Empty chair: Obama pledges to vacation more, because it’s ‘good for his soul’

Laser-like focus! On himself, once again. As Twitchy reported, President Obama met with MoveOn, other Obama cultists, and union thugs yesterday. Did they discuss Benghazi? Fiscal cliff? Massive layoffs and hiring freezes? Whatever! Obama has some vacationing to do. It’s good for his soul and stuff and that is what is really important. It’s so important, it requires a pledge.

No, really. He said that.

More from the always hilarious Jammie Wearing Fool:

Because the poor thing just didn’t have enough vacation time and golf in his first term. You can really tell his heart’s in this, huh?

Speaking to liberal activists yesterday, the Huffington Post reports that President Obama promised he would get out of Washington more often in his second term.

Fore-ward! But, hey, that’s his standard operating procedure. Maybe it won’t just be golf; maybe he’s going to hit up Vegas, baby a few more times as Canoodler in chief.

Twitter users aren’t surprised.

Ah, if only he’d thought of this before the election:

It’s funny, because it’s true.

  • digitalPimple

    Not like he does anything anyway.

    • Junie3

      He reads the bills from the telley that one of Soros groups wrote for him, presses his lips together for his serious look, gets the country in an uproar, then goes on vacation. Empty suit, empty chair and a freaking clueless puppet.

    • sally1137

      Oh, come on now…you know he is just the most sophisticated consumer of information EVAR.

  • Lord Foggybottom

    Good! Less time spent in Washington, less damage to the country.

    • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

      I was thinking the same thing, every time he is in Washington we get a new executive order it seems.

      • conservativechick

        http://www.regulations.gov/#%21home;tab=search Last 90 Days (5,824) regulations posted by Obama administration! Why do we even HAVE a Congress? Obama IGNORES them. Check out those numbers! He should be impeached for this alone. You can comment on each “regulation, like all the move on folks do.

        • sally1137

          I think we should all just ignore these new regulations.

    • irishgirl91

      He was the window dressing we were supposed to worship while the worker bees (czars) were in the background doing the real work. Now that he is re-elected, they don’t need him to be the shiny object for us to keep our eyes on.

  • Joe W.

    What “soul”???

    • EastValleyConservative

      Exactly. Last I checked, Satan had it.

      • irishgirl91

        Soros promised to give it back if he got his unfettered 2nd term.

    • my preciousss!!

      do dementors have souls?

  • http://twitter.com/crazytas1 ricci

    what the little dictator is going to continue what he did during his first term………….no way say it aint so……..im so shocked……………..NOT

  • Marcy Cook

    Please stay away from Washington, stay away from America. I’ll pay for your vacation if you just go away.

    • Teresa Davis McCormick

      sadly, Marcy, we are paying for his vacations now.

      • Michelle

        His and his wife’s and his kids’ and even his mother-in-law’s vacations. And…even some nieces and nephews when they went to Africa. Aren’t we generous? I haven’t been able to afford a real vacation in years.

  • NRPax

    You know, if he was so worried about the state of his soul, he could have simply stepped down after his first term.

  • michael s

    Give it a rest. It didn’t work for Eastwood, drop it. Maybe you want Pres Obama to pardon Romney supporter Holly Solomon, will that make you happy?

    • http://www.facebook.com/rob.phelps.ind Robert Phelps

      Give what a rest? He works for us and if he isn’t going to do his job then he should step down. I pay my taxes and I can expect the President to do some work instead of hiding from the issues. He is a pathetic excuse for a President and a person.

    • stuckinIL4now

      Seriously, all the slacker wanted was use of the plane for 4 more years, free fuel, free travel, free accommodations–all courtesy of the broke, unemployed American taxpayer.

    • Liberal Hater

      Hey fuckface: I pay taxes, unlike most of Obama’s fucking voters. So shut the fuck up. I’ll say whatever the fuck I want.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rob.phelps.ind Robert Phelps

    And this is unexpected? So those who denigrate us who voted for Romney, what do you have to say now about a Leader who doesn’t lead. Never has led anything except a protest or two.

