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Obamas enjoy family vacation in the great outdoors

By Felicia Sonmez
BAR HARBOR, Maine -- President Obama and his family aren't just getting outside the Beltway on their brief vacation here -- they're getting outside, period.

Since their arrival Friday afternoon, the Obamas have been biking, hiking and boating their way around Mount Desert Island, the third-largest island on the Eastern Seaboard and home to the 47,000-acre Acadia National Park.

The first stop Friday was a 90-minute bike ride on the lushly wooded trails around Witch Hole Pond at the northern end of the island. Then came a family hike on Cadillac Mountain, at 1,530 feet the highest peak on the East Coast, followed by an ice cream stop in downtown Bar Harbor, where the president took a momentary break from his coconut ice cream cone to pose for a few pictures with onlookers.

The Obamas rounded out their first day with a National Park Service boat ride on Frenchman Bay and a waterfront dinner at Stewman's Lobster Pound. Even dinner was outdoors: The first family, who arrived at the restaurant via boat, sat at a table on a pier overlooking the bay. (The president and the first lady dined on lobster, while their daughters shared a shrimp basket, according to restaurant manager Jeff Buffington, who also noted that Obama "shook hands with everybody" and was "very friendly" to the surprised diners on the pier.)

On Saturday, the Obamas kept up their busy pace with a morning of tennis at the Bar Harbor Club, an elegant compound constructed by J.P. Morgan in 1929. In the afternoon, they traveled to Southwest Harbor, where they grabbed lunch at the waterfront Claremont Hotel before taking in the sights at the Bass Harbor Head lighthouse, which sits atop a rocky precipice on the southern tip of the island.

First do Bo, who came along for the weekend getaway, watched from below as the first family climbed to the top of the lighthouse, but he joined in at the next stop, an afternoon hike along the rocky Ship Harbor trail. The Obamas hiked for about an hour, taking breaks to skip rocks along the water, play with Bo and chat with other families, according to Katie McCormick-Lelyveld, the first lady's press secretary.

The vacation follows one the first family took last summer to Yellowstone National Park and Grand Canyon National Park, where whitewater rafting and peach-picking were among the activities they enjoyed in the great outdoors.

Unlike that trip -- as well as the Obamas' other recent vacations to Martha's Vineyard, Hawaii and a brief Memorial Day trip to Chicago -- the first family's latest getaway has been relatively free of interruption.

Perhaps the only reminder this weekend of the political pressures facing Obama came Saturday afternoon, when a handful of anti-war protesters gathered at the downtown Village Green.

Patty Ryan, 64, a retired land conservation specialist and one of the protest's organizers, said the group had been holding anti-war protests every Sunday, rain or shine, beginning the week after Sept. 11, 2001, but ending on the day Obama was elected, "to give him a chance."

Asked whether Saturday's event meant that the protests will resume, Ryan said the group will "probably have a discussion about that."

"It's a big commitment," she said, adding: "We live in paradise."

By Felicia Sonmez  |  July 17, 2010; 6:45 PM ET
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I'm just at a loss for words when President Obama is blamed for everything that happens in the U.S. Did he cause the oil spill? Certainly not. He gave BP time to fix the problem which unfortunately they could not do in a timely fashion. Could there have been better communications between BP and the government, probably so. The president was probably blamed for the hot weather experienced here in the DC area over the past couple of weeks. No matter what he does or doesn't do there will alway be critics. So why can't the President enjoy a vacation with his lovely wife and beautiful daughters? Atleast he's with his family and not some mistress or white house intern. I pray that God will continue to protect him and give him the wisdom and courage to lead this great nation!

I salute you Mr. President!!

Posted by: BEWILDERED3 | July 19, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I am so happy to see the President and his lovely family take some time off to relax and regroup. He meeds a break and the children growing up in the White House will have some stress-free time with both parents seeing and learning about the beauty spots of the country. He is not neglecting the gulf.

This president has worked harder and was faced with worse problems than many chose to remember. What short memories we have. Give him a chance and give him support. I am amazed at the hate and bitterness towards him.

I love that he is such a great example as a father and that the family are such a great example of a family that gets up and goes, exercises together in the great outdoors. They suffer the lack of privacy graciously. How many of us have cameras following us and constant criticism about where we go or don't go on a couple of days away from a stressful job and you just know that he would be interrupted and have his short break ended for an emergency. I'm sure he is in constant touch with all that is happening. So sad that a much needed family vacation is surrounded with hate instead of joy.

Those willing to carry the responsibility a president does (whichever party) need to balance the burdens with some downtime to renew their soul and return to work refreshed. If any job needs a mental health break that one sure does and it's for all our sakes. We must not deny any family in The White House time to recreate.

Posted by: annc1 | July 19, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

What a punk.

Posted by: randomdandy | July 19, 2010 2:02 AM | Report abuse

The man deserves a break and lobster.

He is "the man".

Posted by: mrce500 | July 18, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

The man deserves a break and lobster.

He is "the man".

Posted by: mrce500 | July 18, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm Posted by: lobcarl
not an obama fan, but lobster a rich mans meal in Maine. Give me a break. It depends on the where you get your meal.If you pay more than 15$ in the summer, you are an idiot.
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You are the typical clueless Obama Kool Aid drinker. It isn't about how mucha lobster costs in Maine. It is about Obama racking up a huge expense to the taxpayers for a TWO DAY VACATION to eat a $15 lobster in Maine. If he is going to was my tax dollars then he could at least do something symbolic like vacation in the gulf to make a point to the rest of us to do the same. You need to wake up before your country is trashed right under your nose by this charlatan in the White House.

Posted by: MikeJ9116 | July 18, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

The highest point on the east coast? Sorry journalism. the tallest point in bar harbor, maybe. The tallest point on the east coast is Mt. Mitchell. Unless global warming and narcotics has fried your brain. quit feeding the public hogwash and superlatives. simply report. if you need background information go study and write with pertinent and accurate facts. Hope you are uncomfortable because all of america finds this style of news not worth ink.

Posted by: slakes61717 | July 18, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Beats vacationing in the Gulf states...Now do what I say and not as we do!!!
As for Ryan and his anti-war rabble...they make me laugh, just another bunch of liberal hypocrites...Just wanted to give him a chance, yeah right.

Posted by: SadrCityRocks | July 18, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Our grandchildren are going to pay and suffer a very long time thanks to this criminal and his looting of our country!

Posted by: username | July 18, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Our grandchildren are going to pay and suffer a very long time thanks to this criminal and his looting of our country!

Posted by: username | July 18, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm not an obama fan, but lobster a rich mans meal in Maine. Give me a break. It depends on the where you get your meal.If you pay more than 15$ in the summer, you are an idiot.

Posted by: lobcarl | July 18, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

This guy is doesn't give a whip about yours or my opinion. This is the "I'm getting back at the rich" for all the wrong doings over the course of the countries foundation. He has the power, the media and care free attitude of taking back was is rightfully someone else's! Wine and dine on the taxpayer's dime!! As mentioned before if this guy were a Republican or Independent, the media rats would be all over it! The only example being set here is how to be a pompous jerk and not do the job you were elected to do!

