Washington wonders: Why did Obama bother to come back from vacation?

posted at 2:01 pm on August 20, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

The reappearance of Barack Obama in Washington DC during his August vacation raised expectations in the Beltway that the White House had an initiative up its sleeve, The Hill reports today. Was it a key foreign-leader summit on an important diplomatic issue? An agreement on tax reform, or perhaps immigration? As it turned out, Obama didn’t do much else than show up and then go back to Martha’s Vineyard, which has observers wondering why he spent $1.1 million for the round trip:

President Obama went back to his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard Tuesday evening following less than 48 hours in Washington, leaving people puzzled over why he came back in the first place.

Obama’s two days in Washington were mostly quiet, and concluded with the president receiving his daily national security briefing in the morning, and joining Vice President Biden to huddle with members of his economic team in the afternoon.

Administration officials have insisted for weeks that the president just wanted to return to the White House for a series of meetings, but the explanation was met with a healthy dose of skepticism, since Obama rarely interrupts his vacations.
Judicial Watch estimates the extra roundtrip cost $1.1 million. Only daughter Malia accompanied Obama back to Washington.

Speculation for why Obama returned focused around the possibility of a secret foreign leader meeting or the roll out of a new administration initiative on immigration or corporate taxes.

But no such explanation materialized.

Some are wondering why Obama went back, especially after the videotaped beheading of an American citizen, journalist James Foley, by ISIS. Jim Geraghty points out the uncomfortable juxtaposition of leadership choices between Obama and his UK counterpart David Cameron:

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer vacation to return to London and chair urgent meetings on the threat posed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, calling the video “shocking and depraved.” British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the video appears to be genuine, adding that intelligence agencies on both sides of the Atlantic were working to identify the voice on the tape.

“We are very concerned by the apparent fact that the murderer in question is British,” Hammond told NBC News partner ITV News. “We are urgently investigating.”

The UK is rightly concerned over the possibility that the jihadi in the video is British (and possibly a Gitmo alum), but it’s beyond debate that Foley is an American citizen. One could argue that Obama could be as easily briefed on whatever efforts are being made to investigate the beheading, but (a) one could also make that argument about Cameron who returned to work anyway, and (b) that leaves the White House to explain why Obama came back to work this week rather than just keep conducting business at Martha’s Vineyard. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius urged his European colleagues to come back from their vacations last week, and here we have the leader of the free world returning to his.

At a time when Americans need to see some commitment to leadership in the midst of multiple crises, this return to the golf links is a huge mistake — even more so now than when I wrote this last week:

Obama has particular vulnerability on Iraq. Three years ago, he proudly declared that he had kept his promise to get all troops out of the country, and two years ago campaigned on the fact that Mitt Romney would have kept U.S. troops there had he been president. In January of this year, Obama infamously dismissed ISIS as “a jayvee team” to al Qaeda, and shrugged them off as “jihadists who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes.”

Meanwhile, two weeks ago, the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency told an audience that the U.S. is less safe than it was “several years ago” and that rather than being on the run, the al Qaeda ideology “sadly feels like it’s exponentially grown” during that time.

On Saturday, with Marine One in the background, standing by to whisk him away to Martha’s Vineyard, Obama announced that he had ordered the U.S. military to conduct airstrikes on ISIS to prevent a potential genocide. He then proceeded to claim that removing all troops from Iraq wasn’t his decision, but was a situation forced on him by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Needless to say, the dramatic cognitive disconnects in Obama’s narrative don’t do much to maintain even the current low confidence in his leadership, let alone repair the damage. While Obama can certainly run the American response from his vacation retreat to the genocide unfolding in real time, his insistence on doing so reinforces the conclusion that the president isn’t taking the ISIS threat seriously.

Most Americans would expect that the sudden epiphany about the genocidal threat posed by ISIS would have a president working overtime. This time, at least, the need to boost confidence in the president’s leadership should have outweighed his legitimate need for some downtime outside the Beltway bubble.

Obama’s doubling down on detachment, and it will have a corrosive effect on the perception of his leadership and engagement just when Democrats — and really, all Americans — need to see him demonstrating strong leadership.

Update (AP): Now watch this drive.

