I’ve never considered Cameron to a particularly strong leader, but at least he has some sense of decorum.
“U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer vacation to return to London and chair urgent meetings on the threat posed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, calling the video ‘shocking and depraved.'”
Obama’s two days in Washington were mostly quiet, and concluded with the president receiving his daily national security briefing in the morning, and joining Vice President Biden to huddle with members of his economic team in the afternoon.Administration officials have insisted for weeks that the president just wanted to return to the White House for a series of meetings, but the explanation was met with a healthy dose of skepticism, since Obama rarely interrupts his vacations.
The Washington Times suggests that Obama’s brief interruption of his vacation was meant to show that he still takes his job seriously.
“Being seen taking a vacation — biking, golfing, dancing — while both foreign and domestic affairs seem to be coming unglued isn’t likely to improve his image,” said Lara Brown, director of the political management program at George Washington University. “It is also the case that even if his public schedule does not ‘make news’ while he is Washington, he is able to have more in-depth meetings with those advisers and staff who are charged with handling these issues. In short, it looks good, but it also likely allows him to do more work than if he were still at Martha’s Vineyard.”
The price tag for that extra round-trip to DC so Obama could have his ‘hard at work’ photo-op? A cool $1.1 million according to Judicial Watch.
And now in the wake of horrific news that ISIS beheaded an American citizen, the president back to the hot tubs, basketball, tennis and golf on a $12 million, 10-acre forested, beachfront estate in Martha’s Vineyard until the 24th.
At least we know that if ISIS’ victim had been a UK citizen, Obama would behave the same exact way.