President Obama is on vacation on Martha’s Vineyard (and yes, the proper preposition is ON for you little people). His vacation, like all presidential vacations has generated controversy. Dr. J. isn’t going to spend his time engaging in sniping about the fact that he and Mrs. Obama flew in on two separate jets hours apart, or that Martha’s Vineyard is a sanctuary for New York and New England elites, or even the insensitivity of going on vacation at this time.
Rather, Dr. J. is going to make a little observation about the way Democratic Presidents and Republican Presidents (by-and-large) take their vacations.
This is what Dr. J recalls when he plays word association with Vacation and President X:
President Ford – Dr. J. remembers a ski trip, but that was a long time ago, and it might have been Chevy Chase rather than Gerry himself.
President Carter – Dr. J. wasn’t paying attention because he was rather young. Did he even take a vacation?
So, Dr. J. will start with Reagan.
President Reagan – The Reagan Ranch in Santa Barbara California.
President GHW Bush – Kennebunkport, Maine
President Clinton – Some really nice island that he danced on the beach with Hillary, and Martha’s Vineyard
President GW Bush – The infamous Crawford Ranch
President Obama – Martha’s Vineyard, Hawaii
Do you see a pattern (starting with Reagan, at least?).
The Republicans repeatedly GO HOME, a home that’s outfitted ONCE for them to be President on vacation whenever they go there.
The Democrats visit somewhere snooty and each place they visit needs to be outfitted, and it’s usually a different place (even on the same island) each vacation.
To be fair, the Clintons were otherwise homeless during their time in the White House, and Dr. J. wouldn’t be going to Hyde Park (where BHO calls home) for R&R when all the college kids are moving back in to the University of Chicago. The kids are coming back to New Atlantis Ivory Tower University this weekend, all the restaurants are jammed.
Your tax dollars at work…Dr. J.’s just sayin…that’s all.