  • http://alert-up-usa.com/ AlertUpUSA

    Valerie Jarrett will run the country openly with “His Puppethood” away restoring and nurturing his blackened soul.

  • http://alert-up-usa.com/ AlertUpUSA


    It is true. He is the most evasive and duty shirking president (sm. “p”) I have ever witnessed in my entire 61 yrs. so very sad.

  • Vickie DHaene

    He will get plenty of rest when he ends up in prison for TREASON.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tim.edward.545 Tim Edward

    good, dont let the door hit ya in the azz

  • http://twitter.com/WhosYourDagny DagnyTaggart


  • HannahJK

    What difference does it make?
    When the shit hits the fan, his excuse is that the White House didn’t have a clue until it was too late. Apparently the electorate thinks that being clueless is doing a good job so he’ll do even better from afar.

    • Pendy1

      When the s##t hits the fan, it will be the Republicans’ fault. Watch the news.

  • BoltUp

    What you all are failing to realize is how big of an impact this will have on our economy. Caddies, groundskeepers and golf cart maintenance folks are the heart and soul of the US economy, and they will be swimming in it.

    • Grumpa Grumpus

      Not true!
      The places he went last term are still trying to get him to pay his bills!

      This won’t even give an economic boost to the lawyers— if you complain he sends the IRS knocking… with nice shiny new hollow points.

      Or, on Thursdays, it’s a Drone…

  • JustLikeAnimals

    Hey, maybe he could give Mitt and Ann the keys so they can “house sit” while he’s gone. =)

  • Streetiebird

    First three years in office: Obama – 78 days of vacaton, Bush – 180 days of vacation.
    During the entire Bush years, he spent 1,020 days on vacation. John F Kennedy only spent 1,036 days AS PRESIDENT.

    • mv74

      Stop with the math, it hurts Republicans’ feelings.

      • Liberal Hater

        A fucking liberal has balls to mention MATH. Do you know what a budget is? Because you fucking losers in the senate sure can’t figure it the fuck out.

    • Bizness22

      Good thing JFK was never assassinated and had two terms. Why didn’t you pick William Henry Harrison as a juxtaposition? The contrast would have been much more effective:

      “During the Bush years, he spent 1,020 days on vacation. William Henry Harrison only spent 30 days AS PRESIDENT.”

      That’s much better.

      • Streetiebird

        Thanks for the help, you’re right, Bush spent 34 times as long on vacation as some presidents spent actually being president.

        • Liberal Hater

          Fuck me you’re obsessed with Bush…. you might want to be seen for that. Have them check for a brain as well. I’m hopeful they can find at least one brain cell there.

          • Streetiebird

            LOL sorry that I have a memory longer than a goldfish :) Some of us still recall the road to ruin Bush sent us down.

          • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.dean.564 Lisa Dean

            @Streetiebird:disqus ~ Is that the road to ruin that was led by a democrat controlled congress?

          • Streetiebird

            No, I mean the one led by a Republican white house and congress.

    • stuckinIL4now

      You should add Obamuh’s 100+ golf dates and all of the Mooch’s vacation days to that 78. The Obamuh’s tab for 2011 has been noted at $1.4 billion with all those extravagant and fancy WH parties they had to throw addition to vacations in a financially strapped America. And then there was the incessant, obsessive fundraising trips for which I’m sure we paid through the nose for the Secret Service protection and accommodations.

      At least Bush vacationed at his own ranch and he and his wife flew there together and didn’t have to pay for extra Secret Service or accommodations for them in the fancy places the Obamuhs had to stay, including the Mooch having to take a separate plane on more than a few occasions. And Bush spent Christmas at Camp David so that staff and SS could be close to their families just like Reagan spent Christmases in the WH so staff and SS could be with their families.

      The Obamuhs–THEY come first.