Posted by: thompsor | July 18, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

This guy is doesn't give a whip about yours or my opinion. This is the "I'm getting back at the rich" for all the wrong doings over the course of the countries foundation. He has the power, the media and care free attitude of taking back was is rightfully someone else's! Wine and dine on the taxpayer's dime!! As mentioned before if this guy were a Republican or Independent, the media rats would be all over it! The only example being set here is how to be a pompous jerk and not do the job you were elected to do!

Posted by: thompsor | July 18, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Where have the war protests gone? War is only bad when you have a Republican President, but ok with a Dem President? Some of us were against it then and continue to be against it now, knowing it makes no difference Dem or Rep. We were promised an end in 2006 when we chose a Dem House and Senate? What happened? After 2008, no need to protest the war because Obama ended it? The increase is just part of the decrease?

Posted by: nonein2008 | July 18, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Destroying the country is very tiring business.

Obamee needs time to collect his thoughts and figure out what to ruin next.

Posted by: Jack64 | July 18, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to the failed economic policies of "You Lie!" hussein, most Americans now have to "staycation" at home, with only the "luxury" of grilling hot dogs in the back yard. Meanwhile, hussein completes his SEVENTH (7th) taxpayer-funded vacation in 18 months. Why, he REALLY is one of the "people"!

Posted by: TeaPartyPatriot | July 18, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JoeSartoni
Dear people who are reading this: I see no problem with Mr. Obama taking a vacation with his family and setting a good example to the American people that no matter how hard life can get, there can always be found some time to get away and relax with loved ones.
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Obama is living off the taxpayers backs. sure, he can relax all day long. He will have a roof over his head and food on the table no matter what happens. Tell a person that is about to loose their house, can't find a job and don't know how they are going to feed their family to relax. I bet it is pretty damn hard for that person to kick back and relax like Obama. Obama has zero compassion for those who are suffering. Anyone with two neurons snapping can see this is true. He doesn't even have enough compassion for those suffering in the Gulf area to vacation with them to set a good example for the rest of the country. Now that is a sure indicator Obama is a heartless b@st@rd.

Posted by: MikeJ9116 | July 18, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Unemployment - 9.7%
US National Debt - $14 TRILLION
Forceclosures reach record high

"Let Them Eat Lobster!"

Posted by: superman8472 | July 18, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

I love these anti-Obama posters.
Hannity parrots and scum to boot.
Their grandchildren will be ashamed of them.

Posted by: pagalo | July 18, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised that The Obama Royal Family didn't make it to the huge party going on in Plains, Georgia. Jimmah Carter has been one big party animal since Obama's poll numbers started tanking. There's no lobster, Carter is serving brats and sausage with the slogan, "I'm no longer the wurst".

Posted by: TruthWins | July 18, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

This Kenyan community organizer is certainly enjoying the White man's tax dollars.

Well, guess he ain't stupid...he didn't listen to his preacher scream "God DAMN White America!" for over a dozen years for nothing.

Posted by: Smarg | July 18, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Someone ought to ask the Big O why lobster is only $6 a pound at the grocery store. That means the boat price is probably $3. Hard to pay for gas, much less hire help, at those prices. The irony is that when the price is low, the only thing the lobstermen can do is catch more lobster. The mortgage on the boat is due every month.

Posted by: ToddofMaine | July 18, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I want to thank all the white gals who voted this bozo into office.

What, you didn't learn anything with BJ Clinton?

Women should not be allowed to vote. They're the reason we've had every sorry POTUS since suffrage.

Posted by: viejo1 | July 18, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Man, the nation's top welfare recipient sure loves to spend our money. It's GOOD to be da KING!

Posted by: adm454 | July 18, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Thirty to forty percent of Democrats today are hard left liberals and would vote for ANYONE with a D after their name. They have no flexibility, no sense, no moral direction, hate God and Jesus, hate the constitution, want to kill babies by the millions, hate our military and hate America as it once was and what the founders like Jefferson and Madison wanted. And we are supposed to take their insane posts on this comment page seriously? No Thanks. They are irrelevant without the other fifteen to twenty percent of real American democrats. You remember the old Democratic Party don't you? That’s the party of Scoop Jackson, JFK, Harry Truman and Sam Nunn. You remember them. Honest opposition, not the anti-America progressive-liberal morons that infect the Democratic Party today. The Democrat Party (ie, liberals, progressives, Marxists, socialists) is the culture of corruption. The liberals that post here are comparable to the loyalists during the Revolutionary War and we know what happened to that kind of scum. They were sent packing and tarred and feathered. They objected to a free America. Sound like someone you know? Look in a mirror.

Posted by: rchaa27aa | July 18, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Dear people who are reading this: I see no problem with Mr. Obama taking a vacation with his family and setting a good example to the American people that no matter how hard life can get, there can always be found some time to get away and relax with loved ones. Now, with that being said, I don't think that this administration was successful in the few tasks that were presented. The economy is not Obama's fault but his response to the BP disaster was. It is pretty much too late for him to save the gulf, I wish he would have contracted other countries to get in here with their ships and technology to help out. Now we need ecological scientists to step forward end tell us exactly what the losses were, and what they will be.

Posted by: JoeSartoni | July 18, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Is there any way he can just extend his vacation for like 2 years or so?

Posted by: prettybritty | July 18, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

We all know that the reason the Obamas aren't vacationing in the Gulf is because Obama doesn't want the oil spill in the news because it makes him look bad, but what he isn't getting is that it draws just as much attention to it anyway. Only this attention makes Obama look bad.

Obama could have shown his support for the people of the Gulf Coast by vacationing there and making it a positive story by talking about the things that are being done to clean up the coast and how their preventing more damage. That is what a President should be doing, and we all know it.

Posted by: dianeremarx | July 18, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I remember the days when Liberals attack golf as the sport of the rich white man and how the environmentalist groups criticized the amount of land being wasted for the sport, but that was all before Tiger Woods before the rich rappers and Obama started playing golf, and now, not a peep out of those same Liberals.

Posted by: dianeremarx | July 18, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile in other parts of the country millions of un-employed Americans are trying to get by and at best can serve their families hotdogs. This horrible president never finishes what he starts! obama is the worst president ever!!

Posted by: govtclowns | July 18, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I have no problem with him having some downtime but I do resent the astounding expense for a TWO DAY vacation that involves the deployment of so many resources. If he wanted to spend time in Bar Harbor why didn't he just make this his week or two week vacation?

Remember, he has Camp David where he can unwind and it doesn't cost taxpayers nearly as much.

Posted by: alto1215 | July 18, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I have no problem with him having some downtime but I do resent the astounding expense for a TWO DAY vacation that involves the deployment of so many resources. If he wanted to spend time in Bar Harbor why didn't he just make this his week or two week vacation?

Remember, he has Camp David where he can unwind and it doesn't cost taxpayers nearly as much.

Posted by: alto1215 | July 18, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for the multiple posts. This site takes so long to post that one never knows for sure if it went through.

Posted by: dianeremarx | July 18, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Obama, who believes in Black Liberation Theology, is showing us every day that he follows those teachings of Rev. Wright. Obama/Holder won't prosecute black on white crime. Why? Black Liberation Theology teaches that white people are the only ones that can be racist, not minorities, because whites hold the power. Once you understand that, you can see why Obama acts the way he does and why he says the ignorant and idioctic things he does.

