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  • Maybe We're Missing the Biggest News (Obama's vacation "detour")

    08/18/2014 4:38:48 PM PDT · by The Duke · 41 replies
    Self | Aug 18, 2014 | The Duke
    Apologies in advance for this humble vanity post, but I thought this was an important topic that might otherwise slip under the proverbial radar. Earlier today I had FOX News on in the background and heard the newscaster speculating about the need for Obama's unscheduled vacation detour back to DC when, as we are so often reminded, he can not only discharge his duties from remote locations, but can actually do his job while putting on the fairway or lounging in a jacuzzi. It occurred to me that anything distracting him from his vacation would have to meet two criteria:...
  • Call Obama’s mysterious mid-holiday return to D.C. ‘Skulk Sunday’

    08/17/2014 7:05:58 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 34 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/17/14 | Judi McLeod
    A riderless horse, with boots reversed in the stirrups, has become the indelible symbol for life under the heartless regime of Barack Hussein Obama Sometime today the 53-year-old playboy president of the United States will be heading back to D.C. for a mission which the mainstream media describes as “mysterious”. No one seem to know why he’s temporarily back in town for two days mid-holiday, and Barack Hussein Obama isn’t saying. In the face of the open fact that transparency is a broken Obama administration promise, today should go down as ‘Skulk Sunday’. Even as surrealistic as the BHO administration...
  • Obama’s mysterious mid-vacation return to D.C.: He should have danced all night

    08/15/2014 9:48:30 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 19 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/15/14 | Judi McLeod
    Whatever the reason why Obama is returning to the White House on Sunday, in the middle of his latest vacation, it isn't for the good of anyone other than BHO. President Barack Obama comes off like Cleopatra. If that is, you buy into the latest mainstream media hype that communications and war apparatus go wherever the commander-in-chief goes. “Since the communications and war apparatus of the commander-in-chief travels wherever the president goes, Obama can conduct matters of state from a Masachusetts (sic) vacation island almost as easier (sic) as he can from the Oval Office”-The Daily Mail quoting Washington Post...
  • Flashback: What Obama Said About Taking Vacations in 2008 Video is a Real Howler

    08/11/2014 12:01:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies
    JS Review ^ | 8/11/14 | editor
    Taped interviews have a way of coming back to haunt politicians. And the timing couldn’t be better for this gem, brought to us by Weasel Zippers, who dug up this pre-election interview with then-Senator Barack Obama in 2008. The senator had high expectations for himself, if he were to receive Americans’ vote for President. You have to understand that if you seek that office, then you have to be prepared to give your life to it. Essentially, the bargain that I think every President strikes with the American people is, ‘you give me this office, then in turn my fears,...
  • Obama warns of more trouble in Iraq, then heads out to Martha’s Vineyard

    08/09/2014 6:50:20 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    As he headed out for a two-week vacation Saturday, President Obama told Americans that the U.S. military could face more fighting against Islamist terrorists in Iraq.
  • Elite Vacationing in the Time of Ebola

    08/03/2014 9:39:10 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/03/14 | Judi McLeod
    In only six days from now the mainstream media will deluge us with the trite eye candy of Obama’s 16-day Martha’s Vineyard vacation. Pictures will depict Obama playing the game he likes best after the one called Dismantling the USA, golf; slurping a shaved ice or two with his girls or noshing on the shellfish for which Massachusetts is famous. His motorcade will cause upheaval in the lives of the good people of Martha’s Vineyard—just for show.
  • The appalling Obama foreign policy team: The case of Tommy Vietor

    05/02/2014 5:46:40 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 55 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 5-2-14 | Thomas Lifson
    Former National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor appeared last night on Bret Baier’s Fox News Channel program Special Report, in an attempt at damage control, but only made things worse for the Obama Benghazi cover-up. Two pieces of actual news were generated, but perhaps the greatest damage was done by Vietor’s immature self-presentation, revealing the low level of qualifications necessary for high responsibility in the Obama White House. First, the two pieces of actual news: 1.President Obama wasn’t in the Situation Room the night of September 11, 2012, as our ambassador to Libya and three other men were being attacked,...
  • Obama-Biden vacation tab reaches $40 million --- $2.9 million alone for two Obama 2014 golf outings

