Obama splits town

President Barack Obama: Congress should stay in town but he won't . (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

After scolding Congressional Republicans for failing to work hard at resolving the debt crisis — and urging Congress to stay in town over the July 4th holiday and act — President Barack Obama packed his bags and headed to Camp David for a vacation.

In an astounding show of political hypocrisy the scolder-in-chief practiced the old Washington art of “don’t do as I do, do as I say.”

Obama flees Washington after issuing a long list of one-liners aimed at the GOP.

He claimed his daughters accomplish more with their homework than Congress does in dealing with the debt crisis, bringing back — to some — visions of former one-term Democratic President Jimmy Carter‘s incredible admission that he once turned to his daughter Amy for advice on nuclear policy.

“There is more activity in a nursing home than there is in the House under the GOP majority,” Obama said.

While no one can claim with a straight face that Congress accomplishes much, hearing one politician claim he is more adult than another is — in itself — childish.

Obama, like everyone else in the messy debt-limit debacle, is posturing and jockeying for position. He knows full well that nothing will happen until the last minute and that the blame for the delay lies as much with his own party as with recalcitrant Republicans.

Governing is not a high priority on either end of the National Mall. Both the White House and Congress play politics while Americans suffer in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression and that will not stop after August 2 when the debt ceiling is extended — as it most certainly will.

With public approval of both parties in the crapper, voters head into the 2012 election year with more pessimism about the future.  Polls show 39 percent of Americans believe the economy will never recover and that it doesn’t matter which party is in control of Congress or living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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10 Responses to "Obama splits town"

  1. Eddie Caplan  July 1, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Oh, come on, Doug. Isn’t Camp David about 70 miles (30 minute helicopter ride) away from the White House? It’s not like he went to Mars or China. Many Washington workers have longer daily commutes.

    Obama will have plenty of time to return if Congress shows any sign at all of doing a damn thing. More, Obama may be able to get people to come to Camp David for some behind-the-scenes negotiating away from prying eyes in DC.

  2. Sandune  July 1, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Eddie, it is simply a set up organized by the GOP to destroy President Obama’s every move. The GOP is so determined to accomplish this that they are throwing America away to remove Obama before the election.

    The GOP is being led by God as somewhere during these campaigns the RNC turned over the party to a higher power. This push by the religious right has taken down many nations and America is just another source for their power of salvation.

    They opened a can of worms that can not be closed before our freedom-loving constitution is trashed. I am no fan of President Obama but I fear the terrorist actions from the Republicans far more. This change of values from freedom into full handing over our authority to God is like feeding sugar pudding to someone dying of diabetes. The last thing America needs at this time is comfort food!

    Few are willing to work for a third party so we are stuck with no place to go.

  3. ray  July 1, 2011 at 10:37 am

    not only as eddie said but what kind of work should the president be doing if congress is doing nothing? … should he be doing nothing publicly too?? this is the same kind of nonsensical rubbish i would have expected from conservatives … get big and editorialize on the real issues

  4. Almandine  July 1, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Nailed it, Doug… just a little too calmly for my taste.

  5. freecitizen  July 1, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    In an astounding show of political hypocrisy the scolder-in-chief practiced the old Washington art of “don’t do as I do, do as I say.”

    Doug, you can go back all the way to the beginning of Obama’s run for the WH and compare most of what he said then and what he has done for 2 1/2 years as president and what you should easily notice is the rank Hypocrisy of Obama! The biggest and most obvious hypocritical fraud I have seen in the WH in my lifetime!(Of course they are all liars).

    With public approval of both parties in the crapper, voters head into the 2012 election year with more pessimism about the future. Polls show 39 percent of Americans believe the economy will never recover and that it doesn’t matter which party is in control of Congress or living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

    Exactly, but I guarentee that the public (Idiots) will continue to keep these criminals in power!

  6. Carl Nemo  July 1, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Good editorial Doug concerning our ‘vactioner in chief’. In fact, “Mr. Casual” has been acting like he and his family are simply on a extended visit to the White House for the past 2.5 years.

    He’s definitley a single term President, unfortunately whoever replaces him won’t be able to turn things about due to the fact our Congressional contingent is totally and absolutely corrupt to the core.

    We’re headed for a hardcore depression in the event the U.S. gets whacked with a credit downgrade due to its seemingly imminent insolvency.

    The “haves and have mores” per a G.W. Bush quote will do just fine with the obscene largesse they’ve acquired by pirating the U.S. economy and Treasury during the past decade or more while the suffering in the streets will be great. Seemingly they’ll have lots of desperate, cheap labor to manage their estates and to manicure the grounds. Life has definitely been made even ‘cheaper’ under their tenure of many years; the end result being this nation devolving into an emergent duopolist controlled ‘banana republic’. : |

    Carl Nemo **==

  7. woody188  July 1, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    I’m reminded of a certain decider who claimed he wouldn’t rest until Osama bin Laden was captured or killed, then exclaimed, “Now watch this drive!” from the fairway of the golf course.

    • logtroll  July 2, 2011 at 10:08 pm

      I’m reminded of people so addicted to their vice that they scour parking lots looking for butts to smoke…

      • Carl Nemo  July 2, 2011 at 11:10 pm

        “…so addicted to their vice that they sour parking lots looking for butts…” …extract from post

        That vice being what…? People criticizing the order of the day simply as a function of a bad habit to do so logtroll? I know he’s only 30 minutes from D.C. by chopper, but what the heck it’s fun to hassle our current decider in chief’s ambient lifestyle…no? : )

        I’m looking for smokin’ butts in parking lots, but more of the J lo variety… : D

        Carl Nemo **==

  8. Carl Nemo  July 2, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    “…they sour parking lots…” .,..extract from post extract

    should read: “…they scour parking lots…”

    My apologies logtroll. That will teach me to simply cut and past rather than to keyboard enter someone else’s commentary after having read it without focusing my aged eyes on the finished content. : (

    Carl Nemo **==

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