Posted by: dianeremarx | July 18, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Obama, who believes in Black Liberation Theology (Rev. Wright, remember?), is showing us every day that he follows those teachings of Rev. Wright. Obama/Holder won't prosecute black on white crime. Why? Black Liberation Theology teaches that white people are the only ones that can be racist, not minorities, because whites hold the power. Once you understand that, you can see why Obama acts the why he does and why he says the ignorant and idioctic things he does.

Posted by: dianeremarx | July 18, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Obama, who believes in Black Liberation Theology (Rev. Wright, remember?), is showing us every day that he follows those teachings of Rev. Wright. Obama/Holder won't prosecute black on white crime. Why? Black Liberation Theology teaches that white people are the only ones that can be racist, not minorities, because whites hold the power. Once you understand that, you can see why Obama acts the why he does and why he says the ignorant and idioctic things he does.

Posted by: dianeremarx | July 18, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Obama, who believes in Black Liberation Theology (Rev. Wright, remember?), is showing us every day that he follows those teachings of Rev. Wright. Obama/Holder won't prosecute black on white crime. Why? Black Liberation Theology teaches that white people are the only ones that can be racist, not minorities, because whites hold the power. Once you understand that, you can see why Obama acts the why he does and why he says the ignorant and idioctic things he does.

Posted by: dianeremarx | July 18, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Those who insist on continuing to blame the Bush Administration for the problems with the economy might want to stop listening to and repeating the liberal media and start doing some research. The Cogress is more to blame-- and the liberals were wielding more power at that time, just as they are now. Take a look at who in Congress had the strongest ties to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - the lending problems led to a lot of the problems we are now seeing. As for those who say "everyone needs a vacation" take a look at how many vacations the Obama's have taken in the last 3 months - and how much of your taxpayer money has helped to fund them! As for comparing Obama's vacation time to Bush's, keep in mind that many of the "vacations" Bush took were to his ranch or Camp David-- where he took his staff and worked much time and hosted foreign dignitaries. Keep swallowing the koolaid about the Chosen One...

Posted by: CAM9 | July 18, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Everyone I know is hoping for the same thing every time barry x is on the TV reading from his teleprompter. EVERYONE

Posted by: liberalsodomy2 | July 18, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: SistaNlocks
Pres Obama is only going away for 2 days. A President can never really get away. He is President 24/7.
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Our Idiot-In-Chief needs to work 25/8 to make up for his incompetence. Obama is downright lazy. He wants all the perks of POTUS without having to putting in the hard work. If Obama were a proper, thoughtful, caring president, he would have vacationed in the Gulf region to set an example for others. Instead, he did the thoughtless, selfish thing and vacationed in liberal land. The time for making excuses for Obama's incompetence and unpatriotic mentality has passed. He is the worst president in the history of the USA and it only took him 18 months to achieve that status.

Posted by: MikeJ9116 | July 18, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Pres Obama is only going away for 2 days. A President can never really get away. He is President 24/7. He needs to spend time away from the White House with his family. He is still a husband and a father. There is so much hate displayed in these posts. The Republicans were in power for 8 years and the economy tanked and wall street got richer and richer. President Obama is at least trying to set things straight but all he gets is hate. It takes time to turn things around but you guys only want to bit**h and moan and complain. Do you really think McCain could have done a better job? Or can Palin do a better job? Get real!! I still support Pres Obama even though I don't agree with everything he does. I think he has accomplished a lot and he is doing a good job. I don't know anyone else that could do any better, considering all the challenges that our country and the world is facing.

Posted by: SistaNlocks | July 18, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Where's the coverage for the dog arriving in his own personal jet, or would that detract from the serendipity tone of the Happy Days article?

Posted by: goldenco5 | July 18, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

"It's a big commitment," she said, adding: "We live in paradise."

I wonder if she correlates the fact that because we are willing to fight wars to protect our way of life she gets to live in paradise.

Posted by: jeff4 | July 18, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Riiiiiight... Vacationing on the coast of Maine, separate flights for his dog and staff, massive 16 car escort. Add that to the concerts, White House parties, etc. and he wants to say the Republicans are the party of the rich? BAHHAHAHAHAHA!

Pardon me while I pause to catch my breath from hysterical laughing at this guy's insane logic. You see, I have to laugh to keep from crying - it's that pathetic. And of course the WaPo just gives him a pass despite his blatent hypocrisy.

Wonder if they'll calculate the massive carbon footprint the Obamas have created with this vacation?

Posted by: kate19 | July 18, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

It seems like Barry is on permanent vacation. All this guy does is golf and go on trips. The Democrats must be seriously embarrassed about all the grief they gave Bush over his Texas trips and the the few golf outings he went on. Barry may just be the laziest president in the history of the Republic.

Posted by: WarEagle1 | July 18, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

"Did George Bush sign into law that a President can't play golf until the country was perfect? Did his not playing golf end either war? Did it keep our economy from collapsing? Get real people, Bush decided to not play golf because he thought it sounded good. He never gave up any other leisure activity did he? He didn't stop taking vacations, riding his bike, clearing brush in Crawford or anything else. President Obama never said he wouldn't play golf so what is the freaking big deal? Golf never ended, I'm sure any of you who play golf never stopped. You whiners are making a big deal over nothing. Get over it. The President is taking a break to spend time with his family. I don't understand why you good christian, family values people don't understand that and embrace it."

I guess the simple answer is us good christian, family values people are fighting to save our country from Obama, Barney Frank, Nacy Pelosi. Hopefully, we'll make a good push in that direction come November.

Posted by: kmocu89 | July 18, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

And at a time when we so desperately need leadership, we have got this? Dark days for the USA, that is for sure.

Thanks, wishy washy independents and spineless moderates. Thanks for your uniformed votes and your complete lack of convictions and principles. The country's blood is on your hands. Nice job.

Posted by: kelli21 | July 18, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

I never thought Bill Clinton would be made to look so good.

The way that President Obama despises big business (unless he has his hands in it),is very disturbing.

Then there is the matter of the Czars, appointed without hearings.

At least President Clinton didn't bow down to every leader he meets.

For the record, I am a conservative. That being said, President Clinton can trade places with this guy today, and fill out the rest of his term.

Thanks so much Reverend Wright!

Posted by: cubbuc | July 18, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Where's Jaws when we need him?

Posted by: sfoxe | July 18, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

I guess the one thing we can be thankful for on this day is that we get closer and closer to ending our national tragedy of electing this idiot into office. Vacations, gold outsings, flights weekly for "campaign style" speeches, concerts, etc. The guy say he will not rest until....but always seems to be resting. What an idiot. (Posted by an Obamaican who realizes the mistake he made)

Posted by: stinkerflat1 | July 18, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

“Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer.”

Thomas Paine, Philadelphia, February 14, 1776

Posted by: Rascal69 | July 18, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

WeMadeAmistake: "Turns out that he lied about the mandatory requirement to carry health care coverage or face a 'fine'. During the debate, Obama argued that is was NOT a tax. Now they are defending the lawsuits against the bill mandate by the states as a TAX that congress has a right to levy! OBAMA IS A PATHOLOGICAL LIAR."
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Yep. Absolutely correct.

Posted by: txdon | July 18, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Over five thousand years ago, Moses said to the children of Israel " pick up your shovel, mount your asses and camels, and I will lead you to the Promised Land". Nearly 75 years ago, Roosevelt said, "Lay down your shovels, sit on your asses, and light up a Camel, this is the Promised Land". Now Obama has stolen your shovel, taxed your asses, raised the price of Camels, and mortgaged the Promised Land!

