The White House confirmed on Wednesday that President Obama will spend his annual summer vacation in Martha''s Vineyard, as he did in the summer of 2009 and 2010.
During a White press briefing on Wednesday, Press Secretary Jay Carney fended off suggestions that the President was sending the wrong message by embarking on a lavish vacation while 9.1% of Americans are out of work.
Truth be told, I agree with Mr. Carney. I believe the President's Summer vacation will benefit the country immensely.
What's more, if I were advising the President, I would recommend that he extend his vacation till year's end, or longer, if possible - for the following reasons:
In the Summer of 2010, Caroline Taylor, a Martha's Vineyard realtor, estimated that the property rented by the President would go for $35,000 to $50,000 per week. ABC News noted that the Obamas payed "for at least a portion of the rental, but taxpayer funds," were "used to pay for Secret Service and staff housing on the property." It is not clear whether taxpayers [or perhaps one of Obama's affluent pals] paid for the remaining portion of the rental. Nevertheless, both the private sector [the Obama family] and American taxpayers payed for the President's vacation in 2010 - and they will likely foot the bill this year too.
It goes without saying, though, that the President's lavish getaways provide the US economy with a much-needed stimulus. The longer the President vacations in Martha's Vineyard, the bigger the stimulus.
Now, bear in mind that Democrats and Republicans have differing views on how to boost the US economy. Democrats believe that government and taxpayer dollars are the vehicles of choice to stimulate the economy, while Republicans believe that the private sector is more suited to the task.
However, both private sector money and taxpayer dollars are paying for Obama's vacation - a vacation that without question will stimulate the US economy - hence, both sides of the political aisle will have the opportunity to showcase their respective economic ideologies.
Reason number 2: An extended vacation for the President means that the American people will have an extended vacation from Obama.
There'll be less time for Obama to hog the networks [and airwaves], and to use them as his personal soapbox to demand, incessantly, that congress - rather than the President - come up with innovative ideas to fix the ailing economy.
Hence, Obama's vacation is clearly a win-win situation for everyone!
And, when Obama returns from his extended Summer vacation - say, after Christmas or thereafter - he can proudly boast to the American people that his lavish trip to Martha's Vineyard stimulated, and ultimately saved the US economy.
And the American people can proudly proclaim to the President that his vacation was, in essence, a vacation for all of America - a sorely needed respite, to say the least.....