Last year, Barack Obama skipped his Martha’s Vineyard vacation because golfing with the wealthy was less than alluring to voters. But this year he’s going and hopefully he’ll be less abashed.
Presidents need vacations, and the Vineyard is more complicated than its posh cliché. Settled almost 150 years before the Declaration of Independence was written, it’s at once ancient and modern.
Today, Brazilian immigrants ply the island’s construction trade alongside old New England fishing families who cast nets and lobster pots in ways their forebears would recognize. The island has a year-round population that struggles with housing costs and school budgets, just like the rest of us. Obama gets to shed Washington, exchanging it for an island that’s less different than the rest of America than you might think.
Who can blame him?