Just imagine the political courage it took for presidential candidate Mitt Romney to come out and attack President Obama for taking a vacation in Massachusetts, despite former Governor Romney's conflicting interest in promoting Massachusetts as a vacation destination. On this issue I have to agree with Romney, though my reasons might be different. (His reasons I can't explain or understand, I'm afraid.) My reasons for considering the Obama Vineyard vacation an outrage, on the other hand, are pretty much based on jealousy. The problem is that MY family should be on Martha's Vineyard right now! We have been going to Martha's Vineyard for years, much longer than the Obama family, but decided to forego the trip this year. How dare the president take 10 days off to spend with his family on Martha's Vineyard, while my family is just hanging out at home. (My report from last year's trip, where we crossed paths at one point with the first daughters, can be found in this post from last August.)
In other news, Mitt Romney is planning to demolish his $12 million beach house in La Jolla, California, and replace it with a new structure about three or four times the size. I have not heard, however, whether he is pledging not to visit that house in the unlikely event he is elected to the presidency next year.
(more photos at The Obama Diary)