After delivering an ardent statement on the execution of James Foley by ISIS militants, President Obama’s motorcade returned to the golf course on Martha’s Vineyard.

“The president walked quietly into the cafeteria of the school, tieless but wearing a blue jacket,” read the latest White House press pool report. “Eric Schultz accompanied him. Obama stepped to a podium and delivered his remarks, then turned quietly and walked out of the room. The room was silent as he did.

“Afterward, the motorcade drove to the Vineyard Golf Club.”


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Did he check his email from Putin?

Oil Can on August 20, 2014 at 2:03 PM

why he spent $1.1 million for the round trip:

Birthday party for one of his daughter’s friends.

dogsoldier on August 20, 2014 at 2:03 PM

He brought her back in Air Farce 1

dogsoldier on August 20, 2014 at 2:04 PM

I think his people really believe they can just have him return to DC (“look he’s no longer on vacation”) just for the optics and everyone will just believe it was something important.

Bitter Clinger on August 20, 2014 at 2:05 PM

As it turned out, Obama didn’t do much else than show up and then go back to Martha’s Vineyard, which has observers wondering why he spent $1.1 million for the round trip:

Because he could. He doesn’t give a rip about Americans except to poke a finger in our eye.

rbj on August 20, 2014 at 2:06 PM

1. Obama doesn’t care about anything but his “legacy” — including Democrats.

2. Obama likes to spend taxpayer money.

3. Optics.

4. Obama was possibly scheduled to return to DC because of the Foley situation, but left once he learned about the beheading. There was nothing he could as his people keep claiming, so why not head back to the golf course?

Aizen on August 20, 2014 at 2:06 PM

He just brought his daughter back home…. to the tune of $1.1 million dollars of our taxes.

How did we get in this complete mess?????

Nineball on August 20, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Putin laughed at Harf and Pseki, again.

Schadenfreude on August 20, 2014 at 2:09 PM

“Afterward, the motorcade drove to the Vineyard Golf Club.”

LOL

He should just spend the rest of his presidency driving from appearance to appearance riding Golf Cart One.

Good Lt on August 20, 2014 at 2:09 PM

How did we get in this complete mess?????

Nineball on August 20, 2014 at 2:07 PM

70 years of a slowly socialized America. Just wait for the next 70.

Oil Can on August 20, 2014 at 2:09 PM

His snotty daughter had a date.

Schadenfreude on August 20, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Obama’s doubling down on detachment, and it will have a corrosive effect on the perception of his leadership and engagement just when Democrats — and really, all Americans — need to see him demonstrating strong leadership.

All very true, but when has he ever demonstrated leadership in the past?

cat_owner on August 20, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Obama stepped to a podium and delivered his remarks, then turned quietly and walked out of the room. The room was silent as he did.

I’m sure it was silent. The MSM are finally as stunned as many of us have always been at the incompetence of this administration.

But, will they turn on him? Nope.

BacaDog on August 20, 2014 at 2:10 PM

“… which has observers wondering why he spent $1.1 million for the round trip ….”

Because Michelle forgot to pack his favorite golf shorts.

Dusty on August 20, 2014 at 2:10 PM

What a load of bull. Come back to Washington for what? Work with a congress that lives to say no? A president in 2014 can and should be able to do his job from anywhere. Unless he needs to deal with congress, but since we know it is a pipe dream, then he might as well stay away.

Around this time in his presidency Bush had taken waayyyy more vacation days. I didn’t care then and I don’t care now. The Oval Office is not a prison. Stop pretending that whenever the president is away from it, he broke out of prison and needs to be brought back.

coolrepublica on August 20, 2014 at 2:11 PM

The world and the land are in a tragic state, and soon there will be flames, big ones, in several places.

Still, such stupid people, the ones who orgasmically shouted “obama, obama, obama” in 2008, then kept the oaf, soooo deserve him.

The rest of us get to watch.

Schadenfreude on August 20, 2014 at 2:11 PM

coolrepublica on August 20, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Hon, it must be Hell to be you.

But, you said some good things this morning, about bombing ISIS into glass. I lauded you.

Schadenfreude on August 20, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Michelle wanted him to take a Cosmo “rate your marriage” quiz.
Even Axlegrease was preferable to that.

