ABC: Semi-retired president “entirely unconcerned” by optics of playing golf while Iraq melts down

posted at 4:01 pm on August 11, 2014 by Allahpundit

On the one hand, by his own admission, what’s happening in northern Iraq is genocidal in intent. On the other hand, Farm Neck sure is a sweet course.

Dilemmas, dilemmas.

He did authorize military action before hitting the links, but then so did Bush and that didn’t spare him from lefty mockery for years afterward — and Bush quit the game in 2003 because he felt it sent “the wrong signal” when bombs were falling. But maybe that explains it. Maybe it’s okay for O to play because this is still “Bush’s war.” Or is it?

In a post over the weekend, Joel Gehrke covered President Obama’s astonishing claim that it was not his decision to pull American troops out of Iraq, notwithstanding that he was commander-in-chief when they were withdrawn. John McCormack (with an assist from Max Boot) had an excellent post rehearsing the relevant history, which boils down to a familiar pattern: President Bush’s fingerprints are on the decision, and on any matter in which there is some contributory Bush role, Obama blames Bush, no matter how minimal Bush’s contribution was, as if Obama were a mere spectator incapable of anything other than self-absorbed indignation…

But on the matter of Obama disclaiming responsibility for his own pull-out of American forces, it is worth recalling some more history. As a candidate in mid-2008, Obama pushed aggressively for a swift U.S. pullout and publicly undermined Bush – who was trying to keep troops there with no strict timetable for withdrawal – by colluding with the loathsome Maliki toward that end. With candidate Obama about to visit Iraq and already heavily favored to win the presidency, Maliki openly endorsed Obama’s call for a complete American pullout within 16 months of Obama’s taking office.

Maybe, at this point, having Obama seem disengaged isn’t an unalloyed bad for Democrats. Any voter who’s voting Republican this fall to protest his foreign policy isn’t going to switch now if he calls off vacation and heads back to Washington. And since Hillary’s already working to brand herself as more aggressive than he is, having him seem passive only sharpens the contrast. Democrats care a lot more at this point about polishing her image, not his. If him golfing four days after the big genocide announcement serves that end, hey.



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Actually Obama’s azz is a pretty safe place to be..Secured by Secret Service funded by taxes paid by all Americans including haters.

Keep paying your taxes, Haters. Otherwise Obama is going to open a can of whoop azz..I mean unleash IRS on you.

Ned Pepper on August 11, 2014 at 4:36 PM

If anyone needed the proof that Ned is…

1) A troll who really doesn’t mean a single thing he says.

2) A Hot Air employee playing the part of a left-nut troll on the internet

He blew it with the above comment. And anyone that keeps feeding him is simply playing into the click bait game that is being offered.

Walter L. Newton on August 11, 2014 at 4:47 PM

There is a video of Candidate Obama circulating from 2008 with him stating that if elected he would give up vacations and leisure time. Might be worth linking to it below the other videos posted above:

http://www.theminorityreportblog.com/2014/08/11/video-candidate-obama-in-2008-promises-to-give-up-vacations-if-hes-elected-howler/

airupthere on August 11, 2014 at 4:48 PM

One way to get Barry O to focus is to tell him the terrorists are targeting American golf courses.

steveracer on August 11, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Shouldn’t the Dog Eater in Chief be in the PGA by now? I mean as much as he plays…what is his handicap by the way?

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 11, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Keep paying your taxes, Haters. Otherwise Obama is going to open a can of whoop azz..I mean unleash IRS on you.

Ned Pepper on August 11, 2014 at 4:36 PM

One of the other perks Ned enjoys when he’s alone in his basement trolling is not paying taxes and telling the world about it.

cthemfly on August 11, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Interesting all the golfing he does with Ahmad Rashad – who converted to the Muslim Religion…

Does Barry and Ahmad take the prayer blankets with them on to the golf course?

albill on August 11, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Ahmad has been dating Valerie Jarrett. He’s now part of the Inner Circle of O’bama Useful Idiots.

