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President Obama's vacation cost is the buzz in Oahu
Politico ^ | 12/17/11 | Byron Tau

Posted on 12/17/2011 11:41:28 AM PST by vrwc54

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:

The 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 President’s 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.


(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Hawaii
KEYWORDS: hawaii; michelleobama; obama; vacation
http://www.hawaiireporter.com/with-more-vacation-days-and-separate-travel-price-of-obama%E2%80%99s-annual-hawaiian-holiday-rises
1 posted on 12/17/2011 11:41:35 AM PST by vrwc54
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To: vrwc54

I love reading the comments after articles like these. Invariably, there are orcs who insist that Dear Leader deserves these trips and what about EVIL BUSH and all his trips??? They are idiots of the highest order.


2 posted on 12/17/2011 11:44:19 AM PST by ChocChipCookie
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To: vrwc54

3 posted on 12/17/2011 11:44:19 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

I imagine Moochelle Antoinette is also taking her Secret Service sweetie along with her.


4 posted on 12/17/2011 11:46:58 AM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: vrwc54
"...finally got a piece of the pie..."
5 posted on 12/17/2011 11:47:26 AM PST by skimbell
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To: gorush

Hear the one about the first lady who was so glad to get to Hawaii she broke out in a Christmas thong?

(That’s it for me! I’m outta here!)


6 posted on 12/17/2011 11:50:11 AM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: vrwc54

You forgot to add the darn barf-alert.


7 posted on 12/17/2011 11:52:48 AM PST by Segovia
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To: vrwc54
the cost for Air Force One travel has jumped...

Since zer0 put roadblocks on Keystone, which caused jet fuel to jump in anticipation of lowering future supplies. AF1 costs may now be in limbo, with markets wondering if Keystone will actually be built after yesterday's congressional omnibus bill, or will resume its rise and zer0's agenda continues to prevent oil drilling, oil refining, oil anything.

8 posted on 12/17/2011 11:53:52 AM PST by C210N (Dems: "We must tax you so that we can buy our votes")
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To: ChocChipCookie

Most of the comments on these pieces are pure comedy. No wonder the nation is in the state that it is in when you consider the pure stupidity of the electorate. People didn’t complain about bush and his trips to his ranch? Really?!?! These people are complete morons!!
I don’t know about you guys but when I see a 2012 Obama sticker on a car I automatically judge them as complete lemmings. I have no respect for them.


9 posted on 12/17/2011 11:58:01 AM PST by hillarys cankles
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To: ChocChipCookie; zot; Interesting Times

Yes, the “evil” Bush had the audacity to go to his ranch near Waco, Texas....Now who in their right mind would want to take a vacation to Waco, Texas, or even live there. I went to Waco once, saw the Texas Ranger Museum and then got back on the interstate and drove for what seemed days and days to get out of the state and back to civilization in Arkansas.

We ought to enjoy the fact that Obimama has the good sense to get out of the continental US for a couple of weeks and closer to his home in Indonesia.


10 posted on 12/17/2011 12:08:04 PM PST by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: vrwc54

Wouldn’t it be a hoot if our government refused to pay the vacation bills? Have presidents always had carte blanc for vacations? It seems as though most of them just went home or to Camp David for a little R and R. EWhy is O. allowed such wide abuse of power?


11 posted on 12/17/2011 12:11:15 PM PST by Paperdoll (on the cutting edge)
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To: vrwc54

I wish they wouldn’t come back.


12 posted on 12/17/2011 12:17:48 PM PST by Leep
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To: vrwc54
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13 posted on 12/17/2011 12:20:40 PM PST by newheart (Newt's a loose cannon, but at least he knows who the real target is.)
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To: vrwc54

Believe me, go someplace very quiet and listen carefully. That sound you hear is nobama telling you how much he cares what this vacation is costing.


14 posted on 12/17/2011 12:33:11 PM PST by upchuck (Let's have the Revolution NOW before we get dumbed down to the point that we can't.)
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To: hillarys cankles

“...when I see a 2012 Obama sticker on a car I automatically...”

Cut them off. I know, I’m just begging for a ‘road-rage’ ticket but it’s all I can do to keep from just running right into the idiots. I need a sponsor I can call.


