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The Obamas’ Unending Summer Vacation: Four lavish vacations in three months
FrontPage ^ | 04/01/2013 | Arnold Ahlert

Posted on 04/01/2013 6:09:57 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

A record-breaking 47.8 million Americans are on food stamps, an increase of about 1.3 million from a year earlier. The official unemployment rate is 7.7 percent, a number that obscures the reality that millions of Americans who have given up looking for work aren’t counted, and that the labor force participation rate of 63.6 percent measured in December 2012, is the lowest in 32 years. The national debt is $16.7 trillion and growing. White House tours have been cancelled due to sequestration. And amidst it all, Barack Obama and his family have taken four lavish vacations in three months.

Every president deserves time off. Yet the unabashed luxuriousness of the Obamas’ lifestyle reflects a genuine tone-deafness with regard to the pressing concerns of millions of Americans, as well as the president’s priorities. Even as he blamed sequestration for the decision to cancel White House tours that would have cost a total of $2 million for the rest of the year, it was revealed that the known cost of Obama’s Christmas vacation in Hawaii last year was at least $4 million. That vacation was also the fourth one taken in Hawaii in four years, three of which involved separate flights First Lady Michelle Obama took to get there ahead of her husband. This year’s separate flight, necessitated by the president’s trip back to Washington to complete the fiscal cliff deal before returning to Honolulu, cost taxpayers an additional $3.24, and ran the total tab for the 2012-13 trip to more than $7 million.

The total for the four trips combined? More than $20 million.

However, holiday vacations to Hawaii hardly scratch the surface. These vacations were also interspersed with trips to locales like Florida or Southern California. In addition, the president’s “mini-vacations” have raised eyebrows. His three-day golf outing at an exclusive club in Florida, where he was joined by Tiger Woods, occurred less than two weeks before the sequester kicked in — even as the White House Blog raised the specter of “harmful automatic cuts” that are “threatening hundreds of thousands of jobs, and cutting vital services for children, seniors, people with mental illness and our men and women in uniform.”

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) put that trip in perspective, noting that it cost American taxpayers “over a million dollars,” which was “enough money to save 341 federal workers from furlough.” The rest of the family was on vacation in Colorado at the time, meaning taxpayers are billed for yet another separate use of Air Force One, which costs approximately $180,000 an hour to use. This marks the fourth Colorado ski vacation in four years for the First Lady and and her daughters, Malia and Sasha. Judicial Watch confirmed that the cost of 2012 trip, including U.S. Secret Service costs, as well as accommodations at the Fasching Haus deluxe condominium and the Inn at Aspen, totaled $48,950.38.

Speaking of Malia and Sasha, Breitbart News reports they are currently on spring break in the Bahamas at the exclusive Atlantis resort on Paradise Island, a story neither the White House or Atlantis would confirm. At this time it is unclear how much this trip will cost taxpayers, but Judicial Watch confirmed that last years’ trip to Mexico by Malia, accompanied by 25 U.S. Secret Service Agents and as many as 12 of her friends, cost taxpayers $115,500.87.

And then there is Martha’s Vineyard. Politico is reporting that the First Family will be going back there for the second time in three years, for the “traditional Vineyard vacation” the president was forced to skip last year when he was campaigning for reelection. In 2011, Obama and his family spent eleven days at a $50,000-per-week beachfront rental property. At the time US News & World Report noted that while the president is picking up the tab for the rental, the title of the article reminded Americans that there are far more expenses — borne by the taxpayer — associated with such a trip: “Obama’s Vineyard Vacation Will Cost Taxpayers Millions,” it stated.

Former Clinton spokesman Mike McCurry dismissed critics of that vacation. ”I think all this ‘Why is he taking a vacation?’ stuff is ginned up by the media,” he said. “I don’t think any American will fault him for getting away, especially if he comes back with some fresh ideas on how to create jobs.”

Four days ago, Planet Money reporter Chana Joffe-Walt illuminated the Obama administration’s “success” in that regard. “Since the economy began its slow, slow recovery in late 2009, we’ve been averaging about 150,000 jobs created per month,” he said during a Public Radio International (PRI) interview. “In that same period every month, almost 250,000 people have been applying for disability.”

Again, no one is denying that vacations are a necessary component of the First Family’s life. Yet it is a bit more than ironic that the same media who roundly criticized former president George W. Bush for what amounted to a series of working vacations at his own ranch in Crawford, Texas, is conspicuously uninterested in the lavish nature of the current president’s sojourns. That silence becomes even more curious when, unlike his predecessor, Obama has constantly railed about the need for “shared sacrifice,” the “deeply destructive” nature of the sequester, and in one of the more recent of many his many class warfare rants, bashed Republicans for favoring ”jet owners over teacher jobs”–even as he and his family have often doubled down on the use of Air Force One to arrive in the same place at different times.

