Skip to comments.Obama's Vineyard Vacation Will Cost Taxpayers Millions
Posted on 08/14/2011 2:49:41 PM PDT by IbJensen
At a time when many more cash-strapped Americans are stuck at home instead of vacationing at the beach, President Obama next week will lead an entourage of several dozens to exclusive Martha's Vineyard island at a cost of millions to taxpayers.
While technically he is paying for his estimated $50,000 a week rental of the 28-acre beachfront Blue Heron Farm in woodsy Chilmark, the dozens of U.S. Secret Service agents, communications officials, top aides, drivers, and U.S. Coast Guard personnel with him will be covered by taxpayers as with every other presidentialvacations.
His 11-day stay will require the Coast Guard to keep ships floating near Obama's farm, a presidential helicopter and jet at the ready and security agents on 24-hour duty. Armored SUVs dubbed "war wagons" have been flown in to carry the presidential family around the island. It was the same way when former President George H.W. Bush visited Kennebunkport, Maine and Bill Clinton visited Martha's Vineyard during their presidencies. [See political cartoons about President Obama.]
Typically, say former White House officials, the collection of aides is smaller for a summer vacation than for an official trip. And the motorcade is cut in half, to about 20 cars. What's more, the press corps will be smaller, though they largely pay for themselves.
Obama's vacation comes at an awkward time because of the economic turmoil roiling the nation and Wall Street. Surveys show that a growing number of Americans can't afford even small vacations.
But former Clinton spokesman Mike McCurry says that every president needs a break from the confines of the White House.
"We do need to let these guys have vacations and do some reading and thinking outside the box," he said.
What's more, keeping a sizeable crew of aides nearby is critical, he said. "Remember Clinton's trip to Martha's Vineyard in August 1998 when we ended up trying to decapitate bin Laden with a cruise missile strike? That's why the 'entourage' has to accommodate all aspects of the presidency, even on vacation. You never know what might happen. August always produces the unexpected."
And he dismissed the criticism of vacationing presidents. "I think all this 'Why is he taking a vacation?' stuff is ginned up by the media," he said. "I don't think any American will fault him for getting away, especially if he comes back with some fresh ideas on how to create jobs."
Obama will certainly have a lot of space to brainstorm. The $20 million farm on Cobbs Hill Road features four dwellings, a swimming pool and a basketball court. Google Earth shows that there is also a single hole golf area with two bunkers. The president, his wife and two daughters can also go to private Squibnocket Beach or Great Pond. There is an apple orchard, and flower and vegetable gardens. [See photos of Michelle Obama.]
The local Vineyard Gazette reports that the Secret Service is already setting up camp and areas for the media are also being set aside. "Suddenly cell phone service in Chilmark, usually spotty to nonexistent, was crystal clear, another sign that the president is coming," reported the paper's Peter Brannen.
Finding enough housing for staff and security isn't easy. Brannen reported that at the recent town meeting, "Selectman Walter Vail announced that he would be taking a vacation from August 16 to 28 to accommodate Secret Service members who were renting his house."
How many billions would Obozo piss away if he were in Washington locked in full money wasting mode?
Sounds like a bargain to me.
I guess all the destruction of our country has worn him out.
Too bad Teddy Kennedy is not around to take Obama on a driving tour of Chappaquiddick.It is particularly scenic when taken in from a submerged point of view.
Will any Arugula be killed to support this trip?
“Suddenly cell phone service in Chilmark, usually spotty to nonexistent, was crystal clear, another sign that the president is coming,” reported the paper’s Peter Brannen.
This Peter is an allusion to your feeble mind as the SS and Pres probly talk on a secure net and Verison wont and hasnt changed crap for this visit.
The real question is “Why is he on vacation AGAIN?” (Or is that “still”?)
In Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar," Cassius asks Brutus, "Tell me, good Brutus, can you see your face?" to which Brutus responds, "No, Cassius; for the eye sees not itself, But by reflection, by some other things." Kudos to Bret Stephens for nailing our egomaniac president who cannot see himself and is blind to his reflection from others.
He's such an egomaniac that he doesn't know AND doesn't care how this plays. Well said.
The One/Won might as well take advantage of his vacations while he’s still in the WH. After all when he’s booted from same in 2012 he’ll be Persona Non Grata there in the future? He’ll have to vacation in Chicagoland exclusively in the future?
Who is advising this Bozo? Posh super luxe vacations hobnobbing with the elite is just politics an worse optics.
