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  • Governor Palin: ‘No Drama Obama’s Summer Casual Agenda for America’

    08/29/2014 9:15:39 PM PDT · by Bratch · 11 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | August 29 2014 | Sarah Palin via Steve Flesher
    Via Facebook: No Drama Obama’s Summer Casual Agenda for America (or What He Didn’t Do On My Summer Vacation)There is absolutely nothing important going on in the world right now.There are no security threats, no worldwide turmoil affecting America’s interests, no civil war in Syria, South Sudan, or Libya. No war on our ally, Israel. No Ebola epidemic devastating West Africa and spreading. No race riots tearing apart a whole community in Missouri. No Russian aggression in Ukraine. No deranged North Korean dictator testing more missiles. No Chinese jets getting up close and personal with our American military. No brave American...
  • Playin' Two Rounds (Song Parody)

    08/26/2014 9:16:25 AM PDT · by LonePalm · 6 replies
    LonePalm | 26 August 2014 | LonePalm
    Playin’ two RoundsWords and Music to Draggin' The Line by Tommy James and Bob King Parody and Copyright by LonePalm Makin' vacation the old, hard way. Puttin' and drivin' hard day by day. I dig blow and grass and the well kept grounds. Playin' two rounds [Playin’ two rounds]. Michael Brown is pushin’ up Daisies. Raisin’ more funds from my far left crazies. They dig blow and grass and the well kept grounds. Playin’ two rounds [Playin’ two rounds]. Playin’ two rounds [Playin’ two rounds]. I feel grand. Got lots of cash in hand. Speeches are all pre-planned. What can’t...
  • Feeling rested? Smiling president returns to the White House after relaxing in Martha's Vineyard

    08/25/2014 5:03:20 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 26 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | August 25, 2014
    Complete Headline: Feeling rested? Smiling president returns to the White House after relaxing in Martha's Vineyard amid ISIS and Ferguson crises President Barack Obama's summer vacation off the Massachusetts coast has come to an end. The president returned to the White House late Sunday after spending two weeks with his family on the island of Martha's Vineyard. What a break it turned out to be. His attempt at rest and relaxation was largely overtaken by events involving Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, including the videotaped execution of an American journalist they had been holding hostage, and the unrest...
  • Obama's vacation ends (None too soon)

    08/24/2014 7:59:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 24, 2014 | Mario Trujillo
    President Obama boarded a plane back to Washington late Sunday after a two-week trip to Martha's Vineyard plagued by criticism from Republicans and some Democrats. Republicans continuously criticized Obama during the trip for vacationing while events unfolded in Iraq and Ferguson, Mo. The trip will likely be remembered most by critics for Obama’s nine rounds of golf. However, he also held conversations with nine foreign leaders and delivered four statements to the press, according to The Associated Press, which kept a tally of everything that went on during the 14-day break. Obama spoke at a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee fundraiser...
  • President Obama’s Vacation by The Numbers (29.5 Hours On The Golf Course As Race Riots Rage ...)

    08/18/2014 1:19:06 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 18, 2014 | Mary Bruce
    As President Obama gets ready to interrupt his vacation for two days of meetings at the White House, here’s a look at how he spent the past week on Martha’s Vineyard: During NINE days of vacation, the president played SIX rounds of golf on TWO courses with 11 different partners, spending roughly 29.5 hours on the links. He made TWO family outings to the beach, spending roughly SIX and a HALF hours soaking up the sun and surf. [Snip} He ... delivered TWO public statements on TWO different topics, Iraq and the situation in Ferguson, Mo. [Snip] He went for...
  • The Obama Vacation Beat: Friday, August 15, A perfect day for a bike ride in the State Forest

    08/16/2014 6:12:14 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Martha's Vineyard Times ^ | August 15, 2014 | BY NELSON SIGELMAN
    On another gorgeous Martha’s Vineyard summer day, President Obama, Michelle and daughter Malia behaved like any other vacationing family — the difference being a train of SUVs, reporters and Secret Service agents — and went for a bike ride in the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest. President Obama departed his vacation home in Chilmark at 11:18 am for West Tisbury, according to pool press reports. The motorcade arrived at a bike path in West Tisbury at 11:38 am and the Obamas and their security contingent pedaled away. The traveling press pool traveled by van a few miles to a scenic...
  • Barack Obama's 'vacation from hell'

    08/15/2014 5:25:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Politico ^ | 08/15/2014 | By CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN
    President Barack Obama really wanted to take a vacation. But then the world intervened. The president’s plan to snag two weeks off in Martha’s Vineyard has been an utter failure, marking his worst attempt at relaxation since the Detroit underwear bomber consumed his 2009 Christmas holiday in Hawaii. On the eve of his departure late last week, Obama authorized airstrikes in Iraq to beat back Islamist militants from committing genocide. Then as he wrapped up his first round of golf on the Massachusetts island Saturday night, The Atlantic interview with Hillary Clinton hit the Web, sparking days of speculation about...
  • Obama briefed on Ferguson as protests, police clash

    08/14/2014 6:48:49 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 26 replies
    Fox ^ | 8/14/14
    .... Obama was briefed Wednesday night on the intensifying situation in a St. Louis suburb where protesters continue to clash with police in the wake of the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager....
  • Vacationing Obama Style -- Hypocrisy's Finest Hour

    08/14/2014 4:27:24 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 18 replies
    Patriot Post ^ | 8/13/14 | Mark Alexander
    MVI is known as one of the wealthiest and whitest places on earth for its lack of racial and economic diversity, which makes it the perfect getaway for Democrat charlatans. Now, if your only source for information on Obama is the White House press blog, you’d never know he’s on vacation, because there’s been no mention of “Martha’s Vineyard” – and for good reason. Exotic presidential vacations don’t go over well when all those “hard-working Americans” Obama so often exploits in his stump speeches are barely making ends meet because of his failed economic policies. Indeed, illegal immigrants are streaming...
  • Amerika’s Son-Of-A-Beach: Sub-Par

    08/13/2014 5:25:56 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 6 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 8-13-2013 | MOTUS
    Boy, it’s not just Ferguson, Missouri; racism is breaking out all over the place. For example, have you seen what Dana Milbank wrote? President Obama must really be teed off.Hillary Rodham Clinton, his once-loyal secretary of state and his likeliest successor, has gone rogue, criticizing his foreign policy as too timid.Obama responded with not one but two rounds of golf. And even Jimmy Fallon is writing racist jokes now: “After spending yesterday at the beach, Obama said, “This has been fun, but I should really get back...to the golf course.” What is it with the obsession with Big Guy’s vacation?...
  • Trey Gowdy Wants to Defund Obama’s Vacations, And He’s 100% Right

    07/21/2014 7:38:12 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 59 replies
    t seems like just about every week Trey Gowdy is in the news as he fights the good fight against Obama and the liberals. He’s been relentless going after the administration on Benghazi and other scandals, and calling out Democrats like Nancy Pelosi on their “mind-numbing” stupidity. Gowdy has also announced support for a lawsuit against Obama for failing to do his basic executive duties. He’s now got another suggestion to rein in this reckless administration: Defund Obama’s vacations as a punishment for executive overreach. Awesome.
  • A "Tone-Deaf" Obama Mocked By The [NY Times] For Vacationing While The World Burns

    07/20/2014 11:22:22 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | July 20, 2014
    When it comes to mocking president Obama, there is no easier or more effective way than focusing on his vacation/golfing schedule. The conservative Washington Examiner did just that last week, before the latest Malaysian Airlines disaster, when it reported that "It's going to be hot tubs, basketball, tennis and golf for the first family this summer, having set plans for a 16-day vacation in Martha's Vineyard, Mass., on a $12 million, 10-acre forested estate on the southwestern corner of the island. Reports from the Bay State indicate that President Obama and his family will vacation August 9-24 at the 8,100-square...
  • Obama Gives ‘Baptist’ Group $190 Million To Build Illegal Immigrant Resorts & Offices in Six Cities

    07/16/2014 12:37:14 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 55 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | July 16 2014 | Jim Hoft
    As reported earlier today by Kristinn Taylor… The Obama administration has awarded a $50 million contract to a charitable group to buy a Texas resort hotel and transform it in to a 600 bed facility for juvenile illegal aliens. The beautiful Palm Aire resort and hotel has an indoor Olympic sized pool and an outdoor pool.  Free Wi-Fi and cable TV are included in the simply decorated guest rooms. The Palm Aire Hotel and Suites is set to be sold to Baptist Child & Family Services (BCFS) operating under a federal contract, pending local government approval, according to reports from Weslaco,...
  • CURL: The hypocrisy of Obama’s 15-day Vineyard vacation

    07/13/2014 6:04:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 13, 2014 | Joseph Curl
    On April 1, the U.S. economy dropped a whopping 2.9 percent for the first three months of the year (no fooling). The American workforce participation rate fell to a 40-year low. One-third of people aged 18-29 have moved back in with their parents. Millions of Americans this summer will enjoy yet another “staycation”: They just can’t afford to go to the beach or the mountains, even for a week — again. Swipe cut to President Obama: He’s eating shave ice in Honolulu; playing golf (some 180 rounds so far); jetting off to Martha’s Vineyard for a 15-day vacation in a...
  • Obama returning to Martha’s Vineyard for 2014 summer vacay: report

    It's back to the Vineyard for the Obamas. The first family will again descend on the Massachusetts retreat this summer, likely from Aug. 9 to 23.
  • Amid border crisis, Obama to take 15-day vacation in Martha’s Vineyard

    07/10/2014 11:41:47 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 82 replies
    The Washington Times. ^ | July 10, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    President Obama is taking a 15-day vacation in Martha’s Vineyard next month, despite the widespread criticism he’s received for not visiting the U.S.-Mexico border while it descends into chaos. The Obamas will leave Washington on Saturday, Aug. 9, and stay at a $12 million vacation home in Martha’s Vineyard until Sunday, Aug. 24, the White House confirmed late Wednesday. The president is expected to return to Chilmark and stay in a secluded house off North Road that overlooks the north shore and Vineyard Sound, the Martha’s Vineyard Times reported. Though not confirmed by the White House, the Obamas are expected...
  • The jobs report knows: Americans aren't planning to take a summer vacation

    07/04/2014 6:01:47 PM PDT · by GilGil · 17 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 7/3/2014 | Jana Kasperkevic
    Economists and lawmakers view the jobs report as good news. The US economy gained 288,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate dropped to 6.1%. One economist even said the report is "as good an excuse as any to enjoy the weekend's fireworks." Yet as Americans struggle to make do with their stagnant wages and the bills that never seem to stop piling up, one thing has to go: vacations. So as businesses anticipate a slower summer, thousands of restaurant and hotel workers are left without work.
  • Who’s to Blame for High Airfares?

    06/24/2014 8:18:59 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 6/24/14 | Bryan Riley
    Airline ticket prices are soaring this summer. Prices are up 12 percent since 2009, even after adjusting for inflation. When customers of Spirit Airlines book their flights, they can see exactly what they’re paying for. Spirit provides a breakdown of individual factors that make up the total cost of an airline ticket, including the base fare, fuel prices, and taxes/fees (aka the government’s cut).
  • ISIS ADVANCES – BAGHDAD AIRPORT UNDER ASSAULT (Photos)

    06/15/2014 8:07:30 PM PDT · by blueyon · 78 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 6/15/14 | Jim Hoft
    ISIS TERRORISTS BEGIN ASSAULT ON BAGHDAD— Baghdad International Airport under Assault– Here’s a new image reportedly of an explosion at the Baghdad airport. The Battle for Baghdad has begun…
  • News Analysis: Obama in tough spot amid worsening Iraqi chaos

    06/15/2014 7:31:43 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    Xinhua China News ^ | June 15, 2014 | By Matthew Rusling
    Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama is in a tough spot as Islamic militants sweep across northern Iraq, overtaking two major cities as tens of thousands of Iraqi government troops reportedly abandon their posts. Fighters from the Sunni group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are reportedly beheading victims in a bid to instill fear as they sweep through the country's north, and have vowed to attack the national capital city of Baghdad. The mayhem puts Obama in a sticky position. After more than a decade of wars in the Middle East, trillions of taxpayer dollars spent and...
  • Court: Dead workers have right to holidays (European Court of Justice)

    06/13/2014 1:23:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    The Local ^ | 12 Jun 2014 14:55 GMT+02:00
    Dead workers in Germany have a right to any annual leave which they’ve failed to claim at the time of their death, Europe’s top court ruled on Thursday. In a case brought by a widow from North Rhine-Westphalia, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled she was entitled to money from her dead husband’s employer for the holiday he had failed to claim. The dead man, named only as Mr. Bollacke, worked for the retailer K+K from August 1998 to November 2010, when he died. …
  • The Wild Children of Yesteryear

    06/01/2014 6:40:44 PM PDT · by windcliff · 65 replies
    New York Times ^ | 5-31-14 | JON GRINSPAN
    PHILADELPHIA — DINNER with your children in 19th-century America often required some self-control. Berry stains in your daughter’s hair? Good for her. Raccoon bites running up your boy’s arms? Bet he had an interesting day. As this year’s summer vacation begins, many parents contemplate how to rein in their kids. But there was a time when Americans pushed in the opposite direction, preserved in Mark Twain’s cat-swinging scamps. Parents back then encouraged kids to get some wildness out of their system, to express the republic’s revolutionary values. American children of the 19th century had a reputation. Returning British visitors reported...
  • Obama’s Secret Service Entourage in Africa Cost Taxpayers Over $2M (Total cost $60M to $100M)

    05/30/2014 3:03:55 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    CNSNews ^ | May 30, 2014 | Ali Meyer
    (CNSNews.com) – The cost for the lodging, entertainment, and security by the Secret Service for the June 2013 Africa trip by President Barack Obama and his family cost $2,189,727, according to documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act by the government watchdog group Judicial Watch. In addition, the flights costs to, around, and from Africa for that trip cost $8,104,224, and the total cost of the trip has been estimated by numerous media reports as somewhere between $60 million and $100 million. “The Obamas clearly either do not understand the value of a dollar – or understand it all...
  • Just How Much Beyond the Presidential Salary Do The Obamas Spend on Travel and Vacays?

    05/01/2014 7:58:36 PM PDT · by Aria · 27 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | 5/1/2014 | Michael Hausam
    Obama administration travel and vacation documents were released yesterday by Judicial Watch, and they reveal an unprecedented level of executive branch leisure spending. According to public information: “As of 2001, the president earns a $400,000 annual salary, along with a $50,000 annual expense account, a $100,000 nontaxable travel account, and $19,000 for entertainment. The most recent raise in salary was approved by Congress and President Bill Clinton in 1999 and went into effect in 2001.” Obtained via a Freedom of Information request, here are some of the Obama presidency’s spending items: Since 2009, a total of $40,000,000 has been spent....
  • Obama-Biden vacation tab reaches $40 million --- $2.9 million alone for two Obama 2014 golf

    04/30/2014 8:20:47 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/30/14 | Paul Bedard
    The travel costs for vacations taken by the first family and the Bidens have reached over $40 million with the Air Force´s revelation that two golf outings by President Obama this year cost $2.9 million, according to the taxpayer watchdog group Judicial Watch. The group said that the Air Force provided documents and records that put the price of the first family´s trip to Key Largo, Fla., in March at $885,683 just for flying Air Force One. The travel costs to golf in Palm Springs, Calif., in February, where the president also met with King Abdullah II of Jordan, was
  • Breaking: Wind Arrives in the Forbidden City

    03/21/2014 8:03:43 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 65 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 3-21-2013 | MOTUS
    For those of you who’ve been missing the fashion updates of the recently shuttered Mrs. O site, good news! I think she’s taken her keen eye for fashion over to Huffpo. At least this sounds like her: Velvet and patchwork and shine -- oh, my. Michelle Obama, along with daughters Sasha and Malia and mother Marian Robinson, arrived in China Thursday, but you'd never know by looking at them that they just took a 14 hour flight. The ladies of the first family not only look fresh-faced, but extremely fashionable as well in their travel outfits. FLOTUS stunned in a...
  • Obama’s Increasingly Weak And Frivolous Presidency

    03/21/2014 5:53:34 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 44 replies
    No one should begrudge the President a little rest and frivolity. There is a time and a place for it. The issue for a President is picking the time and place for such things. George W. Bush refused to golf once the wars started, deciding that the appearance of the President golfing sent the wrong message. Bush was forever attacked for spending a month at his ranch every summer, despite the fact that he had the same access to the government and the world that he had in the White House. Bill Clinton took less vacation time than Bush, spending...
  • No Reporters on Michelle Obama's Trip to China

    03/19/2014 6:17:34 AM PDT · by don-o · 53 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 18, 2014 | DANIEL HALPER
    First Lady Michelle Obama will be accompanied by her children and her mother on her trip to China, which begins today. But she won't be accompanied by the press. "Michelle Obama’s trip to China starting on Wednesday will be nonpolitical, the White House says, a 'people-to-people exchange' emphasizing the importance that both nations place on education. As if to underscore the point, no reporters are traveling with the first lady, and she does not plan to give interviews while there," reports the New York Times. The White House is defending the first lady bringing her family along for the ride...
  • President Obama shows Vineyard fore-sight

    03/18/2014 11:23:56 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | March 19, 2014 | Gayle Fee
    Like the swallows to Capistrano, the White House advance peeps have hit Martha’s Vineyard scoping out yet another Obama presidential vacation. Ukraine? Crimea? Putin? The president’s going to Mad Martha’s! Word from The Rock is that Barry, first lady Michelle and kids Sasha and Malia will land on the island sometime around Aug. 9 for a week or so. As you are so well aware, the first family has vacationed on the Vineyard every summer of Obama’s presidency, with the exception, of course, of 2012, when he was up for re-election and canoodling with the beautiful people in a $30...
  • As the weekend begins let's remember that for some of us the weekend is every day (16 images)

    03/14/2014 4:44:39 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 3-14-14 | The Looking Spoon
  • Obama Visits Ocean Reef (Key Largo Florida)

    03/13/2014 11:46:32 AM PDT · by Elle Bee · 8 replies
    Key West Citizen and Bait Wrapper ^ | March 12, 2014 | JOSH GORE Free Press Staff
    NORTH KEY LARGO -- President Barack Obama spent his first weekend in Key Largo without ever leaving the secluded Ocean Reef Club. The president traveled from Washington, D.C., to Florida last Friday morning, accompanied by U.S. Congressman Joe Garcia, D-Miami, with whom he discussed the situation in Venezuela, immigration reform, implementation of the Affordable Care Act and skyrocketing flood insurance rates, Garcia's office said. After arriving in Miami, the president, with First Lady Michelle Obama, visited Coral Reef Senior High School, where he spoke to hundreds of teenagers about education and financial aid. From there, the Obamas were taken by...
  • Obama Completes Fun-in-the-Sun Weekend

    03/10/2014 2:20:29 PM PDT · by mojito · 14 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | 3/10/2014 | Keith Koffler
    President Obama Sunday returned from yet another golf vacation, this one a two-day excursion to Key Largo with First Lady Michelle Obama. The Obamas stayed at the ritzy Ocean Reef Club, requiring a major security operation to ensure their safety and happiness. “The White House rented several houses in Ocean Reef and security in the community was tight,” according to KeysInfoNet, which said F-16s had to be scrambled a couple of times to escort private planes out of the area. It’s the third vacation of the year for the Obamas, following their annual sojourn in Hawaii in January and separate...
  • Obama's Back! 'Doing in D.C. Essentially What He Would Be Doing In FL., Only Colder.'

    03/10/2014 9:00:23 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 7 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 3-10-2014 | MOTUS
    And that’s pretty much all I have to say about it. The departure from the land of enchantment and endless sunsets: What not to wear. And how not to wear it: The homecoming: proof that covered is always the better choice. Keep in mind what Josh Earnest (filling in for Jay-Jay who was on vacation too) told us last Friday: White House spokesman Josh Earnest defended President Obama's weekend vacation in Key Largo,  despite the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, arguing Obama would be able to monitor events from Florida. “What the president will be doing this weekend in Florida is...
  • Beaming President and Michelle are all smiles after returning from their weekend getaway at $2,500..

    03/10/2014 5:58:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 10, 2014 | James Nye
    After vacationing at the $2,500 a night Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo this weekend, no wonder Barack and Michelle Obama look pleased with themselves as they returned to Washington on Sunday afternoon. Appearing relaxed after his third vacation of the year, the president has been heavily criticized for his taxpayer-funded trip as the crisis in Ukraine rumbles on. Squeezing in another round of golf on Sunday, the president's holiday coincided with his Vice President Joe Biden jetting off to the Virgin Islands for the weekend as the White House prepares to welcome Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk for critical...
  • The Obamas’ Advice to America's Youths: Get Out of Bed, Do It Till Your Butt Comes Off

    03/08/2014 11:30:35 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 18 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 3-8-2014 | MOTUS
    Sorry you couldn’t all have been here for the “Women of Soul” concert on Thursday. Butt good news: you little people can vicariously enjoy the Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House on April 7 on PBS (9 p.m. ET/PT, times may vary).The festivities began in the afternoon with Lady M, some of the Women of Soul, and students from across the country for a workshop called "I'm Every Woman: The History of Women in Soul." And wouldn’t you know it? The one and only time Lady M’s Nickelodeon soul-full get-up might have fit right in…she chose to...
  • Obama's Take a Vacation! Live! From Key Largo! Johnny Rocco! We’ll be here all weekend.

    03/07/2014 8:27:28 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 19 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 3-7-2013 | MOTUS
    Did you know that today is National Day of Un-plugging?Probably not, if you’re reading this.Yes, it’s official: regardless of what Vlad does, we intend to unplug in the Florida Keys as a family this weekend. After a joint appearance of the Wons at a Coral Gables high school to deliver the pre-vacation obligatory speech on the importance of getting an overpriced college education.Besides, that whole Moscow/Kiev situation could stand a little unplugged cooling-off period if you ask me. So even if BO decides he has to return to the Big White so he can pretend to attend National Security meetings,...
  • Obama drives ahead with domestic agenda – and vacation – amid Ukraine crisis

    03/07/2014 6:22:02 AM PST · by mgist · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/7/14 | Kipstack
    The standoff between President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin isn’t preventing the U.S. leader from pressing forward with the ambitious domestic agenda he laid out in January's State of the Union address. The foreign policy crisis has occupied the bulk of Obama’s workdays this week, though he’s also carved out time to introduce his budget proposal, press lawmakers to raise the minimum wage, and encourage Latinos to sign up for Obamacare – all topics Republicans fiercely oppose. On Friday the President visits a school in Miami to encourage more teenagers to apply for college financial aid. It’s...
  • Obama Might Cancel Impromptu Family Vacation Due To Ukraine Crisis

    03/06/2014 3:08:00 PM PST · by Iron Munro · 65 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | March 6, 2014 | Adam Edelman
    Add “vacation-destroyer” to the list of unflattering barbs being hurled at Russian President Vladimir Putin. The ongoing crisis between Ukraine and Russia has placed President Obama’s family vacation plans in jeopardy, according to a new report. Obama and the First Lady were scheduled to head to Miami on Friday for an event focusing on education, Politico reported, and the couple’s daughters were planning to join them afterward for a weekend trip in the area. But, due to the continuing international crisis sparked by Russia’s troops moving into Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, the first family may have to cancel their trip. “The...
  • Obama’s vacation plans in jeopardy

    03/06/2014 2:40:36 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 35 replies
    Politico ^ | 5 March 14 | EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE
    ladimir Putin has put President Barack Obama’s vacation plans on hold. Obama’s headed to Coral Reef High School in the southern part of the city for an event about education and the economy Friday, which first lady Michelle Obama had been expected to attend as well. What hadn’t been known was that Obama’s daughters were planning to come with them, and that the four were going to extend the trip for a brief family getaway. Now the White House tells POLITICO that he’s reconsidering. “The president had planned to stay in South Florida with his family for the remainder of...
  • Spring Break: Mrs. Obama Visiting China With Daughters and Mother

    03/03/2014 10:02:25 AM PST · by ColdOne · 40 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 3/3/14 | DARLENE SUPERVILLE/ ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama plans a weeklong solo visit to China this month that includes meetings with China's first lady and high school and university students. It will be her first visit to the Asian economic powerhouse. In an announcement Monday on the White House blog, the first lady says a China visit is important because it is the most populous country in the world, with more than 1.3 billion people, and plays an important role on the world stage.
  • Obamas set new record for vacation travel expenses; stonewalled documents finally released

    03/02/2014 1:06:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 38 replies
    bix pac review ^ | 3/1/14 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    It took filing a lawsuit, but Judicial Watch discovered Friday that President Obama has set a new record for travel on the taxpayer dime. The conservative watchdog group obtained travel records from the U.S. Department of the Air Force that show the Obamas racked up $7.4 million during just three trips in 2013 – in flight expenses only. The records, revealed Friday, include the Obama family’s Christmas vacation in Hawaii from Dec. 21, 2012, to Jan. 5, 2013. During that stay, the president took a short break and flew back to Washington to work on a budget deal, then returned...
  • Obama, Biden, FLOTUS’ luxury personal vacation costs exposed by Judicial Watch

    01/29/2014 7:59:25 PM PST · by 12th_Monkey · 35 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | January 25, 2014 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    After nearly a year of stalling by the Obama administration, Judicial Watch has obtained the vacation travel records for the Obamas’ and Vice President Joe Biden’s 2013 President’s Day weekend excursions and Michelle Obama’s 2011 South African trip. President Obama spent President’s Day weekend, Feb. 15-18, golfing in West Palm Beach, Fla., while the first lady and the girls enjoyed a ski trip to Aspen, Colorado, as did Biden. Taxpayers picked up a tab which totaled $295,437.04 for the personal vacations, according to U.S. Secret Service records from the Department of Homeland Security obtained by Judicial Watch.A Freedom of Information...
  • Where is the Mooch????

    01/14/2014 9:29:39 PM PST · by Noob1999 · 36 replies
    Hey folks, Where is the Mooch?? Everything has been totally quiet since Christie has taken over the news. Is she still sitting on a Maui beach, chomping on lobsters with Oprah, Gail, others, filing and then kissing her toenails?? The news of this boondoggle vacation has gone to yesterday's back page, while everyone needs to trash Christie. Where is our Queen
  • PHOTOS: First Lady in Hawaiʻi, Security Heavy Near Oprah Estate

    01/09/2014 10:30:17 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 18 replies
    Maui Now . com ^ | January 8th, 2014 | Wendy Osher
    If rumors are true that the first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, is on Maui, the security around Oprah Winfrey’s Upcountry Maui estate is compelling evidence, as is the national attention via various media outlets.
  • Oprah's Neighbors Pissed Over FLOTUS Hawaii Vacation

    01/08/2014 11:02:49 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 56 replies
    TMZ ^ | Jan. 8 , 2014 | TMZ staff
    Michelle Obama's visit to Oprah's Hawaii compound has crippled the neighborhood around O's home ... and some neighbors are pissed. Some of the residents and business people around Oprah's palatial 12-bedroom Maui estate -- where Michelle recently retreated to spend the last few days of her 40s -- are all telling the same story ... Michelle's visit is making day-to-day life almost impossible.
  • Not so nifty: Taxpayers chip in on gift for first lady, who turns 50

    01/07/2014 10:35:01 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 14 replies
    Hawaii Reporter ^ | Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 | MALIA ZIMMERMAN
    First Lady Michelle Obama extended her own vacation, flying to the island of Maui, where she is spending time with family friend Oprah Winfrey. Winfrey’s magazine describes the home as a “perfect 21st-century farmhouse” in a “remote up-country region, where the houses that dot the moss-covered rock hillside face the ocean.” The president said he sent his wife to Maui as an early birthday present; she turns 50 Jan. 17. The Daily Caller reports Michelle Obama is also spending time with Gayle King of CBS News, White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and Sharon Malone, wife of Attorney General Eric...
  • See what you bought Michelle Obama for her 50th birthday

    01/06/2014 10:36:05 AM PST · by Farnsworth · 66 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | January 5, 2014 | Joe Saunders
    What do you get for the first lady who has everything? Try a few more days in sun-kissed Hawaii for Michelle Obama while her husband and two daughters return to Washington – so she and her Praetorian guard of Secret Service agents and assorted hangers-on can stay on the islands at no small expense to the taxpayers. The New York Times is reporting the first lady is staying put “for several days to spend time with friends in advance of her upcoming 50th birthday” – and staying away from the hustle and bustle of her onerous White House duties. The...
  • Obama LEAVES Michelle in Hawaii as 50th 'birthday present' while he returns from two-week vacation

    01/05/2014 12:57:54 PM PST · by matt04 · 60 replies
    Michelle Obama doesn't want jewelry or chocolates for her 50th birthday later this month. She wants to be alone. President Barack Obama returned to Washington Saturday after two weeks of vacationing with his family in Hawaii. He left with daughters Sasha and Malia. Michelle stayed behind. 'As part of her birthday gift from the president, the first lady will remain in Hawaii to spend time with friends ahead of her upcoming 50th birthday,' the White House explained in a statement. The First Lady turns the big 5 - 0 on January 17. The White House did not say how much...
  • Obama goes out to dinner in Waikiki on last night of vacation

    01/03/2014 10:37:31 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 49 replies
    Honolulu Star Advertiser ^ | Jan 03, 2014 | Star-Advertiser staff
    President Barack Obama is out to dinner with his wife and friends at Morimoto's in Waikiki on his last night of vacation. White House officials say that the first family is expected to depart Hawaii on Saturday night
  • A Visit to the Cemetery

    01/03/2014 7:23:05 AM PST · by Hoodat · 51 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | Jan 3, 2014 | Keith Koffler
    President Obama Thursday took his daughters to see the grave of his grandfather, Stanley Dunham. From the pool report: President Obama’s motorcade made its way to Honolulu, passing by stunning vistas while occasionally being slowed by congested roads. After a 30-minute drive, Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia arrived at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Puowaina Punchbowl Crater. Obama’s grandfather, Stanley Dunham, is interred at the cemetery. Four minutes after arriving, Obama and his daughters were back in the motorcade. The next destination is unknown. Afterward, the president, Sasha and Malia made a late afternoon stop at...