Department of Pots and Kettles

The White House, without a hint of irony, complains that Congress is taking too much time off.


Steve Benen
July 2, 2008 1:19AM (UTC)

For some reason, the White House feels comfortable accusing Congress of not working hard enough.

White House spokesman Tony Fratto said Tuesday that Senate Democrats "put off a lot of work" when they left town last week without passing several pending bills.

"They've been in session for a long time, and some very critical pieces of legislation got put off for yet another recess," Fratto said.

This, of course, is hilarious, given the source.

"The Daily Show" turned its attention Wednesday [Aug. 17, 2007] to presidential vacations, commenting briefly on French President Nicolas Sarkozy's visit to President Bush in Kennebunkport before asking "Senior Western White House Correspondent" Samantha Bee about Bush's return to Crawford, TX.

"This place is abuzz with expectation," said Bee excitedly. "It's no longer a question of if the president will break the record, but when."

"Most vacation days taken by a sitting president," Bee explained when Jon Stewart asked what record she meant. "People said that Reagan's 436 would stand forever, but right now, as you can see, this president stands on 423, meaning his record should fall less than two weeks from today. And they said it shouldn't be done."

Does the president's spokesman really want to complain about lawmakers who "put off a lot of work"?


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