After spending nearly 50 hours of his vacation golfing (and not nearly the same with his actual family), which comes on the heels of a month of fundraising and partying, the White House Monday refuted the idea that Obama has tuned out, pretending he’s actually doing his job by reading letters.
The White House is bristling at suggestions President Obama is disconnected, checked out or out of touch.
White House allies maintain that the storyline of a checked-out president is a myth drummed up by the media during the summer doldrums.
“It’s bullshit,” said one former senior administration official. “This is a guy who reads 10 letters a day simply to keep in touch with the American people. He spends all his time thinking about the economy and improving lives of the American people. He’s constantly in touch.”
Wow, 10 letters a day? Why, he might need another vacation to recover. Oh, and if this clown is “constantly in touch,” why is it he feigns ignorance of all his scandals, pretending he just learns about them from the media? This is left unexplained.
Obama has been criticized as out of touch by critics and supporters, with the subject discussed at length by the media.
The criticism has been underlined by Obama’s decision to repeatedly golf over his two-week vacation, including minutes after giving a statement to the media about the execution of journalist James Foley.
Some Democrats say the issue goes much farther than Obama’s love of the links, however.
They argue Obama isn’t doing enough to get his message out, to help Democrats on the campaign trail or to move his agenda. And they worry the depiction of Obama as checked out is one the White House needs to do a stronger job of battling.
If the administration fails to take it on, some Democrats fear it could hurt them in this fall’s midterm elections.
“It just doesn’t seem like he can move the ball forward and sometimes it seems like he doesn’t want to,” said one Democrat close to the White House. “He just doesn’t seem like he’s delivering on much of the stuff he campaigned on, and that includes bringing both sides together.”
Bringing both sides together? We can safely suggest he’s written that off.