island.

The move came despite assurances that special dispensation was made for the mercy flight operators during temporary flight restriction (TFR) orders to protect air space over Martha’s Vineyard from August 23 to 30.

Paula Strasser said that the eight to 10 flights scheduled for this week have now been cancelled.

“We cancelled all the flights for the week because of the restrictions,” said Ms. Strasser, a flight coordinator for Angel Flights Northeast.

Del Dolemonte on August 10, 2011 at 6:39 PM

Might as well take advantage of all the facilities this term, considering they go away after 2012.

XWing5 on August 10, 2011 at 6:44 PM

It seems like he just got back from vacation a day ago…

Oh, that was TWO…

golfmann on August 10, 2011 at 6:53 PM

The president is short on his tour of duty of capital destruction so he’s just partying it up while he can.

Mojave Mark on August 10, 2011 at 6:59 PM

I am so happy to be done seeing his face yakking at me for a few weeks.

MayBee on August 10, 2011 at 7:04 PM

Don’t be too hard on ObaMao about his golf and vacations. It is the only waking thing he does that does not hurt the economy.

Slowburn on August 10, 2011 at 7:05 PM

I just don’t want to hear about how people making $250,000 are wealthy like him. Or that he doesn’t need all his money. He loves being rich.

MayBee on August 10, 2011 at 7:09 PM

We didn’t elect a president, but annointed a king, at least in his mind. In his elitest narcisistic mind the little people will be here when he gets back from recharging his batteries. Besides where are is his legion of brainwashed lemmings going to go? When he discovers that the Reagan democrats are moving to the Tea Party in droves, it will be too late. The race card and class warfare that has always worked in the past has lost its glitter. What Obama and the republican RINOs are about to find out the Tea Party is not the third party.

volsense on August 10, 2011 at 7:09 PM

Destroying the greatest nation on Earth is hard work. Get off the man’s ass and let him unwind.

hawkdriver on August 10, 2011 at 7:14 PM

Barry has his priorities. The country is not one of them. It’s ALL about Barry, ALL the time.

It’s GOOD to be the KING!

GarandFan on August 10, 2011 at 7:16 PM

If it means we won’t be seeing anymore of BO on the telly for the next week I’m all for it.

chickasaw42 on August 10, 2011 at 7:43 PM

It’s really a safety issue. TOTUS was getting overheated.

Ronnie on August 10, 2011 at 7:50 PM

I am surprised that Obama is not traveling to London, to recharge his batteries by organizing the mobs.

GaltBlvnAtty on August 10, 2011 at 7:59 PM

Slightly OT. Just how many SEALs were on that OBL raid and how many were KIA in that helo crash? WHat about the translator, was he there on the OBL raid as well?

I hate to think that this is some Tom Clancy novel writ large, but hearing that the SEALs didn’t take their usual MH-47 and the Rangers claiming they didn’t need help… just sayin’.

As transparent as this administration is, I can’t help but think Obie wants to vacay until things cool off. If there is any truth in the rumor that the team was given up in some obscene tit for tat trade with the Taliban, heads need to roll starting with Obie.

AH_C on August 10, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Hardest hit: businesses in the area that depend on access to the water, since the Secret Service shuts everything down.

slickwillie2001 on August 10, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Not the shrimp boats.
The Mooch has a hankerin’.

justltl on August 10, 2011 at 8:16 PM

justltl on August 10, 2011 at 8:16 PM

Will they reopen lobster season just for her?

slickwillie2001 on August 10, 2011 at 8:30 PM

The problem is, he’ll come back.

kingsjester on August 10, 2011 at 8:47 PM

Leading Vacationing from behind.


petefrt on August 10, 2011 at 8:57 PM

The problem is, he’ll come back.

kingsjester on August 10, 2011 at 8:47 PM


petefrt on August 10, 2011 at 8:58 PM

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Smith of nakedcapitalism kicks it off here:

RomanticIdeal on August 10, 2011 at 10:26 PM

Of course his vacation is still a go! He’s worked so hard destroying the greatest country on earth, he deserves some time off at Marxist Vineyard bragging about it to his friends.

MaiDee on August 10, 2011 at 11:09 PM

Anyone keeping track how many vacation and campaign days this clown has taken? That would be sweet!

shanimal on August 11, 2011 at 6:28 AM

Been on vacation or asleep since January 20, 2009.

