THE FIVE

Obama Set for Another Vacation, But Should He Say in Washington?

But should the president stay in Washington?

 

This is a rush transcript from "The Five," July 20, 2011. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

ANDREA TANTAROS, CO-HOST: So, we have been talking about the debt ceiling. You can see, well, they're working hard down in D.C. They're working hard maybe to go to a birthday party of Barack Obama's coming up, or maybe they want to go on vacation. The Obamas sure do. They decided to go back to Martha's Vineyard to the sprawling estate the Blue Heron Farm at a very costly price.

And does this look good, Dana, when the first family goes away again to somewhere luxurious --

DANA PERINO, CO-HOST: I'm for the first family getting to have a vacation. I think that the double standard is outrageous. President Bush, when he went to his ranch in Crawford, Texas, which he owned and which he paid for --

BOB BECKEL, CO-HOST: And he went too often.

PERINO: Which he invited heads of state who loved to go there. It was a big -- it was kind of a diplomatic thing. We would invite Merkel, Putin. We remember had a great picture of the king of Saudi Arabia there, too.

I think that the Martha's Vineyard thing is just hard for some people to swallow because a lot of people this summer, for the third summer in a row, aren't getting a vacation.

GREG GUTFELD, CO-HOST: Yes. I think the whole family -- the whole family has to be impeached. This is an outrage, the fact they're going on vacation.

BECKEL: I don't like Martha's Vineyard. I got banned for a lifetime from the golf course up there.

GUTFELD: What did you do?

BECKEL: Well, I hit one of the grand dames in the back with a ball.

GUTFELD: Was it while you were your golfing or did you just throw the ball at them?

BECKEL: No, no. Actually, I teed off the first tee and she was down the hill. I didn't see her.

GUTFELD: You didn't shout "fore"!

TANTAROS: Does this look good, Bob?

BECKEL: Let me tell you something -- of course, they deserve a vacation.

TANTAROS: Absolutely. Nobody's disagreeing with that.

(CROSSTALK)

BECKEL: Let me just tell you a quick story. Jimmy Carter, when I was working for Carter, somebody decided it was a politically smart thing to do get out on a paddle wheel boat going down the Mississippi river. And Carter liked to jog at 5:00 in the morning. And he was on the (INAUDIBLE) deck and it was 10:00, and he went running around in the morning going boom, boom, boom, boom, waking everybody up. Bad idea.

ERIC BOLLING, CO-HOST: But a vacation is fine. This man has golfed 75 rounds of golf in his presidency.

PERINO: I don't think he cares.

BOLLING: He's been to Hawaii a couple times. He's been to Spain.

PERINO: No, he didn't go to Spain, his wife went to Spain.

(CROSSTALK)

GUTFELD: I want him to go on vacation. I want him out of the White House. I think the less work your political leaders do, the less damage they do.

BECKEL: Why are you so obsessed with the golf thing? Did you have a bad golf game or what?

BOLLING: Seventy-five rounds of golf. The economy is falling apart, 14 million people out of work. Spend more time in the Oval Office --

(CROSSTALK)

PERINO: I think the more people complain about him golfing, the more he thinks I'm going to golf again this week.

GUTFELD: I think it's the only place that he can get any solitude.

(CROSSTALK)

BECKEL: I didn't complain when George Bush spent a full year down --

(CROSSTALK)

TANTAROS: Talks about shared sacrifice over and over and over, we need to share in this sacrifice. This looks like let them eat peas while I sit here and eat my birthday cake.

BECKEL: No. As a matter of fact, he's willing to share. He said, tax me, I'm a rich guy. You ought to be able to tax me.

TANTAROS: Well, he can write a check.

PERINO: You know, I have to say that some of the best presidential vacation, though, for the White House press corps had to been during in the Reagan administration.

BECKEL: Oh, yes.

PERINO: Because he went to the ranch in Santa Barbara. The press didn't have a 24/7 news cycle and Twitter and all the things they had to keep up with. Marlin Fitzwater, the press secretary at the time, briefed once a week and said it was the one of the best times they ever had. And they got up to some shenanigans.