      • Streetiebird

        Sorry, but weekends don’t count, and the parties were paid for with their own money. The Bush’s also spent $20 million on flights to Crawford while Obama’s trip to Hawaii cost only $4 million. Your false outrage means nothing to me.

        • Liberal Hater

          Funny, your comments mean shit to me.

        • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.dean.564 Lisa Dean

          Streetiebird ~ Let’s look at the places the Bush’s vacationed at shall we. Camp David (a presidential retreat/extension of the White House) 487 days. No need to pay for hotel rooms etc. Crawford TX compound 490 days (Owned by the Bush’s) with plenty of room for secret service and again, no need to pay for hotel rooms etc. Kennebunkport, ME 43 days (Owned by the Bush family) with plenty of room for secret service and again, no need to pay for hotel rooms etc.

          You can not say that about the vacations taken by the Obama’s.

          • Streetiebird

            Call me back when any of this matters. It’s still a fact that Bush spent far more, but Republican selective outrage won’t allow you to see that.

          • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.dean.564 Lisa Dean

            @Streetiebird:disqus ~ explain to me how Bush spent far more. It does matter because of the debt that Obama has saddled us with for frivolous vacations taken during a time of economic despair. Don’t accuse me of having Republican selective outrage either when I’ve offered up a legitimate argument to your claims. Especially since you can’t back up your argument with facts only name calling and hatred. I guess that Democrat martyrdom and tolerance has you a bit clouded as well.

          • Streetiebird

            Bush spent 1.6 billion on travel and expenses in a single year. The most Obama has spent in a year is 1.4 billion.

          • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.dean.564 Lisa Dean

            @Streetiebird:disqus ~ does that 1.4 billion include separate expenses for Michelle Obama and the children’s separate vacations? Or for the additional cost to fly them to vacation with Obama? I doubt it because the white house isn’t so forthcoming with the exact figures of those vacations. I’m very curious to see what the Obama vacation and expenditure total for those vacations will be at the end of 2016.

          • Streetiebird

            Also, let me illustrate the difference in actual debt between the two Presidents now that we’ve covered personal expenses: http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2012/05/24/who-is-the-smallest-government-spender-since-eisenhower-would-you-believe-its-barack-obama/

          • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.dean.564 Lisa Dean

            @Streetiebird:disqus ~ let me offer this as a rebuttal http://www.factcheck.org/2011/08/reid-wrong-on-bushs-economic-record/

            And again I can’t wait to see what the deficit will be in 2016 considering Obama hasn’t done anything to spend less in the three years that can be attributed entirely to him.

      • Streetiebird

        Also, Bush in 2008 spent $1.6 billion, just FYI since I know you didn’t check.

  • walterc

    If he doesn’t like being in D.C. and is worried about his soul, why did he run for re-election? He had a way out and he didn’t take it.

    • TundraThunder

      It’s about power and Socialism.

    • stuckinIL4now

      He has no soul.

  • Steve_J

    I think it’s good he get of of Washington. It’s just that he keeps coming back, that I don’t care for.

  • sdm81

    but wait! since Washington can’t be fixed from the inside, is this a new strategy from our esteemed Commander-in-Chief?! >Bwah ha ha ha< … rolls eyes.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L7OBLR6XXO5U5LLPWYOGH3L7LE joe

    Well, now you know where he will be……..if you need to know!

  • GwenB


  • TundraThunder

    Going on an apology tour again? Or maybe he’s going to Mecca and set up shop there.

  • dan’l

    A soul that smells like sulphur

    • Pater Tempus

      Hugo? Hugo Chavez, is that you?

  • Frank DiSalle

    You conservatives are so ungrateful ! Here he is, our President, promising to do us all a favor, and stay out of town, and you can’t even say “Thank you”?!
    I’m gonna light a candle !

  • People Corporation

    DOW had a slight bump on that news, then reality set in again.

  • TocksNedlog

    By all means, get out there — give Joe his instructions (“No loud parties and DON’T close Gitmo!”) — and hit the links.

  • RichardBlaine

    Imagine how much damage he could do if he worked full time!

