Good for you Obama!
Go on a permanent vacation.
This man has more vacation as a President than me.
Must be nice to be the KING. Ooops, I mean TYRANT
Obama thinks that everything is going exactly as planned. This is EXACTLY what the game plan IS. They are even AHEAD of schedule, so why not relax a little. There is enough time to create havoc.
Other Presidents have taken vacations, but this makes 3 or more so far. I’ve lost count. All I know is that I have been chained to my desk at work.
Seizing on Good Week, Obama Takes Another Vacation Despite GOP Criticisms:
President Obama should have no problem relaxing on his family vacation in Maine as he basks in the glow of his victory on financial overhaul and the good news from the Gulf of Mexico.
As the first family turned its attention Saturday to Acadia National Park, a 47,000-acre gem, word came from the Gulf Coast that BP was confident near the end of a two-day trial run of a massive cap on its busted oil well – there were no signs of new leaks and oil was being kept out of the water.
The first family’s Saturday began with a workout at the Bar Harbor Club, a short drive from their hotel.
After the Obamas’ arrival Friday, it was off for a bicycle ride beside a pristine lake and an exhilarating boat ride through a wind-whipped bay.
The biking was along a secluded park bike trail next to Witch Hole Pond, followed by a motorcade up a switchback road to the summit of Cadillac Mountain — elevation 1,530 feet (466 meters) — to take in a breathtaking, sun-drenched view of Frenchman Bay.
After a stop for ice cream in Bar Harbor, the Obamas boarded a National Park Service boat for a tour of the bay — only to have it cut short when clouds and fog rolled in, and rain threatened.
But that just made the first family a little early for dinner at a harborside restaurant. A small crowd gathered along the seafront to watch the Obamas’ boat chug up to the dock — the president seated in the stern, one arm around Malia, the other waving at well-wishers snapping pictures on shore.
Every president needs to escape what former President Harry Truman called the “great white jail” and what former President Andrew Jackson referred to as “dignified slavery.” But for Obama and his recent predecessors, getting out of the White House has come at a cost.
Obama’s recent vacations — two long weekend trips to Asheville, N.C., and back to his Chicago home for Memorial Day — have come under fire in the wake of the Gulf crisis and the sluggish economy.
Nonetheless, even before the oil well was capped off Thursday, plans were being made for the first family to enjoy another mini-vacation in the coastal Maine town of Bar Harbor. The decision to head north is a choice not been lost on some, especially when the president and first lady have encouraged Americans to travel south to Florida and other tourist-starved areas along the Gulf of Mexico.
Scott Stanzel, former deputy press secretary for President George W. Bush, told Fox News, “at a time he could be setting an example…he has chosen not to do that.”
Republicans have also hit the president particularly hard for the number of golf outings he’s taken since the beginning of the BP oil spill crisis, especially one round during the first initial days of the spill when the president and first lady escaped for a weekend getaway to Asheville, N.C.
Obama’s penchant for golfing — nearly 10 times in the 12 weeks since the April 20th explosion that killed eleven men – has led Republicans to chronicle each time he picks up his clubs. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell accused the president of being out of touch.
The Kentucky Republican told a group of young Republicans during a leadership conference, “scheduling more tee times than Phil Mickelson during the greatest environmental disaster in our nation’s history is out of touch.”
Bush was also hit hard by another environmental disaster – Hurricane Katrina – even forcing Bush to cut short a summer vacation at his Crawford, Texas ranch to travel back to Washington and deal with the crisis. And the image of Bush looking out over the flooded coast, far above from Air Force One, did nothing for his presidential image as critics complained Bush was too far away to offer help or feel the victims’ pain.
Bush was often criticized for the length of time downtime he spent at his ranch, but as Stanzel points out, presidents aren’t really afforded vacation time.
“We had an infrastructure in Crawford where the president continued to perform the duties much the way he might when he was at the White House,” Stanzel told Fox News.
In the early 1990’s, Democrats criticized then-President George H.W. Bush, for the image of the 41st president in a golf cart, charging he was out of touch with the recession at the time, and couldn’t relate to Americans pain.
But presidential historian Doug Wead says every president is on the clock, even during a vacation, and that time is not really personal. “There’s nothing really private. So where a president takes his vacation and what scenes are shown to the public, all of that is thoroughly thought through,” Wead said in an interview.
While a vacation may help Obama relax, it probably won’t help his poll numbers. A Fox News poll released Thursday finds that 43 percent of voters approve of the job Obama’s doing, matching a previous low in early April. That number has dropped from just two weeks ago when those questioned gave Obama a 47 percent approval rating.
Fox News’ Wendell Goler and The Associated Press contributed to this report.