He should cancel his vacation, return to DC, call back the Congress, and deal with the problems Americans are facing this summer.
LEAD BY EXAMPLE BARRY!
FWIW The weather forecast for the Vineyard is RAIN ... all week long!
a hardly working man, you mean...
presidential vacations are expensive and this was known from the word go. the general sentiment on FR from the git-go of the Obama regime was that America is better off every day he’s on vacation, the ideal being that he would be on one long nonstop do-nothing vacation for four years then say goodbye. it would be well worth the money.
It’s no illusion; it is brought up to speed so that his propaganda press can breathlessly report every step, nod and fart issued by der Fuehrer and his ass-lickers.
gaaaah, better that obozo be on a constant vacation than throwing more monkey wrenches into the economy.
I can’t remember the last time we took a vacation. ‘06, I think.
Great find! Is it the real deal or photoshopped?
I guess Michelle-Antoinette doesn’t use coupons!
Well, in this case to deny the Queen.
I wonder if this stuff has at least twice as much fat and sodium than she wants the little people to have.
The real question is Why is he on vacation AGAIN? (Or is that still?)
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Actually, he is not on vacation enough.
I would really prefer a permanent vacation - - the further away and as remote as possible.
(Almost) Like Rush says “What is wrong with the ‘government shut down’? When they aren’t there they aren’t as likely to be sticking it to us”.
(Not exact quote but good enough for this exercise)
If so, I am posting it to my Facebook page to annoy my liberal "friends". If it is a fake, they will nail me for it though.
Another eye raiser: IRANIAN caviar? This is coming from the country whose government hates the US the worst, outside of North Korea. Iran’s rulers hate the US even worse than Cuba’s do. Well I know Obama likes to try to make nice, but this spells national security risk to me. Wouldn’t Iran love to poison that pair?
Just ask when you post it, is this real or is this Memorex?
Never mind that Hawaii is Numero Uno as the MOST EXPENSIVE state in which to live. Just consider it's also Numero Uno as the MOST EXPENSIVE state in which to take a vacation.
But that won't impede the procession of the Vacationer-in-Chief's Imperial Train because he's secure in the knowledge that he's Numero Uno....first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen.
Where’s the photo of the real man and what he does on his no taxpayer cost vacation?
The Michelle Obama luxury Waldorf-Astoria receipt is a fake.
The receipt is a forgery.
That receipt is a forgery.
Good. I hope he likes rain.
Evidently, the WA State allotment was slipped in earlier, under the radar.
It’s ok if he goes. His approval numbers will plunge even more when the pics of him and the Moose come out eating ice cream and lobster.
Zero goes on vacation and the rest of of us are told to eat our peas and work hard ! Double standards of the decmorap party ! Vacation for me, not for thee !
The next original thought Der Leader has will be his first.
thank you both.
Think about how many hard working men and women who really are looking for work or working at jobs below their normal level would love to have just one weeks worth of obama's lodging to support their family of 4 for a year!
That is campaign commercial material!
“especially if he comes back with some fresh ideas on how to creat jobs.”
Are you kidding me.....what?
To those of you that have lost your job and are staying with friends or relatives because you lost your home and perhaps your hard earned retirement savings, I have seen photos of the place... it’s very, very nice.
So, at least you can take comfort in the knowledge that the man with the laser like focus, the very man that has been working on your future, has a very comfortable and beautiful place to rest up before he continues his “pivot” to focus on jobs.
I just don't know how she keeps up with her garden, mine is draining me....beans, corn, tomato's,peppers beets, and now the sunflowers are blooming and I will need to prepare them for the birds winter food...oh my
Blue Heron Farm looking south toward Tisbury Great Pond and the Atlantic Ocean...
“It rained last year for the Vineyard vacation, too...poor Barry.”
Good weather for tokin’.
I hope Obama's "bus tour" is met with heavy and firm but polite resistance from hardworking and unemployed Americans at every stop and everywhere in between.
baraq is leading by example. For holder’s people.
Get in charge through affirmative action then get busy “gettin paid”. They are owed it dontchaknow.
He is the one we were all waiting for.
Yeah it makes me sick also. This bozo is actively destroying the economic lives of real Americans while acting like an African dictator who uses the country as his personal plaything.
He is an African dictator. He just happened to live over here when the traitors and parasites put him in power. He was put in office to destroy the industrail base of America. He is also a muslim.
The room service tab was debunked long ago....dammit.