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Inside the Beltway
Question of the Day
Forget the bus tour. In 24 hours, it’s White House vacation time, punctuated by the outcry of those who say a presidential respite at this juncture is ill-timed and clueless. Meanwhile, angst is brewing in Martha’s Vineyard, now gearing up for President Obama’s arrival on Thursday, marking his third visit to the rose-strewn island, not to mention Blue Heron Farm, the 28-acre luxury retreat that will host the president for 10 days.
Anticipating the incoming onslaught of pushy press and travel restrictions, some locals wish Mr. Obama would take a “staycation” in the nation’s capital. But Sen. Scott Brown, Massachusetts Republican, refused to reveal his feelings about the Obama vacation, telling a Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce forum on Monday, “I’d refer that to the president. Obviously, we have work to do. If we get called back, I’m happy to go back.”
But one former resident had plenty to say, now that she can’t afford a visit to her home turf.
“I, too, had hopes of a trip back to the place I called home for almost 30 years. Unfortunately, I’m retired now, on a fixed income and have lost more money than I care to think about in investments that were for my golden years. Gone now, because of the inability or unwillingness of our elected officials to do the right thing,” says Joanne Philbrick, in a letter to the Martha’s Vineyard Times.
“Federal, state, and local officials do not seem to understand the difficult times that many Americans are going through. So, have a good time, Mr. President. Relax, enjoy, have a glass of wine and a nice dinner. Get a good night’s sleep. I certainly won’t,” she advises.
It’s not a good time for Congress to be on vacation, either.
Rep. Allen West, declares, “This is DEFCON 1, and all leaves and passes must be canceled. We must return to Washington and start session immediately. Anything less is a failure in leadership.”
The public apparently agrees with the Florida Republican.
“Americans’ evaluation of the job Congress is doing is the worst Gallup has ever measured, with 13 percent approving, tying the all-time low measured in December 2010. Disapproval of Congress is at 84 percent, a percentage point higher than last December’s previous high rating,” says Gallup poll analyst Jeffrey Jones, on new favorability findings released Tuesday.
THE PERRY FUTURE
“Let the Perry hatred begin,” observes National Review editor Rich Lowry. “Texas governor Rick Perry is about to stride purposefully through every cultural tripwire in the country.”
Mr. Lowry continues, “He may not become as despised as Sarah Palin, but that’s because he’ll never be a pro-life woman — the accelerant for the conflagration of Palin-hatred. The disdain for Perry won’t burn as hot, but it’ll burn just as true. He’ll become a byword for Red State simple mindedness in the New York Times and an object of derision for self-appointed cultural sophisticates everywhere.”
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