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Obama off to Martha’s Vineyard for yet another vacation. He’s Bushed.

REAL CLEAR POLITICS: White House press secretary Jay Carney defends President Obama’s upcoming 10 day trip to Martha’s Vineyard. Carney is asked why the President is taking such a vacation when he constantly says he “will not rest” until the jobs issue is resolved. Here is the exchange:

Jake Tapper, ABC News: “You said the President will not rest until the joblessness and the economy are worked out, but the President is obviously going on vacation. But I was wondering, Is there any concern — I understand that it takes two to tango in Washington. We went over that the other day. You need the Congress to be in Washington. We went over that the other day about whether or not you guys should call Congress to come back. Is there any concern about the impression that the President going to Martha’s Vineyard for 9 or 10 days might leave on the American people? And also, if this is such an important issue for Speaker Boehner, for Harry Reid, for President Obama, why the R&R?”

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LA Times: Obama’s Rio Vacation Raises Eyebrows

LA TIMES: There may be no good time for a busy president to leave the country, but President Obama arrives Saturday in Brazil for a five-day, three-nation swing that comes as jittery Americans brace for a military showdown in Libya and clouds of radioactivity waft eastward from Japan.

The timing of the visit left White House advisors a bit defensive; they insisted that Obama would remain on top of fast-moving events despite his absence from the communications and military command hubs in Washington.

“You can’t allow what’s happening in the world to consume the presidency,” said Daniel Pfeiffer, Obama’s communications director. “You have to be able to walk, chew gum and juggle at the same time.”

Giving the trip a domestic spin, Obama’s advisors said the stops in Brazil, Chile and El Salvador were important to expanding trade and creating job opportunities for a U.S. population that is slowly recovering from the global recession.

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The Invisible Obama

JOHN PODHORETZ-NEW YORK POST: Where is the president? The world is beset. Moammar Khadafy is moving relentlessly to crush the Libyan revolt that once promised the overthrow of one of the world’s most despicable regimes.

So where is the president?

Japan may be on the verge of a disaster that dwarfs any we have yet seen. A self-governing nation like the United States needs its leader to take full measure of his position at times of crises when the path forward is no longer clear.

This is not a time for leadership; this is the time for leadership.So where is Barack Obama?

The moment demands that he rise to the challenge of showing America and the world that he is taking the reins. How leaders act in times of unanticipated crisis, in which they do not have a formulated game plan and must instead navigate in treacherous waters, defines them.

Obama is defining himself in a way that will destroy him.

It is not merely that he isn’t rising to the challenge. He is avoiding the challenge. He is Bartleby the President. He would prefer not to.

He has access to a microphone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If he tells the broadcast networks in the middle of the day that he has a major address to deliver on an unprecedented world situation, they will cancel their programming for him.

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Death toll estimate climbs to 25,000 in Japan. Obama heads to Rio for vacation.

U.K. DAILY MAIL: The terrible toll of Japan’s double disaster became clearer today as it emerged as many as 25,000 people could be dead.

As rescue crews trawled through mile after mile of tsunami-stricken wasteland, officials from the coastal town of Ishinomaki confirmed that 10,000 of their citizens were missing.

The unimaginable figure is the same given as in the town of Minamisanriku, also in Miyagi state, which lost around half its population when it was razed to the ground by the 20 foot high wall of water.

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Obama family all set to enjoy the sights in sun-dappled Rio

FORBES: President Barack Obama will take his first official trip to Brazil this weekend where he will speak in the
popular Cinelandia Square in downtown Rio de Janeiro. Access, of course, will be tightly restricted and security measures so secretive that not even the Embassy or US Consulate in Rio know exactly how it’s all going to go down. Obama’s speech will be free and open to the public and take place around 15:00 local time (14:00 EST). Access to the square will begin at 11:30, and is sure to draw a crowd. Obama is popular in Brazil. One politician seeking office in Rio actually changed his name to Barack Obama in 2008 to solicit votes. He didn’t win.

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And here’s the fun-loving Obama making his NCAA B-Ball picks before jetting to Rio

Obama takes family on vacation to sun-drenched, bikini-clad Rio . . . as world burns

TWIN CITIES PIONEER PRESS: A dizzying succession of major world events is bombarding a president who insists on controlling his own time, emotions and political message.

With Japan’s nuclear crisis teetering on the verge of catastrophe, with Libya and Bahrain in violent turmoil, and with financial markets crashing in response, President Barack Obama has been adamantly sticking to his own political and policy playbook.

That has meant muscling past the red-siren headlines to hammer away at the jobs-and-education message that will be the centerpiece of his 2012 campaign, the kind of discipline that is a hallmark of his new senior adviser, David Plouffe.

And it also meant refusing to scrap a five-day trip to Latin America on Friday that will take him to sun-dappled Rio de Janeiro, among other places, rather than staying home to focus on the increasingly disastrous international news confronting his crisis-weary White House.

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Here’s Obama giving us his NCAA Basketball picks. The world could not wait for his brilliance on this.

