When The Phone Don’t Ring, I Know It’s Barry

Howie Carr has welcomed Obama to the Bay State with a letter.  Grab a cup of coffee and be prepared to have a good laugh.

Dear Barack:

Welcome to Massachusetts, or as you call it, Massa-TU-setts. Many of us think it’s one of the most beautiful of our 50 states – excuse me, 57 states.

First things first, Mr. President. Vacations are a time for family, and yours includes Auntie Zeituni. Do you know how neglected she feels up there in Southie in that sweltering Section 8 apartment?

She says, when the phone don’t ring, I know it’s Barry.

Here’s a suggestion: Call Sen. Kerry. You may have heard – his second wife’s first husband’s trust fund just bought the senator a new boat. Liveshot could sail The Botched Joke to Boston, pick up Auntie Zeituni at the Dorchester Yacht Club and bring her back to the islands. Maybe he and Mama T would even invite you over to Nantucket for dinner. From Brant Point, he could point out to you where Deval’s wind turbines will be going up to destroy the view.

For the sake of maintaining good will with the natives, Mr. President, I’d try to minimize the number of visits to the villages. Despite what your parrots on CNBC keep saying, the economy sucks, even in Beautiful People-land, and the local merchants don’t need those hourlong shutdowns of their assorted main drags here at the end of the tourist season.

Keep reading.

Surprise! 500,000 Jobless Claims Last Week

Recovery Summer continues with a spike in new unemployment claims.  Are you surprised?  CNBC sure is.

Weekly Jobless Claims Post Surprise Jump, Hit 500,000

New U.S. claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly climbed to a nine-month high last week, yet another setback to the frail economic recovery.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 500,000 in the week ended August 14, the highest since mid-November, the Labor Department said on Thursday.

Analysts polled by Reuters had forecast claims slipping to 476,000 from the previously reported 484,000 the prior week, which was revised up to 488,000 in Thursday’s report.

I wonder if Barry will take a break from golfing or gorging ice cream in public on his zillionth vacation of the year to tell us how wonderful the economy is?

He’ll be not really on vacation here:

H/T: PISSED

Sign Of The Times. Bush “Miss Me Yet?” T-Shirts Outselling “I Vacationed With Obama”….On Martha’s Vineyard??

Obviously the tourists who have visited Martha’s Vineyard this summer are raaaacists.

One barometer of the plunge in excitement has been the sale of Obama-themed T-shirts, which designers had been banking on after the craze of last year. Clothing labeled with the president’s name sold by the thousands, helping to salvage a tough economic year for the island.

“Last year, Obama gave you goose bumps, but I don’t think you’re going to see that this year,’’ said Alex McCluskey, co-owner of the Locker Room, who sold more than 4,000 “I vacationed with Obama’’ T-shirts last year. But so far this year, he said, his hot item is T-shirts of former President Bush asking, “Miss me yet?’’

Actually, last year Obama gave me heartburn.

Sister Sleeveless’ Popularity Slides After Costa Del Sol Jaunt

Michelle Obama’s let them eat cake moment did not sit well with the American people she and her golf-obsessed husband claim to be just like.

After a widely admired start in the White House, first lady Michelle Obama’s popularity is falling and, if the current downward trend in her approval ratings continues, could touch lows not seen since the scandal-tainted days of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

In the new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, 50 percent of those surveyed say they have a positive opinion of Mrs. Obama. That’s down from 64 percent in April 2009 and 55 percent in January of this year. The first lady’s positive rating is barely ahead of her husband’s personal approval figure, which stands at 46 percent in the new poll.

The survey was taken from Aug. 5-9, which happened to coincide with Mrs. Obama’s vacation in Spain, where she, along with daughter Sasha and several friends, stayed in a posh five-star resort. It was a luxurious getaway for the first lady of a nation with nearly 10 percent unemployment and widespread economic anxiety, and it fed an image of extravagance that Mrs. Obama has created by, among other things, patronizing chichi restaurants and wearing $775 boots to break ground at her White House garden. A new name — “Michelle Antoinette” — was born.

The first lady’s falling numbers stand in opposition to the still-strong belief among some Washington political insiders that she will be a big asset for Democrats on the campaign trail this fall. After the Spain trip brought the first extended bad press of her time as first lady, the White House, and some of its allies in the press, pushed back by claiming Mrs. Obama will still be much in demand. News accounts suggested her “sky-high popularity,” her role as “cultural and fashion icon” and her “incredible force” will boost Democrats across the country. Now, with the Wall Street Journal/NBC numbers, that’s not so clear.

Mrs. Obama’s ratings are decidedly different from predecessor Laura Bush. In December 2001, as George W. Bush’s popularity soared after the 9/11 attacks, Mrs. Bush’s positive rating stood at 76 percent in the Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. Nearly four years later, in 2005, it was 65 percent. Still later, when President Bush’s job approval rating hit bottom, Mrs. Bush fell briefly to 54 percent — still above where the current first lady is today. 

Poor, misunderstood Michelle will have to lick her wounds for ten days on this humble Martha’s Vineyard estate.

Obama Will Not Rest For 10 Days On Martha’s Vineyard

But not until he will not rest in Bar Harbor, Maine this weekend.

President Obama, his poll numbers tanking, will return to Martha’s Vineyard – the most Democratic spot in the bluest of blue states – for his summer vacation next month, island sources said.

Our spies on The Rock report that the first family will return to Chilmark’s Blue Heron Farm for about 10 days in August.

“It’s the same deal all over again,” said our source.

The White House declined to confirm the report, saying the prez’s schedule “cannot be confirmed” at this time. But the big buzz on the Rock is that the commander-in-chief, Michelle and the girls, Sasha and Malia, will return to The Rock about Aug. 19. And why wouldn’t they?

The fab farm where the first family beaches themselves has a basketball court for Barry, and the prez was greeted like a rock star everywhere he went. And with his approval ratings at an all-time low, a little love from the locals can’t hurt.

But what about the first lady’s plea to Americans to vacation in the Gulf region to help the oil-ravaged area and “send a different message about the extent of the spill”?

Apparently it’s yet another case of presidential do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do, because tomorrow the Obamas will head north to recreate on Maine’s Mount Desert Island for three days. And, come August, the only oil slick that will be causing the president agita will be from the fried clams at Nancy’s in Oak Bluffs!

Barry and Michelle need some love and there is no better place to bask in the Kool-Aid glow than with the Beautiful People of Martha’s Vineyard.

More Trouble In Paradise. Panetta Threatened To Quit

Who can blame him?

A “profanity-laced screaming match” at the White House involving CIA Director Leon Panetta, and the expected release today of another damning internal investigation, has administration officials worrying about the direction of its newly-appoint intelligence team, current and former senior intelligence officials tell ABC News.com.

Amid reports that Panetta had threatened to quit just seven months after taking over at the spy agency, other insiders tell ABCNews.com that senior White House staff members are already discussing a possible shake-up of top national security officials.

“You can expect a larger than normal turnover in the next year,” a senior adviser to Obama on intelligence matters told ABCNews.com.

Panetta’s anger is justified.  Queen Nancy tells the press that his agency “lies all the time” to Congress and Eric Holder appears bent on prosecuting CIA agents for pouring water on people who planned the murders of 3,000 Americans and had knowledge of future attacks.  And now the pending document dump while Barry vacations with the Beautiful People on Martha’s Vineyard.  I’d be livid, too.