Jeff Crouere

August is when politicians retire to their vacation homes and relax at taxpayer expense. Congress is paid for a 5-week vacation and President Obama and his family have made it a tradition to enjoy a luxurious vacation at Martha's Vineyard, the playground of the rich.

The President loves to stroll the streets of Martha's Vineyard, enjoy ice cream and bike riding. Most of all, he loves to play golf. Since assuming the presidency, Barack Obama has played almost 200 rounds of golf, no matter what crisis is ongoing.

During this vacation, he played golf during a Ukrainian civil war, a conflict in Gaza, the beheading of innocent Christians by the terror group ISIS, and a five day riot in Ferguson, Missouri.

All of these distractions undoubtedly upset President Obama, who had to interrupt his vacation for an occasional news conference and real work.

Yesterday, he made brief comments praising his administration for effective military action against ISIS in Iraq and blasting the police for their response to the riots in Missouri. Upon concluding the news conference, the President was on the golf course within minutes.

Obviously, golf helps relax the President, who has undoubtedly been stressed recently. This week, Obama not only had to deal with turmoil overseas and in Missouri, but he was also criticized by an unlikely source. He is used to being blasted by Republicans, who oppose his policies, but he must have been shocked to read about the blistering attack from his former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

In an interview with The Atlantic, Mrs. Clinton claimed that the President's feckless response to the Syrian civil war created a vacuum that was filled by Islamic terrorists. The President denied his policies were ineffective and claimed that the comments were “horse...”

So, the President cannot even relax in peace and has to deal with critics all over the political spectrum. He must realize that Hillary Clinton is running for President and has to distance herself from his failed policies. In a convenient public relations move, on Wednesday night, the President and Mrs. Obama joined Hillary and Bill Clinton at the birthday party of Ann Jordan, wife of lobbyist Vernon Jordan. Prior to the event, Hillary Clinton said she was looking forward to “hugging it out” with the President.


Jeff Crouere

Jeff Crouere is a native of New Orleans, LA and he is the host of a Louisiana based program, “Ringside Politics,” which airs at 7:30 p.m. Fri. and 10:00 p.m. Sun. on WLAE-TV 32, a PBS station, and 7 till 11 a.m.weekdays on WGSO 990 AM in New Orleans and the Northshore. For more information, visit his web site at www.ringsidepolitics.com