Vacation may be all he ever wanted, as the Go-Gos song goes, but this year, George W. Bush isn't going to get it. Not as much as he's accustomed to, anyway. Bush will trim his summer lounging from one month to a more modest two weeks in order to campaign for re-election, according to a New York Times report. Perhaps White House aides cringed at the memory, recently highlighted in Fahrenheit 9/11, of Bush relaxing at the ranch as the 9/11 hijackers finalized their plans, or maybe they think his political career won't survive another spate of "vacationer-in-chief" headlines -- for whatever reason, they're not letting him retreat to the ranch for an extended time during the heat of the late summer campaign. "If Mr. Bush doesn't give up a lot of his summer holiday," the New York Times' Elisabeth Bumiller reported, "the fear at the White House is that he could be on a permanent one after the first of the year."
As you might have guessed, the lead paragraph of this story a.) includes the term "cleared brush" and b.) contrasts the supposedly down-home Crawford ranch to a "white-wine-swilling island in the Atlantic Ocean."
Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.