You go, Jake Tapper:
You said the President will not rest until the joblessness and the economy are worked out, but the President is obviously going on vacation. But I was wondering, Is there any concern -- I understand that it takes two to tango in Washington. We went over that the other day. You need the Congress to be in Washington. We went over that the other day about whether or not you guys should call Congress to come back. Is there any concern about the impression that the President going to Martha's Vineyard for 9 or 10 days might leave on the American people? And also, if this is such an important issue for Speaker Boehner, for Harry Reid, for President Obama, why the R&R?Jay Carney:
And I don't think Americans out there would begrudge that notion that the President would spend some time with his family.He can't spend time with his family in either of the beautiful, luxurious residences the taxpayers provide for him in Washington or Camp David? No, silly. His Royal Highness is entitled to mingle a while among his fellow elites on the Vineyard. "Family time" (a.k.a. golfing till you drop) goes down a lot easier there.
And just because he'll be spending ten days in $50K/week digs doesn't mean he won't be with the little people in spirit. He can watch the stock market drop like a rock from the Vineyard just as well as he can from the White House.
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Irony alert: With Dow Down 400, Obama Lunches at Depression-Themed Eatery
By noon today, the Dow Jones Industrial Index had tanked by yet another 400 points. So what's a hands-on, crisis-oriented president to do? Should he let the veritable army of in-house chefs crank out another executive lunch from the White House kitchen and stay close to the unfolding mayhem of the global financial crisis? Good golly, no—that’s what those üntermenschen predecessors would have done! No, our decliner in chief heads out on the town for lunch with a clutch of young campaign volunteers who’d won a contest for their essays about organizing, the White House says. Got to make time to nurture the Leaders of Tomorrow! And there’s no doubt they all had a memorable ride, as the armored presidential caravan of tinted-glass SUVs completely cleared a solid 24 blocks of busy Pennsylvania Avenue, there and back! Fittingly, the president of the United States and the entourage were headed to Southeast D.C.’s comfort food hotspot, Ted’s Bulletin—a neighborhood eatery with a Depression-era theme. We’ll have a Po Boy and some water, please—plus a double helping of pre-nostalgia!This guy is too bad to be true. And who are the clods who dreamed up this outing? (Or maybe a better question -- whose side are they on?)
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