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August 13, 2010

AP Says Obama Must Take Vacations to Help Local Economies

"Take vacations?" Is that the right way to say it?

When you're on vacation more than work, isn't it less "taking vacation" and more "a part time job with flex-scheduling"?

Anyway, of a piece with this morning's I Feel My Pain duo of Pity Poor Boy-King Obama bleats from the NYT and Katie Couric, here's AP, where the AP stands for Always Predictable:

Obama looks to boost Gulf tourism with family trip

Can I point out? For three days, then he's off to flood-ravaged, plague-sick Martha's Vinyard for ten days.

Feel the healing, Gulf!

I love how Obama's not really taking a vacation to take time off from his busy golf schedule but to heal a whole region.

President Barack Obama is heeding his own advice to American vacationers, taking his family to the Gulf Coast this weekend to help the sagging tourism industry. The president will arrive Saturday and spend just over 24 hours in the Panama City, Fla., area, a quick jaunt in contrast to the family's upcoming 10-day vacation to Martha's Vineyard, known as a destination for the wealthy and privileged.

White House officials dismiss questions about the length of the family's stay, saying that has no relation to the president's commitment to the region's recovery.

"The president is deeply committed to the folks in the Gulf region," said White House spokesman Bill Burton. He said Obama wants to ensure the people of the Gulf Coast are "made whole again after what was a terrible catastrophe."

Obama's been promoting the idea of Gulf travel as a way for Americans to help the region's recovery. The White House says the Obamas and daughter Sasha (her sister Malia's at summer camp) plan to spend much of their time in the Gulf enjoying the area's recreational activities.

Slublog, who sent this, noted that when Bush traveled places, he was called lazy and disengaged, and not credited with healing the land by his mere traveling through it.

You know what I'm thinking of, right?

No? And you call yourself geeks.

Skip to 1:15.

Yeah, now you see.

If that isn't clear -- the "Holy Grail" in the 1981 Exclaibur is the realization that Arthur and the land are one, and that he restores himself, and the droughted land, simply by riding through it -- suddenly dead trees bloom with glorious flowers.

Update: From Jim Geraghty's Morning Jolt, via ArthurK:

In related news [excerpted from an article]: "President Barack Obama is capping his birthday week with an afternoon of golfing on Saturday and a barbecue on Sunday." That's right: "birthday week."

Birthday week?

I think I might just take a birthday month one of these days.

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