I don’t think anybody would disagree with the fact that running our country isn’t exactly the easiest of jobs. Having that much responsibility, pressure and criticism on your plate each and every day would take its toll on even the most strong willed people. That being said, I think don’t think it is entirely unreasonable for our country’s president to take a vacation every now and then.
If I was the leader of one of the world’s biggest superpowers, I would probably want a few days to relax myself, though I do not think I would do it quite like Barack Obama and family are doing it as Obama, his family and entourage have just set off for a 10-day vacation to the lavish and ritzy Martha’s Vineyard.
Obama’s annual vacation to the fancy island is already facing major scrutiny from politicians and citizens, and he’s barely unpacked yet. Republicans are criticizing Obama for taking time off when our country is in one of the worst times of economic turmoil ever as well as choosing the lavish island of Martha’s Vineyard to do so.
Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts Governor, has slammed Obama for “vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard” as opposed to working to create jobs in the country. However, despite all the barbs and jabs thrown at him, Obama seems unconcerned. Obama has been criticized for vacationing at Martha’s Vineyard for the last two summers with no long-term political repercussions.
However, the extreme struggles of our country’s economy, along with a rapidly fluctuating stock market make the optics of Obama’s vacation a little more complicated. A similar situation faced former President Bill Clinton back in 1995. Back then, Clinton decided not to go to his typical vacation spot at Martha’s Vineyard, instead opting for a 5-day trip to Wyoming.
However, after Clinton was re-elected in 1996, he began returning to Martha’s Vineyard. Obama, on the other hand, has no intentions of doing anything remotely close to that. It is no surprise that Obama and his family will try their hardest to stay out of the media’s eye. Obama doesn’t want any photo being leaked that would show Obama being out of touch with average Americans.
I’m all for the president taking a vacation, I mean, he doesn’t exactly have the easiest of jobs. What I do have a problem with is the location of said vacation. Martha’s Vineyard is definitely a vacation getaway for the rich and famous. With the absolute disarray that our economy is currently in, it doesn’t quite seem fair that Obama gets to vacation in Martha’s Vineyard while the rest of the country has to deal with the threat of unemployment, debt and other economic woes. As somebody who campaigned as a supporter of the average, middle-class American, Obama certainly doesn’t act like one.
Source: Yahoo! News – The Fast Fix: Obama on break?