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  • Obama Under Fire From Liberals For Never Ending Luxury Vacations

    06/27/2017 4:15:22 PM PDT · by davikkm · 91 replies
    Former President Barack Obama is under fire from his Democrat base for taking never ending luxurious vacations since leaving office. Obama continues to embark on his endless mystery tour of millionaire and billionaire hotspots and retreats around the world. Ex-Presidents should go on vacation, but Obama seems to be flaunting a type of luxurious post-presidential lifestyle that would make the Kardashian’s blush. Democrat strategist, Pat Caddell, a former adviser to President Jimmy Carter, commented that Obama’s “trips are like the lifestyles of the rich and famous” and said that Obama’s vacations are “unprecedented, and a far cry from how Carter...
  • Obama’s Hawaiian Christmas vacations cost taxpayers $35 million over 8 years

    12/22/2016 6:15:01 PM PST · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 22, 2016 | Dave Boyer
    For the last time, taxpayers are paying for a Hawaiian Christmas vacation for President Obama and his family, an annual luxury getaway that has cost the Treasury easily more than $35 million over eight years. Golfing on oceanside courses, dining at high-end restaurants and frolicking on stunning white-sand beaches where security guards keep other tourists at bay, the president and his family are in the midst of a 17-day holiday that requires dozens of Secret Service agents, military personnel and other government employees to guarantee their safety and ease of travel around Oahu. The Obamas are once again renting a...
  • Hillary Did Not Disclose ‘Expensive Gifts’ in Violation of Ethics in Government Act

    10/28/2016 3:01:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    NLPC ^ | October 28, 2016 | Peter Flaherty
    In a 2011 memo published by Wikileaks, Clinton underling Doug Band described how he secured hundreds of thousands of dollars in free travel and gifts for Bill Clinton and his family. While Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton did not disclose any gifts or free travel, as required. The gifts were first reported by Alana Goodman in the Daily Mail: ‘In support of the President’s for-profit activity, we also have solicited and obtained, as appropriate, in-kind services for the President and his family – for personal travel, hospitality, vacation and the like,’ wrote Band in the Nov. 16, 2011 memo...
  • Huma Abedin lashing out at Sen. Chuck Grassley for “damaging her reputation”

    08/26/2015 2:42:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/26/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Hillary Clinton’s long time confidant, Huma Abedin, is sick and tired of you nasty Republicans dragging her good name through the mud and she’s not going to take it anymore. In response to the mean spirited nature of a Senate Committee asking the State Department to produce certain documents related to her time working for the agency, Abedin’s lawyer has sent a letter to Chuck Grassley telling him he needs to knock off his offensive behavior. (New York Times) A lawyer for Huma Abedin, a top adviser to Hillary Rodham Clinton, has accused Charles E. Grassley, chairman of the...
  • The British Are Coming—to the Deep South

    08/22/2016 10:51:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Condé Nast Traveler ^ | August 22, 2016 | Danica Lo
    The Brits are coming for our po' boys, our music, and our swamp tours. A deep-seated curiosity about America's cultural and political history brings international travelers south, in droves. It will probably come as no surprise that for the more than 3.8 million Brits who travel to the United States each year, their most-visited regions stateside are California and the Northeast. But over the past 18 months, travel agents in the U.K. have noticed a surprising surge in inquiries around trips to the Deep South—making it the third most-requested destination at travel agencies such as Audley, who curate individual itineraries...
  • Philippines' Palawan named World’s Best Island for the second time

    07/18/2016 6:20:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Gulf News Destinations ^ | July 18, 2016
    An island province in the Philippines likened by Hollywood A-listers as "Emerald City" and "the most beautiful place" on the planet has been named the world's best island yet again. Palawan first received the distinction in 2013 after being voted the "Best Island in the World" on international magazine Travel & Leisure. This year, Palawan topped the list with a score of 93.71. Voters described Palawan as “every beach lover’s dream destination.” Palawan is known for its crystal blue waters, amazing dive spots, and a plethora of picturesque views. No wonder the island paradise has drawn a string of Hollywood...
  • Judicial Watch: Obama Travel Cost Taxpayers over $79.5 million

