Obama and Ukraine: Never let a bad crisis ruin a good vacation

Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel famously stated, “never let a good crisis go to waste.” But President Obama’s interpretation of that is “never let a bad crisis ruin a good vacation.”

In what can only be viewed as abject disregard for the events unfolding, President Obama headed off for another vacation — remember he just took a golf vacation to California less than a month ago — this time to Key Largo, Florida.

According to Fox News, “The White House brushed off concerns Friday that, with the crisis in Crimea intensifying, now might not be the best time for President Obama — and his vice president — to go on vacation. The travel schedules of both the president and Vice President Biden have come under scrutiny, given the rapidly changing situation in Ukraine. Obama, already in Florida to talk about education, was planning to spend some family time this weekend in Key Largo, Fla., where he arrived late in the day. Biden, meanwhile, will be in the Virgin Islands.”

So who is leading America? I simply don’t buy the excuse of “it doesn’t matter where the president is, he’s tied into world events.”

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the president was doing exactly the same thing over the weekend in Florida as he would have been doing in the White House, “it’s just that the weather will be a little warmer.” I suppose the whole “climate change is a fact” statement by Obama from the SOTU address has inspired him to seek a sunny climate.

What these self-absorbed liberal progressives seem to misunderstand is the image being transmitted. We have video of Vladimir Putin with generals being briefed on military maneuvers. And we have President Obama running to elementary schools sitting on the floor with legs crossed and off to another vacation in Key Largo. What message does this contrast present? Putin has invaded a sovereign nation and taken over territory and military installations. Obama is chatting with elementary school students.

Obama mouthpiece Josh Earnest went on to say, “Obama plans to spend time with his wife and daughters while in the Keys, enjoying some of the recreational amenities on the property, including workout facilities, tennis courts, a couple of golf courses.” But of course he can stay in touch with world leaders as necessary.

Meanwhile, back in the real world, a Russian military truck broke down the gates of a Ukrainian base in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol and the installation was under siege by pro-Russian troops on Friday, the day Obama went on vacation.

About 100 Ukrainian troops are stationed at the base, Interfax reported, citing a duty officer and Ukraine’s defense ministry. In the week since Russia seized control of Crimea, Russian troops have been neutralizing and disarming Ukrainian military bases on the Black Sea peninsula. Some Ukrainian units, however, have refused to surrender. Crimea’s new leader has said pro-Russian forces numbering more than 11,000 now control all access to the region and have blockaded all military bases that haven’t yet surrendered.

The expected liberal response will be to blame Bush or say Bush did it too. I for one apologize to the people of Ukraine that our president needed to relax due to his very stressful job. I’m sure he has a cell phone and can call and beg Vladimir Putin to please stop interrupting his R&R. After all, we don’t want to disturb His Highness with the travails of people watching their country being invaded by a dictator — nah, that’s above his pay grade and wasn’t in the presidential duty description. All that was required was to give speeches and take vacations, not really lead, govern, or make decisions. Or perhaps he was handed a special job description that said simply “per Jimmy Carter.”


  1. Even Jimmy Carter would not blatantly go on a vacation during crisis situation. Worse president ever BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA

  2. He has made a mockery of our Country, Constitution, Bill of Rights, the Military, the Office of the President itself. No one especially Putin will take obozo seriously. Why not go on vacation, he is useless anyway.

  3. Voting for this schmuck once is excusable. Everyone in my pay grade and age level that voted for this tubesteak basically gambled that he’d be either Clinton or Carter. Unfortunately we got Cartered.

    If you voted for dipstick a second time, you’re truly an idiot.

    Fortunately, I didn’t vote for him either time, because I don’t vote any more. Don’t pay my taxes either. Life’s much more enjoyable that way. I have plenty of time on my hands to drink and fish.

    • I have said, repeatedly, that, I totally understand blacks voting for him. Imagine if you lived in a country, that was totally controlled by a different race, when along came somebody that sounded great, made high falutin’ promises, & said he was going to change things for the better, wouldn’t you vote for that person? Unfortunately, the blacks that voted for him, didn’t understand what they were actually going to get. When the economy crashes, it’s going to hit them as hard, or harder, than the rest of us.

  4. Dear People, did you ask yourself WHY the West and USA are LYING about RUSSIA and UKRAINE?!?! Please Inform yourself and yours and spread the TRUTH all over the Internet.