Marcola on August 20, 2014 at 2:12 PM

What a load of bull. Come back to Washington for what? Work with a congress that lives to say no? A president in 2014 can and should be able to do his job from anywhere. Unless he needs to deal with congress, but since we know it is a pipe dream, then he might as well stay away.

But he returned to DC, duuhhhhh. You need more coffee.

Schadenfreude on August 20, 2014 at 2:13 PM

This criticism about Obama’s vacations is unfounded. Keep in mind the White House bowling alley doesn’t even have automatic scoring. These outings make up for the primative conditions in which our President normally has to endure.

Happy Nomad on August 20, 2014 at 2:14 PM

LOL

He should just spend the rest of his presidency driving from appearance to appearance riding Golf Cart One.

Good Lt on August 20, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Hell, why doesn’t he just make the Vineyard Golf Club his new Oval Office. He would never need to go back to DC then.

Bitter Clinger on August 20, 2014 at 2:14 PM

The reappearance of Barack Obama in Washington DC during his August vacation raised expectations in the Beltway that the White House had an initiative up its sleeve,

PSYCH!!!!

DFCtomm on August 20, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Birthday party for one of his daughter’s friends.

dogsoldier on August 20, 2014 at 2:03 PM

I wondered about that too – but surely she could have flown back on her own? Even if Michelle didn’t want to take her, there must be provision for something like this.

Missy on August 20, 2014 at 2:15 PM

I know no one watches Rachel Maddow but I did last week and she did a long piece (that most likely was coordinated with Valerie J) where she promised he most certainly was going to issue an executive order on immigration and I believe (with Ferguson) that Democrats (facing voters) probably threatened a little riot themselves so he popped in then popped out and didn’t do it. Listen, Maddow is probably on speed dial and she almost said the day and time.

Marcus on August 20, 2014 at 2:16 PM

I thought it might have been an invitiation Milia had to attend but apparently The Won went to an engagement party. You know it had to be something prearranged because it was announced before the current crisis.

Cindy Munford on August 20, 2014 at 2:16 PM

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius urged his European colleagues to come back from their vacations last week, and here we have the leader of the free world returning to his.

When the French are on the right track and you aren’t says a lot about the person.

Jugears has checked out, just like people have said. Not even an American getting his head cut off puts a damper on his vacation.

Patriot Vet on August 20, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Marcus on August 20, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Reality is tough

Schadenfreude on August 20, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Birthday party for one of his daughter’s friends.

dogsoldier on August 20, 2014 at 2:03 PM

I wondered about that too – but surely she could have flown back on her own? Even if Michelle didn’t want to take her, there must be provision for something like this.

Missy on August 20, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Didn’t one of his daughters go on vacation in Mexico alone?

Bitter Clinger on August 20, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Hell, why doesn’t he just make the Vineyard Golf Club his new Oval Office. He would never need to go back to DC then.

Bitter Clinger on August 20, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Ultimately this is why I don’t get upset about these Presidential outings to golf courses and such. It’s one of the few jobs on earth that does follow you wherever you go, especially with today’s electronic technology. What can’t he do at the golf course that he can do at the oval office? The only effective difference is cost, but really how long has it been since that mattered to a President?

DFCtomm on August 20, 2014 at 2:17 PM

He looks so goofy and gay in that picture :)

Schadenfreude on August 20, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Washington wonders: Why did Obama bother to come back from vacation?

He had some extra carbon credits to use.

Electrongod on August 20, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Washington wonders: Why did Obama bother to come back from vacation?

He and his daughter had dates in DC.

Schadenfreude on August 20, 2014 at 2:20 PM

I thought it might have been an invitiation Milia had to attend but apparently The Won went to an engagement party. You know it had to be something prearranged because it was announced before the current crisis.

Cindy Munford on August 20, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Yep – had to be something like that. Interesting that the MSM lap dogs appear to care.

Missy on August 20, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Obama’s doubling down on detachment, and it will have a corrosive effect on the perception of his leadership and engagement just when Democrats — and really, all Americans — need to see him demonstrating strong leadership.

Libs don’t do strong leadership, unless force and coercion is involved.

antipc on August 20, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Trying to build up his frequent flyer miles

BobK on August 20, 2014 at 2:21 PM

He stepped on the Foley family, goons of the press.

