Sunday, January 6, 2013

Camp David...Are you kidding?

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 to home.
The $20 million figure is based on estimates of the cost of the four Hawaii vacations the Obamas have taken during Christmastime 2009-2012. According to a detailed breakdown by the Hawaii Reporter, the annual excursions in 2009, 2010, and 2011 cost about $4 million, much of it attributable to the expense of taking Air Force One, at an hour rate of about $180,000, on an eighteen-hour roundtrip journey to Honolulu and back.
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newark hawk said...

If a Republican president, in the midst of a severe fiscal crisis and anemic economic recovery, wasted zillions of taxpayer dollars on extravagant family vacations, you would never hear the end of it from the news media - there would be righteous indignation and outrage from all quarters.

But since the president who's wasting the taxpayers' hard-earned dollars is a Democrat, not a Republican, there's nothing but the sound of crickets from CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN & BLOOMBERG, and not much more from Fox.

Their silence is deafening, just as it has been for all of Obama's corrupt and disgraceful conduct as president and presidential candidate.

A middle-school student-run newspaper could do a better job of reporting the news than network news anchors do.

Our nation's Founding Fathers envisioned a watchdog media - "The Fourth Estate" - that would hold both political parties accountable for their actions by exposing those actions to the public.

But instead, sadly and shamefully, we have a loyal lapdog media for Democrats in high office, and a foaming at the mouth mad dog media for Republicans in high office.

The Founding Fathers must be rolling in their graves.

Anonymous said...

Agreed. The news media have refused to comment on the extravagance of the Obamas. That's the same media that complained nonstop about the Bush's trips to Crawford, Texas. Lots closer and cheaper than Hawaii.