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This video shows who the “lazy” one is
JONAH GOLDBERG-NATIONAL REVIEW: Congratulations, average American! It’s your turn to be blamed for President Obama’s — and America’s — problems. This is the biggest honor you’ve won since Time magazine named “you” the Person of the Year.Being the root cause of our dire national predicament puts you in some very august company indeed. You are joining the ranks of George W. Bush, the Japanese tsunami, the Arab Spring, Wall Street fat cats, and other luminaries, both living and merely anthropomorphized. Last week at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, Obama explained, “We’ve been a little bit lazy over the last couple of decades. We’ve kind of taken for granted — ‘Well, people would want to come here’ — and we aren’t out there hungry, selling America and trying to attract new businesses into America.”
The White House and its proxies insist that Obama wasn’t talking about Americans per se. He just meant we’ve been lazy about attracting foreign investment.
We’ll come back to that in a minute. For now, let’s take him at his word.
More examples of Obama “leading” America
This is one of the strangest P.R. debacles in Presidential history. With this middle finger to an America in recession, it’s almost as though he’s trying to be hated.
JOHN HAYWARD-HUMAN EVENTS: Barack Obama9 clicks’s misadventures in Martha’s Vineyard are some of the stranger unforced public-relations errors in recent memory. Spending a fortune to jet off to a fabled playground of the rich, while the country suffers from his recessionary economic policies, was a bizarre slap in the face to an electorate that has already come to view this President as arrogant and out-of-touch. “Optics” matter. Camp David is a nice vacation spot, too.
Naturally, Obama played a lot of golf on vacation. Part of the problem with skipping off to the golf course so frequently is that when he plays a lot of golf on vacation, he gets heat for it. Upon learning that Obama “played the trifecta” by hitting all three of the big golf courses in Martha’s Vineyard, Downgrade America finds itself wondering how much that costs.
The snarky White House response of asking about Speaker John Boehner’s handicap was a disaster. It’s childish, it keeps people talking about the President’s incessant putting, it diminishes the stature of an office we like to think of as uniquely important, and it puts Obama in the middle of a very large glass house with stones in his hands.
Developments in Obama’s Libyan war didn’t cut his vacation short, and the Great D.C. Quake didn’t even pull him off the links. The latter incident is a relatively minor criticism – nothing happening in post-apocalypse D.C. required him to scoot off to a command post – but it looks really bad in context. Repeated images of Obama’s disengagement produce the kind of “optics” that play on an IMAX screen.
Obama says he’ll unveil a new economic plan sometime after his 11-day vacation in posh Martha’s Vineyard.
BLOOMBERG: U.S. stocks slumped after Morgan Stanley cut its forecast for global growth and government data showed that jobless claims rose and consumer inflation accelerated more than forecast.
Bank of America Corp. (BAC) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) dropped more than 3.2 percent after Sweden’s financial regulator said his country’s lenders must do more to prepare for a worsening in Europe’s debt crisis that could freeze interbank markets and cut off funding. Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) and Ford Motor Co. (F) declined at least 4.4 percent, pacing losses in companies which are most- tied to economic growth. Alcoa Inc. (AA) and Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) retreated more than 2.3 percent as commodity prices sank.
The S&P 500 slumped 2.6 percent to 1,162.99 at 9:33 a.m. in New York. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 275.22 points, or 2.4 percent, to 11,134.99.
“It’s almost like a worldwide buyers strike,” Michael Mullaney, who helps manage $9.5 billion at Fiduciary Trust in Boston, said in a telephone interview. “There’s a continued general malaise on global economic activity. People continue to downgrade their expectations on growth on a worldwide basis. There’s concern about funding problems. That’s making us very nervous here and as such we want to take risk out of portfolios at least for the immediate future.”
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?”
He’s doing this even as a record 55% of Americans have no summer vacation plans this year due to Obamanomics.
MARGERY EAGAN-BOSTON HERALD: I love my summer vacation. I like President Obama more than most of you.
But a new Marist Poll says that for the first time ever a majority of American adults — 55 percent — will not be booking a summer vacation this year. They’re too worried about jobs and money. The “Staycation” of 2009 has morphed into the “Naycation” of 2011.