Schadenfreude on August 20, 2014 at 2:21 PM

It’s called “putting in an appearance”. King Barack is all about appearances. SUBSTANCE is a different matter.

GarandFan on August 20, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Can someone tell me when the oceans will recede so Obama can heal the world ?

SmallGovtGuy on August 20, 2014 at 12:55 PM

President Obama was never informed of the diurnal tidal cycle.

HonestLib on August 20, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Schadenfreude on August 20, 2014 at 2:23 PM

His snotty daughter had a date.

Schadenfreude on August 20, 2014 at 2:09 PM

I’d discount such comments except that these are the vile grifters who went up to Martha’s Vineyard in two planes one year because the First Yeti was unwilling to wait the two hours until Obama left. Then the next year they deployed a V-22 to bring the family dog up.

Happy Nomad on August 20, 2014 at 2:23 PM

coolrepublica on August 20, 2014 at 2:11 PM

You are incorrect.

A. He did return to DC
B. EVERY trip he has taken has been a vacation where he performed no real work. Like the stay in India for ten days.
and

C. Tally up the expenses of King Putt’s vacations and stack that up against Bush’s stays in Crawford, Camp David and Kennebunk Port Maine.

You notice the Obamas never stay at Camp David. The Obamas are pigging out at taxpayer expense. Their vacations are opulent and extremely extravagant, while millions in America starve and live on the streets homeless.

Funny how quiet the media is about this with their socialist messiah in the White House.

dogsoldier on August 20, 2014 at 2:23 PM

I would rather him golf then reach for the nearest intern to reduce stress.

Golf away mr. President.

coolrepublica on August 20, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Schadenfreude on August 20, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Happy Nomad on August 20, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Ordinarily I would not make such comments but for the reasons you cited and a Moochelle vaycay to spain and an African Safari, a two week trip ti India weeks and weeks in Hawaii I know I missed a bunch.

dogsoldier on August 20, 2014 at 2:25 PM

“… which has observers wondering why he spent $1.1 million for the round trip ….”

Because.
He.
Is.
Black.
Now shuddup and get back to work to pay for Idi Hussein’s royal lifestyle.

burrata on August 20, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Michael Ramirez nailed it …

http://news.investors.com/photopopup.aspx?id=713945

Pork-Chop on August 20, 2014 at 2:25 PM

This probably belongs on the Open Thread, but here is where I had this thought:

“I hear you, the rest of the world hears you and the people who knocked these building down will hear all of us soon.”

May God have mercy on us and those who look to us for leadership and protection because we no longer have anyone willing to say words such as these AND follow-through with action.

My heart cries for what could have been, but is instead…..this.

Sue Doenim on August 20, 2014 at 2:25 PM

coolrepublica on August 20, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Great choices you got there; bad and absurd

dogsoldier on August 20, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Maybe Malia had a date and she begged not to miss it. So Obama complied, he’s not paying after all.

petunia on August 20, 2014 at 2:26 PM

IIRC, he wasn’t a golf player when he was elected. I don’t think he’s addicted to the game. I think he uses the golf course as a place to hide from reality. He knows he’s clueless and he isn’t forced to make decisons when he’s in hiding.

butch on August 20, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Timing is everything

Golf away mr. President.

coolrepublica on August 20, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Schadenfreude on August 20, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Missy on August 20, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Well, they are disappointed, they were counting on him announcing that he was granting amnesty to all the illegals and now they are a bit p.o.’d because one of theirs died and we have no reached emergency status. They were actually hoping he would proclaim himself as King of the U.S..

Cindy Munford on August 20, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Come back to Washington for what?
coolrepublica on August 20, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Gotta agree with CR on this one. I think he should finish out his presidency on the golf course. No need to bother coming back to Washington to do any further damage.

“FORE!”

Closet Optimist on August 20, 2014 at 2:29 PM

What a load of bull. Come back to Washington for what? Work with a congress that lives to say no? A president in 2014 can and should be able to do his job from anywhere. Unless he needs to deal with congress, but since we know it is a pipe dream, then he might as well stay away.

