From John E. Carey at Peace and Freedom '08
Barack Obama: The Vacation Is Over
For Barack Obama, finally and thankfully, the vacation is over.
It is time Senator Obama connects with the American people and earns his place in the arena: and wins our respect, our confidence and our votes.
This cannot be done through high oratory with lofty goals. We need to know where he stands on the issues: all the issues. And with the bark off. No bull.
Today Barack Obama returns from his Hawaiian Holiday. Time to get to work.
When we first heard that Barack Obama was headed off to a Hawaiian holiday in the middle of his campaign to win our hearts and minds (and votes) we didn’t believe it. Many journalists said he needed a vacation.
And so did at least one journalist that we respect and admire.
On the August 10 edition of ABC’s This Week, ABC News political analyst Cokie Roberts criticized Sen. Barack Obama — who was born in Hawaii — for “going off this week to a vacation in Hawaii,” which she said “does not make any sense whatsoever.” Roberts stated: “I know his grandmother lives in Hawaii and I know Hawaii is a state, but it has the look of him going off to some sort of foreign, exotic place.” Roberts continued: “He should be in Myrtle Beach, and, you know, if he’s going to take a vacation at this time.”
I have heard the words “deserve it” or “deserves it” and “entitled’ too many times from important Democrats lately.
When I challenged the notion that Barack Obama go on a summer holiday to Hawaii during the run for the White House, I was deluged with on line comments and email telling me “he deserves it” and he was “entitled.”
When the Democrat Party and, presumably, Barack Obama himself agreed to allow a roll call vote on Hillary Clinton’s candidacy during the Democrat convention, delegates and ’spokespeople’ rushed to the microphones to say, “She deserves it.”
Well…. I object.
Nobody in America or anywhere else in life, it seems to me, deserves anything.
Especially in America, I was always instructed and I certainly believe, people earn what they get.
As for Hillary’s convention poll, who cares? She lost. She didn’t “win” over enough delegates. Get over it. She doesn’t “deserve” anything. Except another shot next time if she earns it.
For Mr. Obama’s vacation, I find it in bad taste and a way of escaping from earning the White House by spending time with the people he supposes to lead: American voters. He wants to lead all the American people but his biggest crowd so far has been in Germany and the most time he has spent in any state in over a year was spent in Hawaii. Sleeping, playing golf and sucking down Slurpys.
Since Mr. Obama defeated Hillary Clinton to win the Democrat primary
season, he has done two memorable things: he went on a world whirlwind
tour (bypassing the opportunity to visit war wounded U.S. troops in
Germany, volunteers all) and he has gone on vacation in Hawaii.
Mr. Obama in Hawaii
Well, I wish I could take my wife to Hawaii for a holiday but we don’t have the money. And if we did have the money we’d have to close two businesses and deprive ourselves of the income they produce to go on a vacation. Meanwhile the meter that keeps track of all our business expenses (rent, internet fees, telephone, electricity, etc) will keep on ticking and adding up new expenses.
And then there are taxes. If Mr. Obama adds to our tax burden my wife and all the people she hired will lose their jobs. One lady in her business already had a stroke and didn’t want me to call 911 because, she said, as she could have been taking her last breath, “No money.”
We are in economic hard times and the guy many people want to see as their president is on holiday — not listening to our economic woes and not providing leadership and not earning our votes.
He even turned down John McCain’s invitation to get close to the American people in the “Town Hall” format debate. We thought he agreed to that previously, or is this one of those democratic “I was for it before I was against it” deals?
And when Russia invaded South Ossetia and then plunged into Georgia
proper, pillaging, looting and killing as they went in, John McCain
made some tough statements and even phoned the President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili.
Above: Georgia’s President Mikheil Saakashvili
Yup. The man that wants us to trust him on foreign policy matters, the man who said he’d meet with Iran’s President ”Wipe Israel Off The Map” Ahmadinejad, Barack Obama, was on holiday.
Above: Senator Obama at play.
George W. Bush decided to give up golf after 9-11. He said he though it was unbecoming and in bad taste to play golf while Americans were fighting and dying in combat.
Mr. Obama doesn’t care about that and he even doesn’t care about the voters who want to get to know him better.
He is in Hawaii playing golf during the campaign: a time set aside for the candidate to get to know us and a time we need to get to know the candidate.
We, the American people, deserve better.
By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
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