Romney Criticizes Obama For Taking Vacation While U.S. Is In ‘Crisis’

Written by Keith Roberts on Aug. 19, 2011

GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney is criticizing President Barack Obama for taking a vacation when the U.S. economy is in shambles.

“If I were president today, I wouldn’t be looking to go spend 10 days on Martha’s Vineyard,” Romney told a Chicago radio broadcast before Obama left for a 10-day vacation on the summer island just off Cape Cod, where he has spent his summer vacation the past two summers.

“Now, Martha’s Vineyard is in my home state of Massachusetts, so I don’t want to say anything negative about people vacationing there,” said Romney. “But if you’re the president of the United States and the nation is in crisis — and we’re in a jobs crisis right now — then you shouldn’t be out vacationing. Instead, you should be focusing on getting the economy going again.”

Romney said if he was president right now, he’d “go back to my office immediately, pull back members of Congress [from their vacations] and focus on getting the job done.”

White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest noted that the President will be regularly getting “updates from his economic team” while he is on vacation.

White House press secretary Jay Carney defended the President taking a vacation. “There’s no such thing as a presidential vacation — the presidency travels with you,” Carney said. He added that he didn’t think Americans “would begrudge the notion that the president would spend some time with his family.”

Carney added, “[Obama] will be in constant communication and get regular briefings from his national security team as well as his economic team. And he will, of course, be fully capable if necessary of traveling back if that were required. It’s not very far.”

Romney is scheduled to be on the island on August 27 for a fundraiser, but his office says that it isn’t going to be a vacation.

According to CBS News, Obama has taken 61 days of vacation in his two-and-a-half run as President, compared to George W. Bush spending 180 days at his ranch in Texas at a similar point in his first term in office. Ronald Reagan had taken 112 vacation days at his ranch in California at the same point, as well.


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    The Party of ” NO ” has lied about thier #1 concern “getting deficit spending under control” and proven they only care about thier OTHER stated #1 concern, ” unseating President Obama at ALL Costs”, GoTP have taken the same track of previous Bush/GOP failed policies! America has had enough of the party of, ” NO “..
    Obama in 2012 and drive the party of “NO” out of all offices!

  • Tonyd55

    This is the best time for him to take a vacation. Let the dust settle. No one knows what is going on so to act now is foolish. We all knew our economy became so screwed up it would take a generation to fix. I don’t think going back to the policies before 2008 will do anything to get us out of this mess.

  • Tohmsa Hatrman

    Isn’t Mitt unemployed? I guess his life is just one long vacation!

  • So, “family values” rhetoric does not include the US President taking time with his family? Oh wait, it was ok for *other* presidents…

    diane

  • FoonTheElder57

    This is the same Martha’s Vineyard that Mitt is going to be at a fundraiser dinner making millions selling out to the big corporations and the wealthy.

    What good is bringing Congress in session. The Republicans are controlled by the neanderthal wing of their party. The only thing worse than them doing nothing is having the neanderthal’s making laws bringing us back to the 19th century of robber barons and poverty wages.

  • NewttheLiar

    Obama 31 months into presidency; 60 working vacation days. Bush 31 months into presidency; 180 “working” vacation days.

  • topplanta

    Leave the man alone, Mitt. He needs a break. Criticism is easy when you’re not sitting in the hot seat.

    • Anonymous

      Romney is so old…someone has to tell him in this day and age people telecommute.

    • StupidPeopleSuck

      Hot Seat? Don’t make me laugh. Obama loves, LOVES being in the public spotlight, and especially since he’s got the mainstream media wrapped around his finger to the point where they ask him nothing but loaded questions that only make him look good to the uneducated public, like yourself Topplanta. Oh, and if he’s in such a hot seat I suppose he’s justified in splurging 3 MILLION DOLLARS for his birthday… let’s see, where did he get that money from again… oh yeah taxes and lobbyists that want to kiss his butt so that he’ll pass some executive order law or bill that will benefit the already wealthy and elite. Wake up! The man is destroying everything that America stands for and the only thing people can say is “poor Obama” while they struggle under rising taxes and increase government regulation. Stupid, Stupid STUPID PEOPLE. Wake UP! I’m eating my peas like our monkey president said to, but OBAMA is indulging in the most expensive caviar in the world with our money! Then he has the audacity to blame the economic slumps on “corporate jet owners” and that richies should “spread the wealth around” HELLO??? Doesn’t anyone else see the hypocrisy that Obama reeks of?

  • Lost some respect for Romney on this one; he knows that the president is never truly “on vacation”; the White house staff and his responsibilities follow him everywhere he goes, 24/7. He is playing to the ignorant, and if that is whose vote he wants, he can do without mine.

    • America_is_Screwed

      You’re such an ass. Do you actually think politicians work for the people anymore, even during non-vacation time? It’s time we pulled the plug on these millionaires that make themselves rich off of hard-working tax payers and suckers, dumbasses and losers like you, Tim Phillips. Go ahead and don’t vote for Mitt, it doesn’t matter. All elections are rigged since JFK anyways.

