[guest post by Dana]
Summer vacation. Who doesn’t love taking one?
As such, President Obama is currently ensconced in tony Martha’s Vineyard. He is playing golf (as of August 5, 2014, he has played some 184 rounds), doing some fundraising for the Democrats, and one would assume, fitting in some family time as well.
So with that, it’s funny to hear Obama in 2008 discuss presidential vacations:
“You have to understand that if you seek that office, then you have to be prepared to give your life to it. Essentially, the bargain that I think every President strikes with the American people is, ‘you give me this office, then in turn my fears, doubts, insecurities, foibles, need for sleep, family life, vacations, leisure, is gone. I am giving myself to you.”
It’s even funnier because back in January, 2014 while on vacation in Hawaii, the president slammed Republicans for taking their vacations at what he believed to be an inopportune time:
“Just a few days after Christmas, more than one million of our fellow Americans lost a vital economic lifeline – the temporary insurance that helps folks make ends meet while they look for a job. Republicans in Congress went home for the holidays and let that lifeline expire. And for many of their constituents who are unemployed through no fault of their own, that decision will leave them with no income at all.”
No matter that Rome is currently burning. The president has some golf to play.
UPDATE: The president took a little bit of time from his vacation to make a few comments today from Mass. regarding the Iraq situation, and the naming of new Prime Minister delegate Haider al-Ibadi. No mention was made of Nouri al-Maliki:
This new Iraqi leadership has a difficult task. It has to regain the confidence of its citizens by governing inclusively and by taking steps to demonstrate its resolve,” he added. “The United States stands ready to support a government that addresses the needs and grievances of all Iraqi people.”
The president also reiterated his commitment to provide “to partner with Iraq in its fight against … terrorist forces” in the region.
Further, he insisted that there is no “American military solution” to the problems facing Iraq.