As strife continued in Libya, and Japan dug out from an epic earthquake and tsunamis leaving one of our largest trading partners in the midst of a nuclear crisis, Barack Obama went golfing this past Saturday.
Obviously clueless about the President's numerous golf outings and vacations since Inauguration Day, comedienne Wanda Sykes actually asked Jay Leno on Tuesday's "Tonight Show," "Has Obama had one relaxing day since he's been in office?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
WANDA SYKES: I just want to know, has the President, has Obama had one relaxing day since he's been in office? Has he had, I mean, just look. Soon as he got in office, just one thing after the other, just, you know, the banks, the housing. Now he's got Boehner coming in his office crying every day. [ Crying ]
[ Laughter ]
SYKES: You know, it's just everything. And just like has he had one day where he could just put his feet up and go, "It's good to be me," just – no! Not one day. And I just hope Michelle is growing some weed in that herb garden.
JAY LENO, HOST: Really?
I guess this brainiac missed what was all the buzz this weekend when our illustrious President decided to go golfing in the middle of a nuclear and humanitarian crisis in Japan.
As ABC's Tahman Bradley reported Saturday:
For the second week in a row, the most powerful man in the world stepped away from the White House to hit the golf course.
Even as his administration and the U.S. military help Japan recover from a devastating earthquake, and as the world worries about Fukushima's nuclear reactor, the president could not resist taking advantage of the 48-degree weather in the Washington, D.C., area. [...]
Last fall, Obama went golfing darn near every weekend.
You hear that, Wanda?
"Last fall, Obama went golfing darn near every weekend."
And the first family has had its share of vacations, too. As CBS's Political Hotsheet reported last August:
This is Mr. Obama's 9th vacation since taking office. As of today, he has spent all or part of 38 days on "vacation" away from the White House. He has also made 14 visits to Camp David spanning all or part of 32 days. It brings his total time away to all or part of 70 days.
As that was written on August 19, that means in his first year and a half in office, the President had 70 days to "just put his feet up and go, 'It's good to be me.'"
Somehow Sykes missed them all as well as the ones that have come since - including just three days ago!
Color me very unsurprised.