After all this talk of just soaking millionaire and billionaires with new taxes, is it smart for President Obama to hang with the super-rich on Martha's Vineyard this summer? Liberal Boston Herald columnist Margery Eagan said no on Tuesday:
I love my summer vacation. I like President Obama more than most of you. But a new Marist Poll says that for the first time ever a majority of American adults — 55 percent — will not be booking a summer vacation this year. They’re too worried about jobs and money. The “Staycation” of 2009 has morphed into the “Naycation” of 2011.
But Obama, who’s got us panicked over this debt-ceiling stalemate, will soon be off — again — to Blue Heron Farm, Martha’s Vineyard. Check out the pictures of this “farm” online. You practically drool. It looks like the centerfold of “Town & Country,” the magazine for aspiring zillionaires.
But unless Obama fixes this fiscal disaster — now — he can’t go. He should have a staycay like the rest of us.
Instead, he’ll be looking at 28 acres on the water from a pristine white Victorian farm house handsomely appointed with Restoration Hardware-style chairs and tables on an elegant patio.
Eagan concluded: "Barack Obama is running for re-election with dismal poll numbers, more than 9 percent unemployment, gas sneaking back to $4 a gallon and a blistering heat wave melting us all. It’s just an unseemly time for him to be frolicking surfside on a summer vacation that may well cost us beleaguered taxpayers as much as $50,000 just for the house — forget the Secret Service and all that presidential security."
Eagan will probably not be echoed by the Obama-loving national media elite.