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August 18, 2011

Must Be Nice
Obama Jets Off To Martha’s Vineyard, Leaving Americans To Deal With The Consequences Of His Failed Economic Policies
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“Obama Is Scheduled To Go On A 10-Day Family Vacation To Martha’s Vineyard On Thursday After Completing The Economic Tour.” (Zachary Goldfarb, “Obama Kicks Off Midwest Bus Tour With Harsh
Words On The Economy,” The Washington Post, 8/15/11)

DESPITE HIS REPEATED PROMISE TO FOCUS ON JOBS, OBAMA IS OFF TO VACATION IN MARTHA’S VINEYARD
Hours After Saying That Obama “Will Not Rest” Until Unemployment Ebbs, The White House Announced That Obama Will Spend Nine Days On Vacation In Martha’s Vineyard. “When it comes to curbing unemployment, President Obama ‘will not rest’ until everyone looking for a job can find one, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday. A couple of hours later, the White House put out an announcement that the president will soon begin a nine-day vacation in Martha's Vineyard.” (Peter Nicholas, “As
Some Call For Bold Strokes, Obama Sticks With Vacation Plans,” Los Angeles Times, 8/10/11)

Martha’s Vineyard Is “A Haven For The Rich And Famous.” “The president’s schedule in the coming days is not likely to comfort his Democratic critics. Although a trip to Michigan on Thursday and a two-day bus tour through the economically battered — and politically important — Midwest will put him in touch with average voters, he will then go on vacation, with a week off in Martha’s Vineyard, a haven for the rich and famous.” (Karen Tumulty and Peter Wallsten, “Nervous Democrats Say President Obama Must
Be Bolder On Economy,” The Washington Post, 8/10/11)

Obama Will Be Golfing, Cycling, And Going Out To Dinner When He’s Not At His 28 Acre Estate. “If the past is any guide, Obama will spend his time on the Vineyard golfing, cycling, reading books, playing board games with family and going out to dinner with friends. He will once again stay at a 28acre estate in Chilmark that in past summers has commanded a rental fee of about $50,000 a week.”
(Peter Nicholas, “As Some Call For Bold Strokes, Obama Sticks With Vacation Plans,” Los Angeles Times, 8/10/11)

Or Watching A Pre-Release Of His Friend Harvey Weinstein’s New Movie “Iron Lady.” “Weinstein said he had been trying to persuade his wife for three years to have a housewarming party and it had taken president to make it happen. He said that that last year in Martha's Vineyard the president had asked him if he had any movies and he had given him a rough cut of the ‘King's Speech.’ Obama quipped:’It was pretty good.’ Weinstein said this year he would send Obama Meryl Streep playing Margaret Thatcher in the ‘Iron Lady’ to watch on his vacation.” (“Fame And Fortune,” Time’s “The
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EVEN OBAMA’S DEMOCRAT ALLIES ARE WONDERING HOW HE CAN PROMOTE JOB CREATION FROM THE BEACH
“President Obama’s Plans For A La-Di-Da Vacation With The Glitterati On Martha’s Vineyard This Week Are Now Drawing Friendly Fire From The Ranks Of His Own Party, As The Nation Remains Deeply Mired In Economic Turmoil.” (Chris Cassidy, “Dems Bop President Obama For His Vacay,” The Boston Herald, 8/16/11) Newton, MA Mayor Says Obama Should Cancel Martha’s Vineyard Vacation. “Despite the ongoing financial crisis President Obama is planning to take his Martha’s Vineyard vacation. But Newton mayor and Democratic Senate candidate Setti Warren is calling the President out for taking time off.“ (“Newtown Mayor Calls
Obama Out For Taking Time Off” WHDH-TV [Boston, MA], 8/11/11) 

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Even Obama Supporters Think Obama Should Cancel His Trip Due To The “Urgency” Of The Nation’s Economic Troubles. “Some of his supporters believe the economic slowdown has reached a level of urgency that he should at least abbreviate the family trip, if not cancel it altogether.” (Peter Nicholas, “As Some Call For
Bold Strokes, Obama Sticks With Vacation Plans,” Los Angeles Times, 8/10/11)