  • Purple State

    Sigh. He didn’t say anything about vacationing. He was talking about continuing to meet with his ground office teams in communities across the country. But, you know, golf. Or something.

    Here’s the paragraph from the Huffington Post being referenced above:

    “Obama said that his White House would be more effective at community engagement. He pledged to have his team give more “clear directions and talking points in terms of how we keep mobilizing across the country.” He also said that he planned to spend more time outside of the nation’s capital during the next four years.

    “One of my pledges for a second term is to get out of Washington more often because it is just good for my soul,” said Obama.

    The president’s comments — the most explicit push yet for campaign volunteers to continue their election-type engagement — came during a conference call organized by what remains of the Obama campaign.”

    • Michelle

      Thanks for the clarification. He wants to spend more time being a Community Organizer than he does president. Got it. And “his White House” really cracks me up – it’s not his, it’s ours.

      • Purple State

        “his White House” is attributed above to the reporter of the story, not the President. It’s not a direct quotation.

        • Michelle

          Did you see me attribute to Obama? I made fun of the quote, I don’t see where I attributed it to Obama. Would you please point out where I did that? It’s not showing up on my screen. I see where I quoted the article, but not where I said Obama made that quote.

          • Purple State

            I must have misunderstood your intention with the quotation. I apologize. It seemed like a criticism of the President, which would be unfounded as he didn’t say it. I guess it was an implied criticism of the reporter.

          • Michelle

            It was nothing more than me quoting the article (therefor quoting the reporter), that’s why it’s usually a good idea to stick with the black stuff on your screen and not try to insert any between the lines. 😉

          • Purple State

            Inserting stuff between the lines of what people actually say is the mission statement of this website.

          • Michelle

            You mean, exactly as you just did? I see why you feel right at home then.

          • Purple State

            I already apologized for my misunderstanding. Do I need to do it again?

            Actually this story is a great example of my point. The president didn’t say anything about vacationing, but that’s the headline and main point of the story. Spinning his actual words (aka “the black stuff on your screen”) to fit a narrative. Much as you did when I showed his actual words (which were about wanting to remain engaged with voters throughout the presidency even after the campaign has ended) and you “inserted” the tired old “community organizer” criticism. Looks like we’re both perfect fits!

          • Michelle

            No, actually I didn’t do that at all – I said nothing about vacation. I spoke directly to his own words, did I not? Community engagement..to give them direction and talking terms…mobilizing… Sounds like community organizing to me. I’m sorry I don’t adore Barry quite the way you do. And the “black stuff on your screen” was in reference to you implying I was quoting Barry when I made a comment about “his White House” Good wow, can you not see you do the very thing you claim to not like others doing around here? Seriously?

          • Purple State

            I didn’t say you said anything about vacationing? I said Twitchy did. So much trouble with the black stuff on the screen!

  • Pendy1

    Doesn’t he have to have a soul first?

  • http://twitter.com/x_ScubaSteve_x ScubaSteve

    I would just like the pilot of AF1 just to leave him in the next country he visits. We don’t need him here. Not like anyone would really miss him much in washington.

  • meeester

    Where is the betting pool for number of games of golf during the next term?
    And, what is the Over-Under on the number of Apologies from Him (on our behalf!) to the number of Thank You’s we get from other countries?

  • Pater Tempus

    Sure is fun watching you ‘baggers marinate in your hate….:-)


    ☆Fun Facts☆: President Obama has taken 1/3 of the vacations of President Bush and found 100% more bin Ladens

    • Liberal Hater

      Fun Facts: He definitely attracts 100% more of the losers to vote for him.


        Aww still hurt after the election? Sore loser Republicans falling out of the woodwork. More reason to grab Newt and create their own moon colony.

        47% people voted for Mittler, Irony just farted…


        Don’t bother with the lib trolls. Their stupidity is evident, and it’s not worth arguing with morons.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.dean.564 Lisa Dean

      @GEORGE_W_TUSH:disqus ~ *Fun Fact* all of the vacations taken by President Bush were at places that were owned by him or his family. With the exception of Camp David, which is a presidential retreat. Can’t say that about the Obama vacations.