    04/30/2014 8:19:50 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 4-30-14 | Paul Bedard
    The travel costs for vacations taken by the first family and the Bidens have reached over $40 million with the Air Force's revelation that two golf outings by President Obama this year cost $2.9 million, according to the taxpayer watchdog group Judicial Watch. The group said that the Air Force provided documents and records that put the price of the first family's trip to Key Largo, Fla., in March at $885,683 just for flying Air Force One. The travel costs to golf in Palm Springs, Calif., in February, where the president also met with King Abdullah II of Jordan, was...
  • Biden Vacations in Virgin Islands for Second Time in Three Months

    03/08/2014 8:41:30 PM PST · by Nachum · 32 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 3/7/14 | DANIEL HALPER
    The White House announced that Vice President Joe Biden would spend the weekend vacationing in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It's his second vacation there in three months. His White House schedule reads: DAILY GUIDANCE FOR THE VICE PRESIDENT Friday, March 7 – Sunday, March 9 The Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden will visit the U.S. Virgin Islands. There are no public events scheduled. And as Geoff Earle of the New York Post reported on December 27, the vice president spent New Year's on the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Thanks taxpayers! Globetrotting Michelle Obama announces luxurious vacation to China

    03/04/2014 9:37:40 AM PST · by mandaladon · 32 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4 Mar 2014 | Eric Owens
    Fresh off the first family’s sixth annual winter vacation to the Hawaiian island of Oahu – billed to American taxpayers at a cost of $4 million – Michelle Obama and the first daughters Malia and Sasha will now jet off to China for over a week of much-needed sightseeing. President Barack Obama won’t be making the trip. But don’t worry, America: The first lady’s mother, Marian Robinson, will be tagging along on the federal dime. The theme of the March 19-26 trip will be education, reports the Chicago Tribune. The first lady and her entourage will spend several days in...
  • CURL: The Obamas live the 1 percent life

    03/31/2013 9:54:54 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 40 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 31, 2013 | Joseph Curl
    Snip: But something remarkable has happened with these occupants of the White House: Neither President Obama nor first lady Michelle appear to give a damn about perception. They won the White House and, by God, they’re going to enjoy their time there, no matter the cost. And who cares what you think, anyway? How else to explain the nonstop vacations the pair keep taking during what Mr. Obama calls the “worst financial crisis since the Great Depression”? In 2013, the First Family has already enjoyed three vacations — that’s one a month. (Sorry, Joe America, you might have to forget...
  • Report: First Daughters Now Spring-Breaking on Idaho Slopes

    03/29/2013 1:40:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | March 29, 2013 | Mike Flynn
    Local Fox affiliate KMTV is reporting that the First Daughters, Sasha and Malia Obama, are vacationing on the ski slopes of Sun Valley, Idaho. Earlier this week, Breitbart News broke the news that the First Daughters were on a spring break trip in the Bahamas, with Secret Service protection in tow, despite staff shortages that the White House cited in closing tours to the public. The cross-continental trip for the First Daughters represents an epic tour. The KMTV news report cited photo evidence that the First Daughters were on the ski slopes, but noted that it was "unclear" whether First...
  • Sasha and Malia Obama 'Learn What They Live'

    03/29/2013 7:57:54 AM PDT · by rktman · 1 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 3/29/2013 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    If it's really true that "children learn what they live," then the First Daughters are learning how to be highbrow aristocrats whose extravagances are enjoyed without embarrassment, in full view and at the expense of the suffering.
  • California Welfare Vacations (Video)

    03/20/2013 3:50:47 PM PDT · by VRW Conspirator · 4 replies
    LiveLeak ^ | 03/20/2013 | David Spady AFPCA
    Take your blood pressure medicine or just double up on your meds before watching this video. David Spady of Americans for Prosperity California takes you on a fact filled tour of the welfare abuse and fraud in California. Post your comments or your favorite cassarole recipe.
  • Separate Vacations for Barack and Michelle Obama

    02/15/2013 1:35:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 2/15/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    The White House confirms today that President Barack Obama will be vacationing in Florida this weekend. His wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, will be in Colorado. The two daughters will be with Michelle. From the White House press gaggle aboard Air Force One: Earnest confirmed that FLOTUS and her daughters are on a "ski trip out West with family and friends", and won't be with POTUS in Florida this weekend. While the rest of his family will be skiing, Obama is expected to be hitting the links with golf pros and buddies in Florida. Vice President Joe Biden and his...
  • Taxpayer Bill for Obama’s Hawaii Vacations: $20 Million