Del Dolemonte on August 11, 2014 at 4:50 PM

There is a video of Candidate Obama circulating from 2008 with him stating that if elected he would give up vacations and leisure time. Might be worth linking to it below the other videos posted above:

http://www.theminorityreportblog.com/2014/08/11/video-candidate-obama-in-2008-promises-to-give-up-vacations-if-hes-elected-howler/

airupthere on August 11, 2014 at 4:48 PM

I just posted the original youtube video of that on the first page of this thread.

Del Dolemonte on August 11, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Ned Pecker is Obama’s caddie.He helps figure out the lie and cleans his balls.

docflash on August 11, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Interesting all the golfing he does with Ahmad Rashad – who converted to the Muslim Religion…

Does Barry and Ahmad take the prayer blankets with them on to the golf course?

albill on August 11, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Ahmad has been dating Valerie Jarrett. He’s now part of the Inner Circle of O’bama Useful Idiots.

Del Dolemonte on August 11, 2014 at 4:50 PM

The ISIS Open really does exist.

cthemfly on August 11, 2014 at 4:52 PM

OT (a bit)…

A local talk show on the radio was saying that they had news that IS was now moving on Baghdad at this moment. I didn’t catch the whole “story” but I can’t find any national news agency reporting this, or even reporting this to be rumored?

Other than missing most of the discussion on the radio show, did I miss something?

Walter L. Newton on August 11, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Open thread on Oaf in Chief’s speechifying btw. golfing is on.

Schadenfreude on August 11, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 11, 2014 at 4:49 PM

He’s got a 16 handicap. As much as he golfs, he should be a scratch golfer by now.

USNCVN on August 11, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Ned Pecker on August 11, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Now that is quite a rebuttal. You must be on his inner staff./

jazzuscounty on August 11, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Ned Pecker’s doing something with Barry’s staff, and I don’t think you want details.

slickwillie2001 on August 11, 2014 at 4:54 PM

I just posted the original youtube video of that on the first page of this thread.

Del Dolemonte on August 11, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Saw that right after you posted.

Maybe the focus on that video is why he is giving an update on Iraq while on vacation today. You know, optics and all that.

airupthere on August 11, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Ned’s the guy wearing the green sweater vest? Heh.

22044 on August 11, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Ned Pecker is Obama’s caddie.He helps figure out the lie and cleans his balls.

docflash on August 11, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Ned wishes he could carry … never mind.

Mark Boabaca on August 11, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Maybe, at this point, having Obama seem disengaged isn’t an unalloyed bad for Democrats. Any voter who’s voting Republican this fall to protest his foreign policy isn’t going to switch now if he calls off vacation and heads back to Washington. And since Hillary’s already working to brand herself as more aggressive than he is, having him seem passive only sharpens the contrast. Democrats care a lot more at this point about polishing her image, not his. If him golfing four days after the big genocide announcement serves that end, hey.

yeah, maybe the dems as a whole wouldn’t mind. but 0bama would NEVER purposely diminish his rep to help the party. especially Hillary.

chasdal on August 11, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Interesting all the golfing he does with Ahmad Rashad – who converted to the Muslim Religion…

Does Barry and Ahmad take the prayer blankets with them on to the golf course?

albill on August 11, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Ahmad has been dating Valerie Jarrett. He’s now part of the Inner Circle of O’bama Useful Idiots.

Del Dolemonte on August 11, 2014 at 4:50 PM

The ISIS Open really does exist.

cthemfly on August 11, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Back in the late 1970s the classic Canadian comedy series “SCTV” did a hilarious sendup that featured Arafat and Begin in a desert golf tournament.

The Bob Hope Desert Golf Classic

Del Dolemonte on August 11, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Bush 1 Gulf War
Obama Golf War

MaiDee on August 11, 2014 at 5:05 PM

He’s playing Revenge Golf.

He really doesn’t like us.

PattyJ on August 11, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 11, 2014 at 4:49 PM

He’s got a 16 handicap. As much as he golfs, he should be a scratch golfer by now.

