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Republicans attack Obama's 'affluent' holiday

Toby Harnden in Washington

Published 20/08/2011 | 05:00

US President Barack Obama walks out of the Bunch O Grapes bookstore with his daughters Malia (right) and Sasha
(centre) in Vineyard Haven on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, yesterday. Photo: Reuters
US President Barack Obama walks out of the Bunch O Grapes bookstore with his daughters Malia (right) and Sasha (centre) in Vineyard Haven on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, yesterday. Photo: Reuters

US President Barack Obama has been criticised by Republicans for taking a 10-day holiday on Martha's Vineyard, renow- ned as a playground for the affluent elite, despite America's economic troubles.

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Mr Obama went on a three-day bus tour through the Mid-West to push his economic message this week.

But he then flew to the island in New England, where he is staying at Blue Heron Farm, a multi-million dollar compound with a gym and private beach.

Unemployment is at 9.1pc in the US and there are fears of a double-dip recession.

The White House said Mr Obama would be working while he was away.

Surfing

The Republican National Committee created a website, Obamagetaway.com, featuring mocked-up postcards of Obama biking, surfing and playing basketball.

The White House responded by releasing photographs of the president receiving a security briefing on Martha's Vineyard from his counter-terrorism chief.

Mitt Romney, the Republican frontrunner, said that if he were in the White House: "The first thing I'd do is go back to my office immediately."

Meanwhile, Sarah Palin, who has said that she will decide next month whether to run for president, described Mr Obama's decision as "very, very tone deaf" given the country's economic woes.

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