Right on the heels of another “jobless claims rise unexpectedly“ report comes something equally as surprising — the Obamas are taking another vacation beginning today. But after much maligned Michelle’s jaunt to Spain, Obama decided to keep this vacation inexpensive and low-profile in solidarity with those hard hit by this economy — they’re going to a discount vacation spot called Martha’s Vineyard.
From the Cape Cod Times:
A year ago, less than one year into his presidency, Barack Obama came to Martha’s Vineyard for a summer vacation that was all about relaxing with his family, enjoying the best the island had to offer.
And the mood last year, among both residents and visitors, was also generally upbeat and welcoming.
It appeared a major financial crisis had been averted, the new administration seemed eager to tackle the legacy of a failing economy, health care woes and two wars, and islanders were hosting a president with stratospheric approval ratings.
Today, as the president and his family return to the Vineyard for a two-week vacation, Obama’s approval ratings are considerably lower. While bike rides, the beach, golf and long walks may again be on the agenda, the mood on the island, and in the country, has shifted from a wary optimism to the realization that the road ahead is long, hard and more difficult than it seemed last year.
It isn’t as hard as it used to be to find disenchanted people on the island either:
Fox graduates from college next spring into what she says is the worst economy in recent memory.
“It makes me feel very negative about him,” Fox said.
Fox found it ironic that people their age helped elect Obama.
“Now we’re the ones that are going to get (expletive) over the most.”
But it’s not all a rainy day. Some of the elitist snobs are welcoming the president with open arms:
It sounds better than “Thanks for bankrupting the country for the same reason you were given the Peace Prize: For nothing.”
I’ve been to Martha’s Vineyard before. Much of the island and its temporary inhabitants are completely disconnected from reality — which is why liberal politicians love it there so much.
Update: Et tu, Vineyard vacationers?
â€œLast year, Obama gave you goose bumps, but I donâ€™t think youâ€™re going to see that this year,â€™â€™ said Alex McCluskey, co-owner of the Locker Room, who sold more than 4,000 â€œI vacationed with Obamaâ€™â€™ T-shirts last year. But so far this year, he said, his hot item is T-shirts of former President Bush asking, â€œMiss me yet?â€™â€™