USNCVN on August 11, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Not bad-thought it would be a tad lower by now…thanks.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 11, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Shouldn’t the Dog Eater in Chief be in the PGA by now? I mean as much as he plays…what is his handicap by the way?

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 11, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Now, now… we don’t call it a handicap anymore. That’s offensive. We say people have challenges.

“The President, overcoming his physical challenges, is golfing this week.”

Just keep in mind how well he throws a baseball, shoots hoops, rides a girl’s bicycle, fires a skeeter gun…

Dolce Far Niente on August 11, 2014 at 5:13 PM

“It was not my idea to play golf” —BHO

NoFanofLibs on August 11, 2014 at 4:25 PM

He heard he was Going to play golf, just like us. From the media!

LastRonin on August 11, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Keep paying your taxes, Haters. Otherwise Obama is going to open a can of whoop azz..I mean unleash IRS on you.

Ned Pepper on August 11, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Using the full weight of government against private citizens who disagree with your ideology is groovy. Got it. Will that still be OK when the shoe is on the other foot?

stvnscott on August 11, 2014 at 5:15 PM

What’s with the 44 on the golf cart? Is it so he won’t forget? Or is it what his score will be?

DesertEagle on August 11, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Just keep in mind how well he throws a baseball, shoots hoops, rides a girl’s bicycle, fires a skeeter gun…

Dolce Far Niente on August 11, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Don’t forget how well he bowls. And we recently learned that they don’t even have automatic scoring at the White House alley. That means he not only has to throw the ball but he has to count as high as ten!

Happy Nomad on August 11, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Ned, they will cut your head off, while it’s inside obama’s azz.

Schadenfreude on August 11, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Neddly is so far up President’s Obama arse, he can see nonpartisan’s feet.

Old Joke.

HonestLib on August 11, 2014 at 5:30 PM

FLASHBACK: Obama Promises No Vacations For Himself As President [VIDEO]

Schadenfreude on August 11, 2014 at 5:33 PM

albill on August 11, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Ahmad Rashad is Valerie’s new boyfriend……

Barred on August 11, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Ahmad Rashad is Valerie’s new boyfriend……

Barred on August 11, 2014 at 5:40 PM

What would any guy see in that shrew?

slickwillie2001 on August 11, 2014 at 5:49 PM

This would be historical if it weren’t for the liberal apologists who ‘write’ the history books.
Your grand kids will never know the truth, unless you tell them.
Tell them.

Tard on August 11, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Democrats care a lot more at this point about polishing her image, not his.

Why?

She’s Obama V2.0

GarandFan on August 11, 2014 at 6:49 PM

NOW WATCH THIS DRIVE

Good Lt on August 11, 2014 at 6:52 PM

One way to get Barry O to focus is to tell him the terrorists are targeting American golf courses.

steveracer on August 11, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Someone did tell him that, which is why he called out the Civilian Defense Corpse to guard him.

ConstantineXI on August 11, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Hash that tag, Barry BAMMMSTAHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU DA MANNNNNN BAMMY BABBBYYYYYYYY1!!!!!!! LOVE YA BARRY OL BUDDY OL PALLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!YYYYYYYAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

profid on August 35 PM

cableguy615 on August 11, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Dolce Far Niente on August 11, 2014 at 5:13 PM

LOL

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 11, 2014 at 7:16 PM

I don’t begrudge a guy a game of golf now and then. But this isn’t the time. Any man with a lick of sense would know that. Any. Man. I don’t even begrudge him going ahead with taking some time off with his family. Not five weeks, but some time. But to frolic on the beach or put in 18 holes is insensitive and makes him look like a jacka$$. Which I guess describes this president in a nutshell.

scalleywag on August 11, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Ned Pecker is Obama’s caddie.He helps figure out the lie and cleans his balls.

docflash on August 11, 2014 at 4:51 PM

I’ll bet that makes his putter quiver…

(H/T Johnny Carson}

bimmcorp on August 11, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Even then, the arrogance. He suggested that past presidents’ mistakes were made because they did not understand what he understood about the unmitigated effort necessary to be president. Vomit.

Strike Twice on August 11, 2014 at 9:12 PM

He’s channeling his inner white guy.

