Am I crazy, or is it fair to assume that being the President of the United States would require more than just putting in bankers hours? In a recent interview, President Obama noted that being a father to his girls is his most important responsibility, and that short of an emergency, he will be found having dinner with the family every evening. While I think it’s great that family is a priority, it got me thinking….how busy is he, really?
We all remember hearing about how President George W. Bush was up at 5:30 or 6 every morning, and was conducting business by 7:00. Contrast this with Obama, who strolls in around 9:00 or 9:30, with his daily briefing starting anywhere between 9:30 and 11:00. Some days, he only has 1 or 2 items on his schedule.
He’s clearly not conducting the People’s business. So, what is he doing with his time? Let’s break it down. First of all, there’s the campaigning. Today, he has 2 DNC events to attend. There were 2 last week, 7 in May, and 11 in April. Those are just the official events. In reality, he has remained in campaign mode since the day he was inaugurated.
Then there are the trips…to Puerto Rico, Brazil, Ireland, London, France and Poland, just to name a few. Of course, international travel is part of any president’s schedule, but he seems to forget about his responsibilities at home when traveling abroad. While he was gallivanting around Europe, the town of Joplin, MS, was completely obliterated by a deadly tornado. When he finally did visit Joplin, a week after the disaster, he only toured for 10 minutes and gave a 10 minute speech, then headed home. In addition, he has provided no support to fight the Texas wildfires, which have burned over 3 million acres in the last several months (although Obama did send 2 U.S. cargo planes to help Mexico….how generous of him).
And last, but not least…there are the golf outings. This is the 13th week in a row that Obama has been on the golf course, part of the total 72+ outings he’s been on in just 2 years. Again, contrast this with President Bush, who played only 24 rounds of golf during his entire presidency, and stopped golfing in 2003, because he didn’t feel it was appropriate during wartime. On Memorial Day weekend, Obama participated in a couple of events to
honor our soldiers, but then went golfing. Former presidents would spend their
entire Memorial Day visiting military families or visiting soldiers at Walter
Reed and other hospitals. Obama golfs.
All of this while dealing with a stagnant economy, plummeting housing market, 9% unemployment, rising food and gas prices, and 3 wars. How DOES he do it??
Well, that’s exactly the point. He doesn’t do it. He isn’t doing anything to fix our problems. In fact, he seems completely tone deaf when it comes to the lives of struggling, hard working Americans. He claims that the economy and jobs “are the first thing I think about when I wake up every morning, and the last thing I think about when I go to bed each night”, but he just held his first economic briefing in over a month. It’s clear that Obama is completely undisciplined. He strolls into work after 9; he still sneaks cigarettes, after claiming he had stopped; he chews gum in professional meetings (G8, G20 summits, and even at the Joplin memorial ceremony), to the point of distraction; and every time he gets away from Michelle, he heads straight for the closest greasy burger joint. He just seems bound and determined to do what he chooses, whenever he chooses, and no one else is going to tell him what to do. After all, as he constantly reminds us, he “IS the President of the United States”. It’s all about him. Period. He has the power, and so sorry for your luck.
Until 2012. Enjoy it while you can, Sir.