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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-29-09 02:04 PM
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My Quiet Neighbor (The President)
Edited on Sat Aug-29-09 02:09 PM by babylonsister
http://correspondents.theatlantic.com/ben_heineman/2009...

Ben W. Heineman, Jr.
Aug 28 2009, 3:30PM
Politics

My Quiet Neighbor (The President)



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For the most part, late August life proceeds in leisurely fashion on this normally quiet island, despite its noted visitor.

For Bill Clinton, who loved politics, Martha's Vineyard often seemed like an extension of the perpetual campaign (except for one quiet summer when he had some issues about family and redemption). Advance staff set up public events; his social schedule with friends, acqaintances and interesting people was bursting; he on the move, around the island, almost every day (mini golf, the country store). Whether a normal person hoping to meet The Man at Mad Martha's ice cream or the socially conscious biting their nails about whether they would be included in one of the soiree's, many on the Vineyard were pre-occupied with the annual visit by the First Family.

Why does it feel different with President Obama?

Concern for security after 9/11 may be one reason that the President is not galavanting around the island. (It is reported that the detail of approximately 60 secret service personnel who attended Clinton has swollen to more than 150 for Obama.)

Another is doubtless a political concern about appearing too visible in a "destination" resort at a time when millions of Americans are suffering greatly from the recession.

The death of a Kennedy across Nantucket Sound has caused us all to pause and reflect on the Shakespearean lives of so many in the family and has probably led the President, out of respect, to downplay any public appearances even more.

But, perhaps the answer, lies ultimately in character and personality. This is a public man who genuinely wants to get away for moments of privacy. Who wants to spend quiet time with his children, to reflect while looking at the ponds and the birds and the ocean, to read and think outside the procrustean grind of daily life, to spend comfortable time with good friends (and not meet the world in campaign mode). Perhaps, he needs a little time to regenerate his spirit and his soul.

Like so many of my other summer neighbors.
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angee_is_mad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-29-09 03:07 PM
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1. Kick and
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Spazito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-29-09 03:10 PM
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2. Ohhh, I really like that...
Thanks for posting it, it is much appreciated.

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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-29-09 03:29 PM
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3. Yes, humans with a heart and soul need this..
"Perhaps, he needs a little time to regenerate his spirit and his soul.

Like so many of my other summer neighbors."
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-29-09 03:59 PM
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4. "the procrustean grind of daily life"
procrustean.
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starroute Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-29-09 04:01 PM
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5. People reinvigorate themselves in different ways
Someone like Bill Clinton gains energy from other people and is genuinely refreshed and revived by getting out of the office and among crowds.

But Obama seems to be one of those who gains energy by reaching deep inside himself in solitude.

It's the extrovert/introvert thing. Neither style is necessarily superior but they're definitely different.
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