Jake Tapper asked the President where he has been over the last four years on issues regarding gun control. Obama, looking quite irritated responded by saying, “here’s where I’ve been Jake. I’ve been President of the United States dealing with the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, an auto industry on the verge of collapse, two wars, um, I don’t think I’ve been on vacation.”
That is so interesting Mr. President, so interesting in fact I had to look a few things up. First, according to multiple sources, including the White House, our economy has been back for several years. I think the Vice-President even kicked of the recovery summer way back in June, 2010. So that leaves two years at least for him to have done something. The Auto Industry Bailouts were even before that and started under Bush, so I guess that can’t really be taking up all of his time. Two wars; yes, there are those wars that are winding down. I guess as commander-in-chief you do have to sit in the War Room all day looking over battlefield maps, strategy planning, meeting with top generals, allocating troop resources, and God only knows how much other stuff he has to do with these two wars. Why I bet right now, as I type this he is at the Pentagon receiving field briefings on the current state of the wars.
I’m going to say that it is much more likely that Obama is planning his $4 million Hawaiian Christmas vacation. Or he could be looking over old photos of one of his many luxurious vacations in Hawaii or Martha’s Vineyard. Let’s not, however, begrudge the President for taking a vacation here and there; it’s not like he doesn’t play golf twice a month – oh wait, he does. 107 rounds at last count. And how could I forget all the shindigs he hosts at the People’s House? From State dinners to musical tributes and movie premiers, there is certainly not a shortage of partying going on at the White House.
It seems to me that there is plenty of time for the big man to get lots of things done including what Tapper asked him about – That is, if he were actually in his office doing work.