Republicans Blast Obama for Vacation Days, Forgetting Their Leader Quit
You’re standing at the water fountain at work and your Republican colleague Skip wanders up. Just as you lean over to get a sip of water, Skip beings to poke at you. “Hey, so still glad you voted for Obami? Huh? NoBAMA!” His voice rises dangerously as you peer questioningly up at him.
You wonder what could have happened to work Skip up into a lather; he’s a generally nice guy until he starts talking politics. You knew something was off with Skip when he started talking about FEMA camps last year, and since then, to be honest, you’ve avoided Skip when you can. It turns out Skip watches Fox News. And just like any addict, right after he shoots up, he’s manic. But now you’re trapped and Skip knows it.
Skip (now foaming slightly at mouth): “Yeah, your Clark Griswold Obami! Socialist Marxist vacationer! Laziest President ever!”
You wonder if you should call a mental health professional?
Well, let me fill you in, lest you, too, be caught unawares at the water cooler by a colleague who begins to spew Fox Talking Points. The RNC had a blog post about President Obama taking “another” vacation. Another brilliantly relevant and accurate political criticism of the President naturally ensued.
Glaring as it was in hypocrisy, Republicans took a shine to it. They figure between the racial division they’re drumming up on one hand, this little nod to the lazy Black man on the other will really finish Obama off and get them the House back this fall!
They even came up with a clever name to stick on Obama. They’re gonna call him Clark Griswold! Like those movies? You know! The Vacation Movies!
This was probably their way of appealing to the younger generation. Truly, so cute! Just so fresh. Also, too, I can SO see this sticking. When I look at Obama, I immediately think: Clark Griswold! Also, Clark Griswold reminds me of Christmas and Christmas is naturally evil. Aren’t Republicans killing Christmas? Or was that just a rumor?
But in case you missed it, they were careful to pick a white person….so, you know, they wouldn’t remind you of their Obama waffle debacle.
Lest you get all caught up in the utter genius of the Republican marketing plan, pause to appreciate the sheer hubris! Not only is it outrageously, hysterically hypocritical for Republicans to be criticizing the President’s upcoming vacation given that Bush took more time off than any President in modern history and the second most vacation prone President was Reagan….but the Republican Party is currently being led around the nose by one Sarah Palin, who QUIT HER OFFICE MID TERM.
Boys, I don’t think you can get more lazy-like than that. And boys, I can see your desperation from my kitchen window and lastly, no, boys, that’s not a compliment.
Gosh, now that I think about it, I guess we’re just lucky old Bush didn’t just up and walk out on us too. Bush didn’t like to work hard. Palin didn’t either. Palin never went to the Juneau, the seat of Alaskan government offices, she preferred to work from home (causing her constituents to sport buttons asking “Where’s Sarah?” and bumper stickers pointing out that the Capital was in Juneau, not Wasilla) and she also preferred to charge her state for her choice to not come into work.
So things could be worse.
Obama could be charging us for per diem while he’s away from the White House, like Palin did, because you know, if he answers a call or an email, well – whammy! He’s workin’.
I hope the Republicans are prepared to grow government so that we can follow their examples while in office. We’re gonna need a whole new committee just to figure out how to get the tax payers to fund every breath Obama takes. Are y’all gonna buy him 150,000 worth of clothes every 7 weeks, too? That’s a lot of cash, but hey, we just want to live up to your expectations.
I’m worried that Republicans would then turn around and label that an “irresponsible overreach” as they did the recent Democratic bill to aid 9/11 victims and response workers with their healthcare costs. To be honest, I can’t follow their fiscal stance anymore. Clothes: OK. Un-taxed Per Diem for avoiding work: Fine. Aid to 9/11 responders and families: Bad?
And just so as Obama gets the drift, this has nothing to do with your color, Obama, it’s just not acceptable for YOU to vacation. Capiche? Lest you be called lazy. They’re not CALLING you lazy, sir. They’re just ….alluding to it. Which is not racism.
It’s only racism if you object to being treated differently. Which they sincerely hope you will, so they can call you a whiner. Or they’ll leave that to Sarah Palin. She knows all about whining.
Not that partisanship over vacations is anything new; nope. It’s the hubris and the implications of these attacks coupled by their proximity to the other attempt to use racial division to win their fall elections that kinda gives the RNC away here.
So, it’s not OK for Obama to take week off, but when Palin does it, she’s bein’ a Mama Grizzly. I mean, when she lives at home and refuses to even go to the home the tax payers are funding and refuses to even go into the TOWN where the legislature is located…during the few months they are in session….it’s because she’s a loving mother and she expects us to pay for that. And then there’s the RNC bondage strip club money and the week the Republicans took off to go to Hawaii with RNC money.
Oh, gosh yes, Republican leaders have been the beacon of ethics and hard-work. Bush spent a third of his overall Presidency on vacation. He spent 487 days at Camp David, and 490 days at a ranch in Crawford. That’s a total of 977 days.
Bush also took time off during 9/11 attacks.
When Bush takes one third of his presidency off, it’s OK because he’s a hard-workin’ man. When he is on vacation and waits a week after an attempted attack to speak to us, it’s a well deserved break.
You’re wondering what happened to Skip. Well, poor Skip was sent off to one of those mental health hospitals that Reagan shut down. Since Skip doesn’t have insurance, he expects his neighbors to pay for his care because that’s the Republican plan. Unfortunately, Skip’s neighbors dislike him, so we’re not sure how this is going to work out.
But we know that like all Republican plans, we’ll end up paying for it.
Hey, RNC, here’s a tip: Why don’t y’all try coming up with a platform of IDEAS you can sell the American people? See, that way, you would have something of merit to discuss instead of making fools of yourselves and proving just what hypocrites and liars you are. And most of the country likes Clark Griswold. Epic fail.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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