President Barack Obama has received a lot of flak for his annual summer vacation on Martha’s Vineyard. Critics claim that he’s ignoring America’s problems, global chaos, and the plight of people who can only dream of a two-week stint on a famously expensive island.
Obama’s aides push back against this ritual vacation-shaming with the standard vacation justification. Just as flacks for previous presidents have done, they say that his time-off won’t include that much relaxation, that he’ll remain burdened by the pressures and demands of the Oval Office—in short, that he won’t really take a vacation at all.
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