Posted by: Rascal69 | July 18, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

obama and michelle don't care cuz they are sticking the american children with the bill. ha ha ha ha ha ha! take that filthy rich little kids.

Posted by: richardhyytinen | July 18, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

obama and michelle don't care cuz they are sticking the american children with the bill. ha ha ha ha ha ha! take that filthy rich little kids.

Posted by: richardhyytinen | July 18, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

I hate this guy. Turns out that he lied about the mandatory requirement to carry health care coverage or face a 'fine'. During the debate, Obama argued that is was NOT a tax. Now they are defending the lawsuits against the bill mandate by the states as a TAX that congress has a right to levy! OBAMA IS A PATHOLOGICAL LIAR. Yet another reason to impeach him.

Posted by: WeMadeAmistake | July 18, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

I hate this guy. Turns out that he lied about the mandatory requirement to carry health care coverage or face a 'fine'. During the debate, Obama argued that is was NOT a tax. Now they are defending the lawsuits against the bill mandate by the states as a TAX that congress has a right to levy! OBAMA IS A PATHOLOGICAL LIAR. Yet another reason to impeach him.

Posted by: WeMadeAmistake | July 18, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

My bad - JP Morgan's Tennis Club, not JP Getty. Mixed up my millionaires.

obama is still a flaming hypocrite.

Posted by: txdon | July 18, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

And obama says Republicans are the party of the rich.

While he flies his dog into toney Bar Harbor on its own jet -and drives his 16 Suburban motorcade to JP Getty's Tennis Club, on his umpteenth high-dollar vacation of the year.

The hypocrisy is stunning.

Posted by: txdon | July 18, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Oh come on, people. Obama has only had three vacations since the oil leak began. That's only ONE per month. Doesn't everybody take a vacation every month?

And of course he went up north to the coast. The beaches in the Gulf are all icky.

Posted by: Squiggy1 | July 18, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

There will be lobster every night, once Barry loses in 2012 and lands some sweet job working for George Soros.

Posted by: Jack64 | July 18, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

"...opposition to our President is based on hatred..."

Oh yes, you betcha'.

We hate what he stands for and what he has done to America and the fact that he is a shape shifter who ran as a centrist and post-racialist and once elected became a vengeful, spiteful extremist.

Posted by: pabarge | July 18, 2010 8:00 AM | Report abuse

When asked about the soaring unemployment, teetering economy, and lack of consumer confidence, the Obamas exclaimed, "Let them eat lobster!"

Posted by: freepost | July 18, 2010 7:47 AM | Report abuse

what about the poor, hapless "undocumented workers", living in the shadows, and the poverty stricken black people in the ghetto. those people are already living off our dime, so why doesn't obama take them on his vacations, too? maybe his dog is more important than the poor, poor people who can't live without the government's help.

Posted by: bryguy | July 18, 2010 7:14 AM | Report abuse

When a person become POTUS - his or her life and for that matter the President's entire family's every move will be talked about and analyzed and criticized - yet Americans are good people and we certainly do not begrudge the Obamas some R&R.
Problem is with this President - he has spent more time pushing "we the people" around and intruding on our lives than any President has done or should ever attempt.
He is a politician of the first order - when his mouth opens rest assured he will be lying for political gain.
And - yes it is probably true - if the people living in the states on the Gulf were largely libs - he probably would be vactioning there - as he should - he is President - he is not a dictactor - and let's hope "we the people" did not pay for that private plane to transport a dog to a vacation in Maine - a dog - while very dear - should not be traveling on the taxpayer's dollar - we probably already pay for a large staff to care for him.

Posted by: raltiere | July 18, 2010 6:55 AM | Report abuse

4 tar balls wash up on the shores of maine. I hope they burn the furniture after the jefferson's go back to their ghetto.

Posted by: liberalsodomy2 | July 18, 2010 6:04 AM | Report abuse

4 tar balls wash up on the shores of maine. I hope they burn the furniture after the jefferson's go back to their ghetto.

Posted by: liberalsodomy2 | July 18, 2010 6:03 AM | Report abuse

It's odd that Obama & co are trying so hard to pit citizen against citizen and race against race. This has been done before in history and didn't end well.

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Posted by: bendan2000
You dumb fat republicans might be useful to your country if you didn't spend all your time sucking on diseased c0cks.
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The pressure of defending a worthless SOS like Obama must be getting to you.

Posted by: MikeJ9116 | July 18, 2010 2:22 AM | Report abuse

Couldn't Obama have vacationed in the Gulf?

Thousands of hard-hit businesses sure would have appreciated the President's visit to send the signal to other vacationers that it's safe to visit the Gulf region after the oil spill.

Many in the Gulf begged the President to alter his plans and pay a visit, but no dice! Why? Too good for us? Is the Gulf not elite and upper-crust enough? Were your 3-hour photo-op visits all the time you feel the people in the Gulf deserve?

Posted by: webmaster12 | July 18, 2010 1:18 AM | Report abuse

What this country needs is a truly LIBERAL president and congress and judiciary! And I forgive the reader for suspecting that this must be some kind of bad joke!

But the Democrats believe in "statism" --- not "liberalism."

They benefit from the imprecise American political terminology ---- we say "the government" here in the USA ---- rather than "the state." And that's a dangerous problem. Famous brands of statism in recent centuries have been Nazism, socialism, fascism, communism, and welfare statism ---- this last is sort of a mix of fascism and socialism.

Liberalism, on the other hand, is a political philosophy of small, cheap government ---- it is a constabulary ---- and the job of a liberal government is to enforce human rights within its own jurisdiction. I speak of the inalienable and perfectly-natural and universally-valid human rights of life, liberty, private property, and the pursuit of personal happiness.

The first article of private property is "the self" and all other rights are derivatives of and flow from these cardinal rights. These rights ----The Rights of Man ---- are the gift of nature or of nature's god ---- and they belong to all human beings, everywhere.

Show me a Democrat who subscribes to all of the above, without qualifications or weasel words. The words "liberal" and "liberalism" were hijacked by the Democrats and socialists and fascists long ago ---- and it was the mistake of conservatives and libertarians to let them get away with it.

It is long past time that liberalism be reclaimed, defined, and explained by its rightful owners ---- by the champions of freedom, i.e.: not by Democrats.

Well, how about "progressivism?" Whuzzat?! “Cancer” is “progressive,” too. Isn't “progressivism” just another statist cancer? It chews you up, piece by piece, in the name of Da Peepul? Eat Da Rich? Moral cannibalism, anyone?

Friends of freedom! Friends of peace-through-strength! And friends of prosperity! Declare yourselves to be "liberals," then ---- and kick over the bloody coffee tables --- and overthrow and trounce the Democrats in 2010 and 2012!

Posted by: OsamasPajamas | July 18, 2010 12:37 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: jato11
Our President is doing the best job possible.
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I agree, considering his limited intellect. Too bad his best isn't anywhere near good enough.

Posted by: MikeJ9116 | July 18, 2010 12:36 AM | Report abuse

SAM ADAMS IS MORE THAN JUST A GREAT YANKEE BEER!

