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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.
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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:

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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?

“Last year, Obama gave you goose bumps, but I don’t think you’re going to see that this year,’’ said Alex McCluskey, co-owner of the Locker Room, who sold more than 4,000 “I vacationed with Obama’’ T-shirts last year. But so far this year, he said, his hot item is T-shirts of former President Bush asking, “Miss me yet?’’

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18 Responses to “Obamas Take Another Vacation, Unexpectedly”

  1. Michelle Malkin » Expectedly, ‘Unexpectedly’ Used Again to Describe Rise in Jobless Claims on August 19th, 2010 12:07 pm

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  2. Rick on August 19th, 2010 12:50 pm

    As a youth,I assumed the Kennedys owned Martha’s Vineyard.
    What if Obama declared the island “govt greenspace”? It would be so “unexpected”…

  3. nannykins on August 19th, 2010 12:55 pm

    I see where the UAW pulled their Black Lake Golf Resort in northern Michigan off the real estate market (you know the one that has lost $24 million in the last 5 yrs.) Perhaps they are getting a bail out from the government for that too. Then Zero and Moochell can go vacation there "free" of charge.

    Look on the bright side – as long as he is on vacation and congress is out on summer recess they can't do any more damage to the country.

  4. nannykins on August 19th, 2010 1:36 pm

    Doug! Doug! Doug! – Speaking of vacations – what's up with the ad in the lower left hand corner for "the mens favorite vacation resort?"

  5. Nick on August 19th, 2010 2:24 pm

    He hasn't come close to Bush's record number of vacation days while in office.

    But don't let reality slow y'alls hate machine down.

  6. 24Klady on August 19th, 2010 2:25 pm

    Followed the link on the sidebar from Michelle Malkin's site – loved this. Can't remember who coined the phrase – Captain Kickass – but that would be appropriate too. If they won't include this little island in the land grab of the western states the least they could do is throw up windmills all over it. Guess these people don't believe there is global warming either?

  7. Doug on August 19th, 2010 2:34 pm

    Um, yeah, I've asked the person who owns this domain about that … there goes my invitation to speak at Joseph Farah's convention!

  8. Ogletree on August 19th, 2010 2:43 pm

    Prove it.

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  10. Ogletree on August 19th, 2010 2:53 pm

    I worry about Mongolia. They have never had a President vacation there. I hear they have very very large golf courses and plenty of ponies for the girls to ride. Michelle would find the best fashion shops in Northern Asia. Stay till the snow flies. Better yet, stay till spring break up. Or just stay.

  11. SignPainterGuy on August 19th, 2010 2:57 pm

    The huge and very significant difference here is that even though Reagan and Jr. Bush did indeed take more days away from th WH, they were at their ranches or Camp David where there were/are working offices . They both continued to do the business of running the country and even hosted foreign dignitaries there. You might call them , "working vacations" .

    Reality bites, don`t it Nick !!!????

  12. Rorschach on August 19th, 2010 2:59 pm

    Presidents, should have to work a full year before they get two weeks, just like the rest of us.

  13. kbob in Katy on August 19th, 2010 6:58 pm

    Nicky, are you talking over the entire term of the Evil Booooooooosh rule, or just the same amount of time in power. The difference is that the Evil Boooooooooooosh was and is an American who loves his country and it's people. Lord Obama allows his subjects to squat in his land while he decides what his next vacation destination is.

    Hows that hopey changey crap working for you nicky? Get ready to move into a shopping cart under the freeway overpass you mind numbed myrmidom. Obama has done about all the damage he can do. The cavalry is coming. 2 NOVEMBER REMEMBER!!!!!!

  14. OK_Loyalist on August 19th, 2010 8:28 pm

    As long as the taxpayer doesn't have to pay the bill, I don't think it should be an issue. But being a progressive leftist leech, I'm sure the bill isn't coming out of his pocket.

  15. Dandapani on August 19th, 2010 11:10 pm

    Obama will get somewhat of a break in November 2010, but he will go on a permanent vacation in 2012.

  16. elly on August 20th, 2010 12:20 am

    He's so into fundraising, I just figured he'd be riding the blue skies with the Imam, pushing for more hope and change.

  17. Jacqueline on August 20th, 2010 12:57 am

    What constitutes an "office" now a days, anyway?
    With blackberrys, smart phones, lap tops, etc….
    We never really leave the office at all.
    We have no idea if this is a working vacation for him like it was for Bush and Ronnie when they vacationed at Camp David.
    I don't envy anyone the job of President, the new ones inherit a heap of problems from those before him.
    Lets' face it, dem, repub, all politicians are cut from the same cloth.

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