It’s obviously crisis time for Barack Obama as we approach August. Forget the concerns about the debt ceiling, now the poor guy has to worry about the terrible optics sure to come once he and the family hit Martha’s Vineyard for their annual summer freeloading.
With unemployment at 9.2 percent, real unemployment approaching 20 percent and an approval rating slouching toward 40 percent, now may not be the best time to be seen luxuriating at some opulent digs on the island home of the beautiful people.
This isn’t some partisan sniping, either. Rather, Obama’s own supporters are fretting how horrible this could look.
“People are concerned, not about whether they can go to Nantucket but about whether they can put food on the table,” said Hub builder John Fish, CEO of Suffolk Construction and a longtime Obama campaign donor. “When you have a lot of people out there sacrificing and suffering, it’s difficult for them to see their bosses indulging. CEOs have to be very sensitive to that.”
The Obama family’s third Vineyard excursion comes as 55 percent of U.S. adults said they won’t be taking a summer vacation, according to an annual survey conducted by Marist Poll. The nation also faces a crushing 9.2 percent unemployment rate and a potential economic meltdown amid stalled talks to raise the nation’s debt ceiling.
Some might argue that his White House predecessor took plenty of vacation time. Of course, he was hounded nonstop every time, usually by the likes of former useful idiot Cindy Sheehan. (Her days in the media spotlight expired once she began attacking Obama.)
In the past, the Obamas stayed at the sprawling 28-acre seaside Blue Heron Farm, which rents for up to $50,000 a week — with the First Family paying one-third of the cost and the public picking up the rest. The Obamas also ran up an estimated $800,000-plus taxpayer tab for security, transport and staff hotel rooms, according to government agencies and media reports.
Boston marketing strategy consultant Paige Arnof-Fenn said world leaders deserve time off — but she said image is an issue. “If you’re laying people off and you’re giving people salary cuts, you need to be aware of how a vacation looks,” said Arnof-Fenn.
Honestly, the suprememly arrogant Obamas, forever feeling entitled, could care less how things look. They’re getting theirs and you’re paying for it, so why should they care?
Even a true blue Obamaton is saying please, stay home, do anything, just don’t come here. She’s probably feeling heat from some of the few sane people in Massachusetts.
But unless Obama fixes this fiscal disaster — now — he can’t go. He should have a staycay like the rest of us.
Instead, he’ll be looking at 28 acres on the water from a pristine white Victorian farm house handsomely appointed with Restoration Hardware-style chairs and tables on an elegant patio. There’s also a reconstructed Pennsylvania hay barn dating back to the 1800s and a boat house for the Boston Whalers and catamarans to cruise Tisbury Great Pond. Plus a golf green and pool and flower gardens, vegetable gardens and apple orchard — not a droopy leaf in site. And don’t forget the basketball court.
Let’s call it a Barack-acation.
Only the best for the Obamas. They do nothing small, and they do plenty of dipping into your wallet so they can pamper themselves. The one thing about Bush and his vacations is he at least owned a home he could go to. Maybe the Obamas should consider such shared sacrifice.
Barack Obama is running for re-election with dismal poll numbers, more than 9 percent unemployment, gas sneaking back to $4 a gallon and a blistering heat wave melting us all. It’s just an unseemly time for him to be frolicking surfside on a summer vacation that may well cost us beleaguered taxpayers as much as $50,000 just for the house — forget the Secret Service and all that presidential security.
Well, in the end, the likely million-dollar vacation tab could well be chump change when you add up the cost of his upcoming birthday party.