In fact, the only thing that has seemingly upset the media about Obama’s excess was their lack of access during his get together with Tiger Woods. Ed Henry head of the White House Correspondents Association was particularly incensed. ”We’re not interested in violating the president’s privacy. He’s entitled to vacations like everyone else. All we’re asking for is a brief exception, quick access, a quick photo-op on the 18th green,” Henry complained. “It’s not about golf–it’s about transparency and access in a broader sense.” That would be the same media that both criticized Bush for golfing, and ridiculed him when he gave it up because he thought it sent the wrong message to families grieving over soldiers who lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.

When a member of the White House press corps recently brought up a question about the cost of the president’s outing with Woods, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was clearly agitated. “John, you’re trivializing an impact here,” Carney said, before getting back to the administration’s talking points about the sequester and its devastating effects on ordinary Americans.

Yet it is precisely those talking points that are completely at odds with the First Family’s lifestyle. As many Americans continue to cope with the weakest recovery on record, it would be nice to think the president might demonstrate some sensitivity to their ongoing plight or at least make a minimal effort at limiting the stunning bill they have left the taxpayer with. With regard to that reality, there are plenty of places Obama and his family could enjoy both down-time and privacy that would cost far less taxpayer money at a time when the economy remains exceedingly fragile — and president is allegedly concerned about every dollar in reduced spending that has been engendered by the sequester. Instead, Americans are witnessing the kind of self-indulgence that puts an exclamation point on the “do as I say, not as I do” hypocrisy that afflicts so many progressives who express their “solidarity” with “ordinary Americans” even as that solidarity amounts to little more than lip service.

When the Obamas enjoy yet another lavish vacation at Martha’s Vineyard this coming August — accompanied by a taxpayer-funded entourage that includes dozens of Secret Service agents, communications officials, aides, chauffeurs, U.S. Coast Guard personnel, a presidential helicopter, a jet, and armored SUVs to transport the First Family around the island — perhaps the president will take a moment or two to reflect on the reality that millions of Americans, due in large part to the Obama administration’s woeful economic policies, won’t be taking any vacations at all.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bho44; moochelle; obama; obamafamily; vacation

1 posted on 04/01/2013 6:09:57 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Remember all those times Obama gave the middle finger to America...his vacations are the same kind of gesture.
2 posted on 04/01/2013 6:12:53 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (Get armed, practice in the use of your weapons, get physically fit, stay alert!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Obama thinks that Americans are dumb animals so why does he care what happens to them?

A second successful election pretty much proves him right anyway...


3 posted on 04/01/2013 6:15:31 PM PDT by Wanderer99
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To: RoosterRedux

His 1%er lifestyle is Occupy Wall Street approved.


4 posted on 04/01/2013 6:16:05 PM PDT by NoLibZone (I predict the exact same Freepers will hate the GOP Candidate for: 2016,2020,2024,2028, 2032.)
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To: SeekAndFind

today is a new month.

Where will Americas April Fools vacation this time?


5 posted on 04/01/2013 6:17:03 PM PDT by digger48
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To: RoosterRedux

Exactly. It’s as simple as that.


6 posted on 04/01/2013 6:18:47 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: Wanderer99

“Obama thinks that Americans are dumb animals “
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He is right. Americans ARE dumb animals. They elected the illegal Marxist clown...TWICE !!
This is why America is finished.


7 posted on 04/01/2013 6:19:30 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: AlexW
But Christian America is in a period of rebirth.

Those who have fallen away will die...and the rest of us will be reborn.

8 posted on 04/01/2013 6:23:15 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (Get armed, practice in the use of your weapons, get physically fit, stay alert!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I think they deserve a permanent vacation at GITMO!


9 posted on 04/01/2013 6:24:12 PM PDT by 21st Century Crusader (August 26, 1191)
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To: SeekAndFind
The case is solved.

Most people gain 7 pounds when they go on vacation.

10 posted on 04/01/2013 6:25:32 PM PDT by Slyfox (The Key to Marxism is Medicine ~ Vladimir Lenin)
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To: digger48; SeekAndFind
Where will Americas April Fools vacation this time?

Well, since money is no obstacle and they have plenty of security, why not follow Rodman's example and go visit North Korea ?

11 posted on 04/01/2013 6:28:10 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: SeekAndFind

You thankless cretins. You’re lucky they spent money in the US a little. You’re lucky they didn’t take SIX vacations. And they are a beautiful family.

/s


12 posted on 04/01/2013 6:30:38 PM PDT by ReaganGeneration2
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To: SeekAndFind

the inner party eats well.


13 posted on 04/01/2013 6:35:31 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: SeekAndFind

$2 million to $20 million... and people will still blame Republicans.

You just can’t fix stupid. How sad is that?


14 posted on 04/01/2013 6:35:31 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: Slyfox

I think it’s high time to introduce legislation limiting the travel expenses and parameters of ALL government officials, particularly those in the executive branch. Particularly this and every president after him. (if there are to be any after him).

This has gotten ridiculous. They go through military travel expenses with a fine toothed comb. How does this jerk get to have his kids and wife travel with such frequency and without his presence? Wife and kids should NEVER be authorized to travel separately for non-state business. That’s THEFT.


