Mitt Romney is undergoing the same type of scrutiny that other presidential candidates have endured when they went on vacation at an expensive or exclusive spot during their bids for the White House.
Romney has been spending a long weekend with his wife, Ann, their five sons, five daughters-in-law, and 18 grandchidren at his $8 million estate on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. And the media have been on the case.
News organizations ranging from the New York Times to the Associated Press are calling attention not only to the Romney holiday but also the posh surroundings that he and his family are enjoying. A Sunday Times story said the Romneys were “ensconced” at a “multimillion-dollar lakefront compound” in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Local residents were quoted speaking positively about Romney as a man who was nice to everyone and didn’t flaunt his weath. But the Times also detected signs of an elitist sensibility.
Obummer has taken not one, but two Hawaiian vacations in the past three weeks with nary a peep from his adoring press. It’s all about the narrative: Obama and his Democrats, champions of the little people. Romney and the Republicans, racist, rich white elites.
Remember, by the way, when last year the EU Commission on Human Rights ruled that workers who get sick on vacation are entitled to another one, at their employer’s expense? That decision caused some snickering on this side of the Atlantic but not in the Oval Office, where the greediest huckster in the land took notice. When he was forced to fly home from Hawaii in the middle of his latest stay in paradise he sulked around town for three days and then declared a mulligan, and had the taxpayers fly him back to where he’d left off. Leadership, he and his press corp call it.