One Major Democrat Donor Said, “If There Were A Real Jobs Summit And A Jobs Push, I Would Feel Much Better. We're Not Paying Enough Attention To Jobs.” “‘I think he can shorten his vacation and focus on this issue,’ said Peter Buttenwieser, a major Democratic donor who counts himself as an admirer of Obama. ‘If there were a real jobs summit and a jobs push, I would feel much better. We're not paying enough attention to jobs.’” (Peter Nicholas, “As Some Call For Bold Strokes, Obama Sticks With
Vacation Plans,” Los Angeles Times, 8/10/11)

“’I Believe That The President Should Consider Postponing His Vacation And Call Congressional Leaders Back To Washington To Propose Serious Jobs Legislation To Present To Congress For Immediate Legislative Action,’ U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-Lowell) Said In A Statement To The Herald.” (Chris Cassidy, “Dems Bop President Obama For His Vacay,” The Boston Herald, 8/16/11)

The Washington Post’s Colbert King: “But to be leaving town to spend 10 days luxuriating in an affluent, New England summer town when millions of Americans can’t find work? To fly off to the Vineyard when the public is losing faith in Washington’s ability to fix the nation’s economic problems, and with people anxious about their futures? What is he thinking? It’s not as if the Obama family is living in deprivation in Washington.” (Colbert King, Op-Ed, “It’s No Time For A Presidential Vacation,” The Washington Post, 8/16/11)  “This Is No Time For The President To Dwell In Splendid Seclusion Among The Rich And Famous. Barack Obama’s Got Business To Attend To.” (Colbert King, Op-Ed, “It’s No Time For A Presidential Vacation,”
Washington Post, 8/16/11)

“He Should Use This Summer To Spend Some Time With Folks Who Can’t Afford To Take A Vacation. And Not Just In Iowa, Illinois And Minnesota, Which Happen To Be States That He Won In 2008.” (Colbert King, Op-Ed, “It’s No Time For A Presidential Vacation,” The Washington Post, 8/16/11)

Obama Is Still Going To Martha’s Vineyard, “As If In A State Of Oblivion.” “Our president will go to Martha's Vineyard on vacation this week. Reporters asked him if he was still going to go, considering the desperate shape the country was in, with millions out of work and others losing their retirement savings. As if in a state of oblivion, he said yes.” (Editorial, “Can Obama Succeed?” The Buffalo News, 8/16/11)  “In A Perverse Way, Perhaps There's No Difference Between Obama Doing Nothing In Washington And Doing Nothing For The Country While On Vacation.” (Editorial, “Can Obama Succeed?” The
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WHILE OBAMA VACATIONS, THE REST OF AMERICA DEALS WITH 9.1 PERCENT UNEMPLOYMENT, A VOLATILE STOCK MARKET, AND AN UNPRECEDENTED DOWNGRADE OF THE COUNTRY’S CREDIT RATING
The Jobs Crisis Is America’s “Chief Concern” And “The Biggest Drain On Our Economy.” “It's Americans' chief concern. The biggest drain on our economy. The greatest threat to our future and our children's future. No, it's not the debt ceiling or the budget deficit. It's the jobs crisis -- the fact that we're stuck in a rut of tepid job growth and record high long-term unemployment, and seem hard pressed to do anything about it.” (Christine Owens, “Biggest Threat To Future? The Jobs Crisis,” CNN, 8/4/11)   The Unemployment Rate Is 9.1%. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov, Accessed 8/16/11) Since Obama Took Office, The Nation Has Lost 2,373, 000 Jobs. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov, Accessed
8/16/11)

“Moody's Analytics On Monday Lowered Its Outlook For Growth In The U.S. Economy This Year And Next, Saying It Sees ‘Significantly Weaker’ Prospects For The Economy Than Just A Month Ago As The Country Struggles To Avoid Another Recession.” (“Moody’s Lowers US Economic Outlook Through 2012,” The Associated Press,
8/15/11)

Mark Zandi, Chief Economist For Moody’s, Believes The Economy Will Not Grow Enough To Add Jobs Fast Enough To Keep Unemployment Rate Stable. “‘The odds of a renewed recession over the next 12 months, already one in three, will increase if stock prices continue to fall,’ Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody's Analytics, says in the report. He said the economy must grow 2.5 percent to 3 percent a year to add jobs fast enough to keep the unemployment rate stable -- something that won't happen soon.” (“Moody’s Lowers US
Economic Outlook Through 2012,” The Associated Press, 8/15/11)

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