Thursday, August 25, 2005

R&R from the R&R

Hey, with all the time the prez'nit is saving by not speaking to mothers of soldiers killed in Iraq, he's found time for a little extra R&R at an Idaho resort in the Rocky Mountains, far away from his R&R schedule at the ranch in Crawford. With that extra time on vacation, he's striving to achieve what no other president in history has accomplished: The record for the most time spent on vacation. Junior may catch up to paw paw's record set in one term, but Geeduhbya's now spent almost a full year spent on vacation during his 4 1/2 years in office.

Photo: AP/Susan Walsh, published on Yahoo.

Oh...what's that Mr. President? We can't hear you! You said, you're "kind of hangin' loose." Pardon? What's that you say? ... Stay the course in Iraq? Okay, whatever, you just keep on keepin' on. How about someone else handles your job from now on?!

Some people might ask how anyone could love a President who's so carefree he can go boating and mountain biking in Idaho, and then shift gears into addressing veterans of the Iraq war and other soldiers soon to be deployed. Some might say he's callous, or just plain aloof.

Maureen Dowd wrote that President Bush has his priorities mixed up:

As The Financial Times noted, Mr. Bush is acting positively French in his love of le loafing, with 339 days at his ranch since he took office - nearly a year out of his five. ...

Gas is guzzling toward $3 a gallon. U.S. troop casualties in Iraq are at their highest levels since the invasion [and] Afghanistan's getting more dangerous, too.

So our overextended troops must prepare for more forced rotations, while the president hangs loose. ...

Shouldn't the president worry more about body armor than body fat?

After his bike ride, The New York Times quoted Junior, speaking before a group of National Guard troops and their families, saying that the United States must stay on the offense even as troop casualties mount and violence continues. He said that the insurgents were "trying to break our will with acts of violence."

Well, the President's will to vacation certainly hasn't been broken.


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