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Obama Confronted by Local Reporter About Non-Stop (And Expensive) First Family Vacations
The Blaze ^ | April 13, 2012 | Mike Opelka

Posted on 04/13/2012 8:35:19 AM PDT by Daffynition

BC news recently reported that most Americans are cutting back on their vacation plans due to high gas prices and the lagging economy. But the Obamas seem to be oblivious to the issue.

The topic of the First Family’s frequent vacationing is one that a St. Louis TV anchor thought was worth investigating. Larry Conners of KMOV-TV wondered if the Obamas spend an inordinate amount of time vacationing at the expense of the American taxpayer?

This is not exactly a new topic:

The frequency and cost of these the Obama family trips has been covered on the Blaze as recently as December when the First Family’s Hawaiian vacation was reported to cost as much as $4 million dollars.

Last summer the Daily Mail reported that Michelle Obama had already spent up to $10 million dollars on trips to Spain, Vail, and Martha’s Vineyard.

Conners was among a group of local newspeople from around the nation invited to Washington for individual sit-down interviews with the President. Conners covered many topics with Mr. Obama, but his question about the taxpayer funded vacations (and the President’s answer) is worth reviewing:

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: obamavacation
Not that anyone reading this site doesn't already anticipate how Hussein avoids the reporter's question.

Scroll down: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/obama-confronted-by-local-reporter-about-non-stop-and-expensive-first-family-vacations/

How did the President respond? In a slightly testy fashion:

“Well, I don’t know how many viewers you’re talking about that say that.”

Conners parried with:

“We do hear from some.”

The President seemed to be trying to diminish the question by saying the following:

“I hear from all kinds of viewers about everything.”

He eventually gave a sort-of answer, but it really side-stepped the question:

“But the fact of the matter is, I think if you look at my track record, I’m raising a family here. When we travel, we got to travel through Secret Service, and Air Force One, that’s not my choice. I think most folks understand how hard I work and how hard this administration is working on behalf of the American people.”

The answer managed to avoid the real question about the frequency of the family vacations that the Obama’s take.

The question about the vacations starts at the 1:40 mark of this clip: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/obama-confronted-by-local-reporter-about-non-stop-and-expensive-first-family-vacations/

1 posted on 04/13/2012 8:35:25 AM PDT by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition

In other words, nobody I know says I take too many vacations.

Of course, he has surrounded himself with people of like thinking.


2 posted on 04/13/2012 8:41:30 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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3 posted on 04/13/2012 8:45:22 AM PDT by moose07 (The truth will out, one day.)
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To: Daffynition
I think most folks understand how hard I work and how hard this administration is working on behalf of the American people

I hope they do understand how hard he is working. If they do, they'll throw the bum out.

4 posted on 04/13/2012 8:45:23 AM PDT by econjack
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To: Daffynition

From The Article, the closing line: “Could this become a campaign issue for the GOP?”

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

[deep breath]

OMG, That’s Funny!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA


5 posted on 04/13/2012 8:54:27 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Daffynition; quantim
Perhaps Freeper quantim's "Vacation Gal" series could use a little updating! (see one thread from 2010 and sample below)

Vacation Gal Part II


Vacation Gal working out to fight obesity trains for a charity race. With chariots.

6 posted on 04/13/2012 8:56:33 AM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: Daffynition

I can’t remember the last time my wife and I went on an actual vacation. We typically do a few weekend excursions each year, and that’s been about it. Thus far this year I’ve not even purchased a fishing license, and that with the opening of trout season coming soon. The way things are looking I may not be able to afford the fishing license or fishing trips this year. The best I’m looking at is staycations thanks to the policies of Obozo and the liberal loons ruining this country.


7 posted on 04/13/2012 8:56:40 AM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: Daffynition

Larry Conners of KMOV-TV will be audited every year of his remaining life that a Democrat administration is in power.


8 posted on 04/13/2012 9:00:47 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Daffynition

I don’t think that Moochelle’s billion dollar extravaganza to India was even mentioned. I don’t think ANY DOLLAR AMOUNT was pushed into Obummer’s face. These two grifters will continue this until they’re thrown out of office.


9 posted on 04/13/2012 9:03:17 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: Daffynition
When we travel, we got to travel through Secret Service, and Air Force One, that’s not my choice.

Well it is your choice, you don't have to have as many vacations in distant places.

I think most folks understand how hard I work and how hard this administration is working on behalf of the American people.”

For a guy, whose only job is to read what in on the teleprompter and sign what is in front of him, he and his administration have no excuse to take vacations.

10 posted on 04/13/2012 9:07:43 AM PDT by depressed in 06 (6 November, 2012, the day our embarrassment is sent back to Kenya.)
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To: Daffynition

Considering Noobamas daily schedule, which is quite often read on the air by Mark Levin, I would say he’s been on vacation from day one.


11 posted on 04/13/2012 9:08:45 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between lose and loose.)
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To: Erik Latranyi
Down the road with his diversity...


