Barack Obama is out of touch with average Americans. He shares the sensibilities of celebrity elites, and has proven it once again, on his ninth vacation since the inauguration, with luxurious rest and relaxation on a $20 million private estate.1
“I took office after nearly a decade of economic policies that produced sluggish growth and falling incomes and falling wages,” Obama said, days before paying $50,000 for a week’s worth of vacation lodging, a dollar amount 36% larger than the median family income in the United States for an entire year. After nearly two years of Obama’s policies, the U.S. Department of Commerce today lowered its growth estimate for the nation’s GDP in the second quarter to an annual rate of 1.6% from an initial reading of economic deceleration at 2.4%.2
With the Federal Reserve threatening to take more drastic action to prevent the economy from failing to reach an “escape velocity” out of its current malaise, Obama is increasingly showing that he is tired at work. Refusing to acknowledge President George W. Bush’s leadership for a mission accomplished in the Iraq War, Obama is now desperate to make the nation forget his wild-eyed and negative protests about American military efforts in Iraq by use of purely political spin, while blaming the previous administration for unfavorable opinions of his own weakness in handling the economy.3
Since the overwhelming majority of Americans believe that the country is heading down the wrong direction, who thinks it would be a good idea to raise funds so that Obama can remain in secluded luxury? 4
1. Sam Bungey, “First Family’s Vacation Plans Take Shape Around Familiar Chilmark Farm,” Vineyard Gazette Online, http://www.mvgazette.com/article.php?22099. Megan Dooley, “President Obama Begins Vineyard Vacation,” Vineyard Gazette Online, http://www.mvgazette.com/article.php?26997.
2. Barack Obama, “Remarks by the President at Florida Democratic Party Reception,” The White House, http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/08/18/remarks-president-florida-democratic-party-reception. Median Family Income – Charts, “Median Family Income: United States, Colorado, and Larimer County, 1990, 2000, 2010,” Compass of Larimer County, http://www.co.larimer.co.us/compass/median_family_income_ec_ind_charts.htm.
3. Jon Hilsenrath, “Bernanke Says Fed Stands Ready to Support Recovery,” The Wall Street Journal, August 27, 2010, Economy. ElectionCenter2008, “Obama Calls Iraq War a ‘Dangerous Distraction’,” http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/07/15/obama.iraq/index.html. The White House, “Saluting Service in Iraq,” http://www.whitehouse.gov. Peter Hart and Bill McInturff, NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB119188060199152666.html.
4. Right Direction or Wrong Track, “29% Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction,” Rasmussen Reports, http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/mood_of_america/right_direction_or_wrong_track.