I've said it before, but after years of First Couples who weren't much more than polite to each other, it is WONDERFUL to have a President and First Lady who are obviously dizzy in love, even after sixteen years of marriage and two kids.
"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."
"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)
"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)
If people complain they need to think..it's not like the First Family can check into a double room at any Motel 6 near a freeway off ramp for sakes. It's not always about privilege..it's about safety, and also about not inconveniencing other guests with the necessary shenanigans of the secret service as well.
I'm sure the Repugs will have a problem with it, but why should they? The Obamas are paying their own way, for heaven's sake. And didn't the Clintons vacation on Martha's Vineyard during Bill's presidency? The Bushes had Kinnebunkport. Everyone needs to get away, and if the Secret Service is ok with it, so am I. Jealous, but otherwise ok.
"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." ---Albert Einstein
Got this off Yahoo!.. How many Conservatives are going to complain about their vacation? Considering that the Secret Service said "No" to other spots. Heck "W" only bought the Crawford Ranch to make himself look like an ordinary citizen
Martha's Vineyard Obamas Headed for Vineyard Vacation by Claudine Zap
It's hard to pick the perfect escape when you're the leader of the free world. But word has it that the Obamas have found the hideaway they need: A 28-acre, $20-million property on Martha's Vineyard Island, off the coast of Massachusetts, called Blue Heron Farm. The 10,000-square-foot retreat has everything a president wanting some downtime needs, including a swimming pool, basketball court, and golf tee. And it is even dog-friendly.
The Obama family will pay its own way for a one-week getaway at the end of August, and it's not cheap: Rents reportedly run from $35-$50,000 a week for similar homes. (Not surprisingly, the town of Chilmark, where they're headed, was voted the most expensive small town in America a couple years back. And that was before the First Family said they'd be coming.)
While it may seem elitist in mid-recession to turn up at an exclusive resort, consider this: The Secret Service rejected some 20 other vacation spots before Blue Heron Farm got the seal of approval.
As the AP notes, the Obamas' visit is not as bad as you think—it actually adds to the rich history of the place: In the old days, black families vacationed on the island because they were unwelcome elsewhere. Now prominent African Americans who choose to spend their summers there include director Spike Lee, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (yes, that Henry Louis Gates), and Obama's Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett.
The cost of taking a week's vacation when you are the president is undoubtedly high. But the value of family time, we're sure, is priceless.
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