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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 08/17/2011

Morning Bits

He should cancel the bus trip, not the vacation. “With 14 million Americans out of work, a volatile stock market and a historic downgrade of the country’s credit rating, President Obama is set to begin a 10-day retreat Thursday at a 28-acre Martha’s Vineyard compound called Blue Heron Farm, which costs an estimated $50,000 per week to rent. The dichotomy, and presumed hypocrisy, of a president who has pledged not to rest ‘until every American looking for a job can find one,’ going golfing and biking on an island playground for wealthy celebrities has been too much for political pundits to resist.”

Hillary Clinton should have stayed in the Senate, not gone to Foggy Bottom. “The inability of President Obama to run this country has reached new levels of concern, including within the Democratic Party itself. The idea of challenging a sitting president for the presidential nomination is practically unheard of, but then we are not talking about normal times, nor an acceptable performance.”

The Midwest newspapers should be giving him glowing coverage (or so his political hacks told him), not complaining that his tour is all about politics.

Mitt Romney argues we should elect a businessman, not a lifetime pol. “Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney touted his record as a businessman on Monday as he sought to stem the momentum of Texas Governor Rick Perry, who entered the presidential race Saturday.” But right now, he’s probably happy to sit back and see if Perry will stumble.

Perry should have listened to Rich Lowry, not the red meat cheerleaders. “No matter how big his belt buckle and his boots, Perry should work to belie the image of Texas. It’s not the TV show Dallas of 30 years ago. It’s a dynamic state that has created jobs to absorb a population growth of 20 percent during the past ten years. It has thriving big cities and a diverse economy no longer exclusively dependent on the oil-and-gas industry. It has close ties to Mexico and a large Latino population.”

Hillary Clinton should remain quiet, not convince us she and the rest of the administration are clueless. On America’s inertness while thousands die in Syria: “It’s not just brute force, it’s not just unilateralism, it’s being smart enough to say, ‘You know what? We want a bunch of people singing out of the same hymn book.’” Shameful.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says Congress should look after our national security, not allow the irresponsible defense cuts his boss agreed to. “[The proposed cuts] would break faith with troops and their families. It would literally undercut our ability to provide for the national defense.” So how could our commander in chief have agreed to such a risky proposition?

They should have spoken up a long time ago, not supported his 2008 campaign. “[T]hree major business leaders spoke out against the Obama administration: Bernie Marcus, the co-founder of Home Depot; Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants (parent of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s); and casino tycoon Steve Wynn, CEO of Wynn Resorts. They contend that President Obama has strangled the economy and hamstrung job growth in the country. As Puzder told me directly, businesses in the country ‘are being actually prevented’ from creating jobs because of the administration. CEOs are typically careful, measured and scripted when making political remarks, but that approach is changing, likely because of the Obama administration’s constant demonization of corporate America.”

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