Jay Carney, Obama Spokesman 2011, on Presidential vacations:
MR. CARNEY: Well, let me -- because there’s a couple of questions embedded in that, let me go to acknowledge that, yes, the President does plan to travel with his family at the end of August to Martha’s Vineyard, as he has in the past. And I don't think Americans out there would begrudge that notion that the President would spend some time with his family.
It is also, I think -- as anyone who has covered it in the past, either in this administration or others, there’s no such thing as a presidential vacation. The presidency travels with you. He will be in constant communication and get regular briefings from his national security team, as well as his economic team, and he will, of course, be fully capable, if necessary, of traveling back if that were required. It’s not very far.
Jay Carney, far-left Time reporter 2001, on Presidential vacations:
Back in July, when they were planning what the President should do during his month-long vacation (as part of their effort to persuade the public that he wasn't actually on vacation in the generally accepted sense of what vacation means — i.e., having fun and not working), the image-makers hit upon a clever idea. Every week, they decided, they would send the President somewhere outside Texas for a day or a day and a half to hold an event of some kind in which he would mix with "real Americans."
Of course, speaking of "real Americans," here's Jay Carney, Obama Spokesman 2011, on the subject of Barack Obama's Magical Bus Tour, which one presumes is somehow not "using photo ops in an attempt... to influence public opinion:"
Q Why is he doing it by bus? Presumably he’s going to fly on Air Force One to the Midwest. Why is it a bus tour instead of another kind of --
MR. CARNEY: Well, I think it creates an opportunity to be, if you will, closer to the ground, and more connected with folks in that part of the country. There’s -- as you know, it also allows for easier travel, in some ways, because of the requirements that flying Air Force One in and out of certain airports in certain parts of the country are not always that easy. So it creates a lot of flexibility. But mostly I think it’s an opportunity for him to meet with folks in those communities, which I will announce later, and he very much looks forward to it.
There you have it: No matter what year it is, Jay Carney is a jacka**.