TAX HATER SAMUEL ADAMS, ON A ROLL AND ARMED TO THE TEETH, AUGUST, 1776……

"You darkeners of counsel, who would make the property, lives and religion of millions depend on the evasive interpretations of musty parchments; who would send us to antiquated charters of uncertain and contradictory meaning, to prove that the present generation are not bound to be victims to cruel and unforgiving despotism, tell us whether our pious and generous ancestors bequeathed to us the miserable privilege of having the rewards of our honesty, industry, the fruits of those fields which they purchased and bled for, wrested from us at the will of men over whom we have no check.

"Contemplate the mangled bodies of your countrymen, and then say, What should be the reward of such sacrifices? Bid us and our posterity bow the knee, and supplicate the friendship, and plough, and sow, and reap, to glut the avarice of the men who have let loose on us the dogs of war to riot in our blood and hunt us from the face of the earth? If you love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom – go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.

“Courage, then, my countrymen, our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty. Dismissing, therefore, the justice of our cause, as incontestable, the only question is, What is best for us to pursue in our present circumstances?”

“It does not take a majority to prevail….but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”

“Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: first a right to life, secondly to liberty, and thirdly to property; together with the right to defend them in the best manner they can.”

“The Constitution shall never be construed… to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.”

Posted by: OsamasPajamas | July 18, 2010 12:28 AM | Report abuse

The Obamapologists here, those who lash out at those more observant and intuitive than themselves, would be wise to listen. We are not racists. We are not bigots. We are not "Republicans" or "Repugs." We are Americans who love America. We do not begrudge the Obamas a vacation, as some of you imply. We see what you do not, or will not. We see the destruction of our country at the hands of a selfish tyrant who despises America. Ignore what he says and watch what he does. Do you think he cares about YOU?

Posted by: VaMom4 | July 18, 2010 12:17 AM | Report abuse

America would be safer if OhBummer and his political party --- the OhBummer Wrecking Crew --- spent the remainder of his first [and last] term playing golf --- in Tahiti, maybe.

Posted by: OsamasPajamas | July 18, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Living small nyc,
I'm sorry is it Obamas fault your businesses failed?

And I think he'll be around in November because his term is not up. But don't let your ignorance get in the way of your strong opinions.

Who else is to blame for your failures? Just Obama or Clinton maybe?

Posted by: PhilSimms1986 | July 18, 2010 12:07 AM | Report abuse

The Democrats have this "enemies list" --- denominated in epithets aimed at the people whose wallets they wish to hijack and take up residence inside. You can be a ‘Racist!’ and you can be a ‘Homophobe!’ and you can be a ‘Teabagger!’ --- a homosexual man taking his partner's testicles into his mouth. You can be ‘Selfish!’ and you can be a ‘Hick!’ and you can be a ‘Rube!’ You can be a ‘Right-wing-nut!’ and you can be "Unenlightened!" and you can be a ‘Fascist!’ --- although no one more closely approaches the precise description of ‘Fascist!’ than the usual Demo propagandist --- either official, or self-appointed.

So all you have to do to occupy multiple epithets on the Demos' enemies list is to insist that they take their hands off yourself, off your wallet, off your property, off your kids, off your diet, off your healthcare, off your household appliances, off your car, off your weapons of self-defense, off your liberty, and off your freedom of speech. Insist on all these good things - and that qualifies you to be spat upon by nasty, mean-spirited scum --- by The Friends of All Mankind --- by a gang of lying, thieving, sticky-fingered, bloodsxcking, predatory humanitarian thugs --- by the Democrat party, in other words. No political party in the history of America more profoundly deserves absolute and outright destruction.

Posted by: OsamasPajamas | July 18, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Obama will go down in history as the worst president ever. How fitting that he is black. I love it! All of you idiots who voted for him now realizing the error of your ways. Soon, the democrats will be decimated in congress and Obama will be a one term joke.

Damn you for what you have done to a once great country. Your ignorance nauseates me.

Posted by: ontheright | July 18, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

OhBummer is a boob and a fool for attacking the American Tea Partiers. He is annoyed that they’re not grateful to him for hijacking the American healthcare system --- the greatest act of vandalism perpetrated upon the American people since a gang of jihadi frootloops and loonytoons hijacked some planes and crashed them into the World Trade Center towers, and the Pentagon, and made a failed attempt to crash into the White House and instead drilled a hole in a Pennsylvania farm thanks to some very courageous American passengers.

And --- now widely seen for what he is --- the president presents a problem for the Democrat-captured media. They pump out his propaganda for him --- and, like the opinion monitors in Ayn Rand’s novel, “Atlas Shrugged” --- they are dodging brickbats and rotten vegetables.

He’s pompous, pampered, and pretentious --- a pseudo-intellectual fop. He’s a glorified, smooth-lyin’ dandy, and slicker than Sick Willie Clinton. He’s a dictator-on-the-make, a bloodsxcking, predatory humanitarian thug, and a low-down skunk.

He’s a fraud and a swindler. He lies when he inhales and he lies when he exhales; his oxygen is the falsification of reality. He lies, placidly and laconically, as if deception were a soporific drug.

He’s a friend of the poor and the downtrodden --- indeed, you can hear the milk of human kindness sloshing around inside of him when he walks.

He declares himself the post-racial leader --- “Let me be clear!” he intones --- and he hides behind his race, daring his critics to put their reputation for fairness at risk.

He pauses to ponder the portent of his propaganda --- and it is fakery; he smiles and his mendacity comes shining through. Shake hands with Barak Hushpuppy OhBummer --- “The Mistake of ‘08” --- the illegal alien squatter in the White House --- and America’s first and last Arab president. Now count your fingers.

Posted by: OsamasPajamas | July 18, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

Gee Barry must be nice to relax. I have closed two companies since you have been in office and laid off over 1200 people. I am sure all those folks would like to getaway for a little rest and relaxation. It is really tiring to tell that many people they don’t have work and then Sheriff Joe tells us they probably never will have a job. Wow love Sheriff Joe’s comeback summer tour! Oh yeah, I forgot, Nancy told us those unemployment checks are really setting the economy on fire. How does that work when you make ¼ what you made when you were working.

So live it up now! I don’t think you and your team will be around starting in November!

Posted by: LivingSmallInNYC | July 17, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Gee Barry must be nice to relax. I have closed two companies since you have been in office and laid off over 1200 people. I am sure all those folks would like to getaway for a little rest and relaxation. It is really tiring to tell that many people they don’t have work and then Sheriff Joe tells us they probably never will have a job. Wow love Sheriff Joe’s comeback summer tour! Oh yeah, I forgot, Nancy told us those unemployment checks are really setting the economy on fire. How does that work when you make ¼ what you made when you were working.

So live it up now! I don’t think you and your team will be around starting in November!

Posted by: LivingSmallInNYC | July 17, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

This POSER in Chief is only doing what every Kennedy's done for the past 70 years...during a Crisis...

Posted by: Roy48 | July 17, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Ya! How rediculous to take a cuple days off! Comunist!! He should work every day of the weak for for years!! Otherwise he's a fashist who hates his cuntry. Or I shuld say he hates America, for a minute I almost forgot he's a kenyan Mooslim!! I cantt wate till the republicans take back the houwse this fall! Just remember with youir brain all the prosperity the form '00 to '06 when they controlled all 3(1...2...3 I did it!) branches of the govertmet. I wanst an unregulated commodities speculator using massive leverage to make millions, but I scraped by! Finally I'll be free again to listen to counrty music, watch cable news and the E Channel, burn books, and refuse to listen to logic or reason without "big brother" coming down on my Amerca!!!!

