Tomorrow the presidential family is scheduled to arrive on Martha’s Vineyard for their umpteenth vacation at taxpayer expense. Besides the outrageous cost to taxpayers, some residents of Martha’s Vineyard are not the happiest campers on the island.
If you look at a map of Martha’s Vineyard, there are only three main roads to lead to the southwestern half of the island, South Road, Middle Road and North Road. Anyone living further out along South Road will have to go the long way around to get to their homes and if you look on Google Maps, you will see that there are a number of houses beyond where the roads will be closed.
The local papers announced that there will be some major road closures and detours put in place upon the arrival of the Obama entourage. The Martha Vineyard Times reported:
“The Secret Service will close South Road to all vehicle traffic near the president’s vacation compound on Snail Road beginning about 2 pm, Saturday afternoon.”
“Only abutters and emergency vehicles will be allowed to pass through security check points between Meeting House Road to the east and Wooton Bassett Road to the west, for the duration of the Obamas’ vacation, from August 10 to 18.”
“In a telephone conversation with The Times late Tuesday, Chilmark Police Chief Brian Cioffi confirmed the planned closing. Chief Cioffi said online message boards and signs will be used to redirect traffic.”
“Vehicle drivers traveling west, or up-Island, would have the option to detour over the dirt Meeting House Road to Middle Road. North Road is the recommended detour for large vehicles and trucks, Mr. Cioffi said.”
The Vineyard Gazette added:
“A portion of South Road in Chilmark is slated to be closed to traffic during President Obama’s visit to the Island, the Chilmark selectmen learned on Tuesday.”
The road closures are setting well with local residents as one of them was reported as saying:
“He really needs to find another place to go. He treats people here terribly.”
Seems Obama treats the people he is inconveniencing as poorly as he treats White House staff, his military escorts and the rest of the American people. I can’t tell you how many reports I’ve read that say the same thing, that the Obama’s treat the staff and military around them like they’re trash. The Clintons did the same thing. However, White House staff and military escorts loved both Bushes as they treated everyone with respect and took time to talk to them and ask about their families.
That’s the difference between conservatives and liberals. Conservatives care about others whereas liberals care about themselves. The Obama’s obviously do not care about the American people by the flaunting of their vacations and exorbitant spending in the face of people losing their benefits, jobs and homes due to his policies.