Obama’s Answer For Debt Negotiations? ‘Sitting on His Patio’ and ‘Playing Golf’

September 10, 2012 at 5:35 pm (Bob Woodward, Congress, Debt, Debt Negotiations, Deficit, Golf, Jay Carney, Playing Golf, President Obama, Sitting on His Patio, The Price of Politics)

Let’s move! … Our debt negotiations to the golf course.

A reporter today posed a question about whether or not the President had developed the relationships necessary with members of Congress to avoid a debt deal collapse last year.

Specifically, the reporter was referring to excerpts and reports from Bob Woodward in his new book, The Price of Politics.

“Gaps” in President Obama’s leadership contributed to the collapse of a “grand bargain” on spending and debt last year, with the president failing to cultivate congressional relationships that may have helped him break through Republican opposition, author Bob Woodward told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer. 

Woodward’s reporting in his new book, “The Price of Politics,” reveals a president whom he said lacked the “stamina” in turning personal relationships with congressional leaders into action the way some of his predecessors have done. 

“President Clinton, President Reagan. And if you look at them, you can criticize them for lots of things. They by and large worked their will,” Woodward told Sawyer.”On this, President Obama did not.”

So how did Press Secretary Jay Carney counter the argument that President Obama was not committed to debt negotiations?  (h/t Gateway Pundit)

Carney:   “It’s a funny conclusion to reach given how many hours the President spends with leaders of Congress of both parties in these negotiations, including sitting on his patio, including playing golf, including you know, at the residence…”

And here we thought all this time that he was simply golfing over 100 times in the last four years, when in reality he was working hard on debt negotiations.
I’m wondering if we can now be compensated at our jobs for time spent golfing and sitting on our patio.
Take a listen to the clip, at one point it sounds like Carney is about to say Obama spends hours ‘sitting on his potty’.  That’s a negotiation I don’t care to hear about…

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Obama: Team Romney Plays "A Little Dirty", Time to "Put Them Away"

August 23, 2012 at 11:00 am (2012 Election, Basketball, Carmelo Anthony, Donors, Ed Cox, Golf, Michael Jordan, Mitt Romney, MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, Patrick Ewing, President Obama, Romney Campaign, Sports)

It what may stand as the longest, rambling basketball analogy ever made by a politician, President Obama accused the Romney campaign of playing dirty yesterday.

You know, like that time they accused the President of allowing a man’s wife to get cancer and die?  Or the time they accused Democrats of wanting dirtier air and water?  Or how about that time they ran an ad showing the President throwing grandma and her wheelchair off the cliff?  Oh wait, what?

“I can’t resist a basketball analogy,” Obama told the crowd, according to a White House pool report.  “We are in the fourth quarter.  We’re up by a few points but the other side is coming on strong and they play a little dirty.

“We’ve got a few folks on our team in foul trouble.  We’ve got a couple of injuries, and I believe that they’ve got one last run in them.”

“I’d say there’s about seven minutes to go in the game.  And [Michael Jordan’s] competitiveness is legendary, and nobody knows better than Michael that if you’ve got a little bit of a lead and there’s about seven minutes to go — that’s when you put them away.

GOP chairman Ed Cox had a basketball analogy of his own for the President.

“While President Obama spends his day shooting hoops with Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, and Carmelo Anthony, his administration continues to throw bricks when it comes to job creation and economic growth.

And in other heartbreaking sports-related news, despite the fact that the President’s sole success story during his reign is the fact that he has a laser-like focus on all things sports – i.e. 100+ rounds of golf, pickup basketball games and fundraiser, filling out college brackets – team owners in the four major sports have made a majority of their contributions to Republicans this cycle.

Overall, team owners for the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL have given $1,992,050 to 2012 national election efforts. Of the total, Republicans were the victors with nearly $1.25 million. Democrats received a little more than $750,000, the station said.

And that includes the NBA team from New York; Knicks owner James Dolan is a Romney donor.

Here’s another basketball analogy.  Let’s hope that when November comes, the President has been ejected from the game for a flagrant technical foul on the economy and the American dream.

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Video: Obama Claims to Spend "Every Waking Hour" Thinking About the Economy

July 19, 2012 at 4:48 pm (Economy, Every Waking Hour, Florida, Golf, Jacksonville, Jobs, Jobs Council, Obama, President Obama)

President Obama, in a speech regarding the economy and jobs in Jacksonville, Florida today, claimed he spends “every waking hour thinking about you”.

