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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Utter hypocrisy

So the latest noise from the right is that President Obama shouldn't go to Denmark this week to make the case for bringing the Summer Olympics to Chicago in 2016 because he should be focusing on more pressing matters at home.

First of all, he'll be there and back in less than 24 hours. I'm pretty sure the United States can manage to have its leader out of the country for a fraction of a day.

Beyond that, though, Republicans in general - and their mouthpieces at FoxNews in particular - would be much easier to take seriously if they didn't complain about everything this guy does. I mean, seriously, are they so short on legitimate beefs about Obama that they have to resort to whining about him trying to do something good for the nation's image?

And isn't odd that the nation's conservatives and all the on-air blowhards who claim to represent them never once complained about the 490 days (that's 1.3 years) that Republican George W. Bush spent at his Texas ranch during his eight year presidency, or the 487 days (another 1.3 years) that he spent at Camp David, the official presidential retreat in Maryland?

Bush spends 2.6 years - nearly one-third of his time in office - on vacation from the White House, and Fox, et. al., don't utter a single disparaging word. Obama plans one pro-U.S. business trip abroad that will be over almost as soon as begins, and the same people go berserk.

Pretty funny. And pretty sad.



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