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Obama accused of 'double standards' as family go skiing after telling Americans to sacrifice
UK Mail Online ^ | 20 Feb 2011 | David Gardner

Posted on 02/20/2011 9:54:50 AM PST by Innovative

Full title: Obama accused of 'double standards' as family go skiing just days after telling Americans to sacrifice their own holidays (shortenend to fit within word limit)

President Obama has been accused of having double standards after appealing for Americans to sacrifice their holidays just days before his wife and children went on a costly skiing trip.

First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha are said to be on a 'private family trip' to Colorado for Presidents' Day Weekend...

Although the Obamas will pay for a portion of the skiing trip, taxpayers will still shoulder many of the costs.

'I don't know whether to laugh or cry,' said one of the president's most outspoken critics, conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh. 'He's got the single largest deficit in the history of the country and he's trying to tell us that we really cut back here.'

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: colorado; flotus; mobama; obama; sacrifice; skiing; vacation; vail
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"Do as I say, not as I do".
1 posted on 02/20/2011 9:54:52 AM PST by Innovative
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To: Innovative

“We won.”


2 posted on 02/20/2011 9:56:48 AM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: Innovative

I think Michelle has adapted very well to enjoying the good life. She’s got four years (or eight) to live a life of luxury, and she wants to make the most of it.

Can you imagine the reaction if Laura Bush, or any Republican first lady, took a separate luxury vacation, as the president stayed home? Michelle took a luxury vacation to Spain last year, and now if taking this separate luxury ski vacation. Yet the liberals will have zero to say about it, I’m sure.

But if an evil Republican did this, the MSM would be full of stories of luxury living while talking about record numbers of homeless and millions grappling with poverty.


3 posted on 02/20/2011 9:58:01 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Innovative
http://www.cnbc.com/id/38789146/Scenes_From_The_2010_Obama_Summer_Vacations
4 posted on 02/20/2011 9:58:07 AM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: Innovative

He doesn’t care about anything except destruction of the US.


5 posted on 02/20/2011 9:58:30 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Innovative

Imagine the attacks from the liberal media if the Bush family had vacationed like the Obamas do.


6 posted on 02/20/2011 9:58:52 AM PST by Starboard
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To: Steely Tom

“Let them eat cake” — Queen Michelle Marie Antoinette Obama


7 posted on 02/20/2011 9:59:30 AM PST by Innovative (Weakness is provocative.)
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To: Innovative

Why sacrifice when you have the kind of money they have that they never earned. Reminds me of an old episode of CARTER COUNTRY. The black Sargeant pressured the Chief to hire a black cop. He finally hired him then had to fire him for incompetence later in the episode. The cop said “You’re just firing me ‘cause I’m black.”

The Chief responded, “No. I HIRED you ‘cause you’re black. I’m firing you ‘cause you’re a lousy cop.” I doubt that could be made today.


8 posted on 02/20/2011 10:00:13 AM PST by Terry Mross (We need a SECOND party.)
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To: Innovative

It won’t take much effort for her to get down the hill with her posterior and gravity at work.


9 posted on 02/20/2011 10:01:10 AM PST by mplsconservative (I stand with Israel.)
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To: Terry Mross
"Although the Obamas will pay for a portion of the skiing trip, taxpayers will still shoulder many of the costs. "
10 posted on 02/20/2011 10:01:26 AM PST by Innovative (Weakness is provocative.)
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To: Innovative

How many Obama vacations have we had to pay for these last two miserable years?


11 posted on 02/20/2011 10:01:54 AM PST by Texas56
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To: Dilbert San Diego
"Can you imagine the reaction if Laura Bush, or any Republican first lady, took a separate luxury vacation"

Well, in the interest of factual accuracy, Laura Bush went on several foreign "vacations" without her husband. Just off the top of my head, I recall trip to Italy and an African safari, with both her daughters.

I'm sure if you looked at the travel itineraries of First Ladies going back to Teddy R, you'd see similar vacations.

