It appears Fox News can’t seem to quit its favorite sport: bashing former President Barack Obama.
An hour after news broke Tuesday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) would delay a vote on the Senate GOP health care bill until after the July Fourth recess, Fox News ran a front page report bashing former President Barack Obama’s “lavish” family vacations.
“Lap of Luxury. Obamas’ Lavish Globetrotting Vacations Raise Democrats’ Eyebrow,” read the vacation-shaming headline on FoxNews.com.
The article criticized the Obama family’s ‘lavish’ vacations since leaving office, including trips to the Four Seasons in Bali and an exclusive country club in Oahu.
Fox News leading now with an attack on Obama's "lavish globetrotting"
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The Huffpost writes:
Fox News’ loosely sourced story cites two “left-wing activists” who say they’re troubled by Obama’s vacations in the months since he left office. The two sources, Democratic strategist and Fox News contributor Patrick Caddell and David Michael Smith of the Houston Socialist Movement, criticized Obama for leading “the lifestyle of the rich and famous.”
The story claims that the “left-wing media” and comedian John Oliver ― whose sarcastic sense of humor Fox News appears to be unfamiliar with ― are “worried about Obama’s luxury vacations.” The report cites a February interview Oliver did with “Late Night” host Seth Meyers in which Oliver jokingly begged Obama to “tone it down with the kite-surfing pictures” while the U.S. grappled with the new Trump administration.
Trump, if you’re curious, has taken costly trips to his Mar-a-Lago or Bedminster resorts for eight of the 23 weekends he’s been in office.
Obama slammed the Senate’s health care bill on Thursday.
“Simply put, if there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family ― this bill will do you harm,” he said in a statement. “And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation.”