Skip to comments.Obama Confronted by Local Reporter About Non-Stop (And Expensive) First Family Vacations
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 Familys 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 Familys 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 Marthas 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 Presidents answer) is worth reviewing:
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How did the President respond? In a slightly testy fashion:
Well, I dont know how many viewers youre 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, Im raising a family here. When we travel, we got to travel through Secret Service, and Air Force One, thats 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/
In other words, nobody I know says I take too many vacations.
Of course, he has surrounded himself with people of like thinking.
I hope they do understand how hard he is working. If they do, they'll throw the bum out.
From The Article, the closing line: “Could this become a campaign issue for the GOP?”
OMG, That’s Funny!
Vacation Gal working out to fight obesity trains for a charity race. With chariots.
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.
Larry Conners of KMOV-TV will be audited every year of his remaining life that a Democrat administration is in power.
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.
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.
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.
Actually let me correct that: Considering Noobamas life, he’s been on vacation since the day he was born in Kenya.
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.
*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.
The thievery only gets worse after they leave. Notice Jimmy and Bill. They are not exactly living like Harry Truman did.
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.
You can even subscribe: http://www.whitehouse.gov/schedule/complete/2012-04-13
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?
obummer says [[Everyone must sacrifice for the greater good Everyone must have some skin in the game.]]
[[The Obamas summer break in Marthas 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: Its disgusting. Michelle is taking advantage of her privileged position while the most hardworking Americans can barely afford a week or two off work.]]
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., Marthas Vineyard, Hawaii, South Africa, Latin America, Vail, Colo., and her visit this week to her brother in Corvallis, Ore]]
[[Mrs. Obamas early flight to Hawaii: $63,000 (White House Dossier)
Obamas 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, Michelles trip to South Africa this year cost taxpayers an estimated $800,000 (when you include the use of Air Force Two). And lets 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 Obamas 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?]]
$24K ??? BWHAHAHA!
$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?
But...but....he paid for the theater tickets himself.
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!
Romney better hammer that home come debate time, because as you say, the media are all in bed with that poser.
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.
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.
“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!!!
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. **
I believe this took place in January.
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.