The White House calls the president's weekend in NC a "break," but it's really just another golf op:
He had hardly checked into the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa Friday afternoon before he was on the links for a quick nine holes, finishing after nightfall. Saturday morning, he was up at dawn for another round, this time a 5 1/2- hour full 18 holes.Mark McKinnon of the Daily Beast puts the president's golf jones, and the media spin on it, in perspective:
When the going gets tough, the tough go golfing. And then they hold summits. Yes, it's been less than two weeks since the last one. But for this administration, you can never have too many opportunites to lecture, posture, and perhaps bow to foreign leaders. The reputed point of this two-day meeting:
Obama was criticized by foreign press recently when, unable to travel to pay respects to the president of Poland who was killed in a plane crash, he went golfing.
But there was not a critical peep from the American press.
On Memorial Day last year, the press reverently reported that Obama placed a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknowns in the morning, and then observed a moment of silence that afternoon—on the golf course before teeing off. (I can only imagine how this would have been reported if Bush’s moment of “silent remembrance and solemn prayer” was on the green.)
And here’s how ABC reported an outing after Obama had just returned from a trip to Germany visiting the horror of the Holocaust camps: “Nobody would fault Obama for taking Sunday to catch up on sleep and unwind after the breakneck travel schedule. But instead of vegging out on the couch, Obama returned to the White House for only about 90 minutes, then hopped in his motorcade and went right back to Andrews to get in nine holes of golf at one of the three courses on the base.”
And how about this headline from The Washington Post: “Just the Sport for a Leader Most Driven.” Richard Leiby reports, “To some, Obama’s frequent outings reflect a cool self-confidence.” The article then quotes a sports psychologist who said Obama seemed able to play golf despite the grim reports by the media about the wars and the economy.
That bears repeating. Here is a journalist remarking about Obama that he is “able” to play golf despite war casualties and economic disaster. For Bush, the press couldn’t believe that he would dare golf at such a time, but for Obama they marvel that he can.
In other news:
“to identify how we can deepen ties between business leaders, foundations and social entrepreneurs in the United States and Muslim communities around the world.”
The summit, which will bring together 250 participants from 60 countries, will be held Monday and Tuesday. Obama will address the summit on Monday evening and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will close the summit on Tuesday evening.
Well, this would be one way to deal with the UK welfare state:
As an election slogan it would certainly have some appeal:
Those are the words of Lord (Digby) Jones, a former Labour trade minister, on a television programme in which two middle-class youngsters said there was no point looking for work because they got £12,000 a year in benefits.
Renunciations of US citizenship are on the rise. Hat tip to The Virginian, who notes:
When our family immigrated, people were leaving the "old country" for the new world; for economic opportunity, for freedom, to escape stultifying governments. We are becoming more and more like those lands that we left.
Jim Geraghty: House Democrats, Out on a Limb for Obamacare, Hear a Snapping Sound:
. . . just about every vulnerable House Democrat justified their vote by saying the bill would reduce costs and reduce the deficit, and now the Department of Health and Human Services finds that pledge has . . . well, reached its expiration date.No, I don't know what they were thinking, either. But the word "delusional" comes up more and more every day. (The Campaign Spot has had a makeover. Go see.)
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