I sent this letter to the Boston Herald on June 8. Unfortunately, they declined to print it. Although I wasn’t reading the entire paper every single day around that time, I don’t recall the Herald printing a single letter, column or article defending the Obamas against the attacks on them for their “date night” in New York City. Shame on the Herald.
To the editor:
One cannot help but wonder if those who profess outrage at the Obamas’ date in New York were similarly offended by the nearly 80 trips George W. Bush took to his Texas ranch at taxpayer expense.
While our nation’s economy and stature crumbled, Bush went on vacation for over 400 days, and it cost us far more than the price of the foreign oil he burned to get there.
Proportionally, Obama has taken ten times fewer days off and four times fewer vacation trips than Bush.
The feigned outrage is much more than much ado about nothing. It is astoundingly offensive, egregiously partisan sniping at the leader of our country at a time when he is burning the candle at both ends cleaning up the mess left by his predecessor. To say that Obama and his family deserve a little time off would be a monumental understatement.
Actually, they printed several of my letters defending Obama during the campaign. For example:
July 25, 2008:
June 6, 2008:
March 24, 2008 (they this what I sent to them; they printed it without the final paragraph):
Dude, it’s the _Herald_. Of course they’re not going to post anything defending Obama. They’re the Fox News of Boston newspapers.
Obama is playing the only role that the U.S. President can and should play in furthering the Middle East peace process: putting pressure on both sides.
The pressure on both sides is necessary because (a) it helps to ensure that both sides perceive him as a fair arbiter; and (b) it gives both the Israelis and the Arabs political cover to do things that they know are necessary but can’t be seen to be doing of their own initiative.
The fact of the matter is that the U.S. has never managed to force either the Arabs or the Israelis to do anything that they didn’t at some level already want to do themselves. Worrying about what Obama says and does vis à vis the Middle East is pointless. Rather, as an Israeli citizen and resident of Israel, you should be worrying about what your own government says and does and actively working to push it in the direction you think is right.
Actually, I wish he’d take *more* time off, at least from his misguided approach for trying to bring peace to the middle east!