Friday, May 11, 2012

Obama's "Work" Calendar

I wish that I could get away with working as few hours as Barack Hussein Obama.
On May 7, Geoffrey Norman posted "Today's Laugh Line" at National Review Online -- a quote from a column by Mark Halperin in Time asserting Mitt Romney has "the luxury of an open schedule" allowing him to "spend every waking hour as a full-time candidate," while President Obama "is required to do his day job."

It was even funnier if one looked at President Obama's May 7 schedule. Here was his schedule that day, in its entirety, with all events taking place in the Oval Office:
10:00 a.m.   The President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing.
11:00 a.m.   The President meets with senior advisors.
2:30 p.m.     The President holds a conference call with elected officials and student government leaders from across the country to discuss the need to prevent rates from doubling on July 1.
Obama is fortunate he didn't serve as president during the Bush administration, when the Presidential Daily Briefing was generally given around 7 a.m. to a president who typically arrived at 6:45 a.m. to the Oval Office. According to the daily schedules posted on the White House website, President Obama's official day usually starts at 10 a.m. with his daily briefing.

Compare President Obama's May 7 schedule with President Bush's day on May 7, 2008: on that day he (1) issued an Executive Order on prohibitions of exports to Syria, (2) sent Congress an agreement with the Czech Republic, (3) signed bills designating various Post Office facilities in honor of U.S. soldiers, (4) signed the "Ensuring Continued Access to Student Loans Act of 2008," (5) held a press conference urging Congress to "allow for the construction of refinery and for environmentally friendly domestic exploration" and give the Colombia free trade agreement an up-or-down vote, and (6) addressed the Council of the Americas, with a lengthy speech that in passing recounted his conversation the prior day with three Cuban dissidents, which exemplified his Freedom Agenda:

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