Barack Obama’s Martha’s Vineyard vacation looks like an act of presidential hara-kiri

Nile Gardiner
The Telegraph [UK]
19th August 2011

…Obama’s decision to head to a popular playground for wealthy elites in the face of intense media scrutiny is a surprisingly reckless move. It is a particularlly foolish act just 14 months away from a presidential election where he will likely end up the underdog rather than the favourite. The contrast between an imperious, out-of-touch US president and the economic plight of tens of millions of Americans could not be starker. Obama’s holiday will no doubt come to haunt him in November next year, with the economy the number one issue for voters.

Which begs the question – why did the president go ahead with his vacation despite the worst approval ratings of his presidency, plunging stock markets, falling consumer confidence, and overwhelming public disillusion with his handling of the economy? I think the answer lies in Obama’s professorial-style arrogance, and a condescending approach towards ordinary Americans.

This is a US presidency with a distinctly Upstairs Downstairs approach towards running the country. At the end of the day, Barack Obama is in a serious state of denial if he believes the US electorate won’t care if their president acts with impunity at a time of tremendous economic turmoil and uncertainty…

Read the entire article at The Telegraph.

H/T Weasel Zippers

Update: Obama dangerously close to a ‘Killer Rabbit’ moment; President heads for Martha’s Vineyard vacation as unemployment lines grow, at the Chicago Tribune.

Update 2Ann Coulter on Obama Vacation: “I Wish He Would Stay on Vacation from Now through the End of His Term” – Video 8/19/11

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