Please hit the links more of­ten, Mr. Obama

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary -

You may have missed it, with all that’s go­ing on, but two weeks ago Pres­i­dent Barack Obama ex­plained why he hasn’t been en­gaged in lead­er­ship on Wash­ing­ton spend­ing pri­or­i­ties, in­clud­ing the debt-limit im­passe.

Re­fer­ring to Congress, he told re­porters: “They’re in one week, they’re out one week. And then they’re say­ing, ‘Obama has got to step in. You need to be here.’ I’ve been here. I’ve been do­ing Afghanistan and bin Laden and the Greek cri­sis. You stay here. Let’s get it done.”

When I heard this sound bite for the first time, I ac­tu­ally thought some­one had clev­erly put to­gether a mon­tage of Obama’s words to make it seem that he had made this in­co­her­ent, ar­ro­gant, al­most-child­ish state­ment.

Think about it. Osama bin Laden?

Wasn’t he killed two months ago by Navy SEALs? What has Obama needed to do re­gard­ing Osama since May 2? Talk about it, per­haps? Rel­ish in what he sees as per­haps his only real ac­com­plish­ment since tak­ing of­fice?

In­deed, it’s a very strange com­ment from the White House oc­cu­pant who has played more rounds of golf in his first two years than any of his pre­de­ces­sors, in­clud­ing those who served eight or more years. Does any­one se­ri­ously be­lieve he spent more time on the Osama mis­sion than he did on golf?

In fact, on the very week­end af­ter Obama threw his lit­tle hissy fit about his busy sched­ule, he played golf twice.

In case you didn’t no­tice, he’s also get­ting ready for a long sum­mer va­ca­tion.

With Amer­i­cans hurt­ing fi­nan­cially, many are for­go­ing even their one fam­ily va­ca­tion this year.

The Obama fam­ily, mean­while, has taken at least a dozen since mov­ing to the White House. And that doesn’t in­clude many trips do­mes­ti­cally and abroad that had other pur­poses. Nor does it in­clude week­end get­aways.

Still, Obama is sug­gest­ing with his com­ments two weeks ago that he is a vir­tual worka­holic.

He’s not. He’s a gol­fa­holic. He’s been golf­ing more than 60 times as pres­i­dent.

Let me try to put this in some con­text for you.

At an av­er­age of five hours


per trip to the links, Obama has spent the equiv­a­lent of two months of his pres­i­dency’s avail­able work­ing time on the golf course.

Of course, that doesn’t even count the hours trav­el­ing in pres­i­den­tial mo­tor­cades to and from the cour­ses.

It also doesn’t count any time he spends on the White House putting green.

So, he va­ca­tions more than any of his pre­de­ces­sors and goes golf­ing more.

What else does he do with his time?

He raises money for his 2012 re-elec­tion cam­paign, a lot of time. By last count, he has at­tended at least 37 fundrais­ers since tak­ing of­fice, and with 2012 near­ing, that sched­ule will in­crease.

Obama is boast­ing about his abil­ity to raise a record-set­ting $1 bil­lion for his re-elec­tion ef­fort.

I get daily email fundrais­ing pleas from Obama.

He asks for money more than any tel­e­van­ge­list I’ve ever seen. He uses the as­sets of the White House for much of this ac­tiv­ity. Fundrais­ers in­clude food tast­ings with the White House chef and overnights in the Lin­coln bed­room a la Bill Clin­ton.

May I point out that this sort of ac­tiv­ity is not only un­eth­i­cal and ques­tion­ably legal, it also takes a lot of time Obama sug­gests is all de­voted to wor­thy and self­less causes, such as as­sas­si­nat­ing bin Laden, win­ning a war with­out ob­jec­tives in Afghanistan and help­ing to avoid an eco­nomic calamity in Europe.

Per­son­ally, I’m not com­plain­ing.

As far as I’m con­cerned, the more time Obama spends on the golf course, on va­ca­tion or dis­pos­sess­ing his sup­port­ers of their money, the less time he has to ruin the coun­try in his of­fi­cial ca­pac­ity.

I’m just say­ing . . .

time, Joseph Farah is a na­tion­ally syn­di­cated colum­nist.

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