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Seven Months in, Obama on the Vineyard for First Vacation

By Michael D. Shear

MARTHA'S VINEYARD, Aug. 23 -- Seven months after taking the oath of office, President Obama on Sunday began his first vacation, traveling to this tony hideaway for Hollywood stars, the wealthy and the occasional politician.

As the president and his family headed to Martha's Yineyard, a surprise visitor ambled through the press cabin on Air Force One: Bo, the First Dog, along for the vacation.

Bo made only a brief appearance for the short flight from Andrews Air Force Base to the Cape Cod Coast Guard Air Station. Also on board were the president's sister and her family, and Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser and close friend.

Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton had a message -- almost a plea -- from the president for the press.

"He wants you to relax," Burton said, sporting sandals for the week with his boss on the island. "Have a good time, take some walks on the beaches. Nobody's looking to make any news."

The family boarded Marine One for the short hop over to the island. By 3:20, Obama and his crew had arrived at their rental home in Chilmark. Islanders waved and took pictures as the motorcade wound for 10 minutes from the airport to the 28-acre compound.

Several people held signs, including: "Aloha Obama Family" and "Hope,
Obama."

Past presidents have been queasy about what they called their time away from the White House, fearing the image of a checked-out president. Obama press secretary Robert Gibbs had no such fear last week, saying that "I don't think the American people begrudge a president taking some time with his family that's well earned and well deserved for a few days to see and spend time with them."

Obama is taking only a week off from his day job, far less than some of his predecessors. Former president George H. W. Bush often took several weeks at Kennebunkport, Maine. His son, George W. Bush, spent weeks at his ranch in Crawford, Texas.

Obama will spend only seven days here. Joining him are his wife and two daughters. Jarrett owns a house on the Vineyard and is already here. Longtime friend Erik Whitaker will also be along for the ride, officials said.

Obama's sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, and her family joined Obama during his western trip to Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon. They will also be on Martha's Vineyard during this week, officials said.

Joining Obama on the Vineyard are also the rumors: that Chelsea Clinton will be getting married here and that golf phenom Tiger Woods will be here for a round with the First Duffer.

Neither is true, officials said. Bill and Hillary Clinton have vehemently denied the rumor about their daughter. And a White House spokesman said he does not believe the president will be golfing with Woods, who plans to compete in a PGA tournament in Jersey City this week.

The president is expected to spend some time on the links, however. The rest of the time, he will be holed up at Blue Heron Farm, a 28-acre waterfront estate.

By Eric Rich  |  August 23, 2009; 4:17 PM ET
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Comments

President Obama has made the 'deteriorating' war in Afghanistan his war. Is he ready to fight it when he gets back from his holiday? If not, it's likely he'll return to private life after just one term — just like LBJ did.

Posted by: mock1ngb1rd | August 25, 2009 4:39 AM | Report abuse

No doubt America is safer with Oboobma on vacation.

He's waaaay behind on his on-the-job training, however.

Joker.

Posted by: thebump | August 24, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Obama's First Vacation you say WAPO? Hell
Barack Hussein Obama started his vacation
the day he got elected and has never done
a single day's work in the Oval Office since then...But Obama can go party hardy
and leave his so-called 47 million Americans still with oit healthcare and
screw the senior citizens out of their
next two years Social Security COLAs so
Lord Obama can live the Life Style Of The
Rich And Famous Off Of Their SS-COLAs and
let his Under Deportation Orders Illegal
Alien Aunt Sleep In The Lincoln Bedroom.
Your doing a heck of a job here Barack!
Please contact your US Senators and your
Member of Congress To Impeach Obama!

Posted by: Pam83 | August 24, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

The nutsos are out in full force, spewing their venom and being apoplectic with rate. Chill out guys. Everything's going to be A-OK. To all pro-Obamas: our prez is so impressive. Calm, collected and oh so mature. He's cleaning up Bush's mess and he continues to be polite to Grassley, he who said that "healthcare reform will pull the plug on Grandma". Hilarious. Pres. Obama makes America proud. He deserves a vacation.

Posted by: mstratas | August 24, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Notice to Obamabots:

The posts that are angering you are nothing more than the crows/buzzards/whatever coming home to roost.

The evil, vile, hateful posts that you contributed in the past are being returned to you, and with good cause.

Posted by: AWWNats | August 24, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Over $2 BILLION per year that we taxpayers are spending to run the White House / fly pResident Obama all over the world:

http://whitehousetransitionproject.org/resources/briefing/Patterson-Cost%20of%20WH.pdf

Posted by: JakeD | August 24, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

First vacation??? The overseas trips where he took his wife with him weren't vacations? The Grand Canyon wasn't a vacation? I thought Bush was bad about taking too much vacation time but Obama has him beat.

Posted by: alstl | August 23, 2009 12:20 PM

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So you are one of those people that go on vacation every Friday night to Sunday night.

Do you people even think before you post?

Posted by: justonevoice | August 24, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Oh just great His Royal Arrogance Ruler of
the Universe Majesty Barack Hussein Obama
and Queen of All Michelle Obama and the
entire Obama Clan From Kenya are off on yet
another of Obama's Never Ending Vacations,
while poor broken down eldery poor and
disabled senior citizens struggle to just
survive and now Obama even orders them to
give up their next two years Social Security COLAs just so Obama and Royal Obama Family can live like Kings & Queens!

Stop the Obama Madness call write fax or
e-mail your two US Senators & Member of
Congress and Demand They Remove Obama from
Office by Immediate Impeach or you will end
up joining the Unemployment lines yourself
come 2010 and 2012. Obama belongs in Jail
or Deported bsck to Kenya! Impeach Obama!

Posted by: SharonKay2009 | August 24, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Oh I understand now, you must mean his first vacation at the Vinyard, because everyone knows he has , along with his family, been on vacation at least FIVE TIMES since January 20th. All on the TAX PAYERS DIME
====================

List them!

Posted by: justonevoice | August 24, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

As in the song Cheek to cheek...Enjoy yourself in your well deserved vacation!

Posted by: avesaabrasil | August 24, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

To all of you haters - I bet Rush Limbaugh goes on vacation too!