    01/04/2013 10:25:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | January 4, 2013, 10:07 am | Keith Koffler
    Michelle Obama recently revealed that she and President Obama don’t give Christmas gifts to each other. They merely say, “We’re in Hawaii,” and that’s Christmas gift enough. But actually the present is from taxpayers, and it’s an expensive one. The total cost to taxpayers of Obama’s vacations to Hawaii since becoming president is likely in excess of $20 million, and possibly much, much more. During a time of budget deficits that threaten the nation’s security and its future, the Obamas have chosen to maintain a “family tradition” and vacation halfway around the world instead of finding far cheaper alternatives closer...
  • Obama: 'I'll do whatever it takes' for budget deal (No more speaking, vacations, golf?)

    11/28/2012 7:23:28 PM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/28/12 | Amie Parnes
    Obama: 'I'll do whatever it takes' for budget dealBy Amie Parnes - 11/28/12 07:57 PM ET President Obama on Wednesday ramped up his sales pitch for Congress to accept a budget deal that includes tax increases on the wealthiest Americans, offering a stark warning to lawmakers that it’s “too important to screw this up.” During brief remarks at the White House to a group of middle-class voters, Obama sought to push his proposal to extend tax rates only on households with annual income of $250,000 or less before those rates expire at the end of the year. Obama, who will...
  • Obama Family's In-Your-Face Bingeing Cost Joe Taxpayer 2,000% More Than Entire British Royal Family

    09/29/2012 4:01:00 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 23 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | September 29, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    All that noise about Obama family luxury vacations with a huge entourage, Romanesque White House parties, Manhattan shopping sprees, over-sized 'crew' packed with cronies... it was just the embittered clingers again, mean people spreading lies about our nation's perfect First Family (who we're lucky to have) -right? Well, numbers don't lie (except at Gallup)- and what they say is that the Obama family blew $1.4B on travel and entertainment for themselves and their (overpaid) personal staffs last year: that's 200 times more than what the entire British Royal Family cost the UK ($57.8M)! Alas, at 27 million bucks a week, them clingers must...
  • Why Does Europe Have Problems

    BRUSSELS — For most Europeans, almost nothing is more prized than their four to six weeks of guaranteed annual vacation leave. But it was not clear just how sacrosanct that time off was until Thursday, when Europe’s highest court ruled that workers who happened to get sick on vacation were legally entitled to take another vacation.Any idea why that continent is so screwed up?
  • Ann Romney: 'I doubt' we'll take as many overseas vacations as the Obamas

    06/18/2012 9:31:49 AM PDT · by Nachum · 62 replies
    The HIll ^ | 6/15/12 | Justin Sink -
    Ann Romney, the wife of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, said Monday that she doubted she and her husband would vacation overseas as frequently as the Obamas if her husband were elected. Romney was responding to a question from WJR Detroit's Frank Beckmann, who asked Romney if her family would be vacationing abroad as frequently as the Obamas. "I doubt that," Romney replied. "Our vacations and our happiness come from being with our children and our grandchildren."
  • PRICELESS!

    06/13/2012 12:30:01 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 13 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | June 13, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    This is great... h/t Ricky Carter via Glenn Lanier
  • Michelle Obama and daughters off to Atlantic City for tax payer funded trip to see Beyonce concert

    05/26/2012 2:53:40 PM PDT · by opentalk · 24 replies
    FireAndreaMitchell ^ | May 26, 2012 | Fireandreamichell
    The Obama’s feel your pain. Really, they do. So much so that Michelle fat cakes Obama is off to Atlanitc City to see a Beyonce concert. Wonder how long it will be before the Obama regime contacts Jake Tapper who tweeted this information to remove it immedality like the papers that published one of the daughter’s trips to Mexico about a months ago. Tapper who many people actually like (I don’t) posted about the news that ABC sources have told him. I’m sure that other than Tapper’s Tweet (if it doesn’t get scrubbed) no other pink slime media outfit will...
  • 25 Horrible Statistics About The U.S. Economy That Barack Obama Does Not Want You To Know

