The presidential campaign may be hitting high gear, but many Americans are still occupied with other things during the summertime.
But on Friday, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney traded barbs over something that Americans will find highly relevant right now: summer vacations.
Romney, speaking to the press about the monthly jobs report at a hardware store near his summer home on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, was asked if it is "hypocritical" for him to have taken a vacation this week, since he and his campaign have criticized Obama in the past for golfing and vacationing too much.
Romney turned the question around into a political attack on the president.
"I'm delighted to be able to take a vacation with my family. I think all Americans appreciate the memories that they have with their children and their grandchildren. I hope that more Americans are able to take vacations," Romney said. "And if I'm president of the United States, I'm going to work very hard to make sure we have good jobs for all Americans who want good jobs and, as part of a good job, the capacity to take a vacation now and then with their loved ones."
Obama, appearing less than an hour later here in northeast Ohio, brought up the topic of vacations on his own, and used it to portray himself as a man of the people and to make a dig at Romney's exclusive vacation spot.
Obama said that before middle class families fell behind financially over the past decade, there was a basic expectation in America for blue-collar workers that "if families were of good character and had good values, you were willing to work hard, then you could find a job, make a decent wage, and eventually if you save enough you could own a home."
"And maybe you took a vacation every once in a while. It wasn’t necessarily some fancy vacation in some fancy resort," Obama said, in a subtle swipe at Romney's estate, which Reuters described as a "5,400-square-foot contemporary home set on an 11-acre lot with a wide water frontage and estimated value of about $10 million."
wow, seriously, have things become so desperate they need to start promising vacations for Americans? kinda reminds me of high school presidential elections where some kids would try and promise more days off if they got elected.