Though he grants that the president may just want some peace and quiet from his upcoming vacation to Martha’s Vineyard, Max Linsky is disappointed by the choice “for a president keenly aware of symbolism,” he writes for the Stimulist. He suggests alternatives:
- California. The state’s budget debacle just forced it to slash welfare, health care, and college aid. Clearly, it needs tourism revenue, and the first family could set a good example.
- Baltimore. The city’s economic woes have, unsurprisingly, not been helped by the national recession. It, too, could use the boost of a presidential visit.
- New Orleans. Perhaps a city that’s been struck by a bona-fide disaster (and not a man-made economic one) deserves the Obamas’ attention the most.
- Texas. A recent Gallup poll says Texas is split pretty evenly between support for Republicans and Democrats. Maybe Obama could sow some goodwill for upcoming electoral contests?