Most presidents have had a favorite expansive getaway — an “escape” from the pressures of the presidency. Nixon had San Clemente. Carter had Plains. Reagan had Rancho del Cielo near Santa Barbara. The first Bush had Kennebunkport. Clinton had… whoever lent him their home. And George W. Bush has the Crawford ranch.

This question crossed my mind this morning: What will be Barack Obama’s presidential retreat? When he vacationed in Hawaii he stayed at a rental. I know he lives in Chicago, but that’s hardly an “escape” from the madness.

Wherever it is, I’m only guessing that the bathroom towels will be embroidered “His” and “Oprah’s”…

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