Posted by: BGuardian | August 24, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

bush crawford vacation days-490
bush camp david days-487.
Even when some presidents are in the White House, they're still on vacation=w bush.

Posted by: jama452 | August 24, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Oh I understand now, you must mean his first vacation at the Vinyard, because everyone knows he has , along with his family, been on vacation at least FIVE TIMES since January 20th. All on the TAX PAYERS DIME.

Posted by: otisplumber | August 24, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I realize that most of the right wing lunatics who post here have absolutely no idea how our government works or what the President's duties are. Nor do any of you want to know, of course, since you care more about hating Obama than having our country succeed under his administration. All Presidents since Eisenhower have used Camp David as their weekend retreat. The President also is free to take guests at his own expense when he represents our country or fulfills domestic duties. George W. Bush took an average of seventeen weeks vacation every year of his Presidency, not including the aforementioned weekends and official visits to fun places like Paris and the Grand Canyon, but including the three days he stayed in Crawford on vacation after Katrina devastated New Orleans. But get over it, the job pays better than yours and it has some perks along with enough pressure to kill most people. And maybe if you took a few days off work, you'd all be less crazy and evil.

Posted by: greyK | August 24, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

A weekend at Camp David is called a weekend, not a vacation. What day of the week did the Obamas see the Grand Canyon? A Sunday, for 4 hours.

Any of you Obama-haters who think the President doesn't work a lot more than 40 hours a week, just aren't thinking.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | August 24, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

There is no doubt about the political leanings of this Washington Post writer: Shear left!

So this is the President's first OFFICIL vacation, is it? The Paris junket where he refused to meet with our ally President Sarkozy doesn't count?

The junket through Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon doesn't count?

Oh, those were just days off. Ok. I would be more forgiving if he hadn't been bowing down to the Saudi King right before. I do realize it's a stressful job, working as hard as he is to bankrupt America as quickly as possible. It was just reported in csnnews.com that Democrat Congressmen are now beginning to report that he has indicated his willingness to be a one term President if that is what it takes to push his agenda through.

I wonder if they are willing to go down with the ship along side him, and be the one term majority they will be if they continue trying to railroad his bankruptcy policies through?

Posted by: HenryR | August 24, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Frankly, i feel much safer knowing he is doing nothing. He is the most destructive man ever in the white house. keep him on vacation forever. we are much better off if he does nothing

Posted by: kdpow2 | August 24, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

WHY IS THIS ARTICLE CALLING THIS VACATION OBAMA FIRST VACATION AS JUST 2 WEEKS AGO OBAMA HIMSELF AS HE TOURED THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS AND GRAND CANYON HE SAID HE WAS ON VACATION AND WHAT ABOUT ALL THE TRIPS TO CAMP DAVID AS THOSE DAYS AT CAMP DAVID WERE COUNTED AS VACATION DAYS FOR PRESIDENT BUSH BUT I WILL ADMIT THIS VACATION PER DAY IS CHEAPER THAN THE DATE NIGHTS TO NEW YORK AND LONDON

Posted by: 3918john | August 24, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Where were all the haters when Bush took nearly 1/3 of his two terms on vacation while we suffered the worst terrorist attack on American soil, a major American city drowned, two wars and a brewing economic disaster was taking place?

Give it a rest, the guy works weekends for crying out loud.

Hypocrites.

Posted by: JRM2 | August 24, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Seven months to go from Hope & Change to Lies & Hype!

Posted by: american1 | August 24, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Seven days is not long enough! I think President Obama's vacation should be extended another 41 months, just think what it will mean for the country.

Posted by: AmericaPieHole | August 24, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

The press, "relax"? Surely Bil Burton must be joking...

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | August 24, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Grand Canyon! Yellowstone! Paris with the fam...not vacations? Half of America bamboozeled and charmed...the other half...rightly "wee-weed up!!!!"

Posted by: jobro2 | August 24, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Gee it nice You can take a vacation Mr President! I have not been on vacation for the last 10 years. Well all the left wing
progressives live on the island.
Will be like a family union.

Posted by: akeegan2 | August 24, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Doesn't Obama prefer to relax with a little crack cocaine and a boy toy?

Posted by: Jerzy | August 24, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Obama maybe 7 months in office but that also means he has only 3 years and 5 months left. He is strickly an empty suit making sure he gets his share of the gravy. Meanwhile his 'friends' are getting huge non compete federal contracts. What's changed? Just the faces and early access to looting the taxpayer. For god's sake michelle someone need's to tell you you do not look good in shorts and certainly not from the rear. Otherwise enjoy the ride because you are going to get one term. If the Congress decides to maybe use the 'nuclear option' to pass the health industry christmas present they might remember the 2010 elections as the American people will.

Posted by: KBlit | August 24, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Give it a rest you Obama haters!! Old bush and young bush were on vacation for weeks at a time, and numerous times a year. This President has a lot of cleaning up to do after all of those bush years and a vacation is well deserved.

Save your hatred for someone who really deserves it, like say....Sarah Failing!! (yes I spelled it the way I want it spelled)

Posted by: rosec3 | August 24, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

It's only been seven months??... I really needed this break..

Posted by: newbeeboy | August 24, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Weren't these leeches just at the Grand Canyon? You know, while they were holding the phony ACORC/union thug town hall campaign meetings.
The dumbo hasn't done anything positive for our country that deserves any time off.
What a disgrace.

Posted by: LarryG62 | August 24, 2009 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Folks,what im beginning to wonder about is what nefarious plan is going on? Our Government, past & present, Republican & Democrat, have allowed the invasion of 20 to 40 million criminals and uneducated peons which is the largest invasion of any Nation, at any time, by any means & in direct violation of Article IV, Section IV of our Constitution.

This refusal to abide by our Constitution or enforce our Immigration Laws should be classified as Treason of the most foul kind, & as grounds for impeachment & trials for Treason!
Not only have they allowed the invasion, they force American tax payers to pay Billions on Billions of dollars to provide Welfare, Prison cells, Educate the invaders numerous children, and free medical care , at the same time the invading horde break numerous laws and massive document fraud, & are destroying ourschools, hospitals, communities, culture and standard of living while Robbing, Raping, Killing & Assaulting American Citizens! WAKE UP!

