When is the Center for American Progress Going to Demand Obama Return to D.C.?
A walk down memory lane in the New York Times today on the optics of presidential vacations:
Critics savaged him. The Center for American Progress, a liberal research organization, posted this headline on its Web site in 2006: “Careless in Crawford: Catastrophes Gather While Bush Vacations.” It took aim again in his last month in office as Israel waged war in Gaza: “Bush Refuses to Interrupt His Final Vacation as Middle East Crisis Escalates.”
The center, which is closely aligned with the Obama White House, voiced no complaint about the current president’s vacation. But the conservative Web site Free Republic did. While Americans “are still caught in the grips of the recession,” a posting on the site said last week, “Obama is living like a king with no criticism from the mainstream media.”