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About that Indonesia trip...

By Michael D. Shear
The on-again, off-again, on-again presidential trip to Indonesia and Australia may be -- wait for it -- off again.

With the environmental disaster in the Gulf consuming the administration's attention, reporters have begun asking whether President Obama really plans to leave the U.S. in 11 days for a week-long foreign trip.

On Wednesday, White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton was pointedly noncommittal about the trip, telling reporters aboard Air Force One that it remained on the schedule as of now.

The decision about the trip may come down to a question of presidential optics. It may not look particularly good for Obama to leave the country just as his administration is being criticized for not seeming more commandingly in charge of the Gulf crisis.

The foreign trip was intended largely as an opportunity to strengthen relations with two allies, and the president was expected to discuss the fight against terrorism with Indonesian leaders. But the White House had not signaled a major policy agenda for the trip.

If Obama chooses not to travel as planned, it would be the second time that the trip has been canceled at the last minute. Originally, the president was slated to go in March, but canceled just days before his departure to remain in Washington for a critical health-care vote.

By Michael D. Shear  |  June 2, 2010; 1:18 PM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency  
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Comments

The opportunities to travel are few and far in between.

Schools are out only during the Christmas Break, Spring Break and Summer.

Posted by: kishorgala | June 2, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

It's okay if the Indonesia trip is called off. I mean heck, the President is so busy. See how much grey(er) he has gotten.

BTW, the 2nd cut, diamond cut saw started working again. (the first cut was the shear cut) 2nd cut diamond blade. Got stuck but it's working again.
The story that is on the headlines about it being stalled has no comments sections. It's back working.

I wonder if Al Gore is avaiable now???

((hearty grins)))


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | June 2, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Obama has been very busy lately, what with the oil spill and all. See Obama in Action "Since Day One" - Hilarious and Very Enlightening - please share.
http://politipage.com/2010/05/28/obamas-days/

Posted by: surfdumb | June 2, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

No matter what any president does, somebody will say it proves something negative. In this case if he goes, he will called weak on the Gulf issue, if he stays, he is ignoring our allies and isolating the US. Why anyone actually wants that job is beyond me. Not much actual power, yet you get absolutely all the blame. When stuff goes well, there is no pat on the back, but when it goes wrong , they get out the noose. Even if there was nothing the pres could have actually done to change an outcome.

Posted by: schnauzer2 | June 2, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

No matter what any president does, somebody will say it proves something negative. In this case if he goes, he will called weak on the Gulf issue, if he stays, he is ignoring our allies and isolating the US. Why anyone actually wants that job is beyond me. Not much actual power, yet you get absolutely all the blame. When stuff goes well, there is no pat on the back, but when it goes wrong , they get out the noose. Even if there was nothing the pres could have actually done to change an outcome.

Posted by: schnauzer2 | June 2, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

No matter what any president does, somebody will say it proves something negative. In this case if he goes, he will called weak on the Gulf issue, if he stays, he is ignoring our allies and isolating the US. Why anyone actually wants that job is beyond me. Not much actual power, yet you get absolutely all the blame. When stuff goes well, there is no pat on the back, but when it goes wrong , they get out the noose. Even if there was nothing the pres could have actually dont to change an outcome.

Posted by: schnauzer2 | June 2, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

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