Presidents not far from the job
I read with a touch of amusement The News-Review publisher’s folksy, overlong critique of the President’s golfing in the face of our current crises. In fact, his is an argument that has been going on for as far back as there have been presidents. The opposite party has screamed about Eisenhower’s golfing, Reagan’s brush clearing, Bush II’s golfing, (there is a news clip of Bush looking earnest while declaiming in his inimitable style on terrorism, and then saying we should watch his golf swing.)
In point of actual fact, presidents are never far from the job. The office follows them, and they are as close to events as they would be in the White House.
The problem is with the “optics.” It appears to those critical of the incumbent that he is disconnected from his job, when in fact he is never far from it, whether on Air Force One or on the links.
The publisher’s critique is in good right wing company. Bill Cristal, right wing congressmen, and other critics of the president are alert for any reason to pile on. I say that when Obama’s vacation days amount to half the days of either Eisenhower, Reagan or Bush, criticism may be due. Until then, I would advise the publisher to use his editorial space for something more in his area of expertise.