The folks in Israel are really, really praying for a Romney win now. Come to think of it, Obama will have all sorts of free time on his hands come next year, so why not just pay a personal visit?
President Obama will travel to Israel if he’s elected to a second term, a campaign aide said Monday.
“We can expect him to visit Israel in a second term should he be elected,” Colin Kahl, the former deputy assistant secretary of Defense for the Middle East, said on a conference call with reporters.
Obama has been criticized for not visiting the Middle Eastern ally since a trip during the 2008 election. Republican candidate Mitt Romney will visit the country during a trip that will begin later this week, and he plans to meet with Israeli leaders including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Romney has also said, if elected, his first foreign visit would be to Israel.
On Monday, former U.N. ambassador John Bolton blasted the president for not scheduling a trip during his first term.
“Obama has been in office three and a half years, and he has had time to do more fundraisers than any other first-term American president, has probably played more rounds of golf than any other president since Dwight Eisenhower, and yet he has not had time to fit into his busy schedule even one trip to Israel,” Bolton told WABC Radio’s Aaron Klein.
I’m sure Israel has some nice golf courses.