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White House: Obama Had a Busy Week

President Obama, who landed in the Florida Keys today for a weekend vacation even as crisis roiled Eastern Europe, has had a busy week, the White House said today.

During a briefing aboard Air Force One on the way to Florida, Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest ostensibly was making the point that Obama can monitor and handle world events from his gazebo at the Ocean Reef Club on Key Largo. But Earnest, who spoke in response to a reporter’s question, seemed to be going out of his way to say how hard working Obama is and describe what a tough week he had:

Well, Mark, as you’ve been covering the President this week, you know that he has had a very robust schedule of consulting with President Putin a couple of times this week, that he has had a number of conversations with Prime Minister Cameron, Chancellor Merkel, and other foreign leaders — Prime Minister Abe just last night.  He has been able to do all of that without interrupting what has otherwise been a pretty busy schedule for him this week — during a snow day in Washington, D.C., during the rollout of the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget . . .

I think the point is that the President over the course of a very busy week has maintained his schedule and his ability to monitor ongoing events in Ukraine.  I would anticipate that he’ll do the same thing this weekend.  And the fact of the matter is what the President is doing this weekend in Florida is essentially what the President will be doing if he stayed back at the White House.  It’s just that the weather will be a little warmer.

I wasn’t aware the Ocean Reef Club had a Situation Room. Thank God.

Let’s give him some rest. I mean, he worked during a snow day.

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41 Responses to White House: Obama Had a Busy Week

  1. Let’s see:
    He attended a concert
    He spoke to 1st graders
    He spoke to Bibi as if Bibi WAS a 1st grader
    He got spoken to, by Putin, as if he was a 1st grader
    He had a nominee denied by his own party
    He saw a weak jobs report but spun it his way
    He rewrote a law with his pen.
    He signed his budget with his pen.
    He attended several fundraisers and people wrote checks to him with their pens.
    He told Americans that he wanted to give them a raise. And he’d do it with his pen. Or his phone. Or his penphone.
    That is a busy week.

  2. ….” Obama can monitor and handle world events from his gazebo at the Ocean Reef Club on Key Largo.” …………… Good grief, Obama can’t do that when he’s smack dab in the middle of the Situation Room. He’d much rather play cards with Reggie Love, take a nap, speak to 3d graders (using his teleprompter), attack conservatives, etc.

  3. “And the fact of the matter is what the President is doing this weekend in Florida is essentially what the President will be doing if he stayed back at the White House. It’s just that the weather will be a little warmer.”

    So, this means the President does nothing all week? I thought so…

  4. Everyone, Please understand O is in the Keys, and Biden is in the Virgin Islands. Not to fret, or worry, or be disgusted, or ashamed of them.
    I get a lot done when I go near a beach.
    I relax, make sure I have a cold glass of tea with lemon, suntan lotion, radio.
    and I always: Have full concentration of my job, bills, worrys, etc.
    They can handle it: Just look what fine job they are doing while there in the office. sarc

    • Thanks for making that point. I am thinking of all day of the people who have their freedom be threatened.
      I keep checking BBC for updates.

  5. you do realize that in the event of a crisis–if anything should happen so that Obama and Biden were both out of DC and for some reason couldn’t be reached–that it would be HARRY REID who would be in charge of the country?

    heaven help us!

  6. AF 1 is = AeroFlot 1, the flyin’ Duma.

    In an effort to off-set out to his dropping polls numbers, Obama will call BO and Sunny “Perestroika” and “Glasnost.”

  7. “Robust” schedule sounds like how I used to try to spin stories to make certain my parents or teacher had to realize how they should feel about my feeble effort.

    No one who actually works hard needs to have anyone say that anything about “robust” schedules.

    The staff knows The One is lazy and is dismayed, but loyally trying to make him look like a President.

    • My first time on today but I did see that the White House official photographer, Pete Sousa, released a photo today of him “working.” That was such a relief!!!!

  8. It’s also a matter of… if he stayed at home, the taxpayers would get a break from the expense of his vacations.

    “And the fact of the matter is what the President is doing this weekend in Florida is essentially what the President will be doing if he stayed back at the White House. It’s just that the weather will be a little warmer.”

  9. Question To Keith Koffler? Is Obama the laziest President you have ever covered? No work ethic for this pot head, he’s been living on government funded programs for so long, why work?

  10. Drawing red lines, making predictions of dire consequences and spewing b.s. is really hard work ya’ know.
    Barry is delicate and precious, he needs his rest. Don’t you remember MooChow telling us about how tired Barry always is and how he has all that gray hair?

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