'Elitist' Vacation Spot Hurts Obama

Obama's vacation sent the wrong message.

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Pollster John Zogby updates our weekly Obama Report Card with a grade on the president's performance. Zogby uses his polling, expert analysis and interaction with major players to come up with a grade and some comments that capture how he sees the president's week ending.

John Zogby on Week: 136

"While some opponents are indignant that President Obama should vacation on Martha's Vineyard when so much is going wrong, we've had some rare good news during his absence from the White House. Long-time U.S. nemesis Muammar Qadhafi is being ousted, and Team Obama will certainly expect some credit for its strategy of aiding the rebels. They had better hold off on the victory lap until we know whether the Libyan government will be friendly, or at least not hostile, to U.S. interests. At home, the stock market may have hit bottom, but still has a long way to go before investors regain full confidence and stocks regain values lost over the past month. Even with these positive developments, the White House should know the appearance of hanging out on one of the Eastern elite's favorite vacation haunts doesn't look good."

This week's grade: D+

Last week's: D

John Zogby is Chairman of the Board and Chief Insights Officer for IBOPE Zogby International, a non-partisan public opinion, research, and business solutions firm with experience working in more than 70 countries around the globe. IBOPE Zogby International specializes in telephone, Internet, and face-to-face survey research and analysis for corporate, political, nonprofit, and governmental clients. The firm is headquartered in Utica, N.Y. John Zogby is also the author of The Way We'll Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream (Random House).

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