Yet another embarrassing moment for the United States as President Obama had this to say as he exited his helicopter:
When U.S. President Barack Obama stepped off his helicopter in Huntsville on Friday, the first thing he said was, “You’ve got a lot of golf courses here, don’t you?” Industry Minister Tony Clement told the National Post in an exclusive interview.
It’s nice to see our president has his priorities straight for the G8/G20. Countries have exploding debts and the US reported a lower GDP than expected, but no matter. It really does seem that our golfer-in-chief is really that tone deaf.
I’m sure most people would agree, we just don’t know how he finds the time. I wonder how his handicap has improved since Golf Digest reported it at 16 in 2008. We also cannot forget that Obama is an avid basketball player. Whatever did happen to those photo ops?
But, it doesn’t end there, Obama also gave the press the slip, which is the second time in two months that this has happened. The first one was to attend his daughter’s soccer game, but according to previous AP reports (via Politico because the original AP report has been deleted):
Reporters and photographers didn’t have a chance to see him or his vehicle to verify his presence at any location.
So, now we have similar circumstances again–a ditched press pool while world leaders are together–in April they were in DC for the Nuclear Summit.
Last night, the White House sent the press corps — which by agreement stays close to the president in order to report on any incident — back to Toronto, leaving the president 150 miles behind. In the wee hours of this morning, the crew of a dozen or so reporters and photographers in the press corps got back on a bus and returned to Muskoka for the day’s events.
It is highly unusual for the president to shun his permanent media detail that way, particularly at a high-profile event in a remote location.
It’s just curious behavior for the president to give the press the slip under these circumstances and truly break protocol. I guess the bigger question is why. But, if former President Bush did this it would be a huge problem, but the MSM continues to trivialize these protocol breaches–and tolerate them.
Crossposted at Right Wing News