12 posted on 02/20/2011 10:02:47 AM PST by OldDeckHand (So long as we have SEIU, who needs al-Qaeda?)
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To: Steely Tom

Bfl.


13 posted on 02/20/2011 10:03:30 AM PST by GlockThe Vote (Who needs Al Queda to worry about when we have Obama?)
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To: Texas56

Deep down inside, I think the Baraqqis know the party may well end in Jan 2013, so I expect them to milk the system full bore up to that point.


14 posted on 02/20/2011 10:03:49 AM PST by nascarnation
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To: Dilbert San Diego

“the MSM would be full of stories of luxury living while talking about record numbers of homeless and millions grappling with poverty.”


Back when Bush 41 was president, the MSM ran stories on a near daily about homelessness in America. But as soon as their boy Bill Clinton was elected the MSM stopped reporting on the homeless problem. The issue was clearly used as a weapon to defeat an incumbent Republican president.


15 posted on 02/20/2011 10:04:51 AM PST by Starboard
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To: Innovative

Imagine, Obama and hypocrite in the same sentence.


16 posted on 02/20/2011 10:08:05 AM PST by Ouderkirk (Democrats...the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy, and Sedition)
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To: OldDeckHand
Was President Bush urging his fellow Americans to tighten their belts when she was doing this?

Different times.

17 posted on 02/20/2011 10:08:28 AM PST by Madame Dufarge
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To: Texas56

“How many Obama vacations have we had to pay for these last two miserable years?”

I’ve lost track of the many luxury vacations of the Obamas. The guy hasn’t been in the WH very long, but there’s a long list of vacations.


18 posted on 02/20/2011 10:09:05 AM PST by purplelobster
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To: Innovative

Accused? How about “guilty of ...”

JoMa


19 posted on 02/20/2011 10:09:39 AM PST by joma89
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To: Ouderkirk

This is what liberals mean when the refer to “shared sacrifice”.


20 posted on 02/20/2011 10:10:07 AM PST by Col Frank Slade
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To: BenLurkin

Gee....sure looks like their having fun in that picture!

They sure are an unhappy bunch, for a family that has the world and pretty much anything they could ever want at their fingertips.

but then again, being around the Wide-load Wookie and all her charm day in and day out would kinda take the lust out of life.


21 posted on 02/20/2011 10:11:39 AM PST by digger48
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To: BenLurkin

22 posted on 02/20/2011 10:11:43 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: BenLurkin

23 posted on 02/20/2011 10:13:13 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: OldDeckHand

The difference I think is the time, we are in crisis and 0dumbo has told us over and over we have to sacrifice.
When Laura Bush went to Africa she was actually bringing notice to increase in malaria as well as AIDS> I hardly think visiting mozambique’s mosquito infested areas qualifies as a luxury vacation.

The MSM has tried to ginn that trip up to offset manchelles trips, first to spain and now to colo. they don’t get the facts right but that doesn’t stop them


24 posted on 02/20/2011 10:13:15 AM PST by RWGinger
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To: Innovative
Michelle just needs a cooling off period because she was so upset at the snub of not being invited to the royal wedding.

What better place to cool off than a luxury ski resort?

Also, she knows that Bammy need his “Reggie time,” so she takes the girls and skips town, so the boys can be boys.

25 posted on 02/20/2011 10:13:15 AM PST by mojito
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To: jimbo123

26 posted on 02/20/2011 10:13:33 AM PST by Innovative (Weakness is provocative.)
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To: jimbo123

LOL... the arms...


27 posted on 02/20/2011 10:15:49 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Innovative

28 posted on 02/20/2011 10:17:39 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: Innovative

Ski Bums


29 posted on 02/20/2011 10:18:19 AM PST by bunkerhill7
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To: Innovative

“Chins up for arrogance” is the new catch phrase


30 posted on 02/20/2011 10:21:47 AM PST by Always Independent
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To: Always Independent

31 posted on 02/20/2011 10:23:39 AM PST by Innovative (Weakness is provocative.)
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To: RWGinger; Madame Dufarge
"The difference I think is the time, we are in crisis...