12 posted on 04/13/2012 9:11:17 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Actually let me correct that: Considering Noobamas life, he’s been on vacation since the day he was born in Kenya.


13 posted on 04/13/2012 9:13:42 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between lose and loose.)
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To: Daffynition

So where’s the outrage from NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, NY Times, et al with these excessive, not to mention mega-expensive, Obama vacations? They sure made a big deal out of it with Bush. Where’s the gnashing of teeth??

Oh...I forgot. They aren’t biased. They even tell you that. It must be true then.


14 posted on 04/13/2012 9:17:05 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: SoldierDad

*Sigh*...I hear ya. I need to go to NH...am postponing the trip b/c I need an oil change instead. I never remember having to prioritize decisions like this. This obamaeconomy sucks.


15 posted on 04/13/2012 9:22:17 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: arasina

HAHAHA! Perfect!


16 posted on 04/13/2012 9:23:02 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: laweeks
These two grifters will continue this until they’re thrown out of office.

The thievery only gets worse after they leave. Notice Jimmy and Bill. They are not exactly living like Harry Truman did.

17 posted on 04/13/2012 9:28:12 AM PDT by itsahoot (I will not vote for Romney period, and by election day you won't like him either.)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel
Could this become a campaign issue for the GOP


I used to deny that the GOP was invested, partnered, and complicit with Obama. I just couldn't believe such a thing could be true.

However it is becoming so glaring and obvious that it just cannot be ignored anymore. If anyone dares to even mentions one the the thousand things that are known to be wrong or ‘unknown’ about the man with no past, the GOP are the first ones to jump in condemnation.

You are not allowed to even ask the simplest most obvious questions. Why does Obama have an SSN from a State in which he never lived? How is that even possible?

Oh my God! The GOP will start fuming and call you every name in the book. This is very odd behavior indeed.

18 posted on 04/13/2012 9:32:07 AM PDT by 240B (he is doing everything he said he wouldn't and not doing what he said he would)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

You can even subscribe: http://www.whitehouse.gov/schedule/complete/2012-04-13


19 posted on 04/13/2012 9:32:58 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: itsahoot
Did you see the report of the oval orifice POTUS bonding session?


20 posted on 04/13/2012 9:36:17 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: WKUHilltopper; Daffynition
So where’s the outrage from NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, NY Times, et al with these excessive, not to mention mega-expensive, Obama vacations? They sure made a big deal out of it with Bush.

As I recall, the sainted MSM made much hay out of the security additions that were made to both the Reagan and both Bush I & II primary vacation destinations. As he's never used it, how much have we taxpayers put into the Chicago Mansion since he arrived in DC?

21 posted on 04/13/2012 9:56:36 AM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: Daffynition

obummer says [[“Everyone must sacrifice for the greater good… Everyone must have some skin in the game.”]]

[[The Obamas’ summer break in Martha’s Vineyard has already been branded a PR disaster after the couple arrived four hours apart on separate government jets.

But according to new reports, this is the least of their extravagances.
White House sources today claimed that the First Lady has spent $10million of U.S. taxpayers’ money on vacations alone in the past year.

Branding her ‘disgusting’ and ‘a vacation junkie’, they say the 47-year-old mother-of-two has been indulging in five-star hotels, where she splashes out on expensive massages and alcohol.

The ‘top source’ told the National Enquirer: ‘It’s disgusting. Michelle is taking advantage of her privileged position while the most hardworking Americans can barely afford a week or two off work.]]

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2011/08/everyone-must-sacrifice-michelle-obama-spent-10-million-in-taxpayer-money-on-vacations-this-year/

how many billionaies are they goign to have to raise taxes on just to keep up with the expenses of the obama’s vacations?

[[First Lady Michelle Obama over the last year has spent a total of 42 days on vacation, or a little more than one out of every nine days, according to a White House Dossier analysis of her travel.

Her vacations, the cost of which are mostly borne by taxpayers, include trips to Panama City, Fla., Martha’s Vineyard, Hawaii, South Africa, Latin America, Vail, Colo., and her visit this week to her brother in Corvallis, Ore]]

http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2011/08/12/michelle-obama-spent-42-days-vacation-year/

[[•Mrs. Obama’s early flight to Hawaii: $63,000 (White House Dossier)

•Obama’s round trip flight to Hawaii: $1 million (GAO estimates)

•Housing in beachfront homes for Secret Service and Seals in Kailua ($1,200 a day for 14 days): $16,800
•Costs for White House staff staying at Moana Hotel: $134,400 ($400 per day for 24 staff) – excluding meals and other room costs

•Police overtime: $250,000 (2009 costs reported by Honolulu Police Department)

•Ambulance: $10,000 (City Spokesperson)
•TOTAL COST: $1,474,200Then there are the unknown costs:

•Rental of office building in Kailua on canal

•Security upgrades and additional phone lines

•Costs for car rentals and fuel for White House staff

staying at Moana Hotel (Secret Service imports most of the cars used here to escort the president)

•Surveillance before the president arrives

•Travel costs for Secret Service and White House staff

traveling ahead of the President]]

[[According to whitehousedossier.com, Michelle’s trip to South Africa this year cost taxpayers an estimated $800,000 (when you include the use of Air Force Two). And let’s not forget her previous solo-trip to Spain, which was estimated at $400,000+.

