U.S. President Barack Obama left for a 10-day vacation at Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts on Thursday.
White House spokesman Jay Carney pointed out that Obama will still stay connected to his team and be briefed on important developments.
Still, it doesn't change the fact that the U.S. economy is faltering and the U.S. stock market is tanking. Moreover, some alleged that Martha's Vineyard, a well-known hangout spot for the rich, is inappropriate in the context of the weakness of the U.S. economy and jobs market under Obama's helm.
As 2012 presidential elections rhetoric between Obama and GOP hopefuls heats up, the entire Republican establishment has shown Obama no mercy on his 10-day vacation .
If you're the president of the United States and the nation is in crisis - and we're in a jobs crisis right now - then you shouldn't be out vacationing. Instead, you should be focusing on getting the economy going again, said Mitt Romney, a leading GOP contender, on WLS-AM in Chicago.
In response to a question on her thoughts on Obama's vacation, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin told Fox News that Obama is very, very tone deaf.
Palin said she wouldn't go on vacation if she were in Obama's position, especially [not] to Martha's Vineyard.
Obama ought to cancel his vacation, period, said presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Fox News.
Ironically, back when Republican George W. Bush was president, the Democrats, media, and the general public also blasted him for taking vacations.
In 2005, for example, Bush was bashed for taking a vacation at his Texas ranch while American soldiers continued to die in the Iraq War.