I have no problems with critical examination of Presidential expenditures. But, I do think hypocritical pettiness is unhelpful. Yes, Laura Bush took vacations. And yes, some of those vacations happened during the recession years between 2001-2003. You can do a simple google search and find her vacations to Mammoth Lakes near Yosemite and to a resort lodge in Washington in 2003. And, those were straight vacations. Laura, like every First Lady before her (and after), also managed to work in some R&R during "official" visits to foreign locales.

This isn't a scam that was crafted by the Obamas, nor will it be a scam that ends with them.

32 posted on 02/20/2011 10:23:57 AM PST by OldDeckHand (So long as we have SEIU, who needs al-Qaeda?)
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To: Innovative

I call her MAO. Me!chelle Antoinette Obama.

It fits (unlike most of her wardrobe) quite well.


33 posted on 02/20/2011 10:24:24 AM PST by PennsylvaniaMom (Newt Gingrich, he would rather sit on a couch with Nancy Pelosi, than stand with Sara Palin.)
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To: mplsconservative

Pretty dangerous.

Wide load coming downhill with no flags.

Oh, wait... No matter, they cordoned the area because there’s no moose, but Wookie is on the loose.


34 posted on 02/20/2011 10:26:20 AM PST by melancholy (Papa Alinsky, Enslavement Specialist)
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To: OldDeckHand

The article appeared in a UK paper — people are noticing the hypocrisy — THIS is the point. Obama is telling us to sacrifice, while they are splurging.

President Bush gave up golf after 9-11-2001, so he wouldn’t appear frivolous. The Obama’s have no such concern, they have no problem with hypocrisy.


35 posted on 02/20/2011 10:28:02 AM PST by Innovative (Weakness is provocative.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Its the way communist dictatorships work. The Inner Circle has all the perks. There is no shared sacrifice from the leaders, only the stooges they fool.

Pray for America


36 posted on 02/20/2011 10:28:56 AM PST by bray (Vote Palin to make heads explode on both sides of the aisle.)
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To: OldDeckHand

Ok, explain this one. Yesterday morning, with Sasha in Vail, CO, Dear Reader (while there was social unrest in Madistan, WI, two Iranian warships zipping towards the Suez Canal, and his administration being held in Contempt of Court over his Gulf drilling moratorium) took a 15 car convoy to the northern Virginia suburbs, to coach his ‘skiing’ daughter’s elementary school basketball team.

Hundreds of LEOs (from Secret Service down to local PDs) had to mobilize for the trip to happen. Thousands of Americans had to be inconvenienced as both road and air traffic was rerouted...so that Barry could pretend to be a big time basketball expert.

Their excess and self indulgence know no bounds.


37 posted on 02/20/2011 10:32:52 AM PST by PennsylvaniaMom (Newt Gingrich, he would rather sit on a couch with Nancy Pelosi, than stand with Sara Palin.)
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To: Starboard
Imagine the attacks from the liberal media if the Bush family had vacationed like the Obamas do.

They threw tantrums everytime President Bush spent time at his Texas ranch. They never mentioned the fact that he took "working vacations."

38 posted on 02/20/2011 10:33:01 AM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I think they believe they will live in the WH forever as eventual King and Queen..first King and Queen of American and black in the bargain.
How is that to get even with all the plantation owners of the 1700 and early 1800s before the Civil War.To them that would be sweet justice.


39 posted on 02/20/2011 10:36:11 AM PST by celtic gal
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To: Innovative
"The article appeared in a UK paper — people are noticing the hypocrisy — THIS is the point."

Right, but I'm talking about the hypocrisy comparing MO to Laura Bush. Someone earlier made the inference that Laura Bush didn't take luxury vacations. She did, even during the height of the recession, as every First Lady has, even in troubled economic times. Criticizing this first lady or any first lady while ignoring that this is standard First Family behavior, is hypocritical.

"President Bush gave up golf after 9-11-2001"

No, President Bush gave up golf in the late summer of 2003. In large part, this was motivated by the UN diplomat that was killed in that truck bomb inside the US green zone. Google is your friend, here.

