The Sun Valley-Ketchum Idaho
area hosted Senator Kerry's vacation for 8 days. This involved putting up with large number media representatives. From all accounts the people and businesses in the Sun Valley Ketchum area did a great job and their friendliness and the beauty of their area was widely reported. Many local businesses donated items for a welcome bag for the press.
To thank all the local people involved in helping making Senator Kerry's vacation a success a get-together was planned that was supposed to feature a visit from Senator Kerry. Senator Kerry never showed up for some reason. So the AP savaged the haughty Senator with a story that quotes the explanation offered by the Democratic minority floor leader of the Idaho House: "It was unlikely he would show up because he's on vacation. If this was a campaign stop or raising money for him, that would be a different thing."