Obama’s planned two-week vacation on Martha’s Vineyard has so far been overwhelmed with crises and headaches guaranteed to unsettle even the most determined expert vacationer. Overseas, there were airstrikes and a humanitarian effort in Iraq, and Russia and Ukraine again edged toward conflict. Closer to home, there were violent clashes between police and protesters in Ferguson, Mo., after the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by police.
And then former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton showed up at Martha’s Vineyard along with her headline grabbing criticism of Obama’s approach to foreign policy.
All week the public saw images of a Midwest town in turmoil, and Obama playing golf and riding a bike. Obama made a statement on Iraq, and arrived at a golf course just four minutes later, one of six golf outings this week. On Wednesday, as news of more unrest in Ferguson filtered in, Obama was at a friend’s birthday party; the White House said he danced “to nearly every song” and dined on surf and turf.
Honored two-star Major General Harold Greene, the highest-ranking officer killed in combat since Vietnam, was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday, and neither Obama nor the Vice President could interrupt their precious vacation time to pay their respects.
According to the AP:
…the president planned a break in the middle of his Martha’s Vineyard vacation to return to Washington on Sunday night for unspecified meetings with Vice President Joe Biden and other advisers.
The White House has been cagey about why the president needs to be back in Washington for those discussions.
“I think it’s fair to say there are, of course, ongoing complicated situations in the world, and that’s why you’ve seen the president stay engaged,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz said.
One must wonder which “ongoing complicated situation” Obama will be addressing; Will it be ISIS slaughtering Yazidis, the events in Gaza or Ukraine, the ongoing riots in Ferguson, or the murder of two-star Major General Howard Greene in Afghanistan whose funeral Obama chose golf over attending? Really. We need to know for future reference what exactly it was that Obama deems worthy of interrupting his vacation for.
Obama won’t let the meetings take him away from golf outings or quiet family dinners on the island for too long, though, as he “is scheduled to return to Martha’s Vineyard on Tuesday and stay through next weekend.”
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