Willie Geist: Mark, what do you make of this strategy over the last couple of days to go after Congress to talk about Washington as a place that he’s not a part of? What’s the strategy here?
Mark Halperin: Well, I think this is mostly a placeholder to allow him to go on vacation without particularly Democrats being unhappy and some in the press that he’s not done enough to talk about jobs. Not done enough to frame the debate for the fall. We’re going to have a pretty intense September, October, November in the run up to the super commission trying to make some decisions. The White House has the view the public is more on their side than the result of the debt ceiling fight demonstrated. And the president is trying to tee up for people and say ‘I’m against what’s going on in Washington. Our politics is broken. Help me fix it.’ It’s really just a placeholder until he has a plan that he puts forward and starts to fight for it.
Pat Buchanan: I think it’s a mistake. Him up there [Martha’s Vineyard]..driving around on a bicycle when everybody is in tough shape…The president is down to 39 percent. That means he’s not losing guys like Pat Buchanan; he’s starting to lose people in his base who are exasperated and some of whom are saying maybe the hope and change thing isn’t working out the way we wanted. I mean, Martha’s Vineyard? Go to the Outer Banks…go to a regular place where other folks are.