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Economic woes offer awkward backdrop for OBAMA’S Martha’s Vineyard VACATION – USATODAY.com

August 11, 2011

Economic woes offer awkward backdrop for Obama’s vacation

By Richard Wolf and David Jackson, USA TODAYUpdated 9h 39m ago

WASHINGTON — Fourteen million people are out of work. Millions more are losing fortunes in the stock market. America’s AAA bond rating has slipped.

In this Aug. 25, 2010, file photo, President Obama greets people gathered outside Nancy’s Restaurant in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. President Barack Obama will vacation with his family in Martha’s Vineyard at the end of this month.

In this Aug. 25, 2010, file photo, President Obama greets people gathered outside Nancy’s Restaurant in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. President Barack Obama will vacation with his family in Martha’s Vineyard at the end of this month.

So should President Obama be vacationing next week in Martha’s Vineyard, off the coast of Massachusetts, where the average home costs $650,000?

Yes, says White House press secretary Jay Carney. Obama, like most Americans, needs down time to recharge his batteries for the battles ahead. And besides, he says, “The presidency travels with you.”

Maybe not, say some academics, authors and political pundits. While Obama deserves a break, they say, this might not be the time, and Martha’s Vineyard might not be the place.

“You can do a vacation, but I think you ought to do it in a way that serves your political needs,” says Steven Schier, a presidential historian at Carleton College in Minnesota. “His political needs are large.”

Obama is scheduled to take his family to the secluded island next Thursday for a 10-day trip that will mark his third consecutive summer vacation there. It’s the same island frequented by Bill Clinton when he was in the White House, offering a relaxing mix of ocean beaches, golf courses and restaurants.

The trip comes after the unprecedented downgrading of U.S. credit by Standard & Poor’s and a nearly 1,500-point dive in the Dow Jones industrial average this month.

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One Comment
  1. Melissa Hillegas permalink
    August 16, 2011 4:38 AM

    It’s pretty obvious — HE DOES NOT CARE how his vacation is perceived.

    We are merely his subjects.

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