by Warner Todd Huston 14 Jun 2014
Even as Iraq is falling to renewed attacks by radical Islamists, pro-Russian forces escalate the killing of Ukrainian soldiers, and as thousands of illegal immigrants are surging across our borders causing misery and a national health crisis, President Obama has decided to take an extended weekend vacation, perhaps to get in a little golf.
The president and his family have jetted off to the desert oasis of Rancho Mirage, California, for an extended Father's Day vacation.
As the Los Angeles local CBS affiliate noted, Obama's staff has helpfully "scoped out some golf courses and gave a list to Obama just in case he wants to spend Father’s Day on the links."
If the president breaks out the clubs once again, it will be the sixth time he's golfed in Rancho Mirage since entering the White House. As of May 24th, 2014, President Obama has hit the links 173 times since becoming president.
No taxpayer-funded trip for Obama would be complete without some fundraising. On Saturday, the president is scheduled to attend a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee at a closed-door event at a private home in Orange County, California.
While in California, Obama also delivered the UC Irvine commencement address at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.
Of course, throughout his time in California, the president has promised to keep an eye on spiraling international situations.
"We’ll be monitoring the situation in Iraq very carefully over the next several days," the president said on Friday morning. "Our top priority will remain being vigilant against any threats to our personnel serving overseas. We will consult closely with Congress as we make determinations about appropriate action, and we’ll continue to keep the American people fully informed as we make decisions about the way forward."