    07/13/2016 10:38:26 AM PDT · by PROCON · 15 replies
    judicialwatch.org ^ | July 13, 2016
    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained records from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security revealing the Obama family’s August 2015 vacation on Martha’s Vineyard cost taxpayers $465,420.49 in Secret Service expenses alone. This included $457,310.33 in hotels, $271.56 in car rentals, and $7,838.60 in air/rail travel. The records were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed on November 24, 2015. Judicial Watch sued The Department of Homeland Security, of which the Secret Service is a part, because it had failed to respond to 19 FOIA requests from Judicial Watch since July 21,...
  • Michelle Obama departs Sunday for a 6-day overseas trip

    06/24/2016 3:32:44 PM PDT · by PROCON · 55 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | June 24, 2016 | Katherine Skiba
    Michelle Obama departs Sunday for a six-day trip to Africa and Europe to advocate for the Let Girls Learn initiative, White House officials said. The stops in Liberia and Morocco will be recorded for a documentary by CNN Films, which is picking up the costs for two trip participants, actresses Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto, an Obama aide said Friday. The documentary will air in the fall, said Tina Tchen, the first lady's chief of staff. Let Girls Learn is a U.S. government-wide effort to get the estimated 62 million uneducated girls overseas into classrooms. Poverty, cultural barriers, violence and...
  • Major Court Ruling on Clinton Emails (Weekly Update)

    04/02/2016 11:33:17 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | April 1, 2016 | Tom Fitton
    A Second Federal Court Grants Discovery in Clinton Email Case Judicial Watch Finds Hillary Clinton Email Withheld from State Department The Obamas’ Honolulu Vacation Cost Taxpayers $3.6 million in Flight Expenses A Second Federal Court Grants Discovery in Clinton Email Case Last month we reported to you that U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivangranted our motion for discovery into whether the State Department and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton deliberately thwarted the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for six years. This week we’re pleased to tell you about another blockbuster court ruling – a second federal judge...
  • Judicial Watch: Obama Family’s October Weekend Fundraising Getaway to San Diego Cost Taxpayers...

    01/21/2016 10:04:07 AM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 21, 2016
    Full title: Judicial Watch: Obama Family's October Weekend Fundraising Getaway to San Diego Cost Taxpayers $2,001,468.90 in Travel Expenses Alone Known Travel Expenses Now Approaching $10 Million A Year (Washington, DC) - Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained records from the U.S. Department of the Air Force revealing that the October 2015 Columbus Day getaway enjoyed by President Barack Obama and his family cost taxpayers $969,783.90 in flight expenses alone. The documents regarding the Obama travel expenses came in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request first filed on October 13, 2015. According to the newly...
  • How Much Did Obama Hawaii Trip Cost You? [JW files for contempt in SCOTUS against HI]

    01/02/2016 9:57:31 AM PST · by jazusamo · 62 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 1, 2016 | Tom Fitton
    Obama Family Vacation Breaks the Bank at Taxpayer Expense Judicial Watch Files for Contempt in Supreme Court against State of Hawaii Judicial Watch Comes to the Rescue of Congress in Climate Change Scandal Obama Family Vacation Breaks the Bank at Taxpayer Expense I hope your Christmas and holiday season has been wonderful. The Christmas holidays are a busy time of year for Judicial Watch because corrupt politicians and bureaucrats often leak embarrassing scandal information during a time when many Americans aren't focused on the news (and many reporters are on vacation). Sure enough, we received a Christmas document dump...
  • Report: Price of Obama getaways $70 million so far, and counting

    12/17/2015 12:23:06 PM PST · by Zakeet · 7 replies
    McClatchy ^ | December 17, 2015 | Anita Kumar
    There was the weekend trip for President Barack Obama and his daughters to New York, including a Broadway show and a private museum tour. The ski trip to Aspen, Colorado, for first lady Michelle Obama in February. And lots and lots of golf in Florida, Southern California and Martha's Vineyard, Mass. Now as the Obama family departs Friday on its annual holiday vacation to Hawaii, new estimates put the price tag of the Obamas' 2015 trips that are all or largely personal at $11.6 million for travel costs alone, according to the conservative group Judicial Watch, based on federal government...
  • The Latest on Obama/Clinton Scandals (Weekly Update)

    11/28/2015 10:47:57 AM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | November 27, 2015 | Tom Fitton
    Secret Service in Cover-Up Mode on Obama Travel Costs State Department Rushed Approval for Hillary Clinton's Memoirs Happy ThanksgivingSecret Service in Cover-Up Mode on Obama Travel Costs There may be legitimate reasons for the Secret Service to keep some documents from the public. But concealing taxpayer-funded security expenses for Barack Obama's luxury vacations sure isn't one of them. That's why your JW has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the U.S. Secret Service for failing to respond to 19 Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for security-related expenses related...
  • Judicial Watch Obtains Records Revealing Obama’s February, March 2015 Golf Vacations and

