Closing Argument: Reading, Golfing and Playing Board Games

Aug 25, 2010 12:17am

Rain and lashing winds have not dampened the First Family’s 10-day getaway on Martha’s Vineyard.

President Barack Obama and his family have been keeping a low profile on the island off Massachusetts.

Of course, as the White House points out, it’s not all relaxation.

The president continues to receive daily briefings on intelligence and the economy.

This summer trip is his ninth vacation as of early 2008 and when the president takes off to New Orleans on Sunday, he will have spent only 46 days on vacation since taking office.

By comparison, former President George W. Bush had been to his Crawford, Texas, ranch spanning all or part of 102 days by this point in his presidency.

But a break for the commander-in-chief is a sensitive political issue.

Critics question the wisdom of any time off for the president considering the tanking economy, millions unemployed and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

What do you think of the president and his family taking some time off?



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