    04/30/2012 11:10:20 AM PDT · by arthurus · 11 replies
    Rig tSide News ^ | 30 April 2012 | American Dream E-mail Print
    The human capacity for self-delusion truly is remarkable. Most people out there end up believing exactly what they want to believe even when the truth is staring them right in the face. Take the U.S. economy for example. Barack Obama wants to believe that his policies have worked and that the U.S. economy is improving. So that is what he is telling the American people. The mainstream media wants to believe that Barack Obama is a good president and that his policies make sense and so they are reporting that we are experiencing an economic recovery. A very large segment...
  • First Family’s Lavish Vacations Defended

    04/29/2012 1:31:02 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 12 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 April 2012 | John Semmens
    Since President Barack Obama assumed office the First Family has racked up a total of 17 vacations. This is nearly five times the number of excursions taken by a typical American family over that time span. Costs are also a sore point. One trip to Spain hit up taxpayers for almost $500,000. The high costs are not really the Obamas’ fault explained First Lady Michelle. “It’s only because Barack is the President that the cost is so high,” she argued. “We are hostages to the office. Everywhere we go we have to be accompanied by an entourage of bodyguards and...
  • Michelle Obama’s Spain Vacation Cost Taxpayers $467,585

    04/26/2012 11:31:32 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 57 replies
    National Review.com ^ | 4/26/12 | Jim Geraghty
    Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and fights government corruption, announced today that it obtained documents from the United States Air Force and the United States Secret Service detailing costs associated with Michelle Obama’scontroversial August 2010 vacation to Spain. According to a Judicial Watch analysis, the records indicate a total combined cost of at least $467,585. Judicial Watch obtained the Secret Service records pursuant to an August 2010 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. (The agency notified Judicial Watch that it withheld 78 pages of responsive records in their entirety.) Judicial Watch obtained the U.S. Air Force records...
  • Malia in Mexico story vanishing from the Web

    03/19/2012 5:59:15 PM PDT · by lward99 · 161 replies · 3+ views
    Times247 ^ | 3/19/12 | Eric Ritz
    Have you heard that Malia Obama, the president’s daughter, is reportedly spending her spring break in Oaxaca, Mexico? Allegedly, she’s jetting off with some of her classmates and 25 Secret Service agents to a country that the State Department has said all Americans should avoid. But something is different about the latest “Obama vacation controversy:” references to it are disappearing from the Internet — and fast.
  • As World Burns, Obamas Take Kids on Taxpayer Funded Rio Spring Break Vacay (2011 Repost)

    03/10/2012 11:26:34 AM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 23 replies
    Free Republic ^ | March 15, 2011 | Kristen
    While American ally Japan faces the world's worst nuclear power disaster in decades on top of a 9.0 earthquake and apocalyptic tsunami, the Middle East is in flames and the U.S. facing bankruptcy, Barack Obama is trying yet again to take his daughters on a taxpayer funded Spring Break trip overseas. Last year, Obama scheduled a family trip with no diplomatic importance to Indonesia and Australia timed to his daughters' Spring Break...
  • Gilded Age: First Lady Takes Taxpayer Funded Vacation No. 16

    02/20/2012 2:39:48 PM PST · by blam · 52 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 2-20-2012 | Mac Slavo
    Gilded Age: First Lady Takes Taxpayer Funded Vacation No. 16 Mac Slavo February 20th, 2012 “No country can be well governed unless its citizens as a body keep religiously before their minds that they are the guardians of the law, and that the law officers are only the machinery for its execution, nothing more.” Mark Twain The Gilded Age (1874) Life is good when you’re not an average tax-paying, slave-laboring prole in America: Via the Washington Examiner "First lady Michelle Obama’s weekend jaunt to Aspen, Colorado for a President’s Day ski holiday with her daughters Sasha and Malia makes the...
  • Michelle's ski trip marks 16 Obama vacations

    02/20/2012 10:28:40 AM PST · by Nachum · 51 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/20/12 | Staff
    First lady Michelle Obama’s weekend jaunt to Aspen, Colorado for a President’s Day ski holiday with her daughters Sasha and Malia makes the 16th time members of the first family have gone on extended vacations during their three years in office. Their stay at the home of a major Chicago fundraiser for President Obama makes the fifth time the first lady and her daughters have taken a break from Washington on their own. Only once has Obama had a long weekend out of town and alone, celebrating his 49th birthday in Chicago in August 2010.
  • Obama spends 7 hours at golf course with hooker-soliciting buddy...

