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As World Burns, Obamas Take Kids on Taxpayer Funded Rio Spring Break Vacay
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 | Kristinn

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."

TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: barrysbigadventure; bhofascism; brazilvacation; democrats; liberalfascism; obama; obamatruthfile; vacation
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To: kristinn; rabidralph; StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; ..
Nothing against the daughters (and please leave them out of the criticism), but Obama has his presidential priorities set to his life and wants and not set to the priorities of the nation.

I agree, kristinn... this is just beyond belief.

Related threads:

President Obama’s Trivial Pursuits

As World Burns, Obama Tapes NCAA Basketball Brackets For ESPN Today

FReepers: Don't miss rabidralph's great graphic: "Barack Obama: Golfing While the World Burns" in #28!

81 posted on 03/15/2011 11:11:16 PM PDT by nutmeg
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To: kristinn


82 posted on 03/15/2011 11:30:42 PM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell God how big your storm is... tell your storm how BIG your God is!)
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To: kristinn

Oh, how I wish what goes to Rio STAYED in Rio!

83 posted on 03/15/2011 11:53:04 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Made in America, by proud American citizens, in 1946.)
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To: kristinn; nutmeg

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.

84 posted on 03/16/2011 12:03:32 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 ("First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." - Gandhi)
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To: doc1019

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?

85 posted on 03/16/2011 12:19:46 AM PDT by Wolfstar ("If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his friend." Abraham Lincoln)
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To: kristinn

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.

86 posted on 03/16/2011 12:22:58 AM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: April Lexington
No, the majority of the people of the United States have
gone uneducated not insane. Unfortunately the empty spaces in their heads which should have been filled by government and civics
courses in school have been instead leveled down to the base of ignorance by “Idol” and other “everyone’s a star”
type media. Failure is only suffered by white sitcom fathers. All others have a given right to the fruits of a nation denied to them by some perceived past injustice.
I hate to say it , but I believe their perceptions may become real all too soon. They should have studied. I did
and I'm ready for ‘em.
87 posted on 03/16/2011 12:35:45 AM PDT by WePledge (Semper Fidelis)
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To: Tenniel2

>> 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.

89 posted on 03/16/2011 2:03:01 AM PDT by Gene Eric (*** Jesus ***)
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To: Cementjungle

Sadly, Japan isn’t like Haiti.....they were the right color to attract that twit’s attention....he was engage then.

90 posted on 03/16/2011 2:03:06 AM PDT by tioga
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To: kristinn

Obama’s sole interest was and is in the trappings of the office of the President.

91 posted on 03/16/2011 2:15:10 AM PDT by monocle
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To: Charles Henrickson

that is hilarious!!!!!!!

92 posted on 03/16/2011 2:46:23 AM PDT by RaceBannon (RON PAUL: THE PARTY OF TRUTHERS, TRAITORS AND UFO CHASERS!!!)
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To: kristinn
Please remember that Ipanema Beach is also in Rio

How come we never see Micky's toned body in a stylish swim suit?

93 posted on 03/16/2011 3:10:01 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine's brother (With the repeal of DADT, are more fashionable military uniforms from the Pentagon next?)
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To: kristinn

If this keeps up, this guy is going to end up with an executive suite at the zoo.

94 posted on 03/16/2011 3:56:57 AM PDT by AdaGray
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To: gaijin

“Hey - this “President” thing sure is fun....!!”

95 posted on 03/16/2011 4:13:06 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: kristinn

Barack Hussein 0bama = Winner of American Idle

96 posted on 03/16/2011 5:11:01 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't skipper a boat, Can't drive, Can't ski, Can't fly. But they KNOW what's best!)
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To: kristinn

97 posted on 03/16/2011 6:39:10 AM PDT by They'reGone2000 (They'reGone2010)
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To: kristinn
When people chide a President for leaving D.C> I normally respond that no one ever really takes time off from being POTUS - it follows them everywhere. But this guy actually does. He treats the treasury like his personal slush fund, AF1 like his personal plane and the office as his personal E-ticket to world wide recreation and good times.

He makes Clinton look like a work-aholic.

98 posted on 03/16/2011 6:49:43 AM PDT by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: kristinn

All he seems to do is play golf and vacation on our dime.

99 posted on 03/16/2011 6:51:24 AM PDT by GailA (2012 rally cry DEMOCRATS and RINOS are BAD for the USA!)
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To: GnuHere

Disgusting. Obozo, and his wife, should be run out of town on a rail.

100 posted on 03/16/2011 7:43:08 AM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier preparing to deploy to Afghanistan)
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