But Obama, who’s got us panicked over this debt-ceiling stalemate, will soon be off — again — to Blue Heron Farm, Martha’s Vineyard. Check out the pictures of this “farm” online. You practically drool. It looks like the centerfold of “Town & Country,” the magazine for aspiring zillionaires.
But unless Obama fixes this fiscal disaster — now — he can’t go. He should have a staycay like the rest of us.
Instead, he’ll be looking at 28 acres on the water from a pristine white Victorian farm house handsomely appointed with Restoration Hardware-style chairs and tables on an elegant patio. There’s also a reconstructed Pennsylvania hay barn dating back to the 1800s and a boat house for the Boston Whalers and catamarans to cruise Tisbury Great Pond. Plus a golf green and pool and flower gardens, vegetable gardens and apple orchard — not a droopy leaf in site. And don’t forget the basketball court.
Let’s call it a Barack-acation.
“My name is Barack Obama, of the Moneygall Obamas.”
He sure looks Irish. Turns out his roots there consist of an 8th cousin in Moneygall.
No shout-outs so far for the Tornado victims in Joplin, Missouri
REUTERS: President Barack Obama declared solidarity between the United States and economically struggling Ireland with a symbolic gulp of beer and a rousing speech, telling a huge Dublin crowd on Monday: “Your best days are still ahead.”
Beginning a four-nation European tour with a celebration of his Irish roots, Obama came to Ireland as what one man called a “long-lost cousin.”
Crowds packed the streets for both a stirring speech in Dublin and a visit to the tiny village of Moneygall, where an ancestor of Obama’s lived before moving to the United States.
Michelle adopts windswept look
Says she’s a big “Jedward” fan
And here’s “Jedward” . . . It’s a great look for Michelle.
Michelle appears to be going for the “Jedward” look.
Here’s the mammoth Obama limo bottoming out on a speed bump
The First Family was then moved to a new limo. You would think the First Family would be in a car that could not be stopped by a routine speed bump. What’s up with that?
Someone in the security detail will, no doubt, be in the hot seat over this.
THE HILL: Somebody in the White House had the presence of mind to tell
the president that perhaps taking the kids to visit the Mayan ruins wouldn’t be the best thing to do when he has just ordered our Air Force to start bombing Libya.
The truly fascinating question is, What took him so long to make that decision?
The president’s trip to South America has been billed as a trade mission. And of course, trade is an important part of any strategy to boost our economy. Unless, of course, you are part of the union leadership, which has desperately tried to sink all trade agreements, including ones with Colombia and Panama. And by the way, the unions happen to be to biggest supporters of this president.
The Mayan civilization collapsed, scholars say, in either the 8th or 9th century. One theory holds that the reason for its decline was the collapse of trade routes, which would make the president’s visit somewhat germane in that our economy will collapse if we don’t keep trading. But that’s a pretty big stretch in the best of circumstances.
ASSOCIATED PRESS: Immersing himself in Brazil’s poverty and pride, President Barack Obama on Sunday held up the South American nation as a model of democratic change in a time of uprisings and crackdowns across the Arab world and yet another war front for the United States.
From Rio’s glamorous beaches to a notorious slum to an elegant theater, Obama glimpsed the city’s cultural extremes and offered the kind of personal engagement that can pay political dividends for years. Less than one day after announcing U.S. military strikes against Libya’s government, Obama made time to kick a soccer ball around with kids in a shantytown.
The competing stories of Obama’s itinerary — a war front in Africa, an economic commitment to South America — divided his time in incongruous ways. By morning, he spoke with his security team about the international assault against Moammar Gadhafi’s defenses; by night, he stood atop Corcovado Mountain and drank in Rio’s storied statue of Christ the Redeemer and the city lights far below.
Meanwhile, U.S. warplanes pounded faraway Libya.
Here are some especially bad optics from his Brazil vacation
Cancels public speech in square. Cancels press conference.
NY DAILY NEWS: The president landed in Brazil Saturday morning for the start of a three-nation Latin American tour, while a right-wing chorus back home assailed him for traveling while emergencies and chaos reign in Libya and Japan.
The administration says the main goal of Obama’s trip is to strengthen economic partnerships and foster job creation in the U.S.
“As we respond to these immediate crises abroad, we also will not let up in our efforts to tackle the pressing, ongoing challenges facing our country, including accelerating economic growth. That’s why, over the weekend, I’ll be in Latin America,” Obama said in his weekly address.
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.