Saturday, August 28, 2010

Martha's Vineyard, What Hast Thou?

Recently, President Obama's family vacation at Martha's Vineyard made it to the news and once again, drew some tired attention to that little island. According to Wikipedia, "the island is primarily known as a summer colony, and is accessible only by boat and by air. Nevertheless, its year-round population has grown considerably since the 1960s. A study by the Martha's Vineyard Commission found that the cost of living on the island is 60 percent higher than the national average and housing prices are 96 percent higher."

It continued to say that Presidents Ulysses Grant, Bill Clinton and the former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis all had visited or kept houses there.

I cannot entertain a vacation in an isolated island, with nothing but wind, sea, and celebrities whose names or faces I don't care to know. And politicians too.

Personally, I don't care where my president and his family enjoy their vacations but I couldn't escape from knowing it, since the "news" was reported everywhere, including pictures of Obama's book purchases for his daughters, who are admittedly adorable but if I hear their names in the news again, I'd scream.

This country doesn't have royalties; it yearns for one. This country do have aristocrats, with a long family tradition, like the Bushes, or not, like Clintons. Only if people were striving to gain noble education, bearing and manners. Alas, this is a country produces nobles as entertainers.

Swamp /  沼澤 / Sumpf
Swamp © Matthew Felix Sun

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