15 posted on 04/01/2013 6:36:40 PM PDT by LibsRJerks
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To: SeekAndFind
NEVER MIND ALL THAT DEBT MONETIZATION!
16 posted on 04/01/2013 6:37:15 PM PDT by 4Liberty (Some on our "Roads & Bridges" head to the beach. Others head to their offices, farms, libraries....)
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To: 4Liberty

17 posted on 04/01/2013 6:39:03 PM PDT by 4Liberty (Some on our "Roads & Bridges" head to the beach. Others head to their offices, farms, libraries....)
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To: SeekAndFind

What’s a vacation?


18 posted on 04/01/2013 6:40:12 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Did you see the back porch on Her Royal Hind-Ass? Don’t you just love getting preached to by this overweight slob?


19 posted on 04/01/2013 6:42:00 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: SeekAndFind
It is GREAT to be king!!!

He will take and take until someone can stop him.

Our problem is, we do not have anyone that can or will stop him!!!

Oh well, what the he** :-(

20 posted on 04/01/2013 6:52:03 PM PDT by EXCH54FE (Hurricane 416,Feisty Old Vet !!)
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To: SeekAndFind

My guess... most the EBT crowd is thinking: You go... stick it to the cracker system!

This royal exuberance only matters to those who see it as such. Don’t forget, this nation re-elected this communist cabal.

Stick it to the man! You go Bronco!

Eh?


21 posted on 04/01/2013 6:57:30 PM PDT by glock rocks (No, the game never ends, when your whole world depends, on the turn of a friendy card.)
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To: SeekAndFind

He takes those kind of vacations to allow even more people to qualify for food stamps.


22 posted on 04/01/2013 6:59:52 PM PDT by clearcarbon
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To: autumnraine


23 posted on 04/01/2013 7:04:42 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: SeekAndFind






Vacation Gal , Part IV is in the can, problem is it's just not funny anymore.

24 posted on 04/01/2013 7:15:09 PM PDT by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: SeekAndFind

All the urchins are living vicariously through him, mooch and the brats. To them, he the super P.I.M.P.


25 posted on 04/01/2013 7:18:10 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (bahits.com)
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To: Wanderer99

“Obama thinks that Americans are dumb animals so why does he care what happens to them?”

It’s beyond that I think; he probably believes Americans are descended from Apes and Pigs.


26 posted on 04/01/2013 7:20:22 PM PDT by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: quantim

Lady Madonna, children at your feet
Wonder how you manage to make ends meet
Who finds the money when you pay the rent
Did you think that money was heaven sent

27 posted on 04/01/2013 7:25:21 PM PDT by Rocky (Obama is pure evil.)
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To: AlexW
He is right. Americans ARE dumb animals. They elected the illegal Marxist clown...TWICE !! This is why America is finished.

that is exactly it.
28 posted on 04/01/2013 7:26:26 PM PDT by Wanderer99
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To: RoosterRedux

Obamanation Counterculture File.


29 posted on 04/01/2013 7:36:37 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Commune-Style Obama'care' violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: SeekAndFind

These two asshats live like lottery winners on our dime! Wake up, America! The hypocrisy is breathtaking!


30 posted on 04/01/2013 8:14:56 PM PDT by surroundedbyblue (Why am I both pro-life & pro-gun? Because both positions defend the innocent and protect the weak.)
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To: SeekAndFind

31 posted on 04/01/2013 8:23:01 PM PDT by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Former Clinton spokesman Mike McCurry dismissed critics of that vacation. ”I think all this ‘Why is he taking a vacation?’ stuff is ginned up by the media,” he said. “I don’t think any American will fault him for getting away, especially if he comes back with some fresh ideas on how to create jobs.”

McCurry is such a tool. The absolute contempt these people have for the average taxpaying citizen is mind-boggling.


32 posted on 04/01/2013 8:42:11 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: SeekAndFind

bump


33 posted on 04/01/2013 8:48:31 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: ReaganGeneration2

I’m having an argument with a leftist as we speak, and he’s pretty much going by your script.


34 posted on 04/01/2013 9:00:46 PM PDT by Politicalmom (Liberalism. Ideas so great they have to be mandatory.-FReeper Osage Orange)
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To: laweeks

That thang sure ain’t getting any smaller! I expect she’s gone from ordering stretch pants in women’s sizes to cubits, like Noah’s Ark.
Mickey’s caboose may be a sign of the End Times. (Heh)


35 posted on 04/01/2013 9:40:21 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: Politicalmom

I can only hope that the nobamas all find justice. They are detestable and sickening.


36 posted on 04/01/2013 9:44:04 PM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Pointing this out is racist, you know! /obvious sarcasm


37 posted on 04/02/2013 6:21:38 AM PDT by jughandle
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To: headstamp 2

RE: “I don’t think any American will fault him for getting away, especially if he comes back with some fresh ideas on how to create jobs”

OK, I’ll bite — other than taxing and spending and borrowing more money, what fresh ideas has he come up after 4 years of those lavish vacations?


38 posted on 04/02/2013 6:29:00 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Politicalmom

And, I suppose, they deserve these vacations because of “the legacy of slavery”.


39 posted on 04/02/2013 6:31:52 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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