And remember when the Obamas’ dog flew separately on their vacation to Maine last year?

Or the Obama’s “date night” when they took Air Force One to New York for dinner and a Broadway show, then flew back home again??? How much the heck did THAT cost us?]]


22 posted on 04/13/2012 10:21:00 AM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: CottShop
Her's a modest estimate: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/5418693/Barack-Obama-criticised-for-cost-of-Broadway-date.html

$24K ??? BWHAHAHA!

23 posted on 04/13/2012 10:29:40 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition

$24,000 for a date? Wow- that’s soem expensive woman- He spent more on ONE FREAKIN DATE that lasted what? an hour? 2? than I get in 3 years of dissability! Absolutely disgusting that he can sit htere and pretend he ‘feels our pain’ and then go out and blow taxpayer money so selfishly while ignoring the FACT that htere are a great many americans who through no fault of hteir own, can’t afford to even buty essentials- Michelle has what? 32 PERSONAL ASSISTANTS to wait on her hand and foot every second of hte daY?

4 more years of these thugs partying i nthe whitehouse on taxpayer dimes while americans steadily lose their homes, jobs, ability to feed their families?

Absolutely disgusting!


24 posted on 04/13/2012 10:40:04 AM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: CottShop

But...but....he paid for the theater tickets himself.

/sarc.


25 posted on 04/13/2012 10:45:00 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition

and that was $48,000 not $24,000- they had to take 2 gulf stream planes at $24 per plane- and that’s NOT including hte cost of secret service protection and accomodations- so the cost was well over $50,000 for just an hour or 2 just to see a freaking play?

ANY decent person would have said ‘Nope- Not gonna spend extravagently while America’s economy is tanking- buit NOT this couple- to htis couple, everyone in america could be broke, and they would still think it was their right to spend and party liek drunken sailors

He supposeldly ‘feels our pain’- what bullshit! He hasn’t got a freakin clue what financial pain is all about!


26 posted on 04/13/2012 10:46:02 AM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: Daffynition

lol-


27 posted on 04/13/2012 10:47:03 AM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: WKUHilltopper

Romney better hammer that home come debate time, because as you say, the media are all in bed with that poser.


28 posted on 04/13/2012 10:59:48 AM PDT by Joshua Marcus
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To: laweeks

The reason the Obama and the DNc etc are saying to not mention the wives is because they don’t want Michelle’s extravagant lifestyle talked about during the campaign. They don’t want people to dredge up Michele’s “job” for that hospital that magically appeared after BO was elected senator. They don’t want questions about why she and her husband no longer have their law liscenses-inquiring minds would love for someone to report on this. I’d rather Ann Romney anyday over someone with questionable ethics like the Mooch. They don’t want us going into this, so they have declared wives off limits.


29 posted on 04/13/2012 11:46:25 AM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: Daffynition

Is this a recent photo? I don’t see how W can stand to be in the same room with him as much as he has blamed him for EVERYTHING. I guess W knows that BO is just an immature teenager that can’t take responsibility for anything.


30 posted on 04/13/2012 11:49:47 AM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: WKUHilltopper

“They sure made a big deal out of it with Bush.”

They made a big deal out of it with Bush because Bush just repeatedly went to BFE Texas. He didn’t go somewhere that the reporters wanted to go.

When I make president, I will repeatedly do multi-day 4 wheel drive trips across Nevada. The reporters will REALLY love that!!!


31 posted on 04/13/2012 11:55:16 AM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: CottShop

Heh. We’re going to have to *redo* our math..............now it’s 3 planes.

**A White House spokesman said that taking three smaller planes was more fuel efficient. **


32 posted on 04/13/2012 1:46:12 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: dandiegirl

I believe this took place in January.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-t9SAzaAZyE


33 posted on 04/13/2012 1:47:21 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition

It’s the same thing almost everyday with this guy: Give a speech and travel. That’s all he freakin does day in day out. Talk and travel whether to a fundraiser, to a vacation spot or to check out a new country. Today he’s going to Columbia. Yes this is important. Gotta make sure that cocaine is pure.


34 posted on 04/13/2012 2:27:26 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between lose and loose.)
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To: arasina


HA!  Thanks for remembering.

Have had the Final Edition of Vacation Gal in the queue for a year now but just can't seem to pull the trigger.

As our country crumbles it just doesn't seem funny any more.
35 posted on 04/13/2012 8:40:32 PM PDT by quantim (Obama = #theoccupier on twitter.)
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To: Daffynition

BTTT


36 posted on 04/14/2012 12:10:48 AM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell God how big your storm is... tell your storm how BIG your God is!)
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