Maximilien Robespierre

Posted by: PhilSimms1986 | July 17, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

obama's are low rent trash that eats well on OUR MONEY. They should eat crap, that is all this dishonorable group deserves

Posted by: rcbeng | July 17, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Lobster for all! $100/pound wagyu steaks! The First Dog Bo gets flown to Maine on its own personal Lear jet! The most expensive coronation in history!

Is there any luxury that is too much for His Royal Highness King Obama the Loser? Obama lives in luxury that even the old Kings of Eurpoe dared not dream of, while the tiny few of the unwashed masses whose jobs haven't yet been destroyed by King Hussein slave away under a crushing tax and debt burden to pay for his love of the high life. And just wait for the massive job-killing tax increases to come next year!

Has there ever been a more arrogant, elitist, tone-deafvpresident ever? NO! Obama is the worst!!

Posted by: TruthWins | July 17, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Obongo afloat on a boat...priceless.

Now no one can question that he is not equal and level with the US Navy to order them around.

(The Founding fathers wanted the POTUS level in experience with those they Command).

He has flown on planes before so there was no question that he was qualified to order the US Air Force around.

hmmm hmmm hmmm

Posted by: dottydo | July 17, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Our President is doing the best job possible. Most of you idjets forget the mess left us by your boy wonderful. You forget the mocking of "weapons of mass destruction" by him in front of a group of reporters, the blind theft of the American Treasury (something his family excels at...I give you his brother and the Silverado Crisis, and his grandfather and the Truman Commission during the Second World War)...(though his dad was intelligent and sophisticated enough to apparently lay low) and now all you do is dump on our current and very intelligent and very capable President Obama. While the previous President's wife went out and killed someone by auto during her younger years all you have to say about our current First Lady is to comment upon her stunning self. And I mean every word of this.

So this leaves me with the concept of hate speech. You hate. The idiot of the Teabaggers gave a hate speech and than said it was all in fun...just like the 1933 German jokes were all in fun.

So in a nutshell, you hate more than anything else.
Haters you are.

Posted by: jato11 | July 17, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

what disgusting bile is being spewed in these comments. It certainly confirms my feeling that opposition to our President is based on hatred and nastiness and resentment, not substance.

Of course he is entitled to take a weekend break. (BTW - since when is TWO DAYS considered a vacation?!) Eating lobster is what everone does in Maine. walking and bicycling aren't exactly ostentatious activities.

The President works tremendously hard and is on call all the time; what pettiness to begrudge him a weekend outdoors with his family.

Go away, haters.

Posted by: cecilyk | July 17, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

President Obama and his family have the right to vacation wherever they want. But it would have been better for the Gulf area if they had practiced what they preached and went there. I guess that New England is more politically hospitable to him. They have vacationed there more than once already.

Posted by: bobbo2 | July 17, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

You should be appalled at the garbage that is residing in the White House.

Posted by: MikeJ9116 | July 17, 2010 10:04 PM
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I am ashamed of our "president" and fat FLOTUS.

Posted by: jjjjjj1 | July 17, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Nice Bo get's his own private jet to the vacation. Will he get to eat lobster too?

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | July 17, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

michelle's body mass index is off the charts! Did you see the picture of her on the hiking trail? she is a gigantic blob of fat!!!

Posted by: jjjjjj1 | July 17, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: blrpalms
I am appalled at the amount of hate being spewed forth in these comments.
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You should be appalled at the garbage that is residing in the White House.

Posted by: MikeJ9116 | July 17, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Lobster? That's nice. While the rest of us eat beans and rice one night, and rice and beans the next.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | July 17, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

After telling us to visit the gulf and help their recovery http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2010/06/14/2010-06-14_president_obama_want_to_help_the_gulf_come_down_and_spend_money.html, Mr. President took his family for a vacation just about as far from the gulf as you can get in the U.S.

Posted by: Chuckled | July 17, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: whocares666
... and the white ringers whine on and on and on...
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No, the decent people in this country are disgusted with the P.O.S.-In-Chief we have in the White House. People like you can't get your head far enough up his @$$.

Posted by: MikeJ9116 | July 17, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Rich liberals have the most fun. We little people are so happy for them.

Posted by: RossOdom | July 17, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

I am appalled at the amount of hate being spewed forth in these comments.

Is it only the angry and ignorant who post here?

Shame on all of you who can only hate and criticize...what have YOU done for your country?

I'll take President Obama's contributions and accomplishments over the sum total of the idiots who are being critical or down right nasty.

Posted by: blrpalms | July 17, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Hey Where is MY lobster?

If I am footing the bill, I at least want a taste

Posted by: les_gvt | July 17, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

If anyone needs more proof Obama doesn't give a cr@p about anyone but himself the this vacation will do it. Instead of setting an example to the country by vacationing in the Gulf area he goes to liberal land instead. This self absorbed idiot is completely disgusting and an embarrassment to this country.

Posted by: MikeJ9116 | July 17, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

... and the white ringers whine on and on and on...

Posted by: whocares666 | July 17, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Hands the strawman.

Posted by: Superpower | July 17, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm so sick and tired of this MUSLIM pResident not taking any action and ruining our reputation by cowtowing to these TERRORISTS in PAKISTAN. I just wish they would IMPEACH him over not taking care of this oil spill because he is in bed with BP. Maybe if we talk to our congressmen they will find a way to show his real BIRTH CERTIFICATE from indonesia. We need to have this tea party movement grow so that we can go back to the principles of our founding fathers. Allow slavery in certain states so that we can keep the minorities in line so they don't cause too much trouble. TEA PARTY '12!

Posted by: MrHands | July 17, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

19 months in office, 7 vacations and numerous rounds of golf.
"Where's Bin Laden, Barry?"

Posted by: ANTILIB | July 17, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm waiting for his trip to Kenya to fix his Birth Certificate and put it off limits to Americans like the rest of his ID docs and files .

Posted by: Dashark1 | July 17, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

There appears to be an intellectual void with it comes to Republicans and their ideas. They rely mostly on racism, bigotry and psuedo-patriotism to attract voters.

No wonder why most of the people who vote for a republican candidate are backward folks.

Posted by: tafari1_20001 | July 17, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Pres. Obama and his family are having a fun time in Maine. They even brought their dog. On a separate airplane! Why? There are hurting people in this country who can't even pay their mortgage or buy groceries for their family and our president (the elitist that he is) sends for his dog in another airplane on our taxpayer dollars? He really needs to be impeached. And pretending to be "very friendly" with other people on his vacation is a crock. He is probably thinking "These pee-ons make me sick. When can I go smoke my cigarettes and get the hell away from these low lives?" I can't stand this president....so arrogant and so incompetent!

Posted by: jefferson4 | July 17, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

A few days ago, Michelle Obama asked people to vacatin on FL panhandle beaches, to help the tourist industry down there.

Posted by: etronsen | July 17, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Pres. Obama and his family are having a fun time in Maine. They even brought their dog. On a separate airplane! Why? There are hurting people in this country who can't even pay their mortgage or buy groceries for their family and our president (the elitist that he is) sends for his dog in another airplane on our taxpayer dollars? He really needs to be impeached. And pretending to be "very friendly" with other people on his vacation is a crock. He is probably thinking "These pee-ons make me sick. When can I go smoke my cigarettes and get the hell away from these low lives?" I can't stand this president....so arrogant and so incompetent!

