President Obama takes a couple of weeks off starting Friday. He’s going to Martha’s Vineyard to enjoy a cool, North Atlantic sea breeze and some great Atlantic seafood.
WASHINGTON -- President Obama is fleeing the heat and headaches of the capital in search of summer's greatest delight: some time to unwind and kiss the office goodbye. Even if it is the Oval Office.
With wife Michelle, daughters Sasha and Malia and pet dog Bo in tow, Obama is hoping for a pleasantly uneventful 10 days as he heads to Martha's Vineyard, Mass., on Thursday.
"Just like a lot of American people, the president is taking a little time with his family to recharge his batteries," deputy press secretary Bill Burton told reporters.
The long-awaited vacation comes after a hectic three-day fundraising and speechmaking sprint across the country and with new poll numbers showing Americans none too pleased with Obama's handling of the economy as crucial midterm elections approach.
Meanwhile, the state of Israel has a very difficult choice to make.
Iran has a uranium-enrichment plant at Natanz and another at Qom, which Western allies blew the whistle on last year. Several facilities critical to the nuclear program are known to be scattered throughout the country, and others are believed to exist in unknown locations. Iran has committed to building more reactors and more enrichment facilities, and as long as it has nuclear physicists, the regime can continue to pursue its goals.
Attacking Iran's nuclear program might be like Mickey Mouse chopping broomsticks in The Sorcerer's Apprentice. The program could be taken down -- but for how long?
Smith, in urging caution toward the idea of a military strike, was echoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who said last year that an attack could buy time, but it would not halt the program.
But that doesn't mean a strike is off the table, from either the United States or Israel. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated plainly in an interview on Aug. 1 that the U.S. military has an attack plan for Iran.
Our President, who eschewed both the Boy Scouts Jamboree and the National Day of Prayer; who sued Arizona for daring to pass a law enforcing existing US policy; who stood before Muslim guests at the White House iftar dinner and announced his support for a new mosque at Ground Zero; who called good, ordinary heartland Americans “bitter clingers;” who insulted the Israeli head of state during an official visit, is on vacation.
While Iran shoves fissile material into a new reactor supported by the Russian and Chinese governments, President Barack Hussein Obama is rubbing elbows with elitists on Martha’s Vineyard. While Israel decides whether to take a drastic step in defending her very existence, our President is livin’ large.
Aloof. Disconnected. Uncaring.
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