The Flim-Flam Man’s Burden – Or…Maybe Not?

Over at his place, Ace passes along The Word from Patterico regarding Li’l Barky O’Barfer’s actual view on Presidential vacations- versus, of course, what he previous said about same, at least for an actual elected president

First up… Barky, 2014:

White House spokesman Josh Earnest defended President Obama’s weekend vacation in Key Largo, despite the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, arguing Obama would be able to monitor events from Florida.

“What the president will be doing this weekend in Florida is essentially what the president would be doing back at the White House. It’s just that the weather will be a little warmer,” Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One.

“The president is looking forward to spending some time with his wife and daughters, who are traveling down to Florida as well,” he continued. “There are some recreational amenities on the property, including workout facilities, tennis courts, a couple of golf courses.

“If there is an opportunity for the president to enjoy some of those amenities, then he’ll do that.

Ah, so…what he’s gonna do is soak up some rays, do a few rounds of cow-pasture pool (hey, with all that practice, dude oughtta be a scratch player by now, almost ready to hit the Pro-Am tournaments, right? maybe even try to make the Tour, ya think?), hang with the wifey and the kiddies a bit – oh, and maybe check in on a li’l briefing or two, ‘long as it doesn’t interfere with the tee-times, y’know?…

Just like back home in DeeCee, allee samey-same – got it…

Earlier this week, there was speculation the president could scrap the trip — his third vacation of the year — because of the crisis. But Earnest downplayed the suggestion…

And now for Barky, 2006:

Essentially the bargain that any president, I think, strikes with the American people is: “you give me this office and in turn my fears, doubts, insecurities, foibles, need for sleep, family life, vacations, leisure is gone. I am giving myself to you.” And the American people should have no patience for whatever is going through your head because you’ve got a job to do.

And so how I think about it is that you don’t make that decision unless you are prepared to make that sacrifice, that trade off, that bargain and I think that what’s difficult and important for somebody like myself who has a wonderful forbearing wife and two gorgeous young children is that they end up having to make some of those sacrifices with you,” he continued. “And that is a profound decision that you don’t make lightly.

Yeh, o.k. – tragic burden, that “public service” thing is for the Executive Office, right?…

Then, of course, Ace asks the clearly, obviously pertinent question:

Has there ever been a president with such an amazing hypocritical gap between his pre-election rhetoric and his post-election behavior as this one?

Answer: Nope, absolutely and categorically not.

Any other questions?

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