Posted by: pyrostevo | August 24, 2009 8:40 AM | Report abuse

vacation from what? If screwing up everything you involve yourself in is tiring then by all means take the next 3 years off.

Posted by: lmc121 | August 24, 2009 7:21 AM | Report abuse

Amazing that several commenters claim to have detailed knowledge of what Barack Obama has done--or not done--every hour and day of his life!

How else could they assert that he hasn't worked a day in his life?

And it appears they haven't worked a day in their lives either. Too busy watching Obama for the past two-plus decades to do anything constructive themselves.

Posted by: spbphil | August 24, 2009 5:48 AM | Report abuse

How in God's name can any right-thinking voter, DEM. OR REPUB, IT DOESN'T MATTER-think that Obama, who has been flitting from one corner of the country and the earth to another, for the entire 7 months he's been president, somehow "deserves" a vacation, after the European vacation, and the Camp David vacations, and the Grand Canyon vacations-how can ANYONE THINK HE DESERVES ANOTHER VACATION, AND AT A REPUBLICAN TYCOON'S LUXURIOUS ESTATE, HUH?

I FIND THIS OUTRAGEOUS! YOU TALK ABOUT A CONFLICT OF INTEREST-POST DO YOUR JOB-MAKE SOME NOISE ABOUT THIS!

Posted by: Spring_Rain | August 24, 2009 4:56 AM | Report abuse

This "first" vacation is good for the country. While both Obama and the Democratic Congress are out of town, no futher damage can be done to us.

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | August 24, 2009 3:56 AM | Report abuse

President Obama and Michelle now have a brand new niece!

Obama's sister Maya recently had a new baby girl that she named: Sevita

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/89843309/AFP
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/89843159/AFP

Photos Links Above: Maya Soetoro-Ng, sister of US President Barack Obama, and her husband Konrad Ng with their children Suhalia (2nd R) and Sevita (L) walk on the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland

Posted by: leahbethm | August 24, 2009 3:42 AM | Report abuse

"Obama is taking only a week off from his day job, FAR LESS than some of his predecessors"

TO: POTUS

FR: Supporter who wants health care reform and a public option.(I have insurance, but I'm concerned for those who don't)

Here are just a few thoughts:

1. Please remember that you are held to a higher standard than any other POTUS. You must fix every problem, regardless if you inherited it or not. You must solve every problem asap.

2. You are not allowed to enjoy all the perks that come with being POTUS. You are supposed to work 7 days a week 365 days a year without a vacation.

3. Some people are still very bitter that you won the election(ex.Spring_Rain). These individuals would've preferred the candidate who has been in politics since the Declaration of Independence was signed and who choose the most unqualified running mate in the history of politics.

4. You are a rock star. People want to know your ever move. If this wasn't the case, why does the media cover your every move? It's not your fault that people didn't care much about your predecessor's whereabouts. That's right, he was at the ranch waiting for direction from Cheney and Rove.

5. Some people don't like the fact that you are the first Black POTUS. Many of them will not admit this is the case. They will say it's not about race, just politics. Some are more bold and will say hateful things about you and your lovely family.

Mr. POTUS, I hope you and the FFOTUS have a great vacation. You all deserve a break from being under the microscope. I understand that you aren't perfect and you will make mistakes just like all of us. I prefer a President who really cares and tries to make change versus one who takes us into war and debt. I just hope the million or more people like myself who braved the freezing cold at your inaguration, give you a fair chance.

Posted by: letsgetreal | August 24, 2009 3:18 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: jhenry2408 | August 24, 2009 2:31 AM | Report abuse

President Barack Hussein Obama the First
US President To Go AWOL for four years just
like Obama did as a US Senator or IL State
Legistlator! Send Obama On Vacation For
Good In 2012! Vote AWOL Obama OUT!

Posted by: Jan521977 | August 24, 2009 2:26 AM | Report abuse

Obama's First Vacation? Like Hell Obama has
been on an endless vacation all his stinking worthless life and never done an
honest day work in it as well. Vote Obama
out in 2012!

Posted by: KarenKay2009 | August 24, 2009 2:05 AM | Report abuse

Oh come on Barack Hussein Obama has never
worked a full day in the White House since
he became President so then why does Obama
need all these never ending phony vacations
at all? Send Obama On Permanent Vacation
in 2012 Election Day.

Posted by: Darlene5280 | August 24, 2009 1:52 AM | Report abuse

REMINDER TO SELF: Don't bother reading the Comments on Washingtonpost.com .

The grammatical comments written with capital and small letters contain information and opinions that I already understand, even if I don't agree with them. Most of the other comments are pure hatred and spite.

Posted by: spbphil | August 24, 2009 1:46 AM | Report abuse

BY THE WAY, I'M CURIOUS, POST. WHAT TIME DOES OBAMA TYPICALLY START HIS DAY AT THE WHITE HOUSE, HUH? AND WHEN DOES HE STOP? WE ALWAYS HAVE KNOWN THAT WITH OUR PRESIDENTS-THAT BUSH WAS AN EARLY RISER, AND GOT RIGHT AT IT-BUT, I DON'T KNOW WHAT OBAMA DOES-WHY DON'T YOU DO SOMETHING USEFUL AND FIND THAT OUT, HUH? I'D LIKE TO KNOW!

Posted by: Spring_Rain | August 24, 2009 1:27 AM | Report abuse

It's Time To Send Barack Obama On Vacation
For Good In 2012! No Obama & NO Obamacare!

Posted by: Darleen2009 | August 24, 2009 1:25 AM | Report abuse

WHY IS IT THAT NO ONE IS OUTRAGED OR RAISING ANY SORT OF STINK WHATSOEVER AT THE FACT THAT THE OBAMAS ARE GOING TO BE LAZING ABOUT A RICH ASS REPUBLICAN REPUBLICAN! ESTATE FOR HIS NTH VACATION IN THE LAST 7 MONTHS, HUH? I FIND THIS NOTHING SHORT OF ASTONISHING-IN THAT THIS IS A RICH REPUBLICAN TYCOON-IT RAISES ALL SORTS OF CONFLICT OF INTEREST ISSUES-BUT NOBODY SEEMS TO SAY A WORD-I FIND IT JAW-DROPPING-BUT I GUESS THE CANDY ASS MEDIA DOESN'T WANT TO RAISE IT BECAUSE IT'S TOO DAMN LAZY TO-HONEST TO GOD, OBAMA! YOU'VE GOT NO BACKBONE, NO SPINE, YOU TAKE YOUR FAMILY WITH YOU ON ALL THESE EXPENSIVE TAXPAYER FUNDED BUSINESS TRIPS-YOU ACT LIKE YOU'VE BEEN IN OFFICE 7 YEARS INSTEAD OF 7 MONTHS! WHERE'S THE ENERGY AND WORK ETHIC, HUH?