Here is the full quote (video below):

“And most of all, I would wake up every single day, every single day and spend every waking hour thinking about you. Fighting as hard as I knew how for you.”

The problem is that this doesn’t match up with a recent report indicating that he hasn’t spent a single hour – let alone every waking hour – to meet with his own jobs council in over six months.  The Wall Street Journal reported:

“President Barack Obama is at odds with some of his handpicked outside advisers on hot-button election topics such as regulations and corporate taxes. Many of the recommendations at issue stem from the president’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, a group of business and labor leaders with whom Mr. Obama hasn’t met in six months.”

Another report from the National Journal shows that the President has had time to attend 106 political fundraisers during that same six month period.

And then there’s a report from Breitbart today showing that Obama has spent more time golfing (over 100 rounds) than he has spent focusing on the economy.

An eye-opening new report by the Government Accountability Institute reveals that President Barack Obama averages just eight minutes more a week on economic meetings than the average dog owner spends walking their dog.

When it was recently reported that Mr. Obama had played his 100th round of golf, the president said that playing golf was “the only time that for six hours, I’m outside.”  Therefore, by his own estimate, the president has spent 600 hours playing golf, as compared to just 412 hours in economic meetings of any kind throughout his presidency…

… just how little time Mr. Obama has spent working on the economy can be seen in the data contained in the Government Accountability Institute’s analysis:

  • Throughout the first 1,257 days of his presidency, Mr. Obama has spent just 412 hours in economic meetings or briefings of any kind
  • In 2012, so far Obama has spent just 24 total hours in economic meetings of any kind
  • Assuming a six day, 10-hour workweek, Obama has spent less than 4 percent of his total time in economic meetings or briefings of any kind
  • There were 773 days (72 percent), excluding Sundays, in which he had no economic meetings
  • Mr. Obama has spent an average of 138 minutes a week in economic meetings.  According to a study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, new dog owners spent an average of 130 minutes a week walking their dogs

The study, which was based upon the president’s official schedule, practically bent over backwards to include anything even remotely akin to an economic meeting.

Read the report here… 

And here is the video of Obama’s outrageous claim…

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Video Celebration of Obama’s 100th Round of Golf

June 4, 2012 at 1:00 pm (100 Rounds, Economy, Golf, President Obama)

With his attention focused like a laser on the stumbling U.S. economy, President Obama has announced a moratorium on golfing, out of respect for the American public, and as a symbolic commitment to getting people back to work.

Just kidding – The President played his 98th round of golf last week and is poised to eclipse the mark of 100 any day now, if he hadn’t done so already over the weekend.

Doug Ross reports:

Other than retirees, who has time for 100 rounds of golf over the course of three-and-a-half years? Apparently our beloved president does, since there are no pressing matters of national concern, least of all the economy and endemic joblessness.

According to Keith Koffler, last week the President completed his 98th (documented) round of golf. White House watchers anticipate that by the end of this weekend, the president may well have completed his 100th round of golf since becoming president.

As a result, All-American Blogger has graced us with this touching video tribute to the President’s tireless efforts on the links.

The video will truly move you to tears.

The man is dedicated…

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Weekend Recession: The Most Amazing Hole-In-One Ever?

April 7, 2012 at 8:28 am (Ace, Augusta, Augusta National, Golf, Hole In One, Martin Kaymer, Masters, Sports, Vijay Singh, Weekend Recession)

A little Masters action for you this weekend, in case you missed it…

Via Mashable:

At the Monday practice round at Augusta National, Martin Kaymer — a German golfer ranked No. 6 in the World Golf Rankings — skipped his ball across the water and into the 16th hole at Augusta. He is the second golfer to tee off in this video.
Naturally, the crowd goes completely crazy at his hole in one.
While this shot may not help his ranking or gain him any points, it absolutely helps his Internet cred.

Here’s the video…

But can it really be considered ‘the most amazing hole-in-one ever’?

Vijay Singh might have something to say about that.  Here he is on the same hole, during a practice round for the same tournament back in 2009.

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A Complete List of Historic Firsts For Our President

January 4, 2012 at 11:30 pm (Doug Ross, Fast and Furious, Golf, Historic, Obamacare, Oil Drilling, President Obama, War Powers Act)

Doug Ross provides a handy rundown of just how historic our beloved President has been…

A few examples:

Read on for nearly 30 more historic firsts…

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