Many of us on the Right give President Obama quite a bit of grief over his schedule, particularly the frequency of his party fundraisers and vacation time. Now there’s word that the President may have cut back with the debt ceiling approaching – but it’s not yet confirmed:
President Barack Obama has canceled a trip to Montana and will not be in Whitefish later this week, Whitefish Police Chief Bill Dial said Tuesday.
The White House Press Office confirmed that the president won’t be in the Flathead Valley from July 8-10, and it’s not on his schedule.
Dial said the president’s trip to Whitefish had been scheduled and arrangements had been made before the trip was canceled late last week. Obama reportedly was to have stayed at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, though lodge officials said they could neither confirm nor deny the president’s stay.
The local rumor mill was churning earlier this week, indicating the president was coming either for a vacation or for a fundraiser for Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont.
Aaron Murphy, a spokesman for Tester, said there is no fundraising event planned for the senator this week. Tester is meeting with Secretary of the Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki on Thursday and Friday before heading back to his farm.
Good for the president if he did decide to attend to his presidential duties and budget negotiations before a fundraiser for a party ally or more vacation time. But… perhaps this was always a tentative trip that just never came to fruition.