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.