After declaring a National Emergency, Trump goes to Florida to golf?


#43

I read the story about gingivitis a few days ago and even discussed it with my wife. That fascinated me.


#44

This is what every single post supporting trump sounds like.


#47

This is a twofer for Donald Trump. He lied about a national emergency and today he will lie about his golf score.


#49

Sounds like a personal attack to me to everyone you consider to be a lib.


#50

That’s gotta get boring after a while. He probably couldn’t even get it up to go play a round toward the end.


#51

Exactly. We internally filter for data that supports the hypothesis when a rigorous process insists that our tests be directed at falsifying the hypothesis. That is usually the very quickest way at the truth.

Our minds typically don’t work that way without significant rejiggering and subsequent continued observation of our own thought process through a hairy eyeball.


#52

All points to how serious this “emergency” really is for the courts.


#54

It’s my understanding that our President will be spending a lot of time in the Situation Room this weekend…


#55

Remember when George W. Bush responded to the national emergency of 9/11 by taking off to his private golf resort and visiting the omelette station on the way out to the first hole?


#56

Can’t help thinking of this.


#57

We don’t have to imagine a “what if Obama” scenario. History provides examples.
In what was described by the media as an over the top emotional display, Obama depicted himself “heartbroken” by the brutal beheading of James Foley an American journalist. Obama had barely hung up the phone with the grieving parents prior to his astonishing media performance. Before the media could pack up their gear, Obama headed to his favorite golf course on Martha’s Vineyard.


#58

Yep, that was bad optics.

Of course, he DID provide an eloquent statement on the murder before leaving for a planned vacation. He DIDN’T make it on the golf course before suggesting that reporters “watch this drive”. And he DIDN’T say there are good people in journalism and in ISIS.

So there’s that.


#59

President Obama didn’t manufacture a crises, do a Constitutionally dubious power grab to resolve that crises and then go golfing.

But I understand the need to try to draw some sort comparison between someone who actually worked at the job of President and someone who pretends.


#60

after Trump shot a 78 yesterday (with 45 mulligans) i’m sure he’s back to the course again today. the national emergency isn’t a national emergency. he’s just a punk who is very good at manipulating SOME people to get what he wants.

Trump tricked less (% wise) New Yorkers in his career than he has Republicans/Southerners/Evangelicals.


#61

I think Obama wore the tan outfit better then Trump.


#62

Obama - the great orator was more powerful than the reality of Obama. He was such a greater talker perhaps, but it turned out there was very little behind the words…


#63

Did Obama declare a national emergency on murders of journalists, bring mothers of slain journalists to his speech to convince everyone how dire the situation is, demand we take action to stop the sex trafficking/murders of/drug epidemic among journalists, then head off to golf?

As another poster said, I agree the optics look bad, but the situations aren’t quite the same.

WE ARE IN A NATIONAL IMMIGRATION CRISIS, AND WE ARE LITERALLY BEING INVADED AND I AM NOW USING MY PRESIDENTIAL POWERS TO STOP IT, now watch this drive, oh, and can I get an omelet?

is not quite the same as

WE ARE DEEPLY SORRY AT THE LOSS OF AN AMERICAN JOURNALIST now watch this drive.

Declaring that a problem is so dire that the president must use his emergency powers to, potentially unconstitutionally, reappropriate already appropriated monies, should demand that the president stay at the WH and get the hell to work on putting his policy into practice, instead of hitting the links.

If the problem is urgent enough that we must have an emergency declaration over it, then it’s urget enough that President Trump immediately get to work at solving the problem-we don’t have a moment to spare.


#64

lol still under the spinning tales spell. Good at speeches, if you go in for the ‘put your foot on my heart and let’s heal the world’ sort of guff.

Let’s be realistic, Obama was a photogenic, media-friendly politician, who had a good media team and knew how to act as “the cool guy” (for a politician at least). However, he was just another presidential hand puppet, who only did his masters behest, who hardly made an impact where it matters.


#65

Not a single word of that changes that your attempt to compare these two situations is not valid.


#66

Ahhh but he did look so presidential.
Obama can now truly enjoy his golf game without admonition. His most significant legacy will be that his successor is Donald Trump.