The White House said it was hoping for a news-free trip, but shortly after the president arrived, he announced a series of recess appointments. He filled four diplomatic and agency jobs under a temporary authority he gains while Congress is on recess, and he blamed Republicans for forcing him to bypass the normal confirmation process.
"At a time when our nation faces so many pressing challenges, I urge members of the Senate to stop playing politics with our highly qualified nominees, and fulfill their responsibilities of advice and consent," the president said in a statement. "Until they do, I reserve the right to act within my authority to do what is best for the American people." (Z: if you're hoping for a NEWS-FREE TRIP, don't make sneaky appointments. And, PLEASE, maybe some in the Senate don't feel your nominees are 'highly qualified', ever think of that? Or must EVERYTHING be a slam to the Republicans, everything's another campaign dig? Maybe the Republicans are just plain dead set against the people you're appointing, how's that 'forcing him to bypass'? Why can't THEIR wishes be respected? What's he putting in there, another...Van Jones, for example? The translation of his quote is "Look, there are guys I like that they don't, so I'm sneaking them in this way......sorry they made me do it" WHAT?)
Here's another gem from the article:
Martha's Vineyard has previously played host not only to Obama, but also two other presidents, Bill Clinton and Ulysses S. Grant. It has been a traditional gathering point for affluent African-Americans, and Obama visited even before he was elected the country's first black president in 2008.
Z: Imagine if the media'd said about a Bush trip to Kennebunkport "It has been a traditional gathering point for affluent White Americans...." ? A slightly different impression might be made, huh? :-) So, tell me again why leftwingers think Americans have suddenly become so racially conscious again? Tell me again who's leading that call? Why CARES if Martha's Vineyard, home to Carly Simon and so many other WHITE celebs is suddenly deemed a "traditional gathering point for affluence African-Americans"? And, really, can't a black president go anywhere without a racial explanation from our media?