President Obama Designates Five New National Monuments For His Personal Use
(PP)- Monday President Barack Hussein Obama used the Antiquities Act in order to designate five new national monuments which will be set aside for his personal use after he leaves the White House.
The five locations are Augusta National Golf Course in Georgia; California’s Pebble Beach Golf Links and the Riviera Country Club; The Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Illinois; and The Turtle Bay Resort in Hawaii.
“President Obama is concerned that he may be excluded from a few of his favorite golf courses after he leaves office,” said White House spokesman Art Carney. “We really aren’t sure how well the country is going to fare over the next four years, so he wanted to make that the golf courses remain his own private playgrounds while he can still issue executive orders.”
Over the past four years Obama rarely invoked the Antiquities Act, which gives him the authority to protect federal lands without congressional approval. The President may have been hesitant to act because first lady Michelle Obama often suggested that there was little to be proud of in this country.
All of the locations except Augusta will also become home to Mrs. Obama’s new business venture planned to open in 2016 called First Lady Charm Schools.
House Republicans have been concerned that the President would use the act for his own personal benefit, and threatened to repeal the Act altogether after an internal Interior Department list of possible monument designations became public.
“President Obama has said that the courses will be available to lesser Americans when he is not using them,” said a senior Congressional intern. “Seeing the way he has treated most of his promises to Republican leaders, we are going to require that his promise is put in writing.”
Left wing environmentalists groups that depend on government grants praised the president’s move, noting that the last Congress was the first since 1966 too fail to designate a single piece of wilderness.
“President Obama has taken an important step in protecting America’s outdoor heritage and honoring our nation’s history,” said Brian O’Donnell, executive director of the Conservation Lands Foundation. “These designations came in response to locally driven efforts and we are grateful for President Obama’s leadership in advancing conservation at a time when it’s desperately needed.”
The Palookaville post has learned that President Obama has plans to designate additional locations as National Monuments for his private use, and the proposals are said to include full funding for the next 100 years. Details for the monuments were not disclosed, but they are said to be located outside of the United States in Iran, North Korea, Venezuela and Kenya.