OH I FORGOT, THAT'S WHY I A DEMOCRAT, DIDN'T VOTE FOR YOU, BECAUSE I COULDN'T SEE THAT YOU'D DONE A LICK OF HARD WORK YOUR ENTIRE LIFE, THAT'S WHY!-AND TO THINK YOU'RE LAZING ABOUT A RICH REPUBLICAN TYCOON'S ESTATE, ON VACATION YET AGAIN-IS TOO MUCH-JUST TOO MUCH!

Posted by: Spring_Rain | August 24, 2009 1:20 AM | Report abuse

So,when did Barack Hussein Obama do enough
work in the White House to justify another
damn costly endless Obama vacation. This
damn sure is not Obama's First Vacation
WAPO get it right will you WAPO? And No
Damn More Obama Fluff Crapola okay?

Posted by: Amy2009 | August 24, 2009 1:10 AM | Report abuse

What the Hell does Barack Obama need another damn vacation for,since Obama has
not done a single day work as President.
Vote Obama out in 2012.

Posted by: Sue1980 | August 24, 2009 1:05 AM | Report abuse

Oh well the Big O for total Obnoxius and
empty suit Barack Hussein Obama better be
preparing his resume and someone would hire
a no experience whiner and loser like him
after the voters kick Obama out in 2012.
If Obama hasn't been Impeached by then.

Posted by: Marilyn80 | August 24, 2009 12:52 AM | Report abuse

Wow, it's articulate advocates like Patty1980 that are going to determine the future success of the conservative movement. Way to go, Patty!

Posted by: nodebris | August 24, 2009 12:27 AM | Report abuse


At least he was able to decide on something.

Posted by: WylieD | August 24, 2009 12:00 AM | Report abuse

First Vacation My Butt,as Empty Suit Phony
Messiah Barack Hussein Obama has been on
vacation his entire life and never had a
real job that Obama didn't fail at it!
Let's Send Obama on a Permanent Vacation
in 2012 on Election Day!

Posted by: Patty1980 | August 23, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, his FIRST vacation? Give me a break! Wasn't he just at the Grand Canyon with his family? What about his trip to Paris? And I wish I got to take a vacation just 7 months after taking office. You would think with all of the problems facing the country right now, he would put that as his primary focus. Well I guess you know where the recovery of the US economy ranks on his priorities list! WHY CAN'T WE GET A PRESIDENT THAT IS ANY GOOD!!!! I AM TIRED OF THE SAME OLD CRAP! WHERE IS ALL OF THE CHANGE THAT OBAMA PROMISED?

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | August 23, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

When hasn't he been on vacation? He stopped working the day after the election and been having a good time ever since. How does all the Kool-aid taste now????

Posted by: highwaybluesoccer | August 23, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Let me start with, big President Obama supporter, but at this time I am a disappointed President Obama supporter. You can not lead by example when your example appears to be void of any action. i wish he would come out stronger and with more backbone than he's showing. He has no focus and is fighting too many battles half-a$$ed to make any wins. As for his taking a vacation, the good thing about being President is that he could've postponed it until his battle concerning healthcare were over. We all have sacrifices we have to make and his job demands that his sacrifices be bigger than most and maybe more frequent. Our country is in peril and he needs to act like he can really understand it and most of all fight for it.As for those who compare him to President Bush to prove a point, you really shouldn't because the comparison is pointless, they have both made mistakes and they are both taking vacations and one could argue that although President Bush may have taken more time but he owned his spot and it accomodated the protection without extra cost. As for media coverage it comes with the job so he needs to get over it, you can;t use the media for one purpose and then shun it any other time. They used their family to get into the White House now they get to develop a thick skin against it. We need a President who can flex his power, make decisions and get the job done.

Posted by: gdenise1 | August 23, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Well, I wish him a restful holiday. I want the leader of the free world to be in great shape. Vacations didn't do anything for George W, to judge from his politics (or lack thereof), but it will do good for this president.

Posted by: asoders22 | August 23, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

This man deserves a good family break.

What a bunch of negative carping on this comment list. Must be all the LOSERS in the election. I'm sure they didn't complain about all the vcation time of the Bushes 41 and 43. W couldn't even read a warning about Osama on his. Too busy bike riding and brush clearing.

Posted by: taid | August 23, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Three years and 7 seven months left for this guy.
The economy tanks, the banks, AIG, car companies and everyone else tells him and the Administration to essentially 'go home', car dealers refuse the clunker program because they cannot get paid, GM moves new car production to Mexico after taking the bailout money, two wars and Obama takes the family on a $25,000 a day vacation. He has less sense than Bush! Oh and pass onto to the teen queen Michelle that she should NEVER EVER be photographed from behind going up AF-1 Shades of Hillary. The only change Obama is making is being quicker to rip off the taxpayer. Say BO what ever happened to the illegal aunt and that free home in Chicago?

Posted by: KBlit | August 23, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

First vacation - BULL. He's been on vacation since the day he took office. What does he do for work - fly across the country and around the world making speeches, still on his rock star victory tour?

The clock is ticking down to 2010 and 2012. Four and DONE!

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | August 23, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

OKAY, HOW MANY VACATIONS HAS OUR PRESIDENT OBAMA TAKEN THUS FAR THIS SUMMER? LIKE, 10? HONEST TO GOD, OBAMA YOU'RE SOUNDING WEAKER AND WEAKER AND WEAKER-AND IT IS VERY WORRYING TO ME! MEWLING, ALMOST LIKE A SHEEP -WEAK-KNEED ON LOCKERBIE-I'LL GIVE DIRECTOR MUELLER SOME CREDIT-AT LEAST HE HAS SOME BALLS TO SPEAK UP AND TELL THE VILLAGE IDIOTS IN SCOTLAND WHAT UP-BUT YOU-YOU CAN'T EVEN MUSTER ANYTHING MORE AUTHORITATIVE THAN "DISAPPOINTED!"

