Skip to comments.Travels with POTUS, FLOTUS and the ‘Riddler’
Posted on 03/27/2014 6:48:09 AM PDT by Kaslin
Come on guys, lets start focusing on the important stuff like ObamaCare, Ukraine and winning the Senate.
All this outrage in the conservative media about how much money its costing for Barack Obamas trip to Belgium and for Michelle Obamas travels to China is just a waste of time.
Yes, the cost of their trips, whether theyre measured in millions of dollars or thousands of hotel-room nights, is outrageous.
But what POTUS (the president of the United States) and FLOTUS (the first lady of the United States) are doing on their travels is nothing new or abnormal.
Obamas official overseas trips and family vacations seem extravagant and more expensive than they should be, but theyre not significantly higher in number than George W. Bushs were.
According to a National Taxpayer Foundation study reported by Breitbart.com, so far Obama has taken 31 trips and spent 119 days abroad. That compares to George W. Bushs 28 trips and 116 days overseas in his first five years and Bill Clintons 27 trips and 113 days.
Lets get real. Presidents and protectees like the first lady and the Obama kids travel differently than any other persons in the human race, except maybe Donald Trump.
I know because for the eight years my father was president I was a protectee and so were each of my two kids.
Whether I was alone, with my family or with my father, I had a three-person Secret Service protection detail -- 24/7. So did each of my kids, Cameron and Ashley.
In the 1980s the media made a fuss about how much money was being spent on me when I traveled to Europe with my wife and kids.
I admit it was embarrassing. But I had no choice when it came to security. I was on the presidents protected list and the president gets to decide whos on it.
Traveling with all that security was crazy, complicated and costly to taxpayers. Advance teams went ahead of us to Europe to contact local police.
We were a 12-car motorcade wherever we went. Along with our traveling Secret Service detail, when we were in Europe we were protected by national and local police forces. In London, Scotland Yard joined our parade.
Once when I flew into Genoa, Italy, I noticed the airport was surrounded by soldiers armed with Uzis.
I said to my Secret Service agent, My God, whats happening here? He said, Youre happening here. Theyre all here for you.
All that protection made sense then and still does: No foreign country wants to risk having a member of the family of the American president or any visiting G-7 official -- kidnapped or killed.
At home in Los Angeles, it was the same deal. There were three agents per shift with me, three with Cameron and three with Ashley again, 24/7.
The Secret Service drove my kids to school every day. You had a car and a driver, plus you had an agent in the right front seat and a backup car with one or two men.
We all had codenames. Mine was Riddler. The kids had codenames. Ashley already had her codename Raindrop before we knew whether she was a boy or a girl.
Since the Secret Service only protects blood relatives, my wife could go off by herself. It didn't make her feel so good, but as long as she had one of the kids in her arms she was protected. (By the way, if your marriage can survive eight years of constant Secret Service protection, it can survive anything.)
Yes, the cost of the Obamas travels is off the charts. Yes, it seems like they are traveling while Washington burns.
But should Michelle Obama not be allowed to take her kids and mom to China? Should I have not been allowed to travel because my father was president?
So lets get over it. Protecting the president and his family is more expensive than ever, but its something we have to do. Conservatives need to get out of the weeds, focus on whats important and stop complaining about things they dont know anything about.
There’s a difference between family traveling with the President on an official trip and family junketing around by themselves on extended and unnecessary vacations. The President’s wife and family are not diplomats or officially or constitutionally empowered to do anything, and they shouldn’t be spending our money this way.
Reagan's family did not take personal travel junkets on the taxpayer nickel like the Obamas do.
Regardless, the press excoriated him for his travels regardless.
Criticism like this never stuck to Reagan, but it does to the Obamas because they act like hypocritical grifters who are mooching on the US taxpayers
The issue isn’t travel, the issue is spending taxpayer money lavishly as if it is their right to do so. The criticism shouldn’t be limited to travel, but to every aspect of their daily life. Lavish ‘unwinding’ parties, a now top secret wine price list, etc. Winning the White House is equated to winning the lottery - you can spend to your heart’s content, eat however you wish, throw all the parties you want for your friends and family, and your only cost is maybe a token amount when the rubes complain too bitterly.
I guess I better eat more ramen so that they can raise my taxes even more so that the Obama family, friends, and whomever else secures an invitation doesn’t have to go without a reserve wine at dinner tonight.
However, the MSM and FReepers share a blind spot. The real question about any foreign trip made by The MMF is
Seems he is an indispensable traveling companion and play date for Barry.
The constant refrain of the GOP to conservatives. Sounds like a broken record and I am sick of hearing it.
Mr. Reagan needs to learn that two “wrongs” don’t make it “right”. I condemn him for doing the same thing. Why was it neccessary for him to go to Europe even once? Why was it neccessary for Hillary and Ugly #2 to go ride camels?Why is it neccessary for Michelle and her kids to go to China?
No, I will not get over it.
This stinking grifter, her mooching mother and entitled spawn are deserving of every word spoken against them.
To hell with all of them, and their little dogs too.
Just another free pass for the usurper.
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