    • http://www.facebook.com/michellelivigni Michelle Li Vigni

      *Fun Fact* President Obama didn’t actually find Bin Laden. the U.S. Navy Seals did. and another *Fun Fact* Obama wants to take 0% of the blame on the problems in his presidency and 100% of the credit of other people’s work.


        POP QUIZ:
        Who is the only person in office that could’ve gave the order to take out Osama Bin Laden?
        A- Mittler Romney
        B- Binder full of women
        C- Big Bird
        D-The Commander In Chief President Obama
        Study up…Im rooting for you…

        • http://www.facebook.com/michellelivigni Michelle Li Vigni

          Yes the Navy Seals that found Osama Bin Laden waited and did not actually do anything about him until they were ‘ordered’ to do so….. Sweetheart are you trying to sound smart because it’s not working.

          • GEORGE_W_TUSH

            I give you a D+..At least you admit he gave the order to do so..Your getting there..

          • http://www.facebook.com/michellelivigni Michelle Li Vigni

            like i said you trying to act smart is not working sweetie. :)

          • http://www.facebook.com/michellelivigni Michelle Li Vigni

            like i said you trying to act smart is not working sweetie. :)

  • Seewetoldu

    Well I’m sure he has to work on his golf swing…Americas priority

  • jetch

    i think what he’s really saying is washington is an evil place populated by evil people that are damaging his precious soul. he’s an innocent surrounded by corrupt politicians and he needs to get away from them or else end up like them.
    so the question begs, why would you want to put more control in the hands of these evil politicians??? so on the one hand he says they’re evil, soul-destroying people in washington and on the other he says give them more power.
    the guy is an idiot!


    George Bush took 30 vacations to his ranch over a period of 220 days & Obama has taken less than 1/2 of that number. Now we are outraged? And you wonder why you lost, badly?

  • http://www.findingmo.com drbobhoffman

    Yup, week after my interview (i.e. election) I went into my boss and told him I needed more vacation time. You know what he said???

  • RaggedyAnn46

    My husband recently had a heart attack and could use some R&R. I wish we could take off on vacations any time we wanted, on someone else’s dollar!

  • patrick lynch

    taking a trip huh? I heard hell is nice this time of year so go there!!

  • BeeKaaay

    Can he please get out of the USA permanently? That would be great for our nation’s soul.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kandy.florentine Kandy Florentine

    Maybe he can get together with his new BFF Chris Christie and teach him to golf???

  • Danny Meeker

    We should be applauding this…the less he’s behind the desk, the less he can f*ck up.

  • http://twitter.com/ObamaLies2Much Obama Lies

    And here we were hoping you would just get out permanently…


    ☆FUN FACT☆President Bush was on vacation more than any other President since Herbert Hoover. 1020 days of vacation.

    • Zefal

      He stayed in Texas during summer. Hardly vacationing. 100 rounds of golf in 4 years for Zero.

  • Nina Costa Perruccio

    Soul,What Soul, didn’t know his body harbored one…

  • http://www.theconservativevoices.com/ dmacleo


  • Zefal

    Time magazine article written by Jay Carney obama’s current press secretary

    A Vacationing Bush Works Hard for His Photo Ops
    By Jay Carney Thursday, Aug. 16, 2001

    The imagemakers who advise George W. Bush got what they wanted this week: a photograph, taken by the Associated Press and published in seemingly every newspaper in the country, of the President lifting a telephone pole as he “helped maintain” a nature trail in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park.

    Back in July, when they were planning what the President should do during his monthlong vacation (as part of their effort to convince the public that he wasn’t actually on vacation in the generally accepted sense of what the word means — i.e., having fun and not working), the imagemakers hit upon a clever idea. Every week, they decided, they would send the President somewhere outside Texas for a day or a day and a half to hold an event of some kind in which he would mix with “real Americans.” …