Amid crisis in Ukraine, Obama will vacation in Florida
What will it take to get President Obama to cancel a vacation? Apparently, the prospect of war in Ukraine doesn't rate forgoing a little fun in the sun for the Obamas. According to CNN, the White House schedule still shows the First Family jetting off t Key Largo following a presidential appearance in Florida.
Daily Caller reports this will be the third tax-payer financed vacation for the Obamas this year.
The foreign policy crisis has occupied the bulk of Obama’s workdays this week, though he’s also carved out time to introduce his budget proposal, press lawmakers to raise the minimum wage, and encourage Latinos to sign up for Obamacare – all topics Republicans fiercely oppose. On Friday the President visits a school in Miami to encourage more teenagers to apply for college financial aid.
It’s a balance Obama has attempted to strike throughout his presidency, from navigating the Arab Spring to sizing up the young new leader of North Korea – all while attempting to shore up a sputtering U.S. economy.
The President also isn’t letting the incursion of Russian troops into Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula prevent him and his family from enjoying a weekend away from Washington, currently beset by cold temperatures and sloppy piles of melting snow.
While the White House signaled earlier in the week that a long-planned getaway in South Florida could be nixed due to overseas events, the official presidential schedule still shows the commander-in-chief and his wife remaining in Key Largo for the weekend.
The President always vacations with a full retinue of aides and secure communications equipment, meaning the requirements of the job won’t be far away during Obama’s stay in the Florida Keys. All presidents are routinely criticized for taking vacation days.
Nice try, CNN. It's true that all presidents are criticized for taking vacations. But what other president would go on vacation with Vladimir Putin about ready to invade the rest of Ukraine? Has this fellow no conception of the perception that is being formed by his playing in the sunshine while Russian tanks rev their engines in preparation for a possible incursion?