Around this time in his presidency Bush had taken waayyyy more vacation days. I didn’t care then and I don’t care now. The Oval Office is not a prison. Stop pretending that whenever the president is away from it, he broke out of prison and needs to be brought back.

coolrepublica on August 20, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Low IQ liberal moron… The President can do his job form anywhere but Obama is not, not even close, and doing totally the opposite… He is f***ing golfing and dinning out all the time and partying late at night… He is doing nothing about his job and has not been doing it for over 6 years… When Bush “vacationed” he went to his own house in Texas and he was actually working, when Obama goes on vacation he goes to the richest places in the world, play golf 24/7, and party on all night long with limousine liberals… This most incompetent fool is vacationing everyday, he is simply too incompetent, too stupid, and too lazy to actually work and govern…

mnjg on August 20, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Missy on August 20, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Didn’t one of his daughters go on vacation in Mexico alone?

Bitter Clinger on August 20, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Cindy got it up thread.

dogsoldier on August 20, 2014 at 2:30 PM

He is telegraphing to us, in the strongest way he can, that he simply does not care anymore.

He’s hoping we catch the hint and stop bothering him until it’s time to pack in January 2017.

Rusty Nail on August 20, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Why did Obama bother to come back from vacation?

Referfill?

Forgot where he hid his stash from Moochelle on the golf course?

Tsar of Earth on August 20, 2014 at 2:32 PM

I do believe that Obama insane obsession with golf is an indication of an inferiority complex as historically golf has been viewed as the game of the rich and powerful white men… Obama inferiority complex drives him to get so obsessed with this game to show that he is not just equal but also superior to rich and powerful white men…

mnjg on August 20, 2014 at 2:33 PM

I’m going with Reggie Love was at the WH.

jukin3 on August 20, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Around this time in his presidency Bush had taken waayyyy more vacation days. I didn’t care then and I don’t care now. The Oval Office is not a prison. Stop pretending that whenever the president is away from it, he broke out of prison and needs to be brought back.

coolrepublica on August 20, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Since Bush has been dragged into this , why don’t the Husseins vacay in their house in Shi*cago , you know the one Rezko bought for them , the one SS is using our money to guard even though it is vacant ?

burrata on August 20, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Because spending a cool million to make it look as if he cares is important optics.

Bishop on August 20, 2014 at 2:36 PM

I watched his statement on TV. At the beginning, it looked sort of like he’d found a stray testicle rolling around somewhere. Of course, by the end of the statement, it had skittered away from him.

trigon on August 20, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Well, obviously, after the video, Obama is planning on sending more advisers to Iraq.

Joseph OHenry on August 20, 2014 at 2:37 PM

But, will they turn on him? Nope.

BacaDog on August 20, 2014 at 2:10 PM

They cannot turn on him since they spent all of their capital selling him as the best thing that’s ever happened to America. Their credibility now lives or dies by his legacy.

They have genuinely painted themselves into a corner over Obama, and I for one find it delicious.

Rusty Nail on August 20, 2014 at 2:38 PM

What a jerk.

forest on August 20, 2014 at 2:40 PM

which has observers wondering why he spent $1.1 million for the round trip:

Because he loves spending taxpayer money.

The Rogue Tomato on August 20, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Michael Ramirez nailed it …

http://news.investors.com/photopopup.aspx?id=713945

Pork-Chop on August 20, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Notice the pic’s behind his desk???…they are all of him…heh…

PatriotRider on August 20, 2014 at 2:44 PM

What a load of bull. Come back to Washington for what? Work with a congress that lives to say no? A president in 2014 can and should be able to do his job from anywhere. Unless he needs to deal with congress, but since we know it is a pipe dream, then he might as well stay away.

Around this time in his presidency Bush had taken waayyyy more vacation days. I didn’t care then and I don’t care now. The Oval Office is not a prison. Stop pretending that whenever the president is away from it, he broke out of prison and needs to be brought back.

coolrepublica on August 20, 2014 at 2:11 PM

How many facepalms does HotGas allow?

Bush did work from the Western White House quite a bit, but it was fully equipped for the job. The media counted every day spent there as a vacation day, which was extremely disingenuous. However, they now fail to count the hundreds (399) of fundraisers Obama has jetted around the country to attend as time off. And, any time there was a major crisis, Bush took it seriously and hauled butt back to DC ASAP. Zero does not care enough about anything to bother.

