It also highlights exactly why the prez needs a vacation … to get away from the BS.
According to transcripts of a chat between reporters and White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest aboard Air Force One yesterday, someone asked Earnest about the “symbolism” of Obama traveling to “Palm Beach.”
The reporter, identified on the transcripts obtained by Jose Lambiet’s Gossip Extra only as Jim, seemed a little confused. That’s putting it mildly.
Obama indeed is flying to Palm Beach International Airport about 8 p.m. tonight, but then he’ll travel 30 minutes north to The Floridian. He’ll be there until Monday.
The Floridian is a private golf resort, super swanky indeed, but it’s near Stuart in Martin County.
And it’s owned by Democratic donor and Houston Astros owner Jim Crane, one of the friends with whom Obama is expected to chill.
Still, in the context of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio‘s claims that he still lives in the “working-class” West Miami suburb where he grew up, upper-class perks are becoming an issue.
Here’s the exchange:
Jim: Can I ask you about Palm Beach this weekend? What is the President going to be doing? Is he meeting with donors of any kind? Is he staying at a private home or in a hotel? Is this — what kind of trip is this?
Josh Earnest: As you point out, Jim, the President is traveling to Chicago for an event to talk about the economy tomorrow morning — or early afternoon. And then after that event, he’s traveling to Florida where he’s going to spend President’s Day weekend relaxing with some friends. There’s no work on the schedule.
Jim: What about the image of Palm Beach? Is he going to be — even Marco Rubio in his response was pointing out about how middle class he is. He seemed to have the Republicans on the ropes in that way. What is the symbolism of going to Palm Beach for the weekend where so much money is, and where donors are always at?
Josh Earnest: The President is going to enjoy the President’s Day weekend with some friends, and I don’t think — as we’ve discussed, the President of the United States is the President of the United States 24 hours a day, and will fulfill his responsibilities as President even while he’s getting some well-deserved downtime with some friends this weekend. I don’t think the American people will begrudge him that.
Seriously Jim, seriously?