Popular Obama to Sit Out General Election's Early Innings
Vacation, Asia trip send most popular Democrat to the bullpen

President Barack Obama, seen here with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at a campaign event in North Carolina last month, heads off on vacation just as Clinton's general election fight ramps up. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images file photo)

President Barack Obama will spend much of August vacationing on Martha's Vineyard, meaning the most popular Democratic politician in the country will essentially sit out the general election’s early battles.  

Instead, like a closing pitcher in baseball, he could play a deciding role in the late stages of the game, influencing who wins the White House, Senate, and even selected local races.  

Americans Starkly Divided on Interpretation of Orlando Massacre
Poll: Republicans call it terrorism, Democrats say it was domestic gun violence

A member of the Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office wheels a body out of Pulse Nightclub where an ISIS-inspired gunman killed at least 50 people on Sunday. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

If you think the murder of 49 people at an Orlando nightclub was an act terrorism, you're probably a Republican.  

That's according to a Gallup poll released Friday, which showed that Republicans and Democrats have starkly different interpretations of the worst mass shooting in America's history.