I have no problems with this president, or any president recreating and relaxing. Plus, the guy makes 400K a year (to say nothing about his residual book sales). How many families making 400K annually aren't going to take a vacation or two each year?

40 posted on 02/20/2011 10:36:55 AM PST by OldDeckHand (So long as we have SEIU, who needs al-Qaeda?)
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To: OldDeckHand

The “scam” is obama has said people may have to make sacrifices including giving up vacations.
If you don’t get that nothing anyone can say will help you see what you don’t want to


41 posted on 02/20/2011 10:38:55 AM PST by RWGinger
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To: Innovative

It’s not a double standard.

When he says “We”, he’s not talking about himself and the Ruling Class. He’s talking about the little people.


42 posted on 02/20/2011 10:39:16 AM PST by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: PennsylvaniaMom
"Ok, explain this one."

No thanks. I have no interest in defending Obama, or his personal daily entertainment and/or scheduling decisions.

But, I will point out simple hypocrisy when it presents itself.

43 posted on 02/20/2011 10:40:10 AM PST by OldDeckHand (So long as we have SEIU, who needs al-Qaeda?)
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To: Steely Tom

Don’t expect to see this story in the NYT.


44 posted on 02/20/2011 10:42:23 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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To: Innovative

Zer0 and the first Wookie need to spread some of the luxury around. I had never even heard of arugula until IWon showed up on the scene.


45 posted on 02/20/2011 10:42:51 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: jimbo123

She has such a greedy face.

She reminds me of a girl I went to elementary school with who without fail took more than her share and while eating she would position her arms defensively and greedily around her food...as if to ward off anyone who might think about touching her food. There was no reason to be like this; I and others spent lots of time at her house and she had plenty to eat. She was just straight up greedy.


46 posted on 02/20/2011 10:45:47 AM PST by KJC1
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To: RWGinger
"The “scam” is obama has said people may have to make sacrifices including giving up vacations."

No, what you don't get is that I'm not a fair-weather conservative. I believe people should enjoy the fruits of their labor, without criticism based on class-warfare, even if that criticism is politically expedient. I don't like political expediency.

Obama makes more than I do. I imagine he makes more than you do. And, statistics tell me he makes more than most everyone, except for a tiny, tiny minority of super-rich.

If a president - this president or any president - says "people have to sacrifice", more power to him. In fact, I hope he says it more often and I hope he means it. And, if at the moment he utters those words, he's stepping on Marine One to take him to golf, or sailing or whatever it is a guy who makes $400K/annually likes to do to recreate, I couldn't care less. Why? Because he gets paid that much money and he should spend it anyway he damn-well wants to. That's how conservatives think.

I'm not a "class-warfairist", even if it would make me feel good to bash my political opponent.

47 posted on 02/20/2011 10:49:03 AM PST by OldDeckHand (So long as we have SEIU, who needs al-Qaeda?)
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To: OldDeckHand

I agree, 0dumbo should be ab le to spend HIS money howeve he chooses but not OUR money for his wife for vacations after he tells us all we should sacrifice including giving up vacations.

If she’d paid the entire trip to where ever she wishes to go the she shoudl go and enjoy. But not ONE dime of taxpayer money should go for her to go anywhere.
Dont’ ask us to forego vacations and then have a non elected POS jet off at our expense.

Now if she announces that she will pay the entire cost of the trip, ski and spa away


48 posted on 02/20/2011 10:55:57 AM PST by RWGinger
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To: OldDeckHand
This is how Bush took vacations.

But Obama does this while others are doing this.

Not to mention the $250,000 junkets to Paris, or buzzing a post-911 New York in Air Force One for a photo op without notice.

The hypocrisy belongs to Obama.

49 posted on 02/20/2011 10:57:24 AM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: BenLurkin

The unfortunate older girl in the picture looks just like daddy.


50 posted on 02/20/2011 11:03:15 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Of course Obama loves his country. The thing is, Sarah loves mine.)
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