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Sun Aug 17, 2014, 01:03 PM

 

Obama Heading Back To DC In Rare Vacation Break

Source: Associated Press

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) -- President Barack Obama is getting off the island.

In a rare move for him, the president planned a break in the middle of his Martha's Vineyard vacation to return to Washington on Sunday night for unspecified meetings with Vice President Joe Biden and other advisers.

The White House has been cagey about why the president needs to be back in Washington for those discussions.

Part of the decision appears aimed at countering criticism that Obama is spending two weeks on a resort island in the midst of so many foreign and domestic crises.

Yet those crises turned the first week of Obama's vacation into a working holiday. He made on-camera statements on U.S. military action in Iraq and the clashes between police and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. He called foreign leaders to discuss the tensions between Ukraine and Russia, as well as between Israel and Hamas.

Read more: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBAMA_VACATION?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-08-17-11-37-07



Hmmm... Something is a brewing.

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Reply Obama Heading Back To DC In Rare Vacation Break (Original post)
Purveyor Aug 2014 OP
Sunlei Aug 2014 #1
4139 Aug 2014 #2
albino65 Aug 2014 #3
Amonester Aug 2014 #8
Helen Borg Aug 2014 #13
underthematrix Aug 2014 #11
Demeter Aug 2014 #14
The Green Manalishi Aug 2014 #12
Cha Aug 2014 #17
alp227 Aug 2014 #4
Strelnikov_ Aug 2014 #5
sadoldgirl Aug 2014 #6
amandabeech Aug 2014 #7
alsame Aug 2014 #9
quadrature Aug 2014 #10
Historic NY Aug 2014 #15
onehandle Aug 2014 #16
Cha Aug 2014 #18

Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Aug 17, 2014, 01:24 PM

1. Something very, very, very, GOOD.

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Response to Sunlei (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 17, 2014, 01:31 PM

2. Immigration... Do it with the house and senate still out. Nm

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Aug 17, 2014, 01:35 PM

3. Why are people such idiots?

 

The President is never on "vacation". He might be in different venues, but with today's technology he is never away. The job never ends. Contrary to that, congress is on a permanent vacation.

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Response to albino65 (Reply #3)

Sun Aug 17, 2014, 02:34 PM

8. Chimpy had an 8-year-long vacation...

during which he barely never stopped getting drunk

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Response to Amonester (Reply #8)

Sun Aug 17, 2014, 07:10 PM

13. Chimpy took over 350 days off!

Not counting weekends and official Holidays! Can you believe it?

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Response to albino65 (Reply #3)

Sun Aug 17, 2014, 05:26 PM

11. well I think some people are idiots on purpose

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Response to underthematrix (Reply #11)

Sun Aug 17, 2014, 07:35 PM

14. That would explain a lot. You may be correct.

 

The Victorians would have called it "disingenuous" behavior.

It isn't a compliment, either.

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Response to albino65 (Reply #3)

Sun Aug 17, 2014, 06:38 PM

12. Symbolism.

Sometimes it's the right thing to do.


OF COURSE the POTUS could get the same information and access the same resources from nearly anywhere (To be fair, this applies to GWB, too, there was nothing Cheney couldn't tell him to do at Crawford that Cheney would tell him to do at the White House.) but at times any leader has to be on the scene for the sake of symbolism.

At least in my observation and opinion.

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Response to albino65 (Reply #3)

Mon Aug 18, 2014, 04:03 AM

17. Exactly.. just a change of scenery from DC. He doesn't have to be IN the White House to

do his job. It's not like it's last century.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Aug 17, 2014, 01:44 PM

5. I think it is Iraq


Couple of articles yesterday provided clues as to how bad the IS problem is.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Aug 17, 2014, 01:57 PM

6. If it should be the situation in Iraq,

then he needs more permission from Congress for further military action. How can he do that, when Congress is on vacation?

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Response to sadoldgirl (Reply #6)

Sun Aug 17, 2014, 02:33 PM

7. The Iraq War Resolution may still be in place, or at least the President's legal advisers

 

may be able to make that case without wincing too badly.

On the other hand, the President may just ignore it and let Boehner sue at some point.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Aug 17, 2014, 03:16 PM

9. It was planned in advance

This article is from Aug. 8.

Obama’s Two-Week Martha’s Vineyard Vacation Has a Pre-Planned Interruption

President Barack Obama’s two-week vacation to Martha’s Vineyard begins on Saturday, but this year, it will be sandwiched around a short trip back to the nation’s capital.

In what the Associated Press calls an “odd move,” the President will return to the White House for meetings halfway through his vacation. A supposed two-week trip is now two shorter trips so that he can attend some meetings with White House officials. He’ll be on the island from Aug. 9 to 17, and then from Aug. 19 to 24.

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2014/08/08/obama-two-week-martha-vineyard-vacation-has-pre-planned-interruption/k81HM7OECyIZw5afpuSCZN/story.html

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Aug 17, 2014, 03:50 PM

10. when is the memorial service for Michael? ....nt

 

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Aug 17, 2014, 08:26 PM

15. Hope he calls that slacker congress back into special session.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Aug 17, 2014, 11:08 PM

16. Are we finally going to jail Congressional Republicans for their actions to destroy America?

C'mon, Obama. Be the tyrant they say you are.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Mon Aug 18, 2014, 04:04 AM

18. I think it's Michael Brown.

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