Questioned Wednesday about his past record on addressing gun violence, Pres. Obama said, "I don't think I've been on vacation."
During a press briefing at the White House in which Obama announced the formation of a new task force on gun violence that will be chaired by Vice President Joe Biden, ABC's White House Correspondent Jake Tapper asked the president the following:
"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 about it. This is not the first issue, the first incident of horrific gun violence of your first years. Where have you been?"
The president was visibly annoyed and responded, "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, and auto industry on the verge of collapse, two wars - I don't think I've been on vacation."
It was reported on November 30 that the president is planning to take a 20-day, $4 million holiday vacation to Hawaii with his family.
Last year, the Obama's took a 17 day vacation to Hawaii and throughout the president's first tern he has been criticized for spending time on the golf course during public debates on critical issues.