HomeoftheBrave on August 11, 2011 at 7:14 AM

3. Who the he!! is this “we” that you speak about regarding GWB taking vacations? Are you comparing GWB’s time off to this morons constantly leaving to spend more of our money?
Sorry, this is just plain BS

sicoit on August 10, 2011 at 5:59 PM

the “we” is conservatives generally. the left ridiculed and complained about GWB’s vacations, and “we” (i.e., conservatives) defended those vacations with the same arguments Obama’s people are using (i.e., the president never really has a vacation, the presidency travels with teh president, he always works, even while away, etc.).

My point is pretty simple – if we are arguing that a president can’t be away from the white house (which is what you are arguing) you are basically saying teh exact opposite of what you said when GWB was president (and, I am using “you” in the general sense of conservatives).

This is a tactic that infuriates me when teh left does it b/c it shows complete intellectual dishonesty and a lack of any real principal. Changing the argument just b/c our guy is doing it versus their guy doing it.

Either it is true that the president never really takes a vacation and the presidency travels with him or it is not.

You can argue about the # of vacations – but personally, I’d rather Obama be on vacation all the time rather than “working” and “getting things done” – and you can argue about the hypocrisy of the left regarding this, which I think are both fair game.

but, to start to argue that the president shouldn’t take a vacation b/c he shouldn’t be away from the WH b/c he has work to do is the exact same argument we (again – meaning conservatives and if you are going start to doubt I am a conservative, look up my comments on other posts before you start that game) dismissed when GWB was president and I don’t want us to be like liberals and be intellectually dishonest and unprincipled.

Monkeytoe on August 11, 2011 at 8:06 AM

Actually, NOT having Obama & the administration trying to “fix” the economy for a while IS a good thing.

RomanticIdeal on August 11, 2011 at 8:53 AM

unemployment is near record highs

Have we ever had 30 million unemployed before? Short answer, no.

11+ million at teh height of the depression.

The government counted everyone over the age of 14 as part of teh labor force and with that in mind they reported almost 25% unemployment.

Since then our government has manipulated the statistics to the point where they aren’t even close to factual or accurate.


Failbama Nero doesn’t give a rats backside about unemployed Americans. All he cares about are the perks of office.

I agree we are better off with him on vacation, but we need to throttle back his luxurious accomodations.

dogsoldier on August 11, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Let him go. The country is better off when he’s not “helping” us.

Hopeless Future on August 11, 2011 at 9:23 AM

Well, first of all I have always agreed that a President can do his job anywhere and it makes no difference if it is Obama or Bush in Crawford. I do want to point out that the media threw fits that he was in his Crawford ranch with his briefing room, satelite uplink, etc. and barely makes a peep when Obama takes vacations regularly.

That being said, we are much better off when he is away, assuming he is not busy plotting his next revenge bill.

jeffn21 on August 11, 2011 at 10:04 AM

After all the politicians leave DC for vacation: SOMEONE, PLEASE LOCK THE DOORS. (so they can’t come back).

stenwin77 on August 11, 2011 at 10:27 AM

I’ll say it again, Mr. Obama has mastered the art of relaxation. He lets nothing get in his way. I tip my hat to you Sir.

Mason on August 11, 2011 at 10:47 AM

No such thing as a presidential vacation huh? The left and the media sure werent this generous about Bush’s rare visits to his Crawford ranch.

abcurtis on August 11, 2011 at 11:14 AM

Dow off another 519 points.

“My work here is done.”

– Comrade Zero

Cicero43 on August 10, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Not so fast, skippy!

Somewhere in America,someone still has some money left.

There’s redistributin’ to be done!

Solaratov on August 11, 2011 at 11:23 AM

One of the best things I have seen in a long, LONG while. Thank you, FM….you’ve restored my hope for mankind a bit.

Huckabye-Romney on August 11, 2011 at 12:22 PM

sorry – forgot to add: NSFW

Huckabye-Romney on August 11, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Hey…. the man needs a rest from not restin’.
I Will Not Rest

bloviator on August 11, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Like other political failures, he is leaving “to spend more time with the family.”

PattyJ on August 11, 2011 at 4:44 PM

That lazer-like focus on jobs include the four Obowma campaign donation dinners?

I assume, during Obowma’s vacation “the first thing he thinks about when he gets up in the morning and the last thing he thinks about before bed” will be greasy cheeseburgers, pizza, eating his waffles, ice cream, crab and lobster, arugula, french fries and some Slurpees ALL naturally grown in Michelle’s White House garden.

dthorny on August 11, 2011 at 5:57 PM

All the mocking and hand-wringing is odd considering Obama’s predecessor was the most vacationing… err… “brush clearing” President in history.

Constantine on August 11, 2011 at 7:29 PM