A trivial man who occupies himself with trivial pursuits

Gaddafi goes in for the kill, as Obama dithers (completes NCAAP B-Ball picks, jets to Rio)

Gaddafi knows empty-suit Obama will do nothing.

REUTERS: Muammar Gaddafi’s forces pushed towards the Libyan rebel stronghold of Benghazi on Wednesday and his government predicted victory within days while world powers debated imposing a no-fly zone to help stop him.

Foreign powers condemn the crackdown but show little appetite for action to support an uprising that was inspired by pro-democracy rebellions that toppled the Egyptian and Tunisian presidents. A Gaddafi victory and a crackdown on protests in Bahrain could turn the tide in the region against pro-democracy movements.

Supporters of a no-fly zone to halt Libyan government air strikes on rebels circulated a draft resolution at the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that would authorise one, but other states said questions remained.

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THE UN-LEADER: Obama refuses to seize reins as crises pile up. NCAA B-Ball picks, golf, Gridiron dinner jokes more important.

FOX NEWS: A conflict approaching civil war in Libya. An end-times tsunami in Japan. A Congress that can’t reach a budget.

And … gender inequality?

The topic of President Obama’s weekend radio address has raised some eyebrows, as Obama has met mounting crises with the same restraint and cool that characterized his slow-and-steady campaign for president. To some critics, the tone set by the White House in light of recent upheaval may hurt the president’s public image.

Amid chaos around the world and on Capitol Hill, Obama’s Saturday radio address was devoted to Women’s History Month and a call to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, a proposal meant to address the income gap between men and women. Then, the president went golfing at Andrews Air Force Base.

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Instead of leading in tough times, Obama announces his NCAA Basketball picks

Cataclysm in Japan. Quadafy slaughtering thousands. U.S. economy in free-fall, while Obama occupies himself with trivial pursuits.

WHITE HOUSE DOSSIER: The Middle East is afire with rebellion, Japan is imploding from an earthquake, and the battle of the budget is on in the United States, but none of this seems to be deterring President Obama from a heavy schedule of childish distractions.

The newly installed tandem of White House Chief of Staff William Daley and Senior Adviser David Plouffe were supposed to impart a new sense of discipline and purpose to the White House. Instead, they are permitting him to showcase himself as a poorly focused leader who has his priorities backward.

This morning, as Japan’s nuclear crisis enters a potentially catastrophic phase, we are told that Obama is videotaping his NCAA tournament picks and that we’ll be able to tune into ESPN Wednesday to find out who he likes.

Saturday, he made his 61st outing to the golf course as president, and got back to the White House with just enough time for a quick shower before heading out to party with Washington’s elite journalists at the annual Gridiron Dinner.

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After day of golfing, Obama parties it up at Gridiron Club . . . while 10,000 die in Japan, Quadafy slaughters rebels, U.S. economy collapses

WASHINGTON POST: It took three attempts, but the Gridiron Club — a vestige of swampland-era Washington — finally got President Obama to show up for their annual dinner Saturday night. And yet what did they get? No respect, we tell you — no respect!

How exciting, the president told the 650 guests at the downtown Renaissance Hotel, to be meeting at a time when great change is sweeping the world and driving out the old regimes.

Pause. “Look out, Gridiron Club.”

By that point, though, Obama had already been serenaded by a gang of Gridiron members, impersonating the
GOP House leadership while dressed as Hell’s Angels, about how they’re “gonna block Barack around the clock,” to the tune of the old Bill Haley song.

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Obama hits the golf course on Saturday

ABC NEWS: For the second week in a row, the most powerful man in the world stepped away from the White House to hit the golf course.

Even as his administration and the U.S. military help Japan recover from a devastating earthquake, and as the
world worries about Fukushima’s nuclear reactor, the president could not resist taking advantage of the 48-degree weather in the Washington, D.C., area.

The president left the White House Saturday afternoon for a short trip to Joint Andrews Base in Camp Springs, Md.

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More than 10,000 dead likely in Japan

Quadafy bombs rebels. Tightens grip on power . . . while Obama parties, golfs, and lets France lead on Libya

Gasoline Prices Since Obama Became President

Shhhh. Obama hits links in midst of Japan Tsunami cataclysm, while Quadafy slaughters thousands and U.S. economy collapses

This is his second time golfing this week.

It only makes sense if you just assume all going exactly according to the Community Organizer’s plan — that is, a worldwide collapse is now unfolding.

ABC NEWS: President Obama just could not wait for spring weather to arrive.

For the second week in a row, the most powerful man in the world stepped away from the White House to hit the golf course.

Even as his administration and the U.S. military help Japan recover from a devastating earthquake, and as the world worries about Fukushima’s nuclear reactor, the president could not resist taking advantage of the 48-degree weather in the Washington, D.C., area.

The president left the White House Saturday afternoon for a short trip to Joint Andrews Base in Camp Springs, Md.

With cloudy skies, it’s not the best weather for golf, but Obama loves to spend his Saturdays on the greens. Last fall, Obama went golfing darn near every weekend.

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