SHEESH-QUIT EFFING OFF ON VACATION, OBAMA-DO SOME WORK FOR ONCE!

Posted by: Spring_Rain | August 23, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

George Walker Bush... now that says it all.

Posted by: whocares666 | August 23, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Even though the Democrats have stated that illegal immigrants, will not have access to Americans health care, it can easily be compromised by fraudulent use of stolen ID. BUT WE ALL SEEM TO FORGET, THAT IF THE DEMOCRATS PASS A PATH TO CITIZENSHIP--OR BLANKET AMNESTY. AS NEW CITIZENS ALONG WITH THEIR FAMILIES THEY CAN SPONSOR THE OUTER CIRCLE OF FAMILY MEMBERS THEY THEN WILL BE ABLE TO CONVENIENTLY ACCESS--HEALTH CARE--WITHOUT ANY RESTRAINTS?
Everybody in the workplace must be carefully vetted for inconsistencies with a progressively upgraded E-Verify. Even without stealing into the reformed health care system by federal law the taxpayers must support illegal immigrants for emergency medical services. Foreign nationals use this mandatory law, as an excuse for any kind of minor injury or illness.

The travesty that drives the faltering health care system is of course money. Everyday our televisions are monotonously inundated with adverts about new drugs and medicine. Personally I'm sick of the continuous kaleidescope of ads, trying to program our brains to buy another boring antihistamine? We should also question the majority of Republicans, why there are rumors of a dark conspiracy? Could it be that that these people have a cemented interest in killing any type of reform? How many of these politicians have secret stocks in multi-bed hospitals, greedy profiteering insurance firms or the pharmaceutical industry. THE QUESTION THAT MUST BE ASKED IS, WHO HAS VOTED AGAINST A PUBLIC OPTION? WHICH POLITICIANS HAVE A FINANCIAL STAKE IN KILLING ANY REFORM? IS THERE INFORMATION THAT ANSWERS THESE QUESTIONS? THINK ABOUT IT?

My health care experience was mainly in England and Australia and prior to the mass immigration invasion was positively first class. FIRST CLASS AND EXEMPLARY!

Of course the status quo doesn't want any change in the trillion dollar medical complex, because it could strictly confine a multitude of new common sense laws? Sadly, I have listened to lies sprouting from the special interest lobby over the airwaves for weeks. Trouble is, a majority of the American people believe this tripe that we are constantly bombarded with?

We are still conveying many entitlement programs to illegal aliens and their families, with extorted taxes.We have always been the recipients of business welfare and likely always will be, because the pariah businesses that hire illegals, never pay anything to their support. GET RAW ANSWERS AT NUMBERSUSA Tell those in WASHINGTON no more AMNESTIES. USE ATTRITION TO DEPORT THEM THROUGH E-VERIFY, 287 G, NO MATCH SOCIAL SECURITY LETTERS AND LIGHTENING ICE RAIDS. CONTACT YOUR POLITICIAN 202-224-3121 AND DEMAND NO WEAKENING OF CURRENT LAWS?

Posted by: infinity555 | August 23, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

The Rasmussen Reports

AWK!

The Rasmussen Reports

AWK!

The Rasmussen Reports

AWK!

....about as "fair and balanced" as RNC Fox News. Rasmussen worked for George the Dumber.

Posted by: coloradodog | August 23, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse


Barry takes a nose dive. Bye bye Barry...

Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 27% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -14. These figures mark the lowest Approval Index rating yet recorded for this President. The previous low of -12 was reached on July 30 .

Prior to today, the number who Strongly Approved of the President’s performance had never fallen below 29%. Some of the decline has come from within the President’s own party. Just 49% of Democrats offer such a positive assessment of the President at this time.

At the other end of the spectrum, today’s total for Strongly Disapprove matches the highest level yet recorded. The 41% mark was reached just once before and that came one week ago today. Seventy percent (70%) of Republicans now Strongly Disapprove along with 49% of those not affiliated with either major party.

Posted by: FraudObama | August 23, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Ah so, Grasshopper; Behold the
enticingly pungent and much coveted
fruit of Egalitarianism and Sophist
Demagoguery. To the Spoils, go the
Victors.

Posted by: iamredwolf | August 23, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

TO: V. Jarrett, D. Axelrod, R. Emanuel, R. Gibbs, White House (staff, please forward)

Please see urgent message to POTUS from "scrivener" in the "comments" section of this article on "The Root" --

http://www.theroot.com/blogs/politics/not-too-late-obama-staycation

Posted by: scrivener50 | August 23, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse


Are you getting a tingly feeling up your leg?

Or one down your leg; as our tax dollars are getting pi$$ed away?

Posted by: Flyover46060 | August 23, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Obama is unfocused, indecisive, and derisive of the citizen base. He will accomplish nothing, and the investor class will sit out his presidency lest they get caught in his meddling.

Posted by: georgejones5 | August 23, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Oh Yes!

Finally a relaxing break from traveling all around the World!

Would SOMEONE PLEASE remove the Wings from Air Force One!

Posted by: SAINT---The | August 23, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

"Seven Months in, Obama Heads to Vineyard for First Vacation"

"First Vacation"?

Didn't your POTUS tracker pickup New York
fora show & dinner,
London to dump an IPOD on The Queen & start the Apology Tour,
Paris to have closed stores open on Sunday to shop,
Moscow to ogle the Communist shrines, Eqypt to see the Pyramids,
Saudi Arabia to apologize to the King for denying he didn't give the King a deep waist bow,
Mexico to backslap Chavez,
Ghana, and most recently to
Montana as an excuse to get to Yellowstone and Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon!

The guys/girls who will have their first vacation are his travel planner, the pilots, and his Security!

Please excuse me if I missed any other "work sights"!

Posted by: Concerned14 | August 23, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

please let this family enjoy their time together. it doesn't matter what they wear or what activities they will enjoy. when you're on vacation do you want your every move memorialized? and stop grumbling about the first family flying in the helicopter and air force one, what did you expect, trans air? none of this was ever mentioned regarding previous first families.you and your comments are very obvious and hate-filled.as always you and your ilk are on the wrong side of history.

