Skip to comments.As World Burns, Obamas Take Kids on Taxpayer Funded Rio Spring Break Vacay
Posted on 03/15/2011 8:31:41 PM PDT by kristinn
While American ally Japan faces the world's worst nuclear power disaster in decades on top of a 9.0 earthquake and apocalyptic tsunami, the Middle East is in flames and the U.S. facing bankruptcy, Barack Obama is trying yet again to take his daughters on a taxpayer funded Spring Break trip overseas.
Last year, Obama scheduled a family trip with no diplomatic importance to Indonesia and Australia timed to his daughters' Spring Break from the elite Sidwell Friends School. That trip was cancelled at the last minute, which still cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in squandered advance planning expenditures, when Obama was pressured by Democrats to stay in Washington for the healthcare bill debate in Congress and then cancel the trip again to deal with the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico months later.
This year, Obama is jetting off to Rio de Janeiro with the wife and kids on another trip timed to the girls' Spring Break at Sidwell Friends which begins on Friday, March 18. The Obamas head for Brazil that evening according to the White House (via The Chicago Sun-Times:
"On Friday evening, the First Family will travel to Brasilia, Brazil."
Obama will spend Saturday in Brasilia.
The Miami Herald reports on Obama's schedule in Rio on Sunday:
Next Sunday the president will be in Rio de Janeiro where he is expected to visit Corcovado, the peak where the landmark statue of Christ the Redeemer towers over the city, and a favela one of the many makeshift settlements that sprawl across the hills of Rio. The military and police have recently been engaged in a pacification program to retake the favelas from drug gangs and other criminals.
Obama is expected to devote part of the day to family time but it is possible he will make a major address in Rio."
The Obamas will then head to Chile and finish the trip with an overnight stay in El Salvador.
The Obamas are scheduled to return to the White House on the 23rd. Sidwell Friends Spring Break ends on the 28th.
The Obama administration faced down questions today about the appropriateness of the trip given the global situation. Spokesman Jay Carney told reporters, "He is the president of the United States. There are major issues all the time that a president has to contend with, which is one of the reasons why he has such a substantial support framework around him when he travels."
I agree, kristinn... this is just beyond belief.
FReepers: Don't miss rabidralph's great graphic: "Barack Obama: Golfing While the World Burns" in #28!
Oh, how I wish what goes to Rio STAYED in Rio!
I would never criticize Sasha and Melia...they are adorable children. However, would it be considered criticism to say that their parents use them to set the agenda that they want?
The Obama girl’s parents seem to want to party all of the time, and the needs of our country (and other countries around the world) are of no interest to them.
The question is not whether you (and other conservatives, as represented by FR) will rhetorically take Carter over Obama, but whether you will unite behind the Republican nominee even if he or she happens to be too “moderate” for your tastes. In other words, have all you RINO hunters learned your lesson yet?
This is the most amazing story of the day, but not heard in the MSM. Just mind-blowing ignorance of what is happening around the world and where he should be as a leader of one of the most EXCEPTIONAL countries on God’s green earth.
>> Arrogant, self-centered, detestable parents do not spawn “adorable” children. Sasha and Malia may look appealing to some ...
There’s no need to sully kristinn’s thread especially when he asked the children be left alone.
There’s no reason to assume the Obama children are anything other than great kids.
If you’re so concerned about influence, consider Reagan’s, Cheney’s, and Bush’s offspring.
Sadly, Japan isn’t like Haiti.....they were the right color to attract that twit’s attention....he was engage then.
Obama’s sole interest was and is in the trappings of the office of the President.
that is hilarious!!!!!!!
How come we never see Micky's toned body in a stylish swim suit?
If this keeps up, this guy is going to end up with an executive suite at the zoo.
“Hey - this “President” thing sure is fun....!!”
Barack Hussein 0bama = Winner of American Idle
He makes Clinton look like a work-aholic.
All he seems to do is play golf and vacation on our dime.
Disgusting. Obozo, and his wife, should be run out of town on a rail.
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