Christmas reminds us of how different Obama is from W

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Each year that he was in office George W. Bush never left Washington DC until the day after Christmas and there was a reason for that. A most unselfish reason.

But here’s the thing: In December, we never left Washington, D.C., until the day after Christmas. Never. Mr. Bush and his wife, Laura, would always depart the White House a few days before the holiday and hunker down at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland. After a few years, I asked a low-level White House staffer why.

I still remember what she said: “So all of us can be with our families on Christmas.”

Who was “us”? Hundreds and hundreds of people, that’s who. Sure, the reporters who covered the president, but also dozens and dozens on his staff, 100 Secret Service agents, maybe more, and all of those city cops required whenever the president’s on the move in D.C.

For me, that one-day delay was huge. My kids were 6 and 8 years old when Mr. Bush took office. When he went home to Prairie Chapel that last time in 2009, my girl was driving, the boy was 6 foot 1. But in the meantime, I was home for eight Christmas mornings, playing Santa, stoking the fire, mixing up hot chocolates.

That was President Bush. And every year for the past five, I’ve thought about what that meant to me. (By the way, some years, I got holiday duty, which meant I was off to Waco, Texas, the day after Christmas. But once again, the Bush White House had us covered: A press plane flew out with the president, and back then, reporters could pay $100 per family member for the plane ride. So sometimes, the family went along. For the kids, it was an adventure; for me, well, we were all together.)

All that has changed with President Obama. No more press plane, for one. Reporters are on their own — so taking family is, say, $1,000 a pop. Not likely. And this president would never delay his trip to his island getaway. He’s off every year well before Christmas. Hundreds and hundreds head off with him, leaving family behind.

No Christmas at home. Instead, the Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. Nice, but not exactly home.

Anyway, that’s why I think of George W. Bush every year in the week between Christmas and New Year‘s. Probably will till I die. Thanks, GWB.

Obama thinks of one thing- Obama.

Bush went to Baghdad to visit the troops. Obama visits soldiers in Hawaii so he can write off his vacation.

And the poor guy feels “small”

KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) — President Barack Obama is one of the most powerful men in the world. He’s commander in chief of one of its mightiest militaries, too.

Yet in spite of all that, Obama feels inadequate from time to time. Especially when he’s vacationing in Hawaii and working out alongside strapping Marines at their gym.

“The only problem I’ve got when I’m here is having to work out with Marines in the gym,” Obama said during his annual Christmas Day visit with U.S. troops at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay. “Because I generally feel like your commander in chief is in pretty good shape, and then I get next to some guy, you know, curling 100 pounds and it makes me feel small.”

Six US airmen were killed in Afghanistan on December 21. Later that day Obama sank a 40 foot chip.

“The president, wearing a grey golf shirt, dark shorts, a cap and a white glove on his right hand, took his position on the
fringe about 40 feet from the hole, squatted down for a better view, then took a few practice swings before chipping the ball in,” Davis wrote in the Monday pool report.

“A cheer went up when he made the shot, and POTUS raised both arms in triumph, then turned and pointed in your pool’s direction, in a ‘you-guys-saw-that-right?’ kind of a gesture, although he didn’t say a word.”

W makes personal unannounced visits to wounded soldiers, including a visit to a soldier wounded at Fort Hood.

 

 

Obama calls them from the hell hole that is Oahu.

The difference between the two men could not be greater. One selfless, the other galactically self-absorbed.

Obama once called the Islamic Call to Prayer one of the “prettiest sounds on Earth” and he can recite it by heart. For me, “Obama’s final year” is one of the prettiest sounds on Earth.

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9 Responses to “Christmas reminds us of how different Obama is from W”

  1. 1

    JustAl

    W made many mistakes, but he is a genuinely good man. O has made few mistakes while managing the undermining of America, but he is genuinely scum.

  2. 2

    Rasputin

    Genuinely good man?
    In what alternate universe are you living in?

    He brought down Sadam and now.we have total anarchy in Iraq and Syria.

    Sadam had nothing to do with 9/11 as opposed to the Bush family’s buddies in Saudi Arabia.

  3. 4

    Mully

    @Rasputin:
    Yes and peace has broken out all over the world with Obama in office. You for got Libya, which was a war of choice by Obama/Clinton. How’s that one working out for you? You appear to be another lib who didn’t get a clue for Christmas.

    Does anyone else recall “candidate” Obama saying he would NOT be taking vacations if elected President? We would be getting him full time on the job. I sure do.

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    Mike

    Another difference I think about at Christmas is White House decorations. I won’t go into the elaborate 500 pound gingerbread house made at the White House this year (just in time for the Obamas to leave for a week or two!).
    But the last Christmas the Bushes were at the White House, they hung a new ornament on the White House Christmas tree that had the face of President Teddy Roosevelt. The next year, the Obama’s were hanging ornaments with Chairman Mao and a depiction of Obama on Mt. Rushmore.

    2017 cannot come fast enough!

  5. 7

    Common Sense

    @Rasputin: The universe I live in was told by Obama that Iraq was stable, told ISIS is a JV Team of farmers and teachers, told ISIS is contained, told Al Qaeda is on their heels, and told climate change is our greatest threat. What universe do you live in MORON!!

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    Bill

    @Rasputin:

    He brought down Sadam and now.we have total anarchy in Iraq and Syria.

    Gee, you left out the best part. You left out the surge, the Anbar Awakening and, best of all, victory and pacification. Of course, why would you want to be all honest and stuff and include that? For acknowledging THAT would mean acknowledging the FACT that Obama squandered all that in left Iraq (and subsequently, Syria) the utter chaotic ISIS-infested mess it is today.

    Obama did it. Bush pacified, Obama created chaos.

    Events or points often remind me of something that struck me early on about Obama; that goddamn Official Seal of the President-Elect of the United States Obama carried around with him. Remember that? What a joke. Obama seems to just LOVE being President, but doesn’t like doing Presidential stuff. He loves flying around on AF1, golfing in Hawaii (how many vacations did he take in Hawaii before becoming the worst President in the history of the known Universe?) but doesn’t like making tough decisions, like maintaining a security presence in Iraq and negotiating the details. If he lived in Texas, he would be all hat and no cattle.

    Nobody but morons like you say Saddam HAD anything to do with 9/11… but he had a lot to do with terror and spreading it.

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    David

    “Because I generally feel like your commander in chief is in pretty good shape, and then I get next to some guy, you know, curling 100 pounds and it makes me feel small.”

    Oh, please! The last time I checked 1-lb weights are not the same as 100-lb weights. And, the young mom who picks up her toddler who is squirming about and has gone limp in a “I want that” fit is in better shape than the CINC.

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