GUTFELD: I got to hear about the shenanigans. I bet there was lot of teepeeing (ph) of the hot tub?

(CROSSTALK)

TANTAROS: He scolds corporate America. He scolds the corporate jet owners. But then he and flies on Air Force One to take fundraising money --

PERINO: But that's his prerogative.

BECKEL: Excuse me, Miss Vogue, is there -- I mean, you are sitting here complaining about this. You've gone to Martha's Vineyard. You're a Martha's Vineyard kind of person.

PERINO: I've never been there.

TANTAROS: I've never been to Martha's Vineyard.

BECKEL: You haven't? You'd like it.

TANTAROS: Thank you.

PERINO: I'm going to Wyoming for my vacation.

BECKEL: They allow Greeks there now --

TANTAROS: All right. I know why he is getting away, because there is some big-time fighting going on in House. We have a fight between Congressman West of Florida and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

So, let's break down this fight for you. Let's start off with what Wasserman Schultz said that really angered West.

Take a listen.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

REP. DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, D-FLA.: President Obama has vowed to veto this bill which ends the Medicare guarantee. And incredulously, the gentleman from Florida who represents thousands of Medicare beneficiaries, as do I, is supportive of this plan that would increase cost for Medicare beneficiaries -- unbelievable from a member from south Florida.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

TANTAROS: OK, whether it's truthful or not, that was just policy. Here is how West reacted in an e-mail to Wasserman Schultz.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

REP. ALLEN WEST, R-FLA.: For her to follow me on the House floor after I have given a one-minute speech and I basically talked about facts and figures as far as the debt ceiling and her to make personal references to me after I had left, I didn't appreciate that. She is not a victim. She has been attacking Allen West for quite some time. I finally had to let her know enough is enough.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

TANTAROS: OK. Hold on. That was his explanation for this -- right here that he said. "Let me make myself perfectly clear. You don't have a personal fight" -- sorry I need my glasses.

BOLLING: "You want a personal fight, I'm happy to oblige, you are the most vile, unprofessional and despicable member of the House of Representatives. And if you have something to say, say it to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face. Otherwise, shut the heck up."

TANTAROS: Thank you, Eric. Borrow Bob's glasses.

BECKEL: You know, this dude could use a lot of valium. I mean, in all the years I've been in Washington, never heard an attack that shrill as I just heard. I mean, the guy is a little off-base here. I know everybody loves him in the Tea Party but I think the guy got a little screw loose.

GUTFELD: It's about time Republicans and the conservatives had a feisty character.

BECKEL: To say that about Schultz? C'mon! That's ridiculous! That is disgusting.

(CROSSTALK)

GUTFELD: Bob, let me finish. It's wrong that he said it. But it's because he is not a political animal. He's not like you, Bob. He doesn't have your skill and savvy.

BOLLING: Wrong for -- I mean, he's clearly -- she took a shot, she started it first of all. He took a shot back after she started the fight.

(CROSSTALK)

PERINO: OK, when you watch the video, he is calm. He is making a point. It is not outrageous.

The e-mail is something that all of us need to remember at our places of work, which is better to not send it. Or send it to yourself and then delete it.

(CROSSTALK)

BECKEL: In that e-mail, he basically called her out to have a fight, you big tough guy West. You're a big tough boy.

TANTAROS: Where was the outrage -- this is the most outraged I've seen you, and we talked about Bill Maher, talked angrily, screwing Michele Bachmann. Why didn't you get so hyper about that?

(CROSSTALK)

BECKEL: I come out strongly against Maher. But I just think that those kinds of attacks and when you start to threaten a woman like that in an e-mail, it's --

(CROSSTALK)

GUTFELD: He didn't threaten her.

BOLLING: It has nothing to do with woman or male.

GUTFELD: He said about not being a lady. That was the thing that was off.

BECKEL: He said, if you want to finish this -- it's like you hear at a bar.

TANTAROS: Here is all he had to say, all he had to say was Wasserman Schultz already cut $500 billion from Medicare through Obamacare, Medicare Advantage. Done. She already did. South Florida, she's already cut your benefits.

BECKEL: You should give them advice about this.

TANTAROS: All right. We have to take a quick break.

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