Get out of Denver, baby, go

With some right-wing pundits comparing Barack Obama to leisure-suit-era President Jimmy Carter, it seems appropriate a group calling itself the Society of Leisure Enthusiasts is urging people to get out of Denver during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) next month.

Citing an expected record crush of 50,000 out-of-town visitors Aug. 25-28, and, gasp, demonstrators to the tune of more than 10,000, the society "dedicated to providing education and outreach services that help travelers" is offering a tank of gas and discounted luxury lodging throughout Colorado’s mountain resorts Aug. 21-28.

"As a Colorado-based company, we heard our friends and families talking about wanting to escape the crowds during the DNC," Society co-founder Michael McFadden said in a release. "By working with local property managers, the Society has created a promotion that will allow Denverites to get out of the city to destinations within driving distance."

The Society is offering all Colorado residents a $50 gas card and 10 percent off already-lower summer rates for its luxury accommodations in Aspen, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Telluride, Vail and Winter Park Aug. 21-28.

is an award-winning reporter who has covered energy, environmental and political issues for years. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and Denver Post. He's founder of Real Vail and Real Aspen.

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