Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Economy, Health Care, Liberalism, Military | Tags: America's Disabled Veterans, Martha's Vineyard Vacation, The Way Things Look
Among the many words that smitten journalists have come up with during the Obama administration, one of the most annoying is “optics”, once defined as “the scientific study of light and vision, chiefly of the generation, propagation, and detection of electro-magnetic radiation having wavelengths greater than x-rays and shorter than microwaves” into — the way things look. It somehow seems more delicate to speak of the “optics” of something than to say it looks really bad. And of course American journalists are more delicate than their equivalents in the United Kingdom. Sometimes you must turn to the British papers to find out how things actually look on this side of the pond.
“First dog Bo is airlifted to Obama holiday home” says the Telegraph. “When President Barack Obama goes on holiday to the seaside things can get complicated.”
Rooms have to be found for dozens of Secret Service agents, someone has to carry a selection of presidential basketballs, and of course the family dog needs his own state-of-the-art aircraft.
Arriving in the idyllic coastal retreat of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, Mr Obama left behind him in Washington DC high profile debates over the budget, government surveillance and his health care reforms. Instead, he will spend the next eight days playing golf, going to the beach, and buying books from the Bunch of Grapes bookstore….
Bo, the president’s Portuguese Water Dog, arrived separately on one of two MV-22 Ospreys, a hybrid aircraft which takes off like a helicopter but flies like a plane.
Presidents need and deserve vacations, but the Obama’s are remarkably oblivious to the “optics” of things — vacationwise,
President Obama took his case for whining about the sequester to hundreds of disabled veterans on Saturday, saying he protected their benefits from the “reckless” cuts to the federal budget this year, but suggested that next year might be different.
“It’s hurting our military. I made it clear that your veteran’s benefits are exempt from this year’s sequester,” the president said to the applause of hundreds at the Disabled American Veterans’ convention in Orlando, Fla. “But I want to tell you going forward the best way to protect the VA care you have earned is to get rid of this sequester altogether.”
The president but the blame squarely on Congress, which returns in about four weeks to work on a new federal budget and increasing the federal debt limit.
“We’ve got these reckless, across-the-board budget cuts called the sequester that are hitting a lot of folks hard,” Obama said. “Congress needs to come together and agree on a responsible plan that reduces our deficit and keeps our promises to our veterans and keeps our promises to future generations.”
The optics, the optics, the optics! It really looks bad when you warn our disabled veterans that you may cut their benefits, then you jet off to Martha’s Vineyard, with a couple of extra Ospreys for your dog and the basketballs. Jay Carney, press secretary, said “Obviously, when you’re President of the United States, you carry a little baggage when you travel. And that’s true whether it’s on a summit, international meeting, a domestic trip, or for a vacation. I know he’s looking forward very much to some down time with his family.”
The backlog of claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs continues. 780,000 claims are pending. About 500,000 are backlogged (over 4 months), they need more funding for prosthetics, and Republicans are hammering the department on the issue of patient safety. Oddly, the president can delay ObamaCare for large employers, and free Congress from the legal requirement that they fully participate in the PPACA insurance plans which they forced on unwilling citizens. When people listen to the administration claims for the desirability of ObamaCare, do they ever stop to compare it to the VA’s TriCare or to the Indian Health Service? The Optics are bad.