Posted by: ninnafaye | August 23, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

What would be a vacation for the Nation is to stop the 24/7 coverage of Obama. Enough already. And by the way, how much did it cost for Obama to fly Lobster's out to Montana for the staged town hall event. It would have been nice to purchase food from the local economy, but Obama needs lobster. When do we get to see the budget for the White House? Who controls that?

Posted by: Bubbette1 | August 23, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

It is really sad to see how so many people want to hold President Obama to a different standard than any other President. I know most of you who are commenting negatively on this matter are well aware that President Obama has not, I repeat, has not taken excessive vacations. Yes, he has taken his family on Business trips and enjoyed the sights with his family just as all other Presidents have done. And if I am not mistaken, the Hawaii vacation was when he was President -elect and not President. And by the way, he paid for that one himself.

You all also know that George W. Bush set an all time record for taking vacations. President Obama is not spending any more of our tax dollars than any other President has spent when it comes to his traveling. How funny you all are wanting to confine our President as if he is in jail. He IS President of the United States and he and his family WILL enjoy all the perk that comes with the office. You all might as well get over it because your constant complaining and whining has gotten really old.

Posted by: catmomtx | August 23, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

We have wheels down!! The Obamas have arrived and are in good health.

Already, sources are providing inside information.

1) The Obama may take his girls for ice cream!!!

2) Another source reports that Michelle has indicated she wants some of that salt water taffy!!!


More as it develops.

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | August 23, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Another thing to love about her: You can be sure President Palin will never be vacationing on Martha's Vineyard.

Posted by: thebump | August 23, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

The comment "Some of the comments about the president on this blog are so dark, mean, and downright hateful. It is my hope that decent humaness can enter the conversations, comments and responses. Nothing good and positive has ever resulted when meaness and hateful rhetoric is leading the conversation. Differing and varied opinions are very good to discuss, but it should be done with the idea of achieving good results for the majority.
What is being stated here is not good for the writers, readers, nor the country as a whole. Most people are turned off by such nasty rhetoric and comments".
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Have you thought this "loose with the truth Prez", Pelosi the inept, Reid the Spineless, Dodd and a host of others have divided this once great country?

Posted by: whitehousewatcher | August 23, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

"Seven months after taking the oath of office, President Obama on Sunday begins his first vacation, traveling to this tony hideaway for Hollywood stars, the wealthy and the occasional politician".
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Guess his touring the Grand Canyon, Paris, etc. don't count. Now if only he does not do any "work" while on vacation, just maybe our country will be better off?????

Posted by: whitehousewatcher | August 23, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

GW Bush spent 879 days at his Crawford Ranch and 487 days at Camp David in his eights years sort of in the White House. He spent half his Presidency on vacation. No wonder the terrorists found us an easy mark.

Posted by: clairevb | August 23, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Vacation means completely away, no meetings, conferences, etc mixed in. For a little perspective on this:

Prior to September 11, 2001, George W. Bush was on vacation for 96 days -- Given that he’d taken office on January 20th of 2001, that means that as of September 11th, he’d been ‘on the job’ for 234 days. If 96 of those were vacation days, he was on vacation 41% of the time.

However, compared to his father, George H. Bush, who was President for a single 4-year term, and took 543 (Five-hundred-fourty-three days of vacation!! That’s a year and a half!) W. is a workaholic!

As of December 1999, Bill Clinton had spent 152 days on holiday during his two terms -- As a percentage, that’s approximately 5.2% of the time.

From http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/393469

Posted by: dotellen | August 23, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Wow!!! A vacation!! I had to work a whole year before I was eligible for a vacation. First Mr. Obama, this is an out and out lie. "President Obama is committed to creating the most open and accessible administration in American history." I send you a letter of desparation almost weekly and I receive some pre-fab letter disspelling the myths of your Health Reform bill. I am down to my last unemployment check, without the slightest hope of finding a job. I am the sole support of a fifteen year old daughter who is looking forward to starting school next week. I have rent to pay, food, clothes, bills and I am up to my neck in debt . I have no health insurance to cover us. You seem to work on one track. Health reform. What about job reform? What about all those people who were evicted and living in abandoned cars, filthy shelters with young children. What do you think this does to the psyche of these people? What do you think it has done to me? Yes, there may be a need for Health Reform after all because so many have been mentally affected by this that we will be a nation on non depressants. I was on them for awhile, but I no longer can afford them. You are out of touch Mr. Obama. Bipartisanship is a joke. How can you talk with people who criticize your every move? It only slows the progress that is really needed. Do you think all this discussion is putting food on the table? And why should those who have care? I still think that one day Mr. Obama you will be a great man in the same way Jimmy Carter is today. He is more effective now than when he was president. Now he is a humanitarian, which I always thought you to be in some way. I always thought your purpose was for greater things than being President, and not in a civil rights manner. I always say that I don't know the secret to success, but the secret to failure is trying to please everyone. Oh and by the way, I live in Jersey City NJ, and the mayor (to whom Mr. Obama gave 20 million dollars) said at his ignauguration the golf tournament would create many jobs. Well I haven't heard of one job yet being offered by a corrupt local government. He also said that some of that money Mr. Obama bestowed on the city would be used to create jobs for the event. Another crock.