15 posted on 12/17/2011 12:34:51 PM PST by beelzepug ("Blind obedience to arbitrary rules is a sign of mental illness")
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To: hillarys cankles

Did you see the comment from the loon who said “And Bush cut down 172 trees on his ranch!” The horror! Well, that won me over to the lemming party for sure.


16 posted on 12/17/2011 12:35:01 PM PST by LifePath
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To: hillarys cankles

I love the ones who INSIST the Obamas are paying for their own vacations. Hilarious!! The price tags on these vacays are in billionaire territory.


17 posted on 12/17/2011 12:46:29 PM PST by ChocChipCookie
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To: vrwc54

They work hard spending money and deserve a break


18 posted on 12/17/2011 12:51:32 PM PST by woofie (It takes three villages and a forest of woodland creatures to raise a child in Obamaville)
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To: vrwc54

First, Obama doesn’t recognize Christmas as a Holiday. Second, I guess I should be thankful he didn’t go home to Kenya for Christmas.


19 posted on 12/17/2011 12:56:14 PM PST by OrioleFan
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To: vrwc54

” - - - 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.”

$ 4 million is a paltry sum to insure that THIS time Obama’s “original” certificate of birth is counterfeited to perfection.


20 posted on 12/17/2011 1:07:09 PM PST by Graewoulf (( obama"care" violates the 1890 Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND is illegal by the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Old Sarge

What? How did I miss news? Details.


21 posted on 12/17/2011 1:09:43 PM PST by Conservative4Ever (Dear Santa....I can explain.)
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To: Conservative4Ever

Should be ...this news


22 posted on 12/17/2011 1:10:45 PM PST by Conservative4Ever (Dear Santa....I can explain.)
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To: Conservative4Ever

It’s been rumored now that Moochelle has a main squeeze among the SS detail, and has been making time while the Kenyan Muslim is away.


23 posted on 12/17/2011 1:22:11 PM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: GreyFriar

The Obamas can’t stand living in the White Hut.
There are ghosts there who don’t like them.
Abraham Lincoln, for example.


24 posted on 12/17/2011 1:34:24 PM PST by zot
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To: vrwc54

Most people stay home or ‘go to Grandma’s house’ for Christmas.

These people go to a resort?

Odd, but not unheard of.

But, do they have to go to the same resort every year, in the furthest away corner possible in this nation?

Barry, I hear the Gulf Coast is very nice this time of year.

...and just to rub salt in the wound, Chewy FLOTUS takes a seperate flight? What is wrong with these people?


25 posted on 12/17/2011 1:59:56 PM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: vrwc54
Can anyone find the figure on how much it cost the tax payers for George Bush's vacations - Where did he mostly go?

To the family home in Maine and his ranch in Texas -

I suspicion there are vacations bambimi took that cost more than Bush cost us in 8 years.

The figures and a montage of rotating vacations - place, time and cost - would make for a great story/campaign ad.

Where are the old investigative reporters?

26 posted on 12/17/2011 3:29:49 PM PST by maine-iac7 (A prudent man foreseeth the evil,... but the simple pass on, and are punished. Prov 23:3 KJV)
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To: maine-iac7

I agree that this should be spread wide and clear and not just at election time. My thought is a broadcast, radio and billboard, that asks if you can/could afford the travel elegance of the Obama family. It has to be given such that it is not just sour grapes but rather that the Obama family does not walk the talk as to living high on public monies. I’m sure there are good public relations people who can present this in a strong, effective message.


27 posted on 12/17/2011 3:40:06 PM PST by noinfringers2
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To: maine-iac7

The Bush 43 family spent most Christmases at Camp David so their staff and Secret Service could spend it with their family.


28 posted on 12/17/2011 4:03:51 PM PST by vrwc54
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The Bush 43 family spent most Christmases at Camp David so their staff and Secret Service could spend it with their family.

Yes, I had forgotten that.

the bumma family needs to be where they aren't seen NOT celebrating Christmas.

Taqiyya only allows so much.

They have a big state dinner each year for Muslims at the start of Ramadan - and then they disappear to Camp David for the week of Ramadan - where they can whip out the prayer rug without being seen by the press?

And not a peep from anyone.

29 posted on 12/17/2011 5:24:06 PM PST by maine-iac7 (A prudent man foreseeth the evil,... but the simple pass on, and are punished. Prov 23:3 KJV)
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