Care to compare the number of rounds of golf between the two?

stvnscott on August 20, 2014 at 2:52 PM

coolrepublica on August 20, 2014 at 2:11 PM

None of your delusional spin changes the fact that this worthless piece of garbage is the laziest president in history.

Walter Sobchak on August 20, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Michael Ramirez nailed it …

http://news.investors.com/photopopup.aspx?id=713945

Pork-Chop on August 20, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Notice the pic’s behind his desk???…they are all of him…heh…

PatriotRider on August 20, 2014 at 2:44 PM

I remember shortly after he moved into the White House someone on a tour had commented that most of the pictures had been changed to pictures of Barry.

slickwillie2001 on August 20, 2014 at 3:02 PM

You are wrong. Cameron got back a day late. Gotta learn to spin if you work for The One.

Herb on August 20, 2014 at 3:05 PM

If anyone spent this amount of time on golf, they would be good at it.
If he were good at it, the press would let us know how great he is.
The press is not letting us know this, so he is not good at golf, so the likely reason is he is not playing golf at all.

So as Senator he was “present” but as president he is “absent”.

virgo on August 20, 2014 at 3:07 PM

They had to figure out if just holder was going to go or was this a job for the Messiah?

Of course, Barry cried and screamed, “No! No! No!” and rolled on the floor and threatened to hold his breath till he turned purple, so he went back to Maatha’s.

formwiz on August 20, 2014 at 3:09 PM

For a Dhimmicrap, spending money is an end in itself.

vnvet on August 20, 2014 at 3:12 PM

“Afterward, the motorcade drove to the Vineyard Golf Club.”

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer vacation to return to London and chair urgent meetings on the threat posed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, calling the video “shocking and depraved.” British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the video appears to be genuine, adding that intelligence agencies on both sides of the Atlantic were working to identify the voice on the tape.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius urged his European colleagues to come back from their vacations last week, and here we have the leader of the free world returning to his.

The United States of America and the world need strong, vigorous leadership and firm resolve. Yet, our congress and our president are absent from their posts and derelict.

For congress and Obama, it’s too late to apologize.

thatsafactjack on August 20, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Was the party for Maliqua or Sashiqua?

Galtian on August 20, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Of course the presidents job can be done from any location. It’s not that it can’t be done elsewhere but more of the fact should it be? It looks bad. It makes him look disinterested and weak. Which then makes the USA look weak. It’s embarrassing.

maables on August 20, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Also, I’d like to point out that much of what is being touted as ‘vacation time’ for George W. Bush recently in talking points from the left tailored to defend Obama was actually time that George W. Bush spent time away from Washington DC and the White House at his ranch ( aka “The Western White House”) or Camp David where he was still working including meeting with heads of state and cabinet members, taking daily briefings, etc…he was not on vacation in any sense of the word… and he was certainly not living in a rented mansion at tax payer expense, playing golf, attending parties in Martha’s Vineyard, dining out, and fund raising. Bush even stopped playing golf out of respect for the soldiers who were sacrificing and dying under his command as Commander-In-Chief.

thatsafactjack on August 20, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Brian Williams must really be scrambling for some Bush comparisons to offset this story.

Spiders from Mars on August 20, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Has this guy spent more than a day at Camp David?
I’ll bet US Marines creep him out.

How about a working vacation? I think other presidents have done that.

freedomfirst on August 20, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Best double entendre I’ve heard yet:

King Putz

hoakie on August 20, 2014 at 3:52 PM

He brought her back in Air Farce 1
dogsoldier on August 20, 2014 at 2:04 PM

One daughter delivered to Washington, the other picked up and delivered to Martha’s Vineyard… I think you are right dogsoldier Obama is using AF1 as a taxi to ferry his daughters around.

philly_PA on August 20, 2014 at 4:02 PM

When congress isn’t in DC there is no reason the president needs to be. When Bush was at his ranch he was still running the country. It isn’t necessary to be in DC to do that. Obungle can be just as useless on vacation as he can be in the White House.

crankyoldlady on August 20, 2014 at 4:04 PM

… I think you are right dogsoldier Obama is using AF1 as a taxi to ferry his daughters around.

philly_PA on August 20, 2014 at 4:02 PM

I suppose it’s all legal.

freedomfirst on August 20, 2014 at 4:08 PM

coolrepublica on August 20, 2014 at 2:11 PM

I agree with you, he doesn’t have to be in DC to do his job. So why did he come back at such an expense? As for working with an unwilling Congress, aren’t they in recess?

