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By Aaron Blake Reporter August 22 at 1:40 PM

President Obama has had some trouble getting away from it all.

During the president’s vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., Americans have witnessed clashes and standoffs between police and protesters in Ferguson, Mo., and have seen a gut-wrenching video of American journalist James Foley being beheaded by Islamic State militants, who said the killing was in retaliation for airstrikes Obama ordered against them in Iraq.

Meanwhile, the chairman of Obama’s own party, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), appeared to question the president’s decision to deport thousands of illegal-immigrant youths back to their violent home countries in Central America, suggesting that they were being placed “in dire jeopardy.”

Through it all, Obama golfed. Yes, he gave a couple of news conferences, too, but he soon returned to his vacation and his clubs. By the end of the week, Obama aides had to tell the New York Times that “the golf game did not reflect the depth of his grief over Foley.”

Obama can take solace in a Washington Post-ABC News poll showing that his decision to launch the airstrikes in Iraq was broadly popular — at least before the death of Foley. And a CBS News-New York Times poll showed that Americans were more positive than negative about his response to Ferguson.

But the challenges of the week, from the Midwest to the Mideast, underscore the difficulty Obama has had in uniting a divided America and ending the war in Iraq — two of the key issues that led to his political rise. Six years later, they still bedevil him.

President Obama, for watching your agenda slice into the deep rough, you had the worst week in Washington. Congrats, or something.

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Re: Who had the worst week in Washington? The vacationing President Obama
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2014, 08:09:39 PM »
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Nah....

I don't think Obama cares any longer.
Valerie may care, but he certainly doesn't.

Just so long as he can make an appearance for appearance's sake -- hopefully not too early (he'll be late anyway), and not for too long.

Then.... back to the golf course!

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Re: Who had the worst week in Washington? The vacationing President Obama
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2014, 10:56:07 PM »
The good news is he has probably given up any hope of winning back the congress, which was the last gasp for his presidency.  The fact that he is playing golf two months before these critical midterms suggests he is pretty much resigned to phoning it in from here on out.  When a socialist, activist president is disengaged, that can only be good news.  At least he won't be doing as much damage as he might otherwise do.
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