August 25th, 2009
12:02 PM ET
13 years ago

On day two, Obama takes a break to make news

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The president opened his remarks with an apology to reporters for 'interrupting the relaxing I told you all to do'."]

(CNN) - Despite word from the White House that "nobody is looking to make any news" this week, President Obama on Tuesday took a break from vacationing to announce his plans to nominate Ben Bernanke to a second term as head of the Federal Reserve.

"The man next to me, Ben Bernanke, has led the Fed through one of the worst financial crises that this nation and the world has ever faced," Obama said from Martha's Vineyard, a Massachusetts Island.

Obama made the announcement at Oak Bluffs Elementary School. A few dozen onlookers gathered outside the school to wave to the presidential motorcade as it arrived.

The president opened his remarks with an apology to reporters for "interrupting the relaxing I told you all to do."

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soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. Neutralizer

    Obambi is a TV addict, he cannot stand it if his face is not plastered all over TV networks. He abused his welcome mat, people automatically switch channel as soon as they saw his face. What is there for him to say? He already exhausted all the lies, bait and switch known to mankind. In fact people can now predict what he's going to say before he open his mouth.

    August 25, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. Fair is Fair

    Later today, it is expected that the president will use the bathroom.

    August 25, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. Loup Garou 782

    This jerk never intended to stay out of the face of the nation for a week. He cannot stand the thought of his flock not seeing his gorgeous image or hearing his wonderful mellifluous/melodius voice spewing his vision for the world on a daily basis.

    August 25, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. Rose

    Good, we need a break from him too. I for one could do very well without looking at him every single day. I would rather watch a re-run of anything than listen and look at him.

    August 25, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  5. kas

    Scripted plan to divert attention from the other issues.Message to Obama: STAY on vacation....we'd be better off.

    August 25, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. cedgar

    Could Obama just stay off TV!! I do not have hero worship for him!
    I want a leader not a TV star. Where are the adults in this Admin.??

    August 25, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. Obamarama

    Can this guy just stay our of the media for a week? It would do us all a lot of good.

    August 25, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  8. chubby

    obama just cannot stay from being in front of the camera. Anything to keep attention to "his" 09 trillion deficit.

    August 25, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. valwayne

    If my big news of the week were that the debt over the next 10 years was going to be $2 Trillion higher than thought just weeks ago, and that I was going to launch a witch hunt against the CIA and the agents who kept us safe after 9/11, I would find some other announcement to make also. I hope the President enjoys his vacation!

    August 25, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. Doyle Wiley, MI

    Enjoy your well deserved vacation Mr President. God bless you and your family.

    August 25, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - I'm an expert on everything

    Let's see. That would be Obama reappointing George Bush's selection for Federal Reserve Chairman. And therefore indirectly praising what a great selection is was. Although Barack would never say that publically. Can't be seen linking the previous administration to anything good!

    August 25, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. Obama who?

    Obama needs to focus on the mess he has already created the nation to become. Mr. Obama the hero....let me clarify...the biggest liar the nation has ever elected as President. Obama has already accomplished what he wanted to...which is become a celebrity.

    August 25, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |

    The Obama administration opened th Pandora-box by airing the
    alleged torture done by the CIA in questioning TERRORIST. It seems
    the sympathy with the current administration is for the TERRORIST who never thught to abide by any rule of law when they killed
    thousands of AMERICANS.

    THE RULE OF LAW: The rumor persist that you Pres. Obama are not
    an USA born citizen. So, Pres Obama why don't you set the record
    straight and show AMERICA your original BIRTH-CERTIFICATE...
    otherwise you let the world believe that you might be breaking the LAW

    These word...rumors...alleged..etc facts or fiction..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 25, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. Matters

    Agent of change?
    More like agent of chaos.
    I am really beginning to think that they want as much unrest as they can possibly churn-up. However, this may take things much farther than they ever intended to go.

    August 25, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. Matters

    It's like Madonna or Britney. Use whatever outlandish device you can to keep yourself in the spotlight. It's getting revolting.

    August 25, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  16. I am ashamed

    All this coward in thief does is apologize except of course when it is to the CIA and the Police that are in charge of saving our lives, then the Teleprompted "genius" is strangely silent, but that is typical of a coward who has no core.

    Actually, cowardice is his real core.

    Good move on the CIA genius, Rahm has you pointing in the wrong direction, but that's OK, all the Veterans like myself along with the independents and the elderly WILL ENJOY voting you and your partners out of office in 2010 and 2012 as dude, the experiment brutally failed.

    August 25, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. susie

    I thought we have a week's vacation from seeing Obama on TV?

    August 25, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. marc81

    Obama just loves TV!!! Whatever happened to "MEDIA" staying out of his vacation??? Yesterday it was GOLF in his oversized Polo shirt, today it's this.. I'm sick of this guy already. meanwhile the Healthcare reform is a disaster of a plan... I mean really!!! The government could not handle "CASH FOR CLUNKERS" program for less than 2 months that has impact on less than 1/10% of population, but they want to run PUBLIC OPTION!!! Yeah okay

    August 25, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. Joe

    Thought he was taking a break to be with family...

    This announcement could have waited until next week. If he doesn't want his "hard earned vacation" then the taxpayers should stop paying for all the staff's vacation. Quite sick of all of this quite frankly.

    August 25, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. Dorothy

    Gee, there's so many people out of touch. At least he's dong work while on his well earn break, from tring to clean up a mess meso BUSHS or DUMMIE left behind .I'm just glad not see him wheeling an axe with acowboy hat on. So stop hatting on PRESiDENT OBAMA people at he's good looking.

    August 25, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. d1120

    This certainly could have waited...his term is not up until January...Obamaman can't stand to be out of the spotlight for a whole week !

    August 25, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. Rooster

    oh yea take a break while the country goes down the tubes, as Holder takes away the nation's security. Why attack the CIA when they are the very people who are protecting you? Why coddle terrorist when they would gladly behead every American if given the chance? What is the real agenda here?

    August 25, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. Albert

    We can Afford to have Obama Vacation at Tax Payer's Money.

    Rather than Having

    Bush Lie and have 4300 US Troops Killed by Lying that Iraq has WMDs.

    Lives of US Troops are more Precious to us than Tax Dollars.

    August 25, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  24. Vets4Obama

    I thank GOD that our President is going after the cowards that perpetrated the most unhonorable form of warfare this nation has ever experimented with. When we condone torture and lose our way in how we stand with honor, we BECOME the terrorists.

    It is sad to see the cowards that would choose to live as rata with no honor rather then die fighting for the rights and freedoms that our forefathers envisioned for us. Those who can not fight with honor and morals in tact, deserve to rot in hell for all eternity. America is better then these yellow tailed degenerates deserve!

    Thank you president for trying to restore the honor to America.

    August 25, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  25. Kerry

    "When they tell you who they are believe them" How much more of this does the American people have to take before he gets it...Reading these comments it does not look like he is too popular any more...

    August 25, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
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