So what was the rush on the stimulus, Mr. President?

Posted by: ST on February 15, 2009 at 10:25 am

The NY Post reports that at the same time President Obama was pushing to get the stimulus passed by the end of the week last week – which meant that not one member of Congress had the time to fully read the bill they were voting on – he was planning a three day Valentine’s Day getaway from DC with the First Lady, a getaway that started on Friday:

After pushing Congress for weeks to hurry up and pass the massive $787 billion stimulus bill, President Obama promptly took off for a three-day holiday getaway.

Obama arrived at his home in Chicago on Friday, and treated wife Michelle to a Valentine’s Day dinner downtown last night. The couple was spotted leaving upscale Table Fifty-Two, which specializes in Southern cuisine, with the first lady toting what appeared to be a doggie bag.

The president plans to spend the Presidents’ Day weekend in the Windy City, and is not expected to sign the bill until Tuesday, when he travels to Denver to discuss his economic plan.

Well you know what they say, when the going gets tough, the tough get going.

Show of hands how many of you believe that any media outlet besides the NYP and perhaps Fox will report on how Obama’s “fierce urgency of now” tone on the passage of the stimulus bill was put on hold so he and the Mrs. could get away from Washington, DC for three days – three days that Congress could have used to thoroughly read this monstrosity of a bill before voting on it?

I didn’t think so.

Cross-posted to Right Wing News, where I am helping guestblog for John Hawkins on Sundays.

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9 Responses to “So what was the rush on the stimulus, Mr. President?”


  1. Hope. Change. Bankruptcy.

  2. SpideyTerry says:

    In office for only a few weeks, and he’s already taking a three-day vacation? And in this supposedly urgent time? Tsk, tsk.

    “I’m beginning to think this Obama guy is full of crap”… which is what I said months upon months ago.

  3. Stacy says:

    There was a tiny blurb about this in the Dallas Morning News, buried toward the back of the front section of the paper today. We couldn’t help but notice that had Bush done something like this – ventured down to Crawford for the weekend – regardless of what was going on in Washington, it would have been front-page news.

    Plus, what we saw read like something out of Page 6…what with the name-dropping.

  4. I wonder if Michael Moore will make a movie? Na.

  5. Jonathan says:

    Obama is making himself out to be a first-rate buffoon.

    If Congress were in the hands of the Republicans, his character deficiencies would be held in check, and he would likely do no worse than Bill Clinton. However, with the Democrats running the show it looks like he and congress will keep egging each other on to greater excess.

  6. Brontefan says:

    The King is a figurehead and his only job is to appear in front of the camera for the massive Kool Aid drinkers. Obama is the first black president; his place in history is locked. And he can blame any mistakes or failures on the Bush Administration. [Michael Moore makes propaganda films and sells them as documentaries.] Has anyone out there noticed that all the scare tactics are for the masses to cut-back and tighten their belts? Meanwhile, our politicians are free to spend, spend, spend.