Actually Obama’s azz is a pretty safe place to be.

Ned Pepper on August 11, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Think 7/20/44.

Then think 9/11/01.

Then think all those people crossing the border.

He isn’t any safer than Ned.

formwiz on August 11, 2014 at 9:56 PM

PHASE 1 ELECT FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT

Doesn’t matter if he’s Marxist, unknowledgeable, inexperienced and crooked as a dog’s hind leg.

Technique–anybody who doesn’t vote for him is a racist.

PHASE 2 RE-ELECT FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT

Doesn’t matter if he failed repeatedly both domestically and internationally and made this country the world clown.

Technique-Most presidents get re-elected if this one fails it is because YOU are a racist.

PHASE 3 RETIREMENT AND OBAMA’S CANONIZATION & BEATIFICATION

Since he was US President he was the most powerful and greatest black who ever lived. Let’s build monuments and statues of our black “Lincoln” in every park in the land, build an Obama Memorial in DC and carve his face on Mt Rushmore.

Technique: Anyone who would deny this great man his due is, of course, a RACIST. (Besides, if you don’t blacks will burn all the major cities down.)

MaiDee on August 11, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Since he was US President he was the most powerful and greatest black who ever lived. Let’s build monuments and statues of our black “Lincoln” in every park in the land, build an Obama Memorial in DC and carve his face on Mt Rushmore.

MaiDee on August 11, 2014 at 11:39 PM

There’s no doubt that there will be beatification exercises in the few remaining blue states, as in Exhibit A: California State Senate just ordered all public schools to emphasize SippyCup’s importance (or is it impotence?) of simply being the Worst Black Preezy.

However, there’s NO WAY he’ll be on Mt. Rushmore for 3 reasons:
1) Mr. Limbaugh living rent-free in that skull full of rocks.
2) Herr Dictator would never place His Likeness in close proximity to a bunch of dead, European ‘typical white guys.’
3) Mt. Rushmore is way too small for his ego. Mt. Everest is more SippyCup’s style…

SnarkySam on August 12, 2014 at 12:06 AM

There’s no doubt that there will be beatification exercises in the few remaining blue states, as in Exhibit A: California State Senate just ordered all public schools to emphasize SippyCup’s importance (or is it impotence?) of simply being the Worst Black Preezy.

However, there’s NO WAY he’ll be on Mt. Rushmore for 3 reasons:
1) Mr. Limbaugh living rent-free in that skull full of rocks.
2) Herr Dictator would never place His Likeness in close proximity to a bunch of dead, European ‘typical white guys.’
3) Mt. Rushmore is way too small for his ego. Mt. Everest is more SippyCup’s style…

SnarkySam on August 12, 2014 at 12:06 AM

Will you settle for an Obama Ch’ia head this Christmas season?

slickwillie2001 on August 12, 2014 at 12:18 AM

Watch the girlie man scrunch up to the ball.

Sure that club ain’t too heavy?

More “weight” training vids, please!

Sherman1864 on August 12, 2014 at 1:11 AM

Obama is a vile human being.
I loathe him.
I despise the leftists/liberals/low info voters/media that are responsible for his being president and who continue to enable him.

justltl on August 12, 2014 at 9:07 AM

He blew it with the above comment. And anyone that keeps feeding him is simply playing into the click bait game that is being offered.

Walter L. Newton on August 11, 2014 at 4:47 PM

I have never understood why our people engage with trolls.

Jaibones on August 12, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Semi-retired president “entirely unconcerned” by optics of playing golf while Iraq melts down

If he can go campaigning in Vegas the day after 4 Americans are murdered in Libya, what’s a little golf while Iraq burns?

LouisianaLightning on August 12, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Maybe now ABC can see the betrayal of their journalistic mission in acting as a campaign arm for Obungler

Whitey Ford on August 12, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Our so-called Commander in Chief is a coward and a narcissist, and he thinks we’re stupid. Of course, many were stupid enough to elect him twice, so.

evergreen on August 12, 2014 at 8:20 PM

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