Is It Okay for Obama to see Paris?

So where exactly can the Obama family go without being criticized for it? Let’s see now, they go to New York for dinner and a play (Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, mind you), and the Republican National Committee calls it a “Joyride on Air Force One”.

Of course, it wasn’t the big, jumbo jet, but a 12 passenger plane. Somehow the RNC forgot that any plane the president uses is called Air Force One. They tried to make this look like one night of Sodom and Gomorrah while the American people are suffering through a recession.

Okay, so that one really didn’t work so well. After all, GW Bush jetted off to Texas for many a weekend during the Iraq war, didn’t he?


Perhaps it would have been better if the Obamas had gone to Chicago and waited for the road company of “Joe Turner”.

Anyhow, now the GOP has cooked up a new mountain out of a molehill. Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley, apparently forgetting Obama was in France to commemorate D-Day, lashed out at him on Twitter.


Ah, don’t you just love social networking? The silly musings of a politician suddenly become national news. To wit, Grassley’s first tweet. “Pres Obama you got nerve while u sightseeing in Paris to tell us ‘time to deliver’ on health care. We still on skedul/even workinWKEND.” To which he added a second. “Pres Obama while u sightseeing in Paris u said ‘time to delivr on healthcare’ When you are a ‘hammer’ u think evrything is NAIL I’m no NAIL.”

Now at the same time Grassley is grousing, reporters across the pond are upset with President Obama are upset because he and the family didn’t do enough sightseeing in the City of Light. Amazing, isn’t it? Grassley, of course, is upset that the president is trying to nudge the Congress on healthcare reform while at the same time he’s overseas. Does he think this president is unable to chew gum and walk at the same time?

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Maybe some in the body politic agree with Grassley and the RNC. Maybe President Obama will have to simply lock himself in the Oval Office and not leave until all the problems that began on their watch are magically solved. Never mind the trips here involve family, something the Republicans are supposed to revere. Never mind that Sunday was daughter Sasha’s 8th birthday. What matters is Republicans are trying their best to derail the Obama agenda.

Wouldn’t you think they could do better than a couple of lame posts on Twitter?


One Comment Add yours

  1. sanda says:

    Do you mean his travel “agenda”? Not much Republicans losing in terms of war(s).
    I loved Paris, but it was many decades ago.

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