An organization taking credit for ginning up protesters at health care town halls has produced an ad mocking President Obama's vacation.
The ad by Conservatives for Patients' Rights begins with the words, "The beach is nice this time of year, but while President Obama vacations, concerns mount about his health care plan."
The Obama family leaves for a week-long vacation on Martha's Vineyard Sunday.
Conservatives for Patients' Rights was founded by multimillionaire investor and former hospital executive Rick Scott. The group's campaign against reform is being run by CRC Public Relations, the group behind 2004's "Swift Boat" campaign attacking Democratic nominee John Kerry.
The Boston Globe wrote about presidential vacations yesterday and pointed to some of the longer vacations taken by Obama's predecessors.
Other presidents have managed to squeeze in a bit more time off, and, as Lockhart notes, there is nothing wrong with that. Clinton took a 17-day vacation in Jackson Hole, Wyo., in 1995, and went six times to Martha's Vineyard, spending up to three weeks at a time in the bucolic spot. Both Presidents Bush enjoyed long vacations: George H. W. routinely spent the month of August at his family estate in Kennebunkport, Maine, while his son, George W., spent the hot summer month on his ranch...
The second President Bush was excoriated for his long vacations. In 2002, a golfing Bush famously denounced "terrorist killers'' who set off bombs in Israel, then added, "Now watch this drive'' and hit another golf ball.
Obama's vacation may not be so restful. Earlier this week, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said, "We'll have some scheduling updates for you throughout the week on events that may or may not be added on health care."