    10/15/2015 1:09:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 10/15/15 | Staff
    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained records from the U.S. Department of the Air Force revealing that Barack Obama’s February and March 2015 travel for golf vacations and fundraisers totaled $4,436,245.50 in taxpayer-funded transportation expenses. The documents regarding the Obama travel expenses came in response to two Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests filed by Judicial Watch. To date, the Secret Service has not provided requested information, as required by FOIA, regarding security costs.
  • What Ever Happened to Las Vegas? (Vanity)

    09/17/2015 10:15:38 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 92 replies
    Scribd.com ^ | 17 September 2015 | Me
    Don't get me wrong, there is STILL a lot I like about Las Vegas: cheap flights, lot of choices, inexpensive rental cars and relative proximity (six hour drive) to three of the four most important people in our lives: our grandchildren. But this time, we agreed to a three night stay at a brand name hotel along the strip in return for listening to a time share spiel, which we politely declined. It is a LOT different from the Las Vegas I knew as a pup when I was single and working in the LA area and my kid brother...
  • CIA, Counterterrorism Execs Managed Bomb Crisis from Afar

    01/07/2010 8:03:37 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 76 replies · 2,575+ views
    CBS ^ | Thursday January 7, 2010 | Daniel Farber
    It could be said that the U.S. government can run by remote control. On the day that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempted to blow up a Northwest airline flight headed for Detroit, several key government players were on holiday and didn't immediately return to their posts in Washington, D.C. President Obama was on vacation in Hawaii, golfing and enjoying time with his family. He returned to the White House on Jan. 4. A source told CBS News that Leon Panetta, director of the CIA, was on holiday in Monterey, Calif. when Abdulmutallab was apprehended, and didn't return to CIA headquarters in...
  • Judicial Watch:Records Reveal Michelle Obama’s 2014 Trip to China Cost Taxpayers More Than $360,000-

    07/15/2015 12:17:53 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 15, 2015
    Full title: Judicial Watch: Records Reveal Michelle Obama’s 2014 Trip to China Cost Taxpayers More Than $360,000 in Air Transportation Expenses Alone (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it obtained records from the U.S. Department of the Air Force revealing that Michelle Obama’s 2014 trip to China cost American taxpayers $362,523.53 in air travel expenses alone. The First Lady, her daughters, and her mother spent March 19 – 26 in China, in a trip highlighted by extended visits to some of the country’s most popular tourist sites. Judicial Watch obtained the Air Force records on June 25, 2015,...
  • FBI Cancels ALL VACATIONS For Agents Over 4th of July Weekend

    07/01/2015 6:59:06 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 55 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 06/30/15 | Jim Hoft
    The FBI has canceled all vacations for agents over the 4th of July weekend. According to our inside source — FBI agents are telling their friends and family members to avoid “official celebrations.” Fox News reported Monday evening on Special Report that the FBI is setting up command centers around the country to prepare for possible terror attacks on the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
  • Obama Planning Weekend Golf Extravaganza

    06/19/2015 8:55:24 AM PDT · by PROCON · 40 replies
    whitehousedossier.com ^ | June 19, 2015 | Keith Koffler
    Man, the fun never stops. President Obama continues to cast a pall of unseriousness over his presidency, which was already of questionable seriousness, planning a weekend of golf out in California following two days of fundraising on the Left Coast. This just a week after throwing a White House bash for 500 of his closest friends. Meanwhile, his wife is on a taxpayer-funded excursion to Europe where she is promoting health and education overseas while taking in some sights with her daughters and her mother. According to the Washington Examiner, Obama will golf in Palm Springs even amidst drought, a...
  • Michelle Obama: I Won't Slow Down in 'Final Stretch as First Lady'

    06/18/2015 1:07:57 PM PDT · by PROCON · 75 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | June 17, 2015 | DANIEL HALPER
    Michelle Obama pledges not to slow down, despite the fact her second and final term as first lady is winding down. She made the comments in an interview with an Italian publication touting her Let's Move health initiative. The publication asked, "You just celebrated the fifth anniversary of your initiative “Let’s Move!” What are the best results you have achieved and the next goals?" "Through Let’s Move! we have started a new conversation about how we eat and live in the U.S., and the results we’ve seen are beyond anything we could ever have imagined. 1.6 million kids are now...