Posted by: jefferson4 | July 17, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Who would have thought; tyranny disguised as 'hope and change'. This is what happens when a cult of personality is ushered in without any scrutiny or examination of his ideological past. When you vote for tyranny, you get tyranny and The WaPo supported it every step of the way.

Posted by: Superpower | July 17, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

How cute...........

........the Liar in Chief is rubbing elbows with The Little People and looking for a hole to plug ???

Posted by: thgirbla | July 17, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Isn't that nice. Guess all the BP oil is cleaned up, eh?

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | July 17, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

DUMP OBAMA! HILLARY CLINTON IN 2012! Here's a black man, an M.D., who cannot stand Obama. He's done nothing for the black people - absolutely nothing. Bill Clinton was the best president for the black people, so I'm suggesting that we Democrats dump Obama and DRAFT HILLARY CLINTON FOR 2012! CLINTON IS THE ONLY CANDIDATE WHO CAN BEAT THE REPUBLICANS IN 2012. OBAMA IS A JOKE! HE'S TOXIC WASTE. WE NEED HILLARY CLINTON! CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT IN 2012! PASS IT ON!! PASS IT ON!!

Posted by: georges2 | July 17, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Hey Barry,
Instead of blaming Bush, why don't you ask your Secretary of State why her husband treated Bin Laden as a "Legal Issue" and not a threat to National Security?

Posted by: ANTILIB | July 17, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

A uniformed New Black Panther "Security Officer" in paramilitary garb at a polling place waves his night stick at a white poll observer and later says: “You are about to be ruled by the black man, cracker.”

Bartle Bull, a former civil rights lawyer and supporter of Robert F. Kennedy, declared this was "the most blatant form of voter intimidation I've ever seen."

But the politicized Obama DOJ thought otherwise and decided not to press charges. That’s when Adams quit and went public with this outrageous decision not to enforce the law.

As John Fund, a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, who gave credited RNLA as “a primary organization exposing ACORN’s crimes,” wrote:

In the first week of January, the Justice Department filed a civil lawsuit against the New Black Panther Party and three of its members, saying they violated the 1965 Voting Rights Act by scaring voters with the weapon, uniforms and racial slurs. When none of the defendants filed any response to the complaint or appeared in federal district court in Philadelphia to answer the suit, it appeared almost certain Justice would have prevailed by default. Instead, the department in May suddenly allowed the party and two of the three defendants to walk away. Against the third defendant, Minister King Samir Shabazz, it sought only an injunction barring him from displaying a weapon within 100 feet of a Philadelphia polling place for the next three years—action that's already illegal under existing law.

Posted by: Dashark1 | July 17, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Blowing bubbles could mean hard time:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGMTm3QRwEc

Posted by: grunk | July 17, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

You can't have it both ways.

We are either at peace. Or, we are at war.

Which is it?

Since American soldiers are dying EVERY DAY in combat, I assume we are at war.

That being the situation, it is untoward, gauche and tacky for the Commander-In-Chief to be laughing it up on family vacations while staff minions pen form letters of condolence to new widows, orphans, and Gold Star Mothers.

Posted by: mosthind | July 17, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

So far, Obama is averaging about 7 vacations for each 1 1/2 year of service. By the time he leaves office after 2012 he should be reaching his 17th, or so, of R&R. I wonder how many vacations of R&R our troops get when serving in Afghanistan or Iraq after the 3rd or 4th time?

Posted by: 45upnorth | July 17, 2010 7:21 PM
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So far 45upnorth is posting about zero comments that aren't Republican talking points. Are you calling a 3 day weekend a vacation? How much did you criticize Bush for taking the most vacation time of any president in history?

Posted by: Observer001 | July 17, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

catmomtx, who drug religion into this? You, can't quite contain the impulse to vent your bigotry can you? Who could have guessed.

Posted by: finn43 | July 17, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

President Barack Obama has played 41 rounds of golf since becoming president.

President George W. Bush played a total of 24 rounds of golf during his eight years in office. He played his 24th and last round on Oct. 13, 2003, saying he was ending the practice out of respect for the families of Americans killed in Iraq.

Posted by: geo82170 | July 17, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Did George Bush sign into law that a President can't play golf until the country was perfect? Did his not playing golf end either war? Did it keep our economy from collapsing? Get real people, Bush decided to not play golf because he thought it sounded good. He never gave up any other leisure activity did he? He didn't stop taking vacations, riding his bike, clearing brush in Crawford or anything else. President Obama never said he wouldn't play golf so what is the freaking big deal? Golf never ended, I'm sure any of you who play golf never stopped. You whiners are making a big deal over nothing. Get over it. The President is taking a break to spend time with his family. I don't understand why you good christian, family values people don't understand that and embrace it.

Posted by: catmomtx | July 17, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Michelle, the people have no rice and beans.

Welllll theennnn lettt themmmm eat Lobsteerrrrr.

F YOU OBAMAs

Posted by: ac7880 | July 17, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Not to mention that Obama set the record for most trips overseas and countries visited during his first year. Also, so much Kobi beef and lobster left to eat and so little time left to enjoy them. Isn't ice cream a dessert????

Posted by: jkwebby | July 17, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Why are the Republicans criticizing the president when Bush used to take off for the entire MONTH of August every year?

Maybe if Bush had been at his desk in DC instead of clearing brush in Crawford back in August, 2001, things might have gone a little differently a few weeks later.

Posted by: sslatten3 | July 17, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

So glad to see the royal family happily vacationing and the fawning minions in the media slavishly informing us of every banal detail and the amount of taxpayer money going up in flames. I didn't think we were a monarch any longer. Confused.

Posted by: sddave | July 17, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

The Obamas are having a great time as always while the number of people becoming homeless is increasing, people in the Golf or Mexico have lost their livelihood, and our soldiers are been killed by the Taliban every day, yet the Obamas enjoy life.
Posted by: rosalynneus | July 17, 2010 8:29 PM

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
Oh for goodness sakes! And what do you think President Obama can do about any of that over a three day weekend? How about you talk to your Senators and Representatives and find out what they are doing to tackle those issues. In case you don't know it, the President can do nothing on his own. Congress has to act and write bills.The President either signs the bills or vetoes them. That is the way it works. Congress on the other hand has a recess it seems every month. I sure didn't hear an outcry when Congress went on another of their many recesses and left thousands of people without unemployment benefits.

Posted by: catmomtx | July 17, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Make that the Compsot Fails to mention Barry's pooch being flown in on his own little jet.

Posted by: fe59 | July 17, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

He deserves it, he's had a busy summer thus far. Just this week a "financial reform" bill made its way through Con-gress that will help secure the patronage of the Have's of the financial sector,impose race/sex based quotas on ud, and further destroy small business and private enterprise in America. However it won't loosen up credit, his "stimulus" bill did that, didn't it, not.
As CIC he is still overseeing the squandering of our Blood Treasure and bleeding of our treasury in never-ending proxy wars of attrition whilst we gear up for a war with Iran and send dozens of our Naval Vessels with my fellow Marines aboard down to Costa Rica for who knows what.
And some 86 days after the explosion we have witnessed over 40 million gallons of Corexit 9500 (20x as toxic as any other artificial dispersant) spewed into the waters of the Gulf turning it into a dead zone.
There's more, but why don't we all just enjoy some lobster tail and melted butter, after all, we're picking up the tab.
Enjoy fellow serfs.Hoax and Chains.

