Sarah Palin: Obama will come back early from vacation

Sarah Palin on Fox News, August 18, 2011.
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Sarah Palin has yet to make clear her intentions for the 2012 presidential elections, but she remains vocal in the debate over President Obama's performance.

In a Fox News appearance on Thursday, Palin blasted President Obama for taking a vacation on Martha's Vineyard - and predicted that "he will come back early" after hearing from disgruntled Americans.

Palin, a paid Fox News contributor, called Mr. Obama's vacation "very, very tone deaf" considering the nation's current economic woes, and said she would have acted differently.

"I wouldn't if I were he, especially to Martha's Vineyard," she said. "I think he will hear from enough Americans that he will come back early."

Palin is hardly the only Republican to criticize Mr. Obama's decision to take a vacation: GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney, responding to the president's announcement that he will be making a major speech on economic policy, mocked him for prioritizing his vacation over the American people.

"It's too little too late, but we appreciate the fact that he's going to devote some time to it. Not just going to be on the bus tour, not just going to be vacationing in Martha's Vineyard, but giving some thought to the American people," Romney said.

Incidentally, Romney will be making his own trip to Martha's Vineyard while Mr. Obama is vacationing there.

According to the Boston Globe, he'll be appearing at a $2,500 per person fundraiser there on August 27.

Josh Earnest, a White House spokesman said the president would be on a working vacation, meeting with economic advisers and preparing an early September speech on jobs.

"The president of the United States is the president of the United States wherever he goes," Earnest said. "I don't think the American people begrudge the president spending a little time with his wife and daughters at the end of the summer before his daughters head back to school."

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