Skip to comments.W.H. defends Palm beach vacation
Posted on 02/14/2013 11:05:10 AM PST by ColdOne
When questioned by a reporter aboard Air Force One about the optics of President Obama vacationing in Palm Beach this weekend, White House principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said Obama deserves some time off.
"The president is going to enjoy the Presidents' Day weekend with some friends," Earnest said
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Must be nice to jet around the country and the world on taxpayer funded vacations & 3-day weekends.
Choom gang reunion?
Obama’s people love it. If they were prezzy, that’s what they be doin’. Livin’ large and gettin’ over on da man.
Who was that person that dared ask such a question? That person shall be excluded from any future WH events, (and given an audit by the IRS as a parting prize).
Maybe Rush will let him stay in his guest house.
The $20 million figure is based on estimates of the cost of the four Hawaii vacations the Obamas have taken during Christmastime 2009-2012. According to a detailed breakdown by the Hawaii Reporter, the annual excursions in 2009, 2010, and 2011 cost about $4 million, much of it attributable to the expense of taking Air Force One, at an hour rate of about $180,000, on an eighteen-hour roundtrip journey to Honolulu and back.
But $4 million almost certainly underestimates the true tally, as it does not include many miscellaneous items like the cost of flying advance teams out to Hawaii and separate flights Michelle Obama took in 2010 and 2011, when she left ahead of her husband, who was forced to stay in Washington to finish up work with Congress.
This year, Obama returned from Hawaii to complete a deal on the Fiscal Cliff and then jetted back to Honolulu, where he is now engaged in Part 2 of his vacation. The second roundtrip flight added about $3.24 million to the tab this time, bringing the cost of the 2012-1013 vacation to well over $7 million.
I don’t get this whole vacation thing.
Presidents take more vacation in one term than most Americans take in 20 years.
They don’t need that much vacation. Especially for what we pay them.
Instead of West Palm Beach, I think he should go on a cruise.
I wish politicians would take more vacations, in fact, I would suggest them taking a permanent vacation.
Indeed! The last time I could afford a vacation Dubya was in office. Why am I subsidizing an office holder who presumably serves at the will of the people to live like royalty off the backs of the people? If they want vacations let them cover costs of their transportation and security too. That's what the other rich and famous folks do.
I'd like to see the next conservative candidate for president put no taxpayer funded vacations on his platform.
I can recommend a cruise line or two. /thought police unapproved
If he’s going to spend a “holiday” weekend somewhere, he should pick a holiday that everybody has off, like Memorial day, not some Federal only holiday like President’s Day. But I have mixed emotions: Any day the President is out of DC is a good day.
That SOTU thingy pooped him out!
Heh. I wonder what this fag would do if all the crappers died at once?
Besides, we can't expect President Obama to actually wait until spring before taking spring break.
Exactly right. However, the pay is minuscule in comparison the the extravagant daily life the first family lives. Every day is a vacation for these grifters. They each have large staffs for personal and professional needs. Their meals are prepared by a vast kitchen staff, drivers and security at the snap of a finger. Their staff does all their shopping for clothes, groceries, personal. Moochie has a personal hairdresser and manicurist. What the hell do they need to get away from?
Where should I post it?
Watch for a hurricane or earthquake to come out of the blue.
With lots of Ripple and Old English as your only extravagance.
Don’t forget the cigarettes ....
I know, I left a lot out. Forget housekeeping, booze, insurance, dog walker, gardeners, doctors, dentists.......yeah, I would need to get away too, it has to be living hell in the White House.
Who was attacking him over it. Cheap little ploy to get some sympathy - poor poor barry, republicans always picking on him.
Heck I guess I could use a good vacation in the White Hut then.
I’m game for that.
What friends? The Larry Sinclair type down in the Keys?
His lips would quiver.
The flies would hover.
His control would slip.
And he’d scream, Behold All, ABANDON SHIP!
You kknow, the usual. ;-)
I see you have a dawg named Fredd. I bet he’s a good dawg. I have a cat named Fred. He’s an unholy terror.
Yes I do....Fredd is laying on my foot as I type this! I didn’t give Fredd his name. The rescue center that I got him from did.
He has turned out to be a really good dog.
What kind of cat?
Tabby. He’s a tiger cat. He has tiger blood in him. Darksheare calls him Fred the Insane. We love him. Fred is a rescue too. He walked up to our house, and we took him.
How wonderful. I had a cat I named Bonji. I named him that because as a kitten he would run and jump on the end tables an take out everything that was on it.
He was grey and white. He would always greet my truck when I came home by running in front of it. One day I had some one else drive , I sat in the passenger seat with the door open when he tried to run in front of it I grabbed his tail. Cured him of running out in front of my truck or any other vehicles.
Bonji was a rescue as well.
Would you believe that I, being the goof off that I am, neglected to save either tale or description of Fred The Insane [as a futuristic cybernetic creation] or his “Fred-help”?
In other words, the President is going to enjoy himself on the day officially designated for HIM - President's Day.
It’s all buried in the UT. That cat sometimes drives us to despair....Miss slippy had a good chuckle over the caps-lock tech support.
I forgot to add at the bottom “Ignore pleas and cries from other room”.
Fred has no idea how famous he is.