7:38 AM, Aug 22, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Matthew Continetti, writing for the Washington Free Beacon:
The headline was brutal. “Bam’s Golf War: Prez tees off as Foley’s parents grieve,” read the cover of Thursday’s New York Daily News. Obama’s gaffe was this: He had denounced the beheading of James Foley from a vacation spot in Martha’s Vineyard, then went to the golf course. Seems like he had a great time. Such a great time that he returned to the Farm Neck Golf Club—sorry, membership is full—the next day.
Technically, Obama’s vacation began on August 9. It is scheduled to end on Sunday, August 24. With the exception of a two-day interlude in D.C., it has been two weeks of golf, jazz, biking, beach going, dining out, celebrating, and sniping from critics, not all of them conservative, who are unnerved by the president taking time off at a moment of peril.
Attacking the president for vacation is usually the job of the out party. But these days it is the job of all parties. Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, ISIL, Ebola, child migrants on the border, racial strife in Ferguson, an American murdered by the caliphate—critics say the president who danced to every song at Ann Jordan’s birthday party seems remote and aloof from, and even mildly annoyed by, such concerns.
I disagree. Not with the judgment that Obama is detached, dialing it in, contemptuous of events that interfere with his plans. I disagree with the idea that this August has been different, in any meaningful way, from the rest of Obama’s second term. For this president, the distinction between “time off” and “time on” is meaningless. For this president, every day is a vacation. And has been for some time. He is like Cosmo Kramer of Seinfeld. “His whole life is a fantasy camp,” George Costanza says of his friend. “People should plunk down $2,000 to live like him for a week.” Imagine what they would pay to live like Obama.
Whole thing here.
8:03 AM, Aug 14, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The White House gave this summary to reporters of President Obama's activities last night:
From Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz:
Tonight, the President and First Lady attended the birthday celebration for Mrs. Ann Jordan at an event at the Farm Neck Golf Club. There were approximately 150 guests in attendance.
10:01 AM, Aug 12, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Bidens are arriving today in the Hamptons to start their third vacation in a month.
9:01 AM, Mar 19, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
First Lady Michelle Obama will be accompanied by her children and her mother on her trip to China, which begins today. But she won't be accompanied by the press.
7:01 AM, Mar 7, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The White House announced that Vice President Joe Biden would spend the weekend vacationing in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It's his second vacation there in three months.
His White House schedule reads:
DAILY GUIDANCE FOR THE VICE PRESIDENT
2:54 PM, Oct 13, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Despite the government shutdown, Vice President Joe Biden is vacationing at Camp David this long weekend. He's joined at the Maryland retreat by his family, including his wife (Jill Biden), children, and grandchildren.
The vice president is also there with "essential" government workers, who must work despite the government shutdown. That includes his Secret Service detail, as well as the Secret Service details assigned to the rest of his family, and other support staff. They are protecting the Bidens as they vacation -- but aren't getting paid because of the federal shutdown.
10:42 AM, Aug 15, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama delivered a short audio-only statement on Egypt this morning, from his rented-vacation home on Martha's Vineyard:
In the statement, President Obama cancelled a planned joint U.S.-Egypt military exercise and called for "Egyptian authorities to respect the universal rights of the people. We call on those who protest to do so peacefully."
Obama did not say that U.S. aid to Egypt would change.
The president answered no questions.
7:55 PM, Aug 12, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attended a cocktail party this evening at the Martha's Vineyard home of National Public Radio host and special correspondent Michele Norris, according to the White House pool report. Norris's husband, Broderick Johnson, is a lobbyist who worked on Obama's 2012 reelection campaign.
11:56 AM, Aug 12, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The White House wants everyone to know President Obama is working while on vacation. Here's proof:
"National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice briefs President Barack Obama during his Presidential Daily Briefing in Chilmark, Mass., August 12, 2013," reads the White House caption for the photo.
9:34 AM, Aug 7, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Some of the local newspapers on Martha's Vineyard report that island goers "can expect extraordinary and lengthy up-Island detours, after President Barack Obama and his family arrive Saturday."
10:32 AM, Jul 5, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Joe Biden's been at the beach all week. And, last night, the White House released his schedule -- announcing that he'd be there through the weekend.
DAILY GUIDANCE FOR THE VICE PRESIDENT AND DR. JILL BIDEN
7:05 AM, Jul 1, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden, along with his wife, Jill Biden, will spend this week Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
The White House emailed Biden's schedule:
DAILY GUIDANCE FOR THE VICE PRESIDENT AND DR. JILL BIDEN
10:39 AM, Apr 8, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
As tension rises between North Korea and America, the U.S. ambassador to South Korea, Sung Kim, went on a family vacation. The ambassador today shared his experience in a lengthy blog post.
8:36 AM, Mar 26, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In the first three months of the year, members of the first family have been on three vacations, averaging a vacation a month. And now it's being reported that the first daughters are on a spring break vacation in the Bahamas.