President Obama headed to Martha’s Vineyard Thursday for a 10 day vacation with his family. And, even though there’s really no such thing as a “vacation” for a sitting President, Republicans are using the getaway to criticize Obama by calling him “Clark Griswold.” Is that what the GOP is resorting to now? What children are running the show over there at RNC headquarters?
I don’t know about anyone else, but I have difficulty taking conservatives or liberals for that matter, seriously when those tactics are brought into play. Attacking Obama on the number of days he’s been out of town is bad enough, but is it necessary to compare the man to a fumbling, bumbling movie character? I fail to see the similarities. What’s worse, is the RNC doesn’t even back up the “Griswold” label it gives to the Commander-in-Chief.
Conservatives would also be wise to pause and think about how many days their boy, former President George W. Bush, kicked back away from the White House, before they start hurling stones at Obama.
According to CBS White House Correspondent, Mark Knoller, a man who has covered every President since Gerald Ford, this is Obama’s 9th vacation since he took office. The grand total of vacation days? 48, so far. Compare that to Bush, who racked up a whopping 115 days of rest and relaxation. Knoller says those days were taken when Bush made 14 trips to his ranch in Crawford, Texas during the “same period of his presidency.” He also notes, “During his 2nd year in office, Pres. Bush spent 27 days at his ranch in Texas in August 2002.”
Slamming the President, whether he be Republican or Democrat, for getting out of the “Beltway Bubble” on occasion, is nothing short of ridiculous. Obama’s job is 24/7. He cannot escape it, so why not cut the man some slack for desiring a change of scenery? It’s also August in Washington, D.C. It’s as hot and as humid as a Turkish bath and Congress is out so nothing is getting done legislatively anyway. Does anyone honestly think the President isn’t getting his morning security briefings while he’s away?
At least the GOP’s strategy has yet to persuade the masses into accepting the “Griswold” moniker for the President. A commenter on the RNC site named Titus ONeill, said he was confused by the GOP post. “Every page seems to be a constant blame fest. Why? Why not highlight our party’s accomplishments and goals and move in a positive manner towards victory?”
Why, indeed. Good point Mr. ONeill. Someone’s paying attention.