    After watching these videos, please ask Yourself WHY there are so many FALSE FLAGS with this Evil administration? WHO is provoking the GLOBAL “MAD” NUCLEAR CONFLICT ???

    1) Ukraine & WW3

    2) Kiev Snipers Hired by US-Backed Opposition https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdZpR8BsYMw

    3) Game-changer? Leaked Ashton call suggests ‘new gov’t member behind sniper’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-Y_v7wRWGo

    4) Leaked EU’s Ashton Phone Tape: Kiev Snipers Were Hired by US Supported Opposition Leaders https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2HjwCI759k

    5) WHY U.S. ship enters Black Sea near Crimea http://www.kplctv.com/story/24921209/us-ship

    ONLY People can stop this LYING administration and congress and prevent Global Catastrophe and innocent bloodshed.

    • I can tell you WHO is behind all of this~it’s satan himself. He knows his time is short, so he’s going to destroy as many as he can. Those that are Christians, he will be doing us a favor, but for those that aren’t, he’ll be filling up hell faster.

  5. I just don’t get it. Ms. Obama is going to China to talk to school children about diet and what not. Taking her mother and daughters with her on her newest vacation. She plans not to talk about all the rights that are being abused by the their government. Even Ms. Clinton got on their case about abuse of their own people. Nope, Ms. Obama isn’t going to say anything that might hurt the China Government feelings. Oh how nice.
    And now we got Pres. Obama off taking a vacation while Russia is taking over a whole country that was once part of Russia! Not surprised, Russia just wants it back so they are going to just take, and if you don’t like, so what!
    Why the need for so many vacations I can’t understand, but right now is the worse time to take one. A country who could probably use our help (are we not the country that polices?) Ops forgot, Pres. Obama is trying to cut the military down in size. We have become the laughing stock in the whole world. Our once proud country seems to be on its way to becoming nothing more than a 3 world country, stop being a super power and stop having the world think of us as just dirt under their nails. Such a shame too..

    • Her school food program here blew up, the kids trashed the food and dropped out of the program. She is hoping that the Chinese will treat her like a queen and give her a second chance to show how smart she is about nutrition and feeding kids….

  6. Crap. The POS has left Valerie Jarrett in charge again. Maybe we ought to give her a call when she does Live Chat on Google+ on Wed March 12 at 3pm ET for Cosmopolitan & Cosmo Latinas…ask her a few questions, starting with “where were YOU and the President the night Four Americans were murdered in Benghazi???”

  7. Colonel West,
    The explanation for Obama’s behaviour rgarding the crisis in the Ukraine is simple.. I’m referring to a soundbite that was picked up by Fox news as Obama and the President of France (I believe) were departing the helicopter and heading for the White House.
    Obama said, and I quote: “It’s great being President. I get to do whatever I want”!
    Any questions about his behaviour now Colonel?
    It’s very clear that Obama does not WANT TO DEAL WITH THE CRISIS IN THE UKRAINE.
    What Obama WANTS is to take a Vacation to the Keys and spend time with his family, and we all know that: WHAT OBAMA WANTS, OBAMA GETS!
    Also, in answer to “who’s in charge”, NO ONE IS, becaause that’s who Obama is!
    NO ONE!

    • He’s hoping that if he just ignores it, it will go away, like a zit or a cold. He hopes that by the time he gets back to DC it will have resolved itself and he is in the clear so he can get back to the fun stuff like rock parties in the White House again.

  8. Did Obama’s latest Executive Order state that he has placed the US under a National Emergency (first paragraph)? Then, he goes on vacation. It sounds to me like he has martial law in mind for us.

    Executive Order — Blocking Property of Certain Persons
    Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine


    – – – – – – –


    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and
    the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency
    Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National
    Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.) (NEA), section 212(f) of the
    Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (8 U.S.C. 1182(f)), and section 301 of
    title 3, United States Code,

    I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, find
    that the actions and policies of persons — including persons who have asserted
    governmental authority in the Crimean region without the authorization of the
    Government of Ukraine — that undermine democratic processes and institutions in
    Ukraine; threaten its peace, security, stability, sovereignty, and territorial
    integrity; and contribute to the misappropriation of its assets, constitute an
    unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of
    the United States, and I hereby declare a national emergency to deal with that
    threat. I hereby order:

