Where Were Michael Steele and John Boehner In 2003?
by Nathan Empsall, Thu Oct 01, 2009 at 11:50:40 AM EDT
A number of right-wing pundits and Republican leaders are criticizing the President for heading to Copehnagen tonight to make a push for holding the 2016 Olympics in Chicago. Even though the trip will take less than 24 hours, there are those who say he's taking his eye off the ball and not focusing on the most important issues. From Politico:
House Minority Leader John Boehner torched President Barack Obama Wednesday for his European trip to pitch the Chicago Olympics bid, criticizing the president for "going to go off to Copenhagen when we've got serious issues here at home that need to be debated."
Obama's trip has been maligned by most Republicans as the health care overhaul remains in a continued state of flux in Congress and the top general in Afghanistan awaits word on a troop increase....
"Listen I think it's a great idea to promote Chicago but he's the president of the United States, not the mayor of Chicago," Boehner said. "And the problems we have here at home affect all Americans and that's where his attention ought to be."
In his eight years as president, George W. Bush spent 490 days at his ranch in Crawford, Texas and 487 days at Camp David, Maryland. That's 977 to one.
Here's what I want to know: Where was John Boehner during the last administration? When Bush took off for Crawford with Katrina on the way, did Boehner point at the Gulf and say "That's where his attention ought to be"? When Bush hosted guests at Camp David with two wars on, did Michael Steele say that, "The first lady should have been the lead here"?
Of course not. The President of the United States doesn't leave his brain or even his staff at the White House when he travels. The Bushies were able to use computers, telephones, and airplanes from remote locations, and Obama can do the same. Boehner and Steele, putting politics before policy and partisanship before country.