TLP: How Much of a Vacation Can it Be With the Detail Tagging Along?
Remember when Bill Clinton got ripped for taking vacations on Martha's Vineyard? Like the poor boy from Arkansas didn't rate the swankiness of the island or who knows what the fuck ... when all he was trying to do was hide out and dodge the shit raining down on him on account of a few sad blowjobs.
Now, it's Barack Obama's turn. He can't even get away to Maine for a weekend without being criticized. And all he's trying to do is hang out somewhere cool after putting up with triple-digit temperature spikes in D.C.
But what sounds like a much-needed family escape from the literal and political heat of Washington to some sounds like hypocrisy to others, given recent statements by both the president and first lady urging Americans to spend their vacation time and money along the shores of the oil-stricken Gulf of Mexico.Word was that Clinton polled to decide where to vacation. And, of course, W set all kinds of records for laziness (ordinarily a win, but in this case, not so much). The other Bush spent his frantic vacations in Maine and Ronald Reagan never seemed to get all the brush cleared at his ranch. On the other end, Jimmy Carter couldn't bring himself to leave the Rose Garden while the hostages were held in Iran. And he got mocked for that.
“Michelle Obama: Take your Vacation in the Gulf, America — If You Need Us, We’ll be In Maine,” blared the headline on the Web site of Michelle Malkin, the conservative commentator, on Monday, the day Mrs. Obama toured the gulf. ABC News served up similar, if more muted fare: “First Lady Encourages Americans to Vacation on Gulf — But Obamas Head to Maine Instead.”
A trip to the Gulf Coast, of course, would hardly be much of a vacation for Mr. Obama, whose political fortunes were undercut by the spill. But the flap does point up how politically fraught the modern presidential vacation — or, for that matter, presidential leisure time in general — has become.
Fuck 'em, Barry. Wait til word gets out that your real vacation this summer is on Martha's Vineyard.