Today, left-wing Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank questioned Obama’s decision to go on vacation “36 hours after starting [a] booming campaign.”
“And does he really have to keep going out on the golf course, being photographed doing that and then going to fundraisers?” Milbank asked.
He also joked about Obama’s low approval ratings saying, “considering how miserable all of America is, a 39 percent approval rating actually isn’t that bad.”
Yesterday, CNN political analyst Gloria Borger also said Obama going on vacation amid myriad international and domestic crises was “not terrific” optics.
“It is awkward though,” CNN host Wolf Blitzer said, “I mean you’ve got to admit. Everybody seems to admit. The president’s playing golf. He’s enjoying a few days off, certainly he deserves some time off, but the timing seems awkward.”
Blitzer’s comments about Obama’s vacation came just one day after ABC’s Jon Karl reported that Obama began golfing as soon as he arrived at Martha’s Vineyard.
When asked if Obama’s staff was concerned if it looked bad for him to be golfing while the Middle East burns, Karl said, “Well they’re entirely unconcerned about it because their boss is entirely unconcerned about it. Even if they were, there’s nothing they could do about it.”
“He likes to get out and play golf, its remarkable, he got here and on the golf course in almost record time — I think we were on the island about an hour by the time he was already hitting off the first tee,”Karl said.
Meanwhile, Uncle Joe is in the Hamptons to start his third vacation in a month.
And to conclude on a related note, here’s the best thing I’ve read today, via Jon Gabriel:
— jon gabriel (@exjon) August 12, 2014
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