Posted by: dylansdad15 | August 23, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Wow!!! A vacation!! I had to work a whole year before I was eligible for a vacation. First Mr. Obama, this is an out and out lie. "President Obama is committed to creating the most open and accessible administration in American history." I send you a letter of desparation almost weekly and I receive some pre-fab letter disspelling the myths of your Health Reform bill. I am down to my last unemployment check, without the slightest hope of finding a job. I am the sole support of a fifteen year old daughter who is looking forward to starting school next week. I have rent to pay, food, clothes, bills and I am up to my neck in debt . I have no health insurance to cover us. You seem to work on one track. Health reform. What about job reform? What about all those people who were evicted and living in abandoned cars, filthy shelters with young children. What do you think this does to the psyche of these people? What do you think it has done to me? Yes, there may be a need for Health Reform after all because so many have been mentally affected by this that we will be a nation on non depressants. I can't afford them. You are out of touch Mr. Obama. Bipartisanship is a joke. How can you talk with people who criticize your every move? It only slows the progress that is really needed. Do you think all this discussion is putting food on the table? And why should those who have care? I still think that one day Mr. Obama you will be a great man in the same way Jimmy Carter is today. He is more effective now than when he was president. Now he is a humanitarian, which I always thought you to be in some way. I always thought your purpose was for greater things than being President, and not in a civil rights manner. I always say that I don't know the secret to success, but the secret to failure is trying to please everyone. Oh and by the way, I live in Jersey City NJ, and the mayor (to whom Mr. Obama gave 20 million dollars) said at his ignauguration the golf tournament would create many jobs. Well I haven't heard of one job yet being offered by a corrupt local government. He also said that some of that money Mr. Obama bestowed on the city would be used to create jobs for the event. Another crock.

Posted by: dylansdad15 | August 23, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

" . . . on Sunday begins his first vacation, traveling to this tony hideaway for Hollywood stars, the wealthy and the occasional politician . . . "

The Obamas can visit me on the Vineyard - I have never been considered a Hollywood star or wealthy or much of a politician, although I have served on local school and community boards.

Tony? Elite? The media need to get to know the "regular" residents and vacationers on MV.

The portrayal of MV as being for celebrities and the elite is just wrong. But, it makes for a "better" story then writing about people like me.

Posted by: portiaperu | August 23, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Oh come on now WAPO,get real here as Obama
has been on an on going and never ending
vacation since he was swore in as President...I don't think Barack Obama has
even spent one full day actually working
at his desk in the Oval Office either now.
And the fact is Obama falling poll numbers
clearly show how fed up with Barack Obama
the voters have already become as well...

The Sunday 8/23/09 Rasmussen Poll says it
all as it now reveals 41% Strongly Disapprove of Obama's Job Peformance and
only a low 27% Strongly Approve of it!...

So, if I were a Democrat Party Big Shot,
like Mad Madwoman Madame Nancy Pelosi, or
Crazy Senile Harry Reid,or Slimey Steny
Hoyer,or the DNC leadership,then I would be
very seriously considering going and telling Barack Hussein Obama the time has
come for you to Resign as President,since
it is clear the voters have No Confidence
in you Obama or your pathetic leadership,
or We Will Impeach You for the Good of the
Country and Remove you from office.

And just for those that will be yelling
racist after they read this or calling me
a neo con or Republican,sorry to disappoint
you but Iam a Registered Independent Voter
and I think both the Democrat and Republican Parties are too corrupt to even
claim they represent the American people and Barack Hussein Obama the lifetime long
Total Failure Proves It Very Well here. And
I hope Sarah Palin runs as an Independent
for President in 2012 as Palin speaks for
the people unlike Obama,Pelosi,Reid and
Hoyer,or Mitch McConnell and Amnesty John
McCain. Vote these bums out next election.

Posted by: sandy5274 | August 23, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

((((As an aside.. I'm also glad to see some people suddenly show concern about the concept of subverting the rule of law. It must have been difficult to have kept silent about the subject during the Bush years.

Posted by: VinceDC | August 23, 2009 10:09 AM ))))


Actually, "VinceDC," my internet commentaries were CENSORED under the Bush administration and under the continuing authoritarian rule of its "leave-behinds" still in office -- until just very recently.

Does that answer your question? If you need further information, see the following article:

http://nowpublic.com/world/govt-fusion-center-spying-pretext-harass-and-censor

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled by government operatives using warrantless surveillance as a pretext to harass and censor U.S. citizens):

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | August 23, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Yes, it's Obama's "first" vacation. Martha's Vineyard also has a large population of lower income people. Obama, Pelosi, Reid and the main stream media will lie to people's faces, then create "reality check" web sites and send out "truth" squads to defend the lies.

Posted by: bob59 | August 23, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I was surprised to see the headline. As others have commented I thought there had been several vacations and have wondered whether the First Family ever considered taking a "staycation," as many Americans are having to do this year.

I'd like to see a headline when the President has spent a solid week in Washington and maybe another when he manages to reduce his carbon footprint by staying off the airplanes and helicopters for a week.

Posted by: annetta3 | August 23, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Obama keeps getting a free pass on his "illegal aliens are not covered" lie.

Illegal aliens can be covered because democrats refuse to ask for "citizenship" when applying for health care.

Democrats recently defeated the Heller amendment in the House Bill that would have enforced a citizenship requirement for health care benefits.

Saying that illegal immigrants cannot benefit while at the same time blocking verification is akin to passing a law that sets the legal drinking age at 21 years and then preventing bars from checking a patron's identification.

The reason we have 12 - 20 million illegal aliens here is because they refused to enforce our immigration laws and now they are attempting to make it even worse.

Also, Obama keeps repeating over and over again the need to provide insurance to the 46 million uninsured even though he also admits that the 46 million number includes illegal aliens. One of the two is a lie, which is it Mr. President.

Just more Obama lies, trickery and deceit.

The Heller amendment:
http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS145827+22-Jul-2009+PRN20090722

Posted by: hunter340 | August 23, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

First vacation??? The overseas trips where he took his wife with him weren't vacations? The Grand Canyon wasn't a vacation? I thought Bush was bad about taking too much vacation time but Obama has him beat.

Posted by: alstl | August 23, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Some of the comments about the president on this blog are so dark, mean, and downright hateful. It is my hope that decent humaness can enter the conversations, comments and responses. Nothing good and positive has ever resulted when meaness and hateful rhetoric is leading the conversation. Differing and varied opinions are very good to discuss, but it should be done with the idea of achieving good results for the majority.
What is being stated here is not good for the writers, readers, nor the country as a whole. Most people are turned off by such nasty rhetoric and comments.

Posted by: mslauria1 | August 23, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Every President in my life has travelled the world as the first representative Of The United States of America. Before this President,it was expected that the President is to travel. I wonder why after 43 Presidents, this President is being chastised for traveling, and performing the proper functions of his office. Oh yea, instead of buying a multimillion dollar home, he "rents" a home on an Island for $35,000, and he is being called reckless. I wonder why this President is being treated in such a different way, especially since he appears to be the most cost conscious President in a long time.

