A conservative group
is spending $4.5 million
to run an ad attacking Obama for going on vacation to Martha's Vineyard, reports
Politico. The ad mocks Obama's trip and also pressures him to drop the
public option from health care reform. Judging from the reactions, The Atlantic Wire
thinks that Obama is perhaps not alone in needing a bit of time off.
- Tantamount to Sept. 11 That's what Marcy Wheeler suggested
of the ad. "In 2001, terrorists capitalized on George Bush's
extended vacation to strike at America," she wrote. "Now, Rich Scott's
for Patients' Rights believes it can adopt al Qaeda's tactics by
attacking our country while the President is on vacation." Wheeler
criticized the media as having "enabled" the "terrorist tactics" of
- Bush Vacationed More More reasonably, Wheeler compared Obama's
vacation time to Bush's. "Mocking Obama for taking the first week of
vacation he has had all year will only invite comparisons with Bush,
who spent 977 days
at either Camp David or Crawford during his presidency," she wrote. On
Twitter this week, Wheeler has found myriad opportunities to jokingly reference Bush's habit of "clearing brush" while on vacation.
- Ad Could Backfire Greg Sargent wrote, "'Dogging' Obama on vacation smacks of a
stunt designed to get national TV play, which it undoubtedly will, but
it risks making the anti-reform forces look like they’re hounding Obama
while he’s seeking private time with his family."
- Who Cares? Political analyst Larry Sabato sees the hoopla as a bit absurd. "Every summer papers waste space on supposed implications of POTUS vacations," he tweeted. "There aren't any. No one cares." Don't tell that to Walter Shapiro, who managed to eek 1,500 words of analysis out of the vacation, because why the hell not.
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