Jay Carney

Reporter Asks Carney: Will Obama Cut Back on Lavish Vacations, Golf Trips?

by Daniel Halper, The Weekly Standard  |  published on March 19, 2013


A reporter from Colorado asked White House spokesman Jay Carney how President Obama justifies “lavish vacations” and golf trips, and whether he plans to cut back.

Bringing up high unemployment in minority communities and government furloughs, the reporter started, as well as “millions of Americans unemployed, and family budgets that have been cut. How does the president justify lavish vacations and a golf trip to Florida at taxpayer expense? And does he plan to cut back on his travels?”

Carney responded, “I can tell you that this president is focused every day on policies that create economic growth and help advance job creation.”

UPDATE: Here’s the full exchange:

Q All right. I wanted to follow up on this young woman’s question about the high unemployment out in places like Colorado, all around the country, especially in the minority communities — exceptionally high unemployment. And when there is government workers who may be furloughed, millions of Americans unemployed, and family budgets that have been cut, how does the President justify lavish vacations and a golf trip to Florida at taxpayer expense? And does he plan to cut back on his travel?

MR. CARNEY: I can tell you that this President is focused every day on policies that create economic growth and help advance job creation. We have presided over the past three years over an economy that’s produced over 6.3 million private sector jobs, and we have more work to do. And this President’s number-one priority is growth and job creation. When you come to —

Q But it’s not working in the minority communities.

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