Oh I forgot he wants to provide healthcare to all Americans, and for this he is a "bad" President.

Posted by: kheopm | August 23, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

President Obama, thank goodness, is taking a much deserved vacation. He is personally paying the cost for his family's portion of this vacation. No government funds are being used to cover his family's costs. Of course, there is cost for security as has been with previous presidents. The security costs would also be covered if he owned a home anywhere, as was with Presidents Regan and both Bushes when they spent time at their personally-owned homes.
Whether you like or dislike the President and for whatever reasons, seven months is a very long time to go without time off from the most intense, demanding, difficult job in the world. So just from a purely humane perspective, let the President and his family enjoy some quality time off from the day-to-day grind of the Whitehouse. His staff and team need a break as well.

Blessings to him, his family, staff and team.

Posted by: mslauria1 | August 23, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Obama has been on vacation. He has travelled almost non-stop but really for pointless social meetings with heads of states, while the family tags along for free sightseeing. He makes speeches, gives photo ops but is almost never at home in the White House.
They are living like royalty, like lottery winners, which is a slap in the face to the unemployed, the people losing their homes, the people without healthcare. He's going to be a one-termer, do nothing whose only significant act was getting elected.

Posted by: Beckola | August 23, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

The Islamic holiday RAMADAN started yesterday.

Oh yes, didnt OBAMAS vacation start yesterday also?

I dont know, just asking!!

Posted by: yojoe | August 23, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

All these years the conservatives were talking about "Bush derangement syndrome" and I see its come full circle. We definitely have Obama derangement syndrome now. Welcome to the club folks.

As an aside.. I'm also glad to see some people suddenly show concern about the concept of subverting the rule of law. It must have been difficult to have kept silent about the subject during the Bush years.

Posted by: VinceDC | August 23, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Obama begins his "first vacation"? Please. He has been on vacation since the inauguration. He's been everywhere in the U.S. and the world, seeking photo ops and often with the family in tow. And he's had many weekends at Camp David and on the golf course. Apparently, he's bent on making the most use of Air Force One and the presidential helicopters.

When is Obama going to spend some time in the Oval Office? He's delegated all formulation of legislation to Pelosi and Reid from the porky stimulus bill to cap-and-trade to the health-insurance debacle. In short, he's an embarrassment as the "leader" of this nation.

Posted by: judithod | August 23, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Um...copy editors...it's Kennebunkport.

Posted by: hlef | August 23, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Will the American taxpayer have to spend millions of dollars putting in all the presidential infrastructure in a series of upscale vacation spots? Why isn't Camp David good enough for Obama? Or why doesn't he buy a place like Bush and Reagan did and go there for vacations? Would save a huge amount of taxpayer money. And why do we pay for his family to go on international travel with him...his very extended family based on the photo's from Italy!

Posted by: JCM-51 | August 23, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

I am Barack Hussein Obama and I approve this message!
Another "Pulitizer" level, probing, objective, heart rendering, tear jerking article from the Washington Compost bemoaning the travails of America's hardest working man....
"(only)SEVEN MONTHS! after taking the oath of office, President Obama on Sunday begins his FIRST! vacation...
But the hurricane forced the White House to postpone the departure until 1:45 p.m., ROBBING! the president of a few hours of his week-long vacation....
Gibbs...'taking some time with his family that's WELL EARNED! and WELL DESERVED! for A FEW DAYS! to SEE AND SPEND TIME! with them.'...
Obama is taking ONLY A WEEK OFF! from his day job, FAR LESS! than some of his predecessors...
Obama will spend ONLY SEVEN! days here..."
Priceless. I won't even begin to list the facts about the work ethic, vacations, golf games, etc. of this lazy bum, aka the messiah, since evertone, except The Compost, already knows.

Posted by: hughglass | August 23, 2009 9:10 AM | Report abuse


THE VICTIMS OF A COVERT AMERICAN POLITICIDE GET NO VACATION FROM PERSECUTION AND PERSONAL DESTRUCTION.

MR. PRESIDENT: EXECUTIVE ORDERS COULD TAKE DOWN THE ELECTRONIC BACKBONE OF AN AMERICAN GESTAPO ENABLED BY THE NAIVETE OF THE NATION'S ELECTED POLITICAL LEADERSHIP


President Obama has been co-opted into becoming an enabler of a secretive, federally overseen "multi-agency coordinated action" program of extrajudicial targeting and inhumane high-tech punishment...

...misusing federally-funded volunteer organizations and secret weapons programs to subvert the rule of law.

This nationwide, federal-local apparatus has deployed a civilian vigilante army fronted by federally-funded community policing units that covertly places GPS tracking devices to stalk, persecute, vandalize and harass many thousands of unjustly targeted citizens and their families...

...reportedly, even when they seek medical treatment at health care facilities.

"The program" also misuses government surveillance operations to censor, and maliciously tamper with, the telecommunications of many thousands of the unjustly targeted -- and, victims maintain, funnels surveillance data to citizen "community stalker" harassers.

An array of "programs of personal financial destruction" decimates the finances of "target" families -- facilitated by the local interception of U.S. mail and the alteration of billing and financial statements.

And microwave / laser "directed energy weapons" are deployed to silently TORTURE...

...degrading their health, inducing illness, even "slow-kill" death -- a gross violation of human rights, government-enabled crimes against humanity.

An American genocide, hiding in plain sight.

And no authorities will investigate -- invoking the "Gulag" tactic of dismissing those who seek justice as "delusional."

Team Obama: Wake up and smell the police state that is co-opting your administration, making a mockery of democracy and the rule of law at the grassroots.

BAN the warrantless tracking and/or surveillance of American citizens...

BAN the use of silent, injury- and illness-incuding "directed energy weapons" on American citizens -- weapons of mass destruction that have no place in domestic law enforcement.

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled):

http://My.NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | August 23, 2009 9:01 AM | Report abuse

What was the trip to Arizona considered? Seems this family has alot of time for travel and parties.

Posted by: butterfield887 | August 23, 2009 9:00 AM | Report abuse

God bless and protect this greatest of all Presidents.

Posted by: start_loving | August 23, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

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