  • Ringofire01

    Amazing when congress takes time off or any other of our government takes time off during a crisis it seems to go unmentioned. I seem to recall when we needed an extension on unemployment everyone took time off…Our political people are so two faced it is beyong disgust….

    • Anonymous

      Even when they are working they are taking time off. Watch C-SPAN to see what I am getting at.

    • Anonymous

      Even when they are working they are taking time off. Watch C-SPAN to see what I am getting at.

  • hoimang

    As if any Republicans would cut their vacations short to meet with this president. Hell, they couldn’t even meet with him when they were all in D.C. ostensibly trying to avert a catastrophe.

  • Mitt…you just proved to the American people how out of touch with reality you are. Do you honestly think that the President of the United States puts an Outlook out of office e-mail alert to the public and changes his voicemail message? I am embarassed for you.

    I have to admit that I am disappointed in the Obama presidency so far, even considering the challenges that are far and beyond lately. But to suggest that President Obama should not spend quality time with his family is ridiculous when the communications are always in place no matter where he is.

  • Ctspeed413

    That’s all BHO ever does -run his mouth, point the finger of blame, then go on vacation. Here’s your change! I didn’t vote for him or his change.

  • Astark

    Didn’t Romney just come back from Vacation himself?

  • I have to admit that I am disappointed with the situation under President Obama, but Mitt…get a grip. Are you unemployed? Do you honestly think that President Obama cannot “work from home” no matter where he is these days? Your family values are quite a farce.

    That said, even with the disappointment under this Presidency, and so many forces at play now that no President alone could fix the global situation, there is still not one Republican candidate that any serious majority can get behind.

    I cannot vote for any of the current crop of radical extremist Republicans even if I wanted to.

  • MassMan

    While “serving” as governor of Massachusetts, Mitt spent 212 of the 365 days in 2006 OUT OF STATE. Why? Because he was busy flying more than 200,000 miles and visiting nearly 40 states spreading the fertilizer to nourish his ill-fated 2008 bid for the White House.

  • guest

    Bush and Reagan were going on vacation to their home ranch… meaning that the vacation was practically free. I like it when the president takes time to be with his family and take a step back for a little bit to gain perspective but I don’t appreciate it when his vacations are overly extravagant in a time like this.

  • Of course he does because he is not President and therefore is not on vacation.

  • Anonymous

    Mitt, what should Obama do, set up a table at the corner of Walk and Don’t Walk and start taking Job Applications for the 400 richest people in the world who refuse to hire anyone at this time?
    I got a better idea for you to take a stand on Mitt. How about you go tell your 399 buddies to offer health insurance to all of their employees part time and full time alike? Home Depot does it, so they all can!
    Tell them if they fail to follow your suggestions that you will push to increase the dividend income tax rate paid by their companies because they are making the public realize the need for Obamacare (albeit a mirror image of Mittcare). It is because of the 400 richest people that millions of Americans are uninsured and go to local hospital emergency rooms for free medical care and you (Mitt) are willing to put an end to it.
    Go for it Mitt, you got the soapbox.

  • Anonymous

    Mitt, what should Obama do, set up a table at the corner of Walk and Don’t Walk and start taking Job Applications for the 400 richest people in the world who refuse to hire anyone at this time?
    I got a better idea for you to take a stand on Mitt. How about you go tell your 399 buddies to offer health insurance to all of their employees part time and full time alike? Home Depot does it, so they all can!
    Tell them if they fail to follow your suggestions that you will push to increase the dividend income tax rate paid by their companies because they are making the public realize the need for Obamacare (albeit a mirror image of Mittcare). It is because of the 400 richest people that millions of Americans are uninsured and go to local hospital emergency rooms for free medical care and you (Mitt) are willing to put an end to it.
    Go for it Mitt, you got the soapbox.

  • and the puppets entertain the masses. Romney can’t criticize Obama he would do the same things. Ron Paul is the only man in the game that has any credibility.

  • Hey, I’d just like to remind you all Ron Paul will bring all our soldiers home starting the day he takes office. Now, here is a thing I want to propose. We all are aware the reason we are in all the conflicts overseas is to support Big Oil or Big Military. In these conflicts, many people are killed – thousands of Americans but millions of foreigners. If you are a rational person, it is your duty to save others if it is possible to do so without harming yourself.
    Keep in mind that up until now, whichever candidate was elected we could be fairly certain the wars would continue. Now, however it is different. With your single vote, you could save thousands of Americans and a million or more foreigners. Are they so unimportant you can’t be bothered? Myself, if I don’t do my best for Dr. Paul I will feel complicit in the murders if I do not try to stop them. It may be the most honorable act you’ve ever performed. Isn’t it worth your time?
    Sigh. Ok. If that’s not enough, think of all those military paychecks being spent over here instead of over there – that should benefit YOU directly and will provide the grass roots stimulus needed to jump start the economy!

    Vote Vertebrate – Ron Paul 2012!