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Forum Post: WASTING ONE MILLION of taxpayer dollars on Obama vacations

Posted 10 years ago on Dec. 11, 2011, 3:24 p.m. EST by theaveng (602)
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The Obamas, particularly Michelle, have wasted 1 million dollars on vacations. And that was just THIS year without counting the money wasted in 2009 and 10.

Perfect example of the 1% taking advantage of the 99%.

ARTICLE - http://rt.com/usa/news/obama-family-president-hawaii-473/



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[-] 4 points by nucleus (3291) 10 years ago

Rush Limbaugh rants repeated here for the amusement of the brain-dead.

[-] 3 points by rocks911 (21) 10 years ago

Rightwing stupidity, quit responding to the brain dead. It's completely partisan hatred of this president it has nothing to do with providing solutions to this countries problems. The right is paid to infiltrate such forums and tie up thinking people with this crap, just ignore it.

[-] 0 points by theaveng (602) 10 years ago

Rightwing stupidity..... It's completely partisan hatred of this president


I didn't realize that RUSSIAN news was a member of the right wing U.S. polity. Wow. That's amazing (how stupid you are).

[-] -2 points by FrogWithWings (1367) 10 years ago

I'd love to punch you right in your stupid whore mouth, if I were the type to act out in physical violence.

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 10 years ago

Do you really think that kind of security comes cheap?

You want to lay off the Secret Service now too?

I'll bet they still get a pension. Wallstreet could rob that one too.

Perhaps fly to Hawaii in a Piper Cub?

[-] 1 points by betuadollar (-313) 10 years ago

Yea, so? I mean, the guy DOES print the money doesn't he?

[-] 1 points by FrogWithWings (1367) 10 years ago

Nope, he has absolutely no control over the printing of money other than to look the other way as the Fed does so at their criminal whims.

[-] 0 points by theaveng (602) 10 years ago

Quite a contrast to our first president who accepted NO salary.

[-] 1 points by FrogWithWