Skip to comments.White House Won't Reveal Cost of Obamas' Date Night (what happened to "transparency?")
Posted on 06/01/2009 1:05:01 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
WASHINGTON -- White House spokesman Robert Gibbs is declining to say what it cost for President Obama and his wife, Michelle, to eat dinner and take in a play in New York over the weekend.
Asked if he would outline the costs, Gibbs said Monday the Obamas would have preferred using a commercial airline shuttle to New York and back but the Secret Service would not allow such unprotected travel.
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Fine. I understand the security concerns. But they could have done it on their dime, not mine.
Who paid the babysitter?
We’re all going to have to make sacrifices.
And by “we”, I mean “you”....
LOL!! Fat chance. Mitch may have gotten her $500 sneakers dirty had she been forced to travel with the riff-raff.
The guy who now owns all those banks and car companies has to be able to strut his new lifestyle, no?
And the SS won’t let Barry tell us how much of our money he spent. Yeahhhhaaa...
$24,000 is what I read somewhere
Hell, that won’t even cover the helicopters in DC and NYC.
To be lectured about going into billions of dollars worth of debt by people who have spent the US into trillions of dollars worth of debt.
The Audacity of....audacity?
I thought DC had pretty good theater.
Maybe they should have rented a Chevy Volt and driven up. It’s only 5 hours and they could have stayed at a Holiday Inn Express and been much smarter for it.
The major problem one of the major problems, for there are several one of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them.- Douglas Adams
To summarize: it is a well known fact, that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. To summarize the summary of the summary: people are a problem.
And so this is the situation we find: a succession of Galactic Presidents who so much enjoy the fun and palaver of being in power that they very rarely notice that they're not.
And somewhere in the shadows behind them who?
Who can possibly rule if no one who wants to do it can be allowed to?
Were all going to have to make sacrifices.
And by we, I mean you....
Truer by the day.
Wasn’t it barry who told CEO’s and Execs of bailed out banks that they couldn’t take junkets to Las Vegas on the public’s dime? I guess New York is different.
Best comment on the thread.
The Royal Mother-in-Law is there all the time.
If there's one thing President Obortion is, it's audacious.
If the public ever wakes up and runs him out of town on a rail like he deserves he can always find work in Chicago as a pimp.
Imagine if GWB had done this with Laura, even in a prosperous time. They would be calling for investigations.
But of course we know the Bushes were nothing but backwoods Bible thumping bumpkins who didn’t have the class or style to go out for a Sat. night in NYC. End of sarcasm.
Lots of powerful people with lots of money(or access) do this or something similar on a regular basis. Or at least once did.
Like it or not he is prez and that puts him in that category.
My suggestion: Let’s do a pool. Everyone gets to take a guess and see who actually comes closest when they finally reveal the costs after we have made such an issue of it.
My guess $125,000
I read somewhere it was around $45,000.00 of taxpayer money. It was on drudge. One of the British rags... so... who knows.
Whose money is he spending? his own, or ours?
Then stay home. I mean doesn't everyone have to sacrifice a little?
Like Washington doesn't have good restaurants and theater??
We all know how the press would have treated this if any Republican President in the air age would have done this, even if there wasn't a nasty recession on. Hypocrites.
It was a lie...just like most everything else that comes out of his mouth, and the death cult rats that do his bidding.
The Left are all death cult lying self exterminating rats.
The problem is, they want to exterminate all of *us* too!
So we are now a socialist monarchy...we have a king :(
Obama is probably is here to perpetuate one of the biggest frauds and scams in American history. That is his job.
What was the carbon footprint of the date?
Guess zero doesn’t have any skin in the game.
He could do it on his own dime, and I wouldn’t care.
Yes, he paid his dinner and theater tickets, but the taxpayer picked up the rest of the cost of transporting secret service and the media and all other transportation costs.
I can’t afford his date nights. If I’m to pay for their romantic evenings, I’m sure there is a Blockbuster in the vicinity which would do a lot less damage to my wallet.
The costs aren’t just for the aircraft operating hours. How much for the SS prep and vetting of the venues they were visiting? How much for ground transport, operating costs, fuel, etc. How much for Marine 1 to fly from the WH to Andrews? How much for the local PD to help provide security at the airport in NY? (Can you say OT anyone?)
The SS are usually augmented by local PD to assist the SS with manpower and the WH gets the bill from the locals. There are many more overhead and associated costs with this junket that I haven’t even touched on.
This trip was probably more in the range of $500,000 or more.
I’ve been working and paying into the “system” since 1975,
and he gets to go on a date that costs more than I make in two years, go figure...,guess thats what I get for being a bitter old(ish) white guy with a gun!! bad boy- bad boy!
The middle class is disappearing while Ozero fiddles.
Powerful people with lots of money can do whatever they want, but someone flying on my tax dollars is totally different and like comparing apples and oranges.
If he wanted to pay for it, then fine. But takeing a helicopter, limo, and a plane for the media is wrong. Why did the media have to have a plane when the MSM is in NYC?
Waste of tax dollar money which I help contribute.
>>> This trip was probably more in the range of $500,000 or more.
Now, I wonder if you were to divide $500,000 by the average individual’s income tax contribution, how many American’s devoted their entire 2008 taxes to go on this SINGLE trip?
Obama said the executives at those companies who have taken federal loans should act responsibly with the tax payers money, chiding Wall Street executives who sought multimillion dollar bonuses and the leaders of Detroits Big Three automakers who last week flew to Washington aboard private jets to ask Congress for a bailout.
He called the automaker executives tone deaf to the concerns of the American people.
Weeks away from his inauguration, Obama stressed to Walters the importance of personal, corporate and civic accountability in light of the cratering economy and said his presidency would be a return to the ethic of responsibility.
Obama said captains of industry on Wall Street and in Detroit who took advantage of corporate perks while their companies benefited from government loans paid for with taxpayers money, dont have any perspective on whats happening to ordinary Americans.
You are a good boy good boy.
1 American paying for any part of this is 1 too many imo, but I get your point.
Is that Michelle’s white bra showing through? Classy. No wonder the U.S. media fawns over her impeccable fashion taste.....
Look at what it cost to fly Air Force One to New York for that photo shoot and multiply that by at least 2.5 times. I am certain the Obama’s didn’t dine at McDonalds nor stay at a Holiday Inn Express either.
Perhaps His Exalted Magnificence, King Baraq, is superstitious about going to the theater in DC?
I agree only I think he’s about Ten Years Old emotionally.
Michelle is probably a lot like his mother was or else the exact opposite.
I think that as Democrats wake up and realize they’re NOT as liberal as the Socialists, the number of people asking about 0bama’s Birth Certificate will grow.
There is going to be a huge crisis centered around DC and the White House. Which it will be is the current “unknown.”