During a rare press conference at the White House on Wednesday with President Obama, where he announced a task-force to recommend steps to try and prevent future massacres like the one in Newtown, Connecticut, ABC’s Chief White House Correspondent Jake Tapper called the President out for not having previously done something about the issue of gun violence.
Tapper: It seems to a lot of observers that you made the political calculation in 2008 in your first term and in 2012 not to talk about gun violence. You had your position on renewing the ban on semi-automatic rifles that then-Senator Biden put into place, but you didn’t do much. This is not the first issue, incident of gun violence of your four years. Where have you been?
Obama: Well, here’s where I’ve been Jake. I’ve been President of the United States dealing with the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, an auto industry on the verge of collapse, two wars. I don’t think I’ve been on vacation. And so, I think all of us have to do some reflection on how we prioritize what we do here in Washington.
One of those priorities apparently is golf, considering that Obama has played 104 rounds as of August. But those outings don’t count as vacations in his book.