Is Obama going to skip a military townhall for a vacation in Hawaii?

Kudos to Newsbusters for tracking this down.

John McCain and Barack Obama have been invited to participate in a townhall with the active duty military and their families on August 11. According to the organizers, only McCain has agreed to attend. What’s Obama’s excuse? Scheduling conflict:

Obama campaign spokeswoman Shannon Gilson said that while the senator has a scheduling conflict on Aug. 11, he “strongly supports” veterans and military families, and he has worked hard on their behalf in the Senate.

What’s he doing? Vacation in Hawaii August 8-15, with an “astounding” fundraiser on the 12th which is supposed to raise $500,000.

Did he learn nothing in Germany? Could he send a clearer signal to the troops about what he thinks about them?