It was only two summers ago that President Barack Obama interrupted his annual August family vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts for a two-day trip to Washington, D.C. that was clouded in mystery.
However, with the controversy being generated this August by Obama refusing to take a break from his vacation to show presidential support and compassion for the people of Louisiana affected by a record devastating flood, no one in the media has brought up Obama’s 2014 interruption of his vacation.
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A Google News search brought back no returns this past week on Obama making a special trip to Washington to attend the “bachelor party” of then White House chef Sam Kass. This is an example of how the media protects Obama.
Flashback to August 2014 when Obama made an expensive quick trip on Air Force One to D.C.
The Hill’s Justin Sink wrote about the bogus reasons the administration gave for Obama’s trip.
President Obama went back to his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard Tuesday evening after spending less than 48 hours in Washington, leaving people puzzled over why he came back in the first place.
Obama’s two days in Washington were mostly quiet, and concluded with the president receiving his daily national security briefing in the morning and joining Vice President Biden to huddle with members of his economic team in the afternoon.
Administration officials have insisted for weeks that the president just wanted to return to the White House for a series of meetings, but the explanation was met with a healthy dose of skepticism, because Obama rarely interrupts his vacations.
Judicial Watch estimates the extra trip cost $1.1 million. Only daughter Malia accompanied Obama back to Washington.
Speculation for why Obama returned focused around the possibility of a secret foreign leader meeting or the rollout of a new administration initiative on immigration or corporate taxes.
But no such explanation materialized.
The most unusual deviation from a normal day at the White House was Obama’s dinner Monday night at Sam Kass’s home. The president, joined by deputy chief of staff Anita Breckenridge, spent nearly five hours at the White House chef’s Dupont Circle duplex apartment.
It’s possible that the party may have been a celebration of Kass’s impending nuptials to MSNBC host Alex Wagner. The couple announced their engagement last September. But the White House provided no details of the meal.
White House officials have bristled at repeated questions over the decision, even as the story has popcorned across the Internet.
…While fiscal-cliff negotiations in 2012 caused a Washington interruption to his Hawaii holiday, Obama did not return to D.C. last summer as Egypt’s government tottered.
Nor did he fly back after the attempted underwear bombing of a Northwest flight headed to Detroit in 2009, or the Russian incursion into Ukraine during a golf weekend in Key Largo earlier this year.
Besides his meetings on Tuesday, Obama held separate meetings Monday with his national security team and Attorney General Eric Holder, and fielded questions from reporters at a brief news conference about Iraq and Ferguson.
But Obama didn’t need to return to Washington to meet with anyone.
Holder traveled with the president to Massachusetts, and the White House posted pictures of Obama discussing the situation with the attorney general and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.
Obama can also teleconference in to a meeting with his economic or national security teams from Martha’s Vineyard, something the White House has underlined.
“He travels with a wide array of communications equipment, and we also travel with a staff that allows us to have robust operational capabilities,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz said last week.
If Obama wanted to speak to the media, he can do that on vacation too. The president made three public statements during his time on Martha’s Vineyard last week…”
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While Sink could only speculate about the long visit with Kass, CBS News’ Major Garrett nailed down that Obama attended Kass’ bachelor party.
Rush Limbaugh spoke about Garrett’s report.
RUSH: We now know, ladies and gentlemen, why Obama went back to Washington, left Martha’s Vineyard, split from the vacation. Major Garrett had the details on CBS This Morning.
GARRETT: In addition to golf, the president’s vacation scorecard includes three dinners out, two beach days, one bike ride, a jazz concert, and a fundraiser for Senate Democrats. Not to mention a five-hour bachelor party Monday in the Washington home of former White House chef Sam Kass.
RUSH: A-ha! That’s what it is. He had to come back for a bachelor party. He left his own vacation — one set of parties and the golf course — for another party. He didn’t announce that until after it was over, and it wasn’t even announced as a bachelor party. It was just “a five-hour dinner party” when it was first mentioned. No bachelor party aspect to it.”