While you were out, Mr. President
Mr. President, while you were away, the Tea Party came to town led by Glenn Beck with Sarah Palin in tow. They did a dance on Lincoln and King in God’s name no less; anyway, the departed.
Here’s a list of “To Dos” that you left behind:
1. Withdraw from Iraq
2. Withdraw from Afghanistan
3. Reduce the size of government by one third
4. Transform from fossil fuels to green renewable energy
5. Renew Manufacturing America
6. Reduce the deficit
7. Demonstrate credible leadership
8. Fire most of your staff and start over
“President Obama in search of the perfect vacation
Published: Friday, August 27, 2010
By DALE MCFEATTERS
Barack Obama, despite being a Harvard grad, former U.S. senator and president of the United States, has something in common with the average American: He doesn’t own a vacation home, either.
And that oversight is causing him all sorts of trouble.
Presidents who come into office with vacation homes, no matter how elaborate, get a pass when they go there, even when, like Ronald Reagan, they stay there for weeks on end. John F. Kennedy had the family compound at Hyannisport on Cape Cod.
George H.W. Bush had the family summer manse at Kennebunkport, Maine. Lyndon Johnson had his Texas ranch.
And Franklin Roosevelt had Campobello in Canada, technically a foreign country.
Roosevelt got away with it, but Americans don’t take kindly to their leaders taking foreign vacations.
Michelle Obama was savaged for going to a five-star hotel on Spain’s Costa del Sol with a few friends.
The headline on a column in the New York Daily News compared her to Marie Antoinette, a ludicrously overwrought comparison.
But with the U.S. economy still in the toilet, it was not the savviest public-relations move.
The columnist, Andrea Tantaros, suggested Camp David instead: “A long weekend there would really send a message of responsibility, leadership and compassion.”
Camp David is in a beautiful part of Maryland, the kind of place that defines “rustic,” and Reagan and Jimmy Carter both loved it there.
But after exhausting the giddy excitement of shooting skeet and pitching horseshoes, you’re still on the outskirts of Thurmont, Md.
Then again, nothing says compassion and leadership like blasting away at clay pigeons.
The Obama family is wrapping up a vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, for which the president was roundly criticized because it is an upscale venue.”
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