    Section 1. (a) All property and interests in property that
    are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that
    are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States
    person (including any foreign branch) of the following persons are blocked and
    may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in: any
    person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the
    Secretary of State:

    (i) to be responsible for or complicit in, or to have
    engaged in, directly or indirectly, any of the following:

    (A) actions or policies that undermine democratic
    processes or institutions in Ukraine;

    (B) actions or policies that threaten the peace,
    security, stability, sovereignty, or territorial integrity of Ukraine; or

    (C) misappropriation of state assets of Ukraine or of
    an economically significant entity in Ukraine;

    (ii) to have asserted governmental authority over any
    part or region of Ukraine without the authorization of the Government of

    (iii) to be a leader of an entity that has, or whose
    members have, engaged in any activity described in subsection (a)(i) or (a)(ii)
    of this section or of an entity whose property and interests in property are
    blocked pursuant to this order;

    (iv) to have materially assisted, sponsored, or
    provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services
    to or in support of, any activity described in subsection (a)(i) or (a)(ii) of
    this section or any person whose property and interests in property are blocked
    pursuant to this order; or

    (v) to be owned or controlled by, or to have acted or
    purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, any person whose
    property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order.

    (b) The prohibitions in subsection (a) of this section apply except
    to the extent provided by statutes, or in regulations, orders, directives, or
    licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any
    contract entered into or any license or permit granted prior to the effective
    date of this order.

    Sec. 2. I hereby find that the unrestricted immigrant and
    nonimmigrant entry into the United States of aliens determined to meet one or
    more of the criteria in subsection 1(a) of this order would be detrimental to
    the interests of the United States, and I hereby suspend entry into the United
    States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of such persons. Such persons shall be
    treated as persons covered by section 1 of Proclamation 8693 of July 24, 2011
    (Suspension of Entry of Aliens Subject to United Nations Security Council Travel
    Bans and International Emergency Economic Powers Act Sanctions).

    Sec. 3. I hereby determine that the making of donations of
    the type of articles specified in section 203(b)(2) of IEEPA (50 U.S.C.
    1702(b)(2)) by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and
    interests in property are blocked pursuant to section 1 of this order would
    seriously impair my ability to deal with the national emergency declared in this
    order, and I hereby prohibit such donations as provided by section 1 of this

    Sec. 4. The prohibitions in section 1 of this order include
    but are not limited to:

    (a) the making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or
    services by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests
    in property are blocked pursuant to this order; and

    (b) the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or
    services from any such person.

    Sec. 5. (a) Any transaction that evades or avoids, has the
    purpose of evading or avoiding, causes a violation of, or attempts to violate
    any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited.

    (b) Any conspiracy formed to violate any of the prohibitions set
    forth in this order is prohibited.

    Sec. 6. For the purposes of this order:

    (a) the term “person” means an individual or entity;

    (b) the term “entity” means a partnership, association, trust, joint
    venture, corporation, group, subgroup, or other organization; and

    (c) the term “United States person” means any United States citizen,
    permanent resident alien, entity organized under the laws of the United States
    or any jurisdiction within the United States (including foreign branches), or
    any person in the United States.

    Sec. 7. For those persons whose property and interests in
    property are blocked pursuant to this order who might have a constitutional
    presence in the United States, I find that because of the ability to transfer
    funds or other assets instantaneously, prior notice to such persons of measures
    to be taken pursuant to this order would render those measures ineffectual. I
    therefore determine that for these measures to be effective in addressing the
    national emergency declared in this order, there need be no prior notice of a
    listing or determination made pursuant to section 1 of this order.

    Sec. 8. The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with
    the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to take such actions, including the
    promulgation of rules and regulations, and to employ all powers granted to the
    President by IEEPA, as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this order.
    The Secretary of the Treasury may redelegate any of these functions to other
    officers and agencies of the United States Government consistent with applicable
    law. All agencies of the United States Government are hereby directed to take
    all appropriate measures within their authority to carry out the provisions of
    this order.

    Sec. 9. The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with
    the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to submit the recurring and final
    reports to the Congress on the national emergency declared in this order,
    consistent with section 401(c) of the NEA (50 U.S.C. 1641(c)) and section 204(c)
    of IEEPA (50 U.S.C. 1703(c)).

    Sec. 10. This order is not intended to, and does not, create
    any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity
    by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities,
    its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.



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