Critics Question Whether Pres. Obama Should Take Luxury Vacation During Tough Economic Times

12 Aug

barack obama, black politics, african american politics, martha's vineyard

By JasmineHughes, Your Black World 

If you ask White House press secretary, Jay Carney, he’ll tell you that just as most Americans do, Obama needs down time to regenerate and adds, “Besides, the presidency travels with you.” However, in light of the economic turmoil and astronomically high unemployment rate, many are questioning how appropriate it is for President Obama to be vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard next week; a place where the average home can run nearly $1 million dollars.

The trip comes after the unprecedented downgrading of U.S.credit by Standard & Poor’s and a nearly 1,500-point dive in the Dow Jones industrial average this month. But former White House officials and experts on the presidency point out that the job and responsibilities, plus the staff, go along for the ride. “The White House goes with the president,” says presidential analyst Stephen Hess of the Brookings Institution. If needed, he notes, “they can turn around and come back on a dime.”

Presidents are accustomed to vacation interruptions. In 1994, Bill Clinton delayed his own Martha’s Vineyard trip to monitor Senate deliberations over his signature health-care overhaul. And just this year, Obama has cancelled a trip to Montana and Williamsburg,Va. to stick with budget negotiations.

“They really cannot escape the job,” says Kenneth Walsh, author of From Mount Vernon to Crawford: A History of the Presidents and . Their Retreats of Obama, he says, “It will obviously have to be a working vacation.”

What’s really in question here is the timing and location of this trip. Steven Schier, a presidential historian at Carleton College in Minnesota, says, it may be more appeasing to go somewhere else. “I don’t think Martha’s Vineyard is the ideal venue,” he says. “It’s not what you would call the vacation of the average American.”

Needless to say, the President is not the average American and definitely doesn’t have an average American’s set of responsibilities. And as aforementioned, this will double as a business and family trip. The golf-and-beach vacation is being preceded by a bus tour of the Midwest that will take the president to Minnesota,Iowa and Illinois for economic events.

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8 Responses to “Critics Question Whether Pres. Obama Should Take Luxury Vacation During Tough Economic Times”

  1. Ruby Johnson August 12, 2011 at 4:22 pm #

    It’s really a shame that some Black people are so stupid. After what he has just gone through with the racist Tea Partiers, he needs some down time. Black people, unlike other groups, rarely support our own. They constantly embarrass and shame me. If you can’t be supportive, then shut your dumb mouth!

    • The Negro August 12, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

      “Black people, unlike other groups, rarely support our own.” I could not agree with you more. I just wonder what is blocking our minds from changing.

  2. Williams August 12, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

    There should not be any question as to where the President vacations. We all know that while on vaction he will also be working. Everyone needs to time to relax, especially him after dealing with the debt crisis. What about the Republicans, aren’t they away on vacation?
    Whatever President Obama does, there will be critics.

    • Alicia Flowers (@ajf24) August 13, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

      You are so right. The man needs some time to relax. The pressures of being the Commander in Chief will take it’s toll if he is constantly stressed with no time away. Besides as they say, it’s not like he won’t be on top of things so it’s really a working vacation. GW Bush took many vacations.
      We want him to be the best that he can be, mind, body and spirit. The critics would rather him just drop dead from exhaustion. Can he catch a break?

  3. Anonymous August 12, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

    I am also getting sick of this crap…I want him to go take a vacation anywhere he wants because I would do the same damn thing!!! Black folks need too stop this haterade and stop following the media so much!!!

  4. Anonymous August 12, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

    plumber64134 TO ALL SAID ABOVE I TOTALLY AGREE OPINIONS ARE GOOD BUT IF YOU ARE GONNA SAY SOME STUFF YOU NEED TO SHUT UP OR BE QUIET.AS FOR OUR PRESIDENT WE NEED TO SUPPORT HIM AND PRAY FOR HIM. I DO’NT SEE NONE OFF YOUR DUMB ASSES OUT THERE RUNNING ANYTHING BUT YOUR FREAK….ING BIG MOUTHS SHUT UP-WAKE AMERICA.

  5. Anonymous August 13, 2011 at 1:32 am #

    No matter what the President does it is wrong, so I say enjoy your working vacation, if you were to walk on water they would say you could not swim.

  6. Art August 13, 2011 at 1:46 am #

    Just because he does’nt have a ranch to go to…why is everyone so upset about the President of the United States going on a vacation. Remember, he is not your next door neighbour…he is the most important person in the whole free world.
    Besides, he is vacationing in America people.

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