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Our Chronically Relaxed President Approaches Vacation Time



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The morning’s news:

The White House late Wednesday confirmed that President Obama and his family will return to Martha’s Vineyard for two weeks of vacation in August.

I’m sure everyone who has griped and will gripe about folks on therRight griping about the president’s vacation denounced this cinematic scene, right?

Does the president really need to relax these days? As mentioned in the Jolt . . . 

President Obama was offered weed in that pool hall in Colorado. Kind of superfluous, isn’t it? Does this look like a guy who needs to relax more?

Forget the relaxants, does anyone have any stimulants to offer him? Sure, caffeine might make him jittery, but right now the guy with the highest-pressure, biggest-consequence job in America is showing all the stress of a late-night radio DJ. He’s got less anxiety than a mid-decade Matthew McConnaughey character. If only the country was doing “alright, alright, alright.”

We know why the president turned down the pot he was offered, of course: Michelle won’t let him have the brownies. The choom’s fine, but she draws the line at the sugar and calories.

There’s a humanitarian crisis on the border, the Middle East is burning down, the midterms look set to be disastrous for Democrats, and Obama’s still convinced he’s LeBron James. If he means cramping when everything is on the line, then yes. Congressional Democrats would probably say LeBron is the better teammate. Ironically, LeBron James is feeling more pressure than the president of the United States right now. But LeBron probably spends more time worrying about the future. President Obama isn’t LeBron James. He’s the Brazilian goalie.

Obama’s got two and a half years left in office, and he’s got high school senioritis. He’s doing more fundraisers than Jerry Lewis.

This morning Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Sheldon Adelson call for comprehensive immigration reform, including a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Finally, the little guys are making the case that amnesty can work for them! You know, the day the Gates Foundation says to its founder, “Sorry, clean out your office — Carlos Slim is willing to do your job for less” then we can talk about the cost-benefit analysis of legalizing those who came here illegally.

The Daily Mail apologized to George Clooney for false reporting . . . and Clooney rejected the apology. The poor guy, such a victim. He’s got it rough. He lectured the newspaper “the coverup is always worse.” Then he went to another Obama fundraiser.


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