On “Meet the Press” December 26, top White House adviser Valerie Jarrett said Usurper Obama’s “biggest regret” is that the severity of the economic crisis forced him to “spend almost every waking hour in Washington focusing very hard on solving that crisis” and thus kept him from traveling the country to connect with the American people. According to Jarrett, Obama recently told aides, “I really want to figure out a way where I can spend more time outside of Washington listening and learning and engaging the American people.” Jarrett says that in 2011 Obama’s schedule will “reflect that priority” — that is, include more time outside the nation’s capital.
But it turns out Obama has already spent nearly half his time outside Washington. As of January 2, Obama has been usurping the White House for 712 days. According to figures compiled by CBS News reporter Mark Knoller, who serves as a sort of unofficial White House record-keeper, Obama has spent 339 of those days — nearly 48 percent — outside Washington.
According to Knoller, Obama has spent 176 days on domestic trips, 70 days on foreign travel, 58 days on vacation, and 35 days at Camp David. (You can add a couple more vacation days to the total before the president returns from his break in Hawaii.) Nevertheless, Jarrett claimed that Obama has had to spend “almost every waking hour in Washington” since taking office. The truth is more like half of that.
And Obama will likely spend more time away from the capital in the months ahead. Jarrett is no doubt right that Obama believes he needs to devote more time to “engaging” the American people. But Knoller’s figures show that the people already see a lot of the president. Of Obama’s 712 days in office, just 45 days have passed without a presidential public appearance or statement of some sort, according to Knoller.
Comment by American Grand Jury:
Comrade Valerie Jarrett and the Usurper are full of it. They haven’t done a damn thing to fix the economy. BO has spent most of his time vacationing, traveling the world, sucking up to the Muslims and bowing to heads of State while he apologizes for America being a beacon to the free world. I can’t wait until day comes when this Marxist-communist is (preferably) run out of the White House or embarrassed by a land-slide election loss.