The True Confessions of a Lazy President; 115 Rounds of Golf Au and Counting

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President Obama has been called many things, both complimentary and uncomplimentary, during his term in office. The newest description: HeAAEs lazy.

This assessment comes courtesy of Roger Ailes, Fox News Channel president and Fox Television Stations Group chairman. In an upcoming biography about Mr. Ailes written by Zev Chafets, Mr. Ailes reportedly made this statement: ObamaAAEs the one who never worked a day in his life. He never earned a penny that wasnAAEt public money. How many fund-raisers does he attend every week? How often does he play basketball and golf? I wish I had that kind of time. HeAAEs lazy, but the media wonAAEt report that.

News travels fast in WashingtonAAEs various circles of interest. Within nanoseconds, the liberal establishment went wild upon hearing their beloved progressive president was being attacked by the conservative Fox News chief. They claimed Mr. AilesAAE comment was everything from moronic to racist. In one case, MSNBCAAEs The Cycle host Toure told Rev. Al Sharpton on MSNBCAAEs Politics Nation that this sort of 'lazyAAE term is something we heard flung at us as black people going back to slavery, which, of course, you know, we perceive them as being guilty of not wanting to work. Of course they didnAAEt want to work. They were slaves.

It doesnAAEt take much to figure out the person who drew this imaginary line between laziness and racism was completely out to lunch. Yet thereAAEs a much more interesting component to this story. You see, thereAAEs another sentence in this passage from Mr. ChafetsAAE book that the pro-Obama contingent conveniently ignored: [Mr. Ailes] noticed my arched eyebrows and added, 'I didnAAEt come up with that. Obama said that, to Barbara Walters.AAE"

ItAAEs true. In a December 2011 ABC News interview, Mr. Obama told Ms. Walters, There is a deep down, underneath all the work I do, I think thereAAEs a laziness in me. ItAAEs probably from, you know, growing up in Hawaii, and itAAEs sunny outside and sitting on the beach.

Hence, Mr. Ailes didnAAEt say anything wrong. He was only repeating a similar statement made by the president. (DonAAEt shed any tears for Toure. His vivid imagination will remain in high demand on the champagne and caviar circuit.)

Yet if we begrudgingly accept Mr. ObamaAAEs self-admission of laziness, should we also tolerate the fact that this character flaw may help make him a lazy president? …