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Posted on 12/17/2011 9:32:35 AM PST by Sub-Driver
President Obama's vacation cost is the buzz in Oahu
By BYRON TAU | 12/17/11 11:11 AM EST
With President Obama and his family headed to Hawaii for a long vacation, the Hawaii Reporter takes a look at the cost to taxpayers and concludes this year's trip is more expensive that previous trips:
[T]he advanced trip and the cost that comes with it as much as $100,000 (flight and security) adds to an already expensive vacation for the taxpayers.
Hawaii Reporter research shows the total cost for the Presidents visit for taxpayers far exceeded $1.5 million in 2010 but is even more costly this year because he extended his vacation by three days and the cost for Air Force One travel has jumped since last assessed in 2000. In addition, Hawaii Reporter was able to obtain more specifics about the executive expenditures.
The total cost (based on what is known) for the 17-day vacation roundtrip vacation to Hawaii for the President, his family and staff has climbed to more than $4 million.
Blogger Keith Koffler calculated that First Lady Michelle Obama's decision to leave a few days early without her husband will cost more than $100,000 -- a charge that the White House would not address directly in Friday's daily press briefing.
"I wanted to ask, isnt it quite an extravagance -- four people to go in two jets to Hawaii -- particularly given the state of the economy, the state of the budget, and also given the directive that was just put out about limiting air travel by the administration?" one reporter asked Press Secretary Jay Carney.
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Am I dreaming or isn’t the POTUS supposed to PAY out his own pocket for personal things? I guess we have to foot the bill for Bam Bam and Moochie because much to our peril, he’s still techically working? I sure hope they enjoy it because I pray that this will be among the last of these outrageous vacations for these two and the truth told, hundreds of their family, friends and supporters. On the subject, I hope PERKS will be discussed in the future. Not even the POTUS and the Congress deserve anything close to what they receive in taxpayer-funded fringe benefits! This country is NOT a monarchy........(yet). :(
Moochelle wants a couple of extra days with her Secret Service lover - and a few extra days away from Dumb0. I don’t blame her.
I do blame Dumb0 for making his Secret Service detail miss Christmas with their families in DC (which is why most Presidents who care stay in DC over Christmas) so he can lie on the beach on our dime. Low class scum.
How many times have they been back to their house in Chicago?
Correct me if I’m wrong... Reagan vacationed at his own ranch in CA. GHW Bush vacationed at his home in Kennebunkport, ME. BW Bush vacationed at his ranch in Crawford, TX.
Meanwhile... Clinton vacationed on Martha’s Vineyard and Obama vacations in Martha’s Vineyard, Hawaii, and many other exotic locations on our dimes and in ultra luxurious accommodations!
Did I miss something?
Not exactly. Royalty can trace its geneology with birth certificates and everything.
These people have a Third World dictator mentality - they loot the Colonial institutions of learning, law and largesse - for themselves.
How can a blind person be a Secret Service agent?
“Did I miss something?”
Additoinally, Carter vacationed on his peanut farm and Nixon was often Bebe Rebzo’s guest on Key Biscayne.
Don’t think for a minute that a Gingrich POTUS vacation would be any less extravagant. Platinum helmet-hair wife #3 is ultra high maintenance.
No wonder they get away with it - did you all read the comments in the article??? What a mindset!
“Third World dictator mentality”
“Great description of Zero...
It is probably worth it to get him away from Washington for a while.
ZERO has a stash why can’t he use that?
That’s assinine. You have NO idea of what they are like.
Good to see you again, RB! Hope you are well.
Regarding Nixon; He also had his home on the beach in San Clemente, he was known to walk the beach on occassions and talk to people.
Have a Merry Christmas!
In 1867 the reconstruction legislature of The State of Louisiana voted itself about $267,000 in Christmas hams.
“How can a blind person be a Secret Service agent?”
“Diversity” doncha know... it’s all the rage on the left.
Yep, it is the King and Queen. We peons don’t count.
Now that is just pure ignorance.
Obama’s 4 year vacation is almost over.
Don’t worry about the money, he’ll just print more.
Wouldn’t a certain percentage of Obama’s core supporters get a vicarious pleasure out of seeing the Obamas “living high” and sticking the US with the bill? So while conservatives may have fits, this vacation may be a part of his re-election strategy for those Obama voters in what is definitely a post-modern world where even the President and his family are, first, celebrities to their admirers?
—One of the best thing about the rise of Neut, I think, is that we have no illusions about the guy, for he has a long track record, and he seems more than willing to speak at length, without a teleprompter, to anyone about what he thinks (at that moment). He is definitely not a packaged political celebrity product offered to a tv-addled public. Would I have liked some other conservative to emerge through the process to this point? Yes. But at least Neut is clearly visible to us, warts and all, and you can see he can’t wait to get into a public argument with Obama. That does count for something.
Even better, if Mr. Obama would have rented an executive jet on his own dime, it would look far, far better. I say rent an executive jet because I understand why the First Family won't fly commercial, but the one-way trip wouldn't make much of a dent in his personal wealth...not to mention it would stimulate the economy that much more.
Some history: during a trip to the Comdex show, there was a major snafu at San Francisco International with flights. So seven or eight executives, anxious to avoid delays and miss appointments, decided to pool for a private executive jet...and discovered that the one-way cost of the jet, divided equally, was just a little more than the cost of the first-class tickets the group held.
How can anyone expect to have a decent vacation on 4 million measely dollars?
I posted this before but I’m going to post it again. In the middle of the worst financial mess since the Great Depression what’s wrong with Christmas at a fantastic resort like Camp David or the WhiteHouse with all the chefs and yummy food and 30 christmas trees, homemade beer, movie theatre, indoor pool and bowling alley? The POS jerk could fly in every friend he has to the Whitehouse for 1/10th the cost of sending an entourage out to HI.
Yes, you missed the fact that W and Laura stayed at the White House through Christmas so that their Secret Service detail could be with their families for the holiday. Pretty classy. I still remember they did that.
Right on the money (our money!) Obamamugabe is the right name for the street grifter occupying the White House.
Last time 0bummer came to Oahu, they parked one of the Air Force 1 planes on the tarmac here in Hilo. It sure is a lot bigger than any of the planes that normally land at Hilo International.
DING DING DING a WINNAH!
I still believe in miracles but I get your point.....(sigh). :(
POS kenyan usurping welfare pimp.
That's almost complimentary compared to my opinion of the SOB. But I cannot write it out (too many curse words).
LOL..nope Bam Bam don’t worry and you owe Alfred E. Neuman an apology for bunching Al in with Bam........LOLOLOL
Back in the day, I used to take a 747 to Hilo. It was the only island airport besides Honolulu that could accomodate them. I also recall stopping there briefly to top up fuel on one of the early “direct” Maui/LAX flights.
He can do it on his money and he would . No way he’d rape the public for his vacations as the Marxists do
Yes, and a Merry Christmas to you!
God dont scare me like that.....My cousin guards the first family (secret service guy) He will not say a thing about them at all to any member of his family. He had lots of good things to say about Bush and Cheney.....not anything positive about the Klintons.........
Most of the times Reagan and both Bushes vacayed at Camp David, with a few times at their own homes, IIRC. A chart has been posted on FR in the past.