Cindy Munford on August 20, 2014 at 4:32 PM

As I keep pointing out, Congress has the power to declare war on the Caliphate and force Obama’s hand. Not that Congress would actually do anything, or Obama do anything if it did.

PersonFromPorlock on August 20, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Maybe Malie had to get back to town for something, and he figured it would just be easier/faster for them to take Air Force One. Could be as simple as that, and he decided to add some meetings in to make the trip look legit.

sydneyjane on August 20, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Good grief, it is no secret – he came back to DC to see Reggie.

Reuben Hick on August 20, 2014 at 5:19 PM

*(CNN)* – In January President Obama told The New Yorker magazine that ISIS, the militant group which has taken control of parts of western and northern Iraq, was like a junior varsity basketball team.

“The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,” Obama said.

Schadenfreude on August 20, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Malia was BORED and wanted to go back to Washington and her friends. With Zero golfing non-stop and her mother shopping and eating her way through every day, there was nothing for poor Malia to do.
So why not take a $1.1 million trip back to Washington to deliver her back to the white house? There are plenty of secret service agents around who can squire her to her chosen activities. It’s only taxpayer money, and no one currently living at 1600 gives a rat’s patootie about how much money they throw away.

maryo on August 20, 2014 at 5:49 PM

I think you are right dogsoldier Obama is using AF1 as a taxi to ferry his daughters around.

philly_PA on August 20, 2014 at 4:02 PM
I suppose it’s all legal.

freedomfirst on August 20, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Sure, it’s likely legal, but is it right? Would Mitt Romney fly his children around at taxpayer expense? I think not. The Obamas have zillions of dollars; they don’t need to constantly steal from the US Treasury.

maryo on August 20, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Probably brought his daughter back for some trivial BS reason at a $1.1M taxpayer price tag.

All eyes were on Obozo, awaiting some new miracle from our savior. Someone should checkout the daughter’s itinerary for the potential real story.

Oxymoron on August 20, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Sure, it’s likely legal, but is it right? Would Mitt Romney fly his children around at taxpayer expense? I think not. The Obamas have zillions of dollars; they don’t need to constantly steal from the US Treasury.

maryo on August 20, 2014 at 5:52 PM

But thats the nice thing about being president. You can do what you want. He said that.

dogsoldier on August 20, 2014 at 6:41 PM

freedomfirst on August 20, 2014 at 4:08 PM

He may have had a plan to do something on immigration but the fact that his daughter tagged along when he went to DC made me curious.

dogsoldier on August 20, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Washington wonders: Why did Obama bother to come back from vacation?

Don’t any of those wondering Washingtonians know how to use Google?

The Calendar for Sidwell Friends School shows this entry for Monday August 18.

US Fall Sports Begin

http://www.sidwell.edu/calendars/month.aspx

Assuming that US stands for “Upper School” the media just needs to ask what sport 16 year old Malia plays at Sidwell Friends.

This would explain why President Obama and Malia flew to Washington on Sunday night.

Now if the media can find out if Sasha was on the return flight, we can figure out what in Sasha’s schedule led to the return trip being on Tuesday.

Has anybody seen Sasha in Martha’s Vineyard today?

wren on August 20, 2014 at 7:47 PM

I think his people really believe they can just have him return to DC (“look he’s no longer on vacation”) just for the optics and everyone will just believe it was something important.

Given the results of the 2012 Presidential election, why would Obama’s handlers think such a stunt wouldn’t work?

MidniteRambler on August 20, 2014 at 8:19 PM

He had a dinner date, at the WH chef’s house for 5 hours. Wonder if he served crack pie.

Kissmygrits on August 21, 2014 at 9:34 AM

The Obamas have zillions of dollars; they don’t need to constantly steal from the US Treasury.

maryo on August 20, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Do you think they got those zillions of dollars (from the US treasury mostly, by the way) by paying their own way???

Racist. \

runawayyyy on August 21, 2014 at 11:29 AM