Posted by: finn43 | July 17, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

What the Compost mentions Barry's mutt,no not Michelle,BO, being flown in on his own jet? I wonder if Dubya had flown his dog around out to his vacation site on a private jet if Barry's groupies at the Compost would have left that out? It is nice to see Barry mingling amongst the poor and downtrodden though at the fancy smancy tennis club founded by that pauper JP Morgan. On the bright side the lobster Barry and his family are dining on didn't come from the gulf so at least the east coast lobster fisherman are enjoying his latest taxpayer funded vacation.Amazing how the tone in this fish wrap has changed since Bush was in office.

Posted by: fe59 | July 17, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Republican hacks don't like it when Democrats spend weekends with their families. Republican hacks don't like traditional family values. Republican hacks want everybody to be on the job 24-7 just like their idol George W. Bush

Posted by: twm1 | July 17, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

He is so lazy! How about doing some work? He should be working overtime to create jobs and fix the oil spill in the Gulf. But nope. He just takes vacation after vacation....

Posted by: sunnyday1 | July 17, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Is this your best article?
The Obamas are having a great time as always while the number of people becoming homeless is increasing, people in the Golf or Mexico have lost their livelihood, and our soldiers are been killed by the Taliban every day, yet the Obamas enjoy life. Who wants to know about their schedulle,: bikking, playing tennis, etc. Be mpore aware and simpathetic of the rest and if you do not have anything good to report, take a quiet vacations with the obamas.

Posted by: rosalynneus | July 17, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

ericenderle wrote: "My family home up in Allegany County is sitting on a mountain ridge a couple hundred feet higher than that."

The peaks in Allegany County are not within eyesight of the shore, so they're not included in the comparison that says that Mt. Cadillac is the highest peak on the eastern seaboard.

Posted by: Ruperb | July 17, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

'Cadillac Mountain, at 1,530 feet the highest peak on the East Coast'

Who the hell wrote this article? My family home up in Allegany County is sitting on a mountain ridge a couple hundred feet higher than that. And we're considered 'lowlanders' by everyone up in Garrett County. LOL Fact check and proofread before opening your mouth. Or keyboard. Or whatever orifice you use to express yourself.

"It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."

-Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, George Eliot, etc. (or pick your own source)

Posted by: ericenderle | July 17, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse


Arriving in a small jet before the Obamas was the first dog, Bo, a Portuguese water dog given as a present by the late U.S. Sen Ted Kennedy, D-Mass.; and the president's personal aide Reggie Love

Isn't that special. Bo has his very own jet.

LOL !!

Elections of 2010 & 12 Cannot Come Soon Enough !

Posted by: FraudObama | July 17, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

I am always bemused by the commentary which abounds when the president (any president) takes time off. It cannot be reasonable to expect the president, or any working person for that matter, to work non-stop. It unhealthy for anyone, even a president, to go without some reprieve from the daily grind of work.
According to factcheck.org:
1. President Barack Obama has spent all or part of 26 days "on vacation" during his first year as president.
2. President George W. Bush – spent all or part of 69 days "vacation" trips came during his first year as president in 2001.
3. President Bill Clinton only took 21 "vacation" days during his first year.
4. President George H.W. Bush – spent all or part of 40 days during his first year "on vacation”.
5. President Ronald Reagan, in 1981, spent all or part of 42 days.
6. President Jimmy Carter - spent just 19 days "on vacation" in 1977.
Barack Obama, like his predecessors, was a husband and father before he became president, and in all likelihood will remain a husband whilst being daddy forever. And whilst his wife can wait until he’s out of office to resume a “normal” life; his growing children demand his time and attention now, not as president but as daddy, as did Jenna & Barbara Bush, Chelsea Clinton and, Amy Carter, et al. President Obama, like the every other parent and husband has a duty to dedicate time to family.
I would be worried if he didn't.

Posted by: BigFren | July 17, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

The dog was given it's own private jet to fly to the Obama's latest vacation. Let us eat cake.

Posted by: kitkat3 | July 17, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Hi ya'll

Posted by: ameriapp | July 17, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Destroying the country is very tiring. At least Barry can't do any damage on the golf course.

Posted by: Jack64 | July 17, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

..... toooo funnnyyyyy


Clarification: Today's story about the arrival of the Obamas said the Obama's dog and one aide arrived on a small jet before the First Family, but there were other occupants on the plane, including several other staffers. The presidential party took two small jets to the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport in Trenton because the airport was too small to accommodate the president's usual jet.

at least Joe took the train..........


Posted by: robof4 | July 17, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

..... toooo funnnyyyyy


Clarification: Today's story about the arrival of the Obamas said the Obama's dog and one aide arrived on a small jet before the First Family, but there were other occupants on the plane, including several other staffers. The presidential party took two small jets to the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport in Trenton because the airport was too small to accommodate the president's usual jet.

at least Joe took the train..........


Posted by: robof4 | July 17, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

"the group had been holding anti-war protests every Sunday, rain or shine, beginning the week after Sept. 11, 2001, but ending on the day Obama was elected, "to give him a chance."

Asked whether Saturday's event meant that the protests will resume, Ryan said the group will "probably have a discussion about that."

"It's a big commitment," she said, adding: "We live in paradise."

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TRANSLATION: It was done only to get LIBERALS IN POWER!

Posted by: JoshinFahaheel | July 17, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

President Barack Obama has played 41 rounds of golf since becoming president.

President George W. Bush played a total of 24 rounds of golf during his eight years in office. He played his 24th and last round on Oct. 13, 2003, saying he was ending the practice out of respect for the families of Americans killed in Iraq.

Posted by: geo82170 | July 17, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

So far, Obama is averaging about 7 vacations for each 1 1/2 year of service. By the time he leaves office after 2012 he should be reaching his 17th, or so, of R&R. I wonder how many vacations of R&R our troops get when serving in Afghanistan or Iraq after the 3rd or 4th time?

Posted by: 45upnorth | July 17, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

So far, Obama is averaging about 7 vacations for each 1 1/2 year of service. By the time he leaves office after 2012 he should be reaching his 17th, or so, of R&R. I wonder how many vacations of R&R our troops get when serving in Afghanistan or Iraq after the 3rd or 4th time?

Posted by: 45upnorth | July 17, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Okay, everyone needs a vacation. However, why didn't he set a good example and spend a couple of days with his family at a gulf coast resort? The Gulf Coast needs all the positive publicity it can get.

When your the POTUS everything you do matters!!!!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | July 17, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

But, Why is Obama Destroying America. If you truly want to know what is going on; Then you will have to accept these things as the TRUTH. Once you understand the following things; All things will be understood. So I tell you Obama is the Anti-Christ, Satan on Earth, Lawless One, or what ever else you want to call this Demonic Figure. His words describe him, He is a False Hope, If you listen to him you will love him. He carries a Bow without an Arrow. He will conquer all through his speech, his false hoods will capture all who sit and listen to him.
2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
11And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Posted by: makom | July 17, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse


President Barack Obama and his family are vacationing on the coast of Maine this weekend.

Best to stay away from the gulf coast with all that oil on the beaches.
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Posted by: geo82170 | July 17, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

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