    12/29/2011 6:32:07 AM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 98 replies
    drudge report and the hill ^ | 12/29/11 | Jonathan Easley
    Obamas enjoy multi-course tasting menu By Jonathan Easley - 12/29/11 07:35 AM ET President Obama enjoyed a five-to-seven course tasting menu Wednesday night at a dinner in Honolulu with first lady Michelle Obama and 10 friends. The dinner at Alan Wong's restaurant in Honolulu comes as the president enjoys his annual holiday break in Hawaii, a vacation nearly cut short by the fight over taxes with Republicans in Washington. The Obama's are regulars at Wong's restaurant—both gave head chef Wong a hug upon entering before being taken to their “traditional table,” which Wong describes as the “feng shui” seat in...
  • President Obama's Hawaii Christmas vacation dilemma

    12/21/2011 4:16:54 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 62 replies
    President Obama's Hawaii Christmas vacation dilemma By Amie Parnes and Jeremy Herb - 12/21/11 05:10 AM ET President Obama faces a most difficult decision with the payroll tax extension up in the air, and it isn't whether to compromise with Republicans. The toughest call for the president this holiday season may be whether to join his family for Christmas in Hawaii or stay in lonely Washington. The White House won't say whether the president is heading west for the holidays—or even if he’s making an abbreviated appearance. Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, said Tuesday that Obama “intends to...
  • A long, steep drop for Americans' standard of living

    10/19/2011 1:04:41 PM PDT · by traumer · 30 replies
    Not since at least 1960 has the US standard of living fallen so fast for so long. The average American has $1,315 less in annual disposable income now than at the onset of the Great Recession. Think life is not as good as it used to be, at least in terms of your wallet? You'd be right about that. The standard of living for Americans has fallen longer and more steeply over the past three years than at any time since the US government began recording it five decades ago. Economic Issues Economic Crisis Financial Markets Cost of Living Recessions...
  • Michelle Obama, a tennis player, hits the U.S. Open in New York

    09/08/2011 2:54:04 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 34 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 9-8-11 | Lynn Sweet
    WASHINGTON--First Lady Michelle Obama, a tennis player, will travel to New York on Friday to tout her "Let's Move" anti obesity drive with tennis stars at the U.S. Open, all to highlight the importance of physical activity. Mrs. Obama has been spotted playing tennis at the Georgetown University indoor courts.
  • Obama's Road to Bali

    09/04/2011 10:53:06 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 4, 2011 | Clarice Feldman
    Upon his return from his Martha's Vineyard vacation, a trip cut short so he could be photographed pretending to exercise some hidden capability to temper Irene's fury, Obama announced he wanted to give a speech to a joint session of Congress upon its return to D.C., on a night and at time which not coincidentally was already scheduled to be the night of the first Republican candidates' debate. Obviously the white House brain trust figured they'd steal attention from the debate and look presidential because, in their sophomoric calculations, if the Republican Speaker of the House turned down this imperious...
  • Unexpected Detour: Marine One Forced to Land

    09/02/2011 1:50:30 PM PDT · by milwguy · 123 replies · 1+ views
    abc news ^ | 09/02/2011 | abc
    <p>In a highly unusual maneuver, President Obama’s 30 minute flight to the Presidential mountain retreat at Camp David this afternoon was diverted to an undisclosed landing somewhere in the Washington area and a motorcade assembled to drive him to the Maryland site. White House press secretary Jay Carney tells ABC News a “bad weather call” was made before the President and his younger daughter Sasha even boarded the aircraft. Carney says they have now arrived safely at Camp David. It remains unexplained why the President would be allowed to board Marine One knowing that the landing site on the mountain was experiencing weather making a landing difficult. The press first learned of the diversion when wire agency still photographers, who traditionally stand by at Camp David for news coverage in case of an emergency, were told by the military at the mountain top Marine base that the President would be motorcading. The White House press office did not inform the daily travel pool which remains at the White House and does not make the helicopter trip to Camp David. The pool does accompany any bad weather motorcade to the retreat.</p>
  • Unexpected Detour: Marine One Forced to Land

