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Thinking Back to When Presidential Vacations Were Bad...


As I prepare for vacation and President Obama prepares for his 10 days in Martha’s Vineyard at a $50,000-per-week rental of the 28-acre beachfront Blue Heron Farm, let’s take a moment to remember when our friends on the left used to get outraged about presidential vacations. From Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11:”

You see, Bush was a president who had a sliding approval rating, and “already beginning to look like a lame duck president” (because his approval was in the mid-40s, see?). I’m sure if Moore had more time, he would have emphasized that in summer of 2001, the unemployment rate had jumped from 4.3 percent to 4.9 percent! This was an economic crisis! People were hurting! How dare the president go play golf or hang around the New England when people were hurting!

Tags: Barack Obama , George W. Bush , Michael Moore


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