Obama's vacation wasn't long enough

Or far enough away.

Republicans giving President Barack Obama the shive for daring to take a vacation should recall what a cheap political stunt the criticism was when it came from Democrats while President George W. Bush was taking his vacation.

Sarah Palin joined in this mindless criticism during on interview with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren:

Joining us is former governor Sarah Palin. Good evening, Governor. I guess the truth is, is that whether the president's at the White House tonight or Martha's Vineyard, the stock market still went down today. We still have jobless claims over 400,000. So where he is doesn't matter. But does it send a sign to the American people? Does it matter sort of symbolically where he is?

SARAH PALIN, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR/FORMER ALASKA GOVERNOR: It does matter where he is tonight, Greta, and I don't know why our president bothers even making promises at this point or spewing those platitudes. One in particular, he said he promised to not rest until every American who wanted a job got that job. And yet there he goes, jetting off to tickle his toes in the sand of Martha's Vineyard and probably burying his head in the proverbial sand, ignoring the fact that 14 million Americans cannot find a job, that 40-plus million Americans are relying on food stamps to make ends meet.

Palin doesn't do herself any credit with this criticism. First, Bush took long vacations, and Palin kept her mouth shut about that. Second, being president is the mother of all telecommuting; it doesn't matter the president is, the job goes with him. Third, give the guy a break. Fourth, the farther away he goes and the longer he is there is just fine with me.





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  • He has to go on vacation to meet up with the "job creators" - they've been taking time off since the day after his election in 2008...

  • I think you meant "shiv," not "shive," but I agree. Let's try to make Obama's vacation permanent in 2012!

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