    09/02/2011 4:05:20 PM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 8 replies · 1+ views
    abcnews ^ | 9/2/11 | By Mary Bruce @marykbruce, Ann Compton
    In a highly unusual maneuver, President Obama’s 30 minute flight to the Presidential mountain retreat at Camp David this afternoon was diverted to an undisclosed landing near Frederick, Maryland and a motorcade assembled to drive him to the nearby site. White House press secretary Jay Carney tells ABC News a “bad weather call” was made before the President and his younger daughter Sasha even boarded the aircraft. Carney says they have now arrived safely at Camp David. It remains unexplained why the President would be allowed to board Marine One knowing that the landing site on the mountain was experiencing...
  • First Family’s Lavish Vacation Spending Justified Says Administration

    08/27/2011 1:44:42 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 12 replies
    It is estimated that the Obama family has racked up $10 million worth of vacation expenses since Barack entered the White House. While critics have branded this as extravagant, especially in light of how poorly the economy is doing, the regime, itself, sees it differently. “Might I remind everyone that the key to economic recovery for this country is to maintain high levels of spending,” said Press Secretary Jay Carney. “Sure, the President might garner a few ‘brownie points’ with uninformed voters by adopting a counterproductive stance of frugality, but he has courageously chosen to set an example that he...
  • Michelle Blames it on the Kids (First Traveler)

    08/27/2011 10:55:35 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 27, 2011 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    Michelle Obama must think most people are easily duped. To quell the disapproval of Americans who struggle to come up with the extra money to fill their gas tanks, Michelle has to spend lots of time -- between booking vacations and deciding how big a wardrobe chest to load into the cargo plane -- coming up with justifications to subdue the public's disapproval of her obvious addiction to pricey vacations. Last year, prior to heading off to Martha's Vineyard, Michelle took Sasha on an exotic summer visit to Spain. The I-dare-you-to-say-something excuse for that excursion was that it was a...
  • First Lady accused of spending $10m in public money on her vacations

    08/25/2011 3:43:46 PM PDT · by Signalman · 54 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/25/2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    The Obamas' summer break on 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...
  • Expensive massages, top shelf vodka and five-star hotels: First Lady accused

    08/24/2011 5:39:15 PM PDT · by PROCON · 59 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | Aug. 24, 2011 | Tamara Abraham
    The Obamas' summer break on 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.
  • Jeannie DeAngelis: A ‘Windshield Rancher’ and the Nouveau Riche97

    08/22/2011 8:07:06 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 12 replies
    Big Government ^ | 8-22-11 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    In reaction to the criticism over the Obama family heading to Martha’s Vineyard amidst gargantuan economic woes and unemployment rates so high even the dead are disturbed, liberals have taken to defending Obama’s vacation time (transportation compliments of two tax-payer funded jets) by portraying George W. Bush as a man who never worked. According to Obama’s defenders, Bush vacation days were disproportionately greater when compared to Barack “nose-to-the-grindstone” Obama’s. The left argues that Obama has earned 10 days in a haven for multimillionaires because Bush spent eight years in perpetual party mode. Mr. Bush did spend time on “vacation.” But...
  • Levin calls for integration of Obama vacation spot Martha’s Vineyard

    08/20/2011 11:18:53 AM PDT · by caroline2005nc · 18 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 20, 2011 | Jeff Poor
    Although a lot has been said about the timing of President Barack Obama’s vacation to Martha’s Vineyard, not much has been said about the spot itself, other than criticism about the tone deafness of a president vacationing at a haven for the well-to-do while so many Americans are struggling financially. On his Friday radio program, radio talk show host Mark Levin took a look at the racial make-up of the Obama vacation spot and likened it to the left-leaning MSNBC cable news network. “But what about on Martha’s Vineyard?” Levin said. “I’m just asking. Doesn’t Martha’s Vineyard kind of reflect...
  • Post Card From Martha’s Vineyard

    08/19/2011 5:54:21 AM PDT · by Stoutcat · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Grand Rants ^ | 08-19-11 | Gerry Ashley
    Let’s be fair here. The President must be exhausted. And why not? Consider: He’s just spent 3 solid days on board one of the most luxurious buses you and I could possibly pay for. Correct me if I’m wrong, but did he get even ONE round of golf in during the past 3 days? I don’t think so. It gets worse: The travel agency that booked this 3-day tour – for some reason – did NOT book him into any urban areas where blacks and Hispanics are suffering from unemployment rates as much as two or three times the national...
  • Bedbug infestations growing in certain settings, survey finds

    08/17/2011 1:00:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 51 replies
    WaPo ^ | August 17 | Lena H. Sun
    Just as students head back to college and families finish summer vacations comes the latest bad news from pest control companies: Bedbug infestations are getting worse and becoming more common in some places, including dorms, hotels, nursing homes, hospitals, office buildings, and schools and day-care centers. According to a survey released Wednesday by the National Pest Management Association and the University of Kentucky, pest control companies say there has been double-digit growth in infestations in the past year. About 54 percent of pest companies reported treating bedbugs in college dorms, compared with 35 percent in 2010; 80 percent reported treating...
  • White House: Budget cuts to president's office hurt debt efforts

    07/18/2011 10:34:54 AM PDT · by opentalk · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 18, 2011 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Proposed House cuts to the Executive Office of the President's (EOP) budget will hurt administration efforts to cut the deficit, the White House argues. The Obama administration made the argument in comments on H.R. 2434, the 2012 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act. That bill could be on the House floor as early as next week, and would decrease funding for the EOP from $705 million to $640 million. "The level of resources provided in the bill would significantly impact the EOP's role in assisting the president in carrying out his constitutional duties as head of the executive branch,...
  • Follow the First Lady's Trip to Africa (Vacation Time Again!)

    06/17/2011 5:24:28 PM PDT · by PROCON · 60 replies
    whitehouse.gov ^ | June 16, 2011 | Kori Schulman
    In the coming days, First Lady Michelle Obama will be traveling to South Africa and Botswana to meet with young people from across Africa, including the Young African Women Leaders Forum. In a video message, Mrs. Obama invites young people at home, in Africa, and around the world to follow the trip and join the conversation: You can join the conversation on facebook and by using the hashtag #YoungAfrica on Twitter. Check WhiteHouse.gov/YoungAfrica for updates from the trip, videos of young leaders, and much more in the days and weeks to come.
  • Kitsch cachet dwindles

    12/19/2010 6:18:29 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 13 replies
    Honolulu Star-Advertiser ^ | 12/17/2010 | Burl Burlingame
    As philosopher Rush Limbaugh likes to point out, "If Obama weren't black, he'd be a tour guide in Honolulu." Nice! After a year of perfecting political kung fu, President Barack Obama and the First Family like to spend their Christmas vacations in Hawaii. Can you blame them? It's chilly in Washington, what with all those Republican cold shoulders. The Commander-In-Chief, the POTUS, the Present Occupant of the White House -- whatever your favorite appellation is for Obama -- has, so far, taken 48 days of vacation since he assumed office. By the same point in his presidency, George W. Bush...
  • Michelle Obama Refusing to Give Barack Obama Another Child — Report

    10/30/2010 12:41:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies · 1+ views
    Showbiz Spy ^ | October 29, 2010
    BARACK Obama and his wife Michelle are at war — because she won’t give him another baby, sources have sensationally revealed. According to America’s Globe tabloid, the President took off his wedding ring during a furious fight with the First Lady over her lavish spending and reluctance to try for a third child — and the marriage has now reached a crisis point. “There’s shocking problems in the Obama marriage,” said one loose-lipped source. “Michelle is breaking her husband’s heart by refusing to have another baby.” Recent reports claimed Michelle is planning to spend a whopping $2m in the coming...
  • Daily Presidential Tracking: New low -23

    09/05/2010 6:48:33 AM PDT · by DadOfFive · 181 replies
    Sunday, September 05, 2010 Email to a Friend ShareThis Advertisement The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 24% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-seven percent (47%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -23 (see trends).
  • AP: Vacationing Obama can't escape economy (met Bloomberg for 15 minutes in clubhouse-FORE!)

    08/27/2010 1:00:24 PM PDT · by maggief · 24 replies
    AP ^ | August 27, 2010 | MARK S. SMITH
    EDGARTOWN, Mass. — President Barack Obama biked and golfed under a brilliant New England sun Friday, yet he couldn't escape the cascade of dour news on the economy as his vacation neared its end. The Commerce Department reported the economy grew at a much slower pace this spring than previously estimated, a mere 1.6 percent. That followed reports earlier in the week on badly slumping home sales and tapering business spending on manufactured items. Obama has conferred with his economic team on the phone while vacationing. And before his latest round of Martha's Vineyard golf Friday, he met for about...