Flashback Video: Obama Promises No Vacations For Himself As President


obama-swimmingWeasel Zippers has revived an old video of Barack Obama promising not to take vacations if he were elected president.

The video features then-Sen. Obama discussing his book “The Audacity Of Hope” with New York Times columnist Bob Herbert in 2008.

The future president was talking about how those running for president need to be prepared to “give their life to it.”

“The bargain that any president strikes with is, you give me this office and in turn my, fears, doubts, insecurities, foibles, need for sleep, family life, vacations, leisure is gone,” Obama said. “I am giving myself to you.”

Obama went on to say that “the American people should have no patience for what’s going on in your head because you’ve got a job to do” and that people should only run for president if they’re willing to make that sacrifice.

When asked by the host if he could imagine himself making that kind of commitment, he said, “Sure.”

Weasel Zippers used the quote to criticize Obama, saying he “then proceeded to hit the golf course 186 times (and counting).”

The president has also been criticized for taking a vacation to Martha’s Vineyard while international crises are occurring.



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  1. Dearest Matzov,

    You stand out as the only frum website who downloads the videos on your own server so that those of us who choose to adhere the call of the Poskim and have a secure filter dont have access to You tube or of such. Can you continue to keep up that work? At times it feels intrigued when you post an artical that doesn’t have that option. Thanks so much in advance!

  2. These are not vacations for the President’s benefit; rather every day he’s off the job, the world is a better and safer place.

  3. Wow. It takes a good 3 hours to play a round of golf. 186 rounds in six year is one every week and a half. I’m not the president and I certainly dont have that kind of time on a consistent basis!!

  4. When is he NOT taking a vacation?? It’s hard to take a vacation from a vacation. That would probably mean that he would have to actually do some work, for a change.

  5. he is vacationing from his job as professional golfer: gasp, he was in the oval office the other day (after putting in a fulls day work at martha’s vineyeard)

  6. Please leave him alone!!!!
    Let him play . The more he is busy with games and toys the better off we are.
    (Even though we are paying for it)

  7. I hope he takes vacation till the end of his term. He can stay in Martha’s Vineyard indefinitely, as far as most of us are concerned.

  8. Obama’s Democrat “meforshim” would probably say is that what he REALLY meant was that the vacation are not really for himself. Besides is depends on what the word “vacation” really means.

    Always remember that Obama is the SHAKRAN-IN-CHIEF

  9. Hey, wait a moment. First of all, a lot goes on behind closed doors when it comes to the president. Second of all, there is a certain modicum of derech eretz required when speaking about the president. Third, we cannot forget we are in galus. We do not want to make the president our enemy.

  10. Of all the above comments, #11’s comment is the most mature; especially at a time where all the European countries openly hate the Jews, we Yidden have to appreciate America, & somewhat respect the President of the most powerful country in the world…all this silly talk about his vacations isn’t going to change anything,,,,,unfortunately.

  11. Leave the poor Kenyan alone. He had a very difficult upbringing. That darling wife of his, has stated they never had a good day in their lives until her black husband became President.

  12. I also agree with #11. You can’t just insult the president of the united state in such immatured way. It just make you look bad.