Archives for September 2012
First some housekeeping: the kidney stone is apparently a stone in my gallbladder. And of course this would happen to me when I was in Tampa and preceding a long holiday weekend. But I see my doctor tomorrow, so hopefully I’m on the path to recovery.
In the meantime, me & percocet have formed an intimate relationship.
Moving on… my hearty welcome to all of the Democrats, media, protestors and others to the beautiful city of Charlotte, North Carolina. I’m right over the border in Upstate SC, but I hope my gallstone will allow me to get into the city for some Convention reporting. I’m working on another attempt at a BlogTalkRadio show live from the DNC on Wednesday. Stay tuned for that!
Finally, here are some celebrations of Empty Chair Day. One is from my hotel room in Tampa, the other is radio host Tony Katz interviewing Barack Obama in my home this morning.
“Just nine months into the Obama presidency“, wrote Dan Spencer on RedState on June 17th
the New York Post reported that Obama surpassed former President George W. Bush on the number of days spent on the golf course when Obama played a round of golf for the 24th time in his presidency — a milestone it took Bush almost three years to reach.
On that same day, CBS News reported
President Obama spent about 4 hours on Father’s Day playing a round of golf at the Beverly Country Club with two old friends and an aide. It was his 100th round of golf since taking office.
(Emphasis added) Father’s Day? Father’s Day? You’d think a man who uses his children as an excuse for not doing his job would spend Father’s Day with them:
President Barack Obama dismissed criticism he doesn’t spend enough time developing relationships with Washington deal-makers who can help push his agenda forward.
In an exclusive interview with CNN chief White House correspondent Jessica Yellin, Obama said he is determined to make time for his family.
“Sometimes Michelle and I not doing the circuit and going out to dinners with folks is perceived as us being cool,” Obama said. “It actually really has more to do with us being parents.”
UPDATE/CLARIFICATION: The purpose of this post is not to suggest that Obama is a bad father, rather, as per one of the categories in which I included it (“Liberal Hypocrisy”) that he’s a hypocrite. I agree with U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) said that Republicans’ problem with President Obama was “isn’t that he’s a bad person. By all accounts, he too is a good husband, and a good father — and thanks to lots of practice, a pretty good golfer.”
By all accounts, he does seem to be a good father.
Like many parents with time-consuming jobs, he could have made choices. Given the time he devotes to his children, he would have to give up some of his recreation, like golf. He could have used that time to do the schmoozing essential to his job.
How many parents give up going to the movies so they can do their jobs and spend time with their children.
I apologize for any misunderstanding this post crafted in haste may have caused.
(Consider this a kind of open thread.)
A torrential downpour that struck Charlotte Saturday afternoon damaged the Mount Rushmore-style sand sculpture bust of President Obama — an ominous beginning to what many fear is a plagued convention.
Glenn Reynolds called it a METAPHOR ALERT.
But, the point remains, what purpose does it serve to have a giant sculpture of a president — or presidential candidate. Was there a giant Romney statue in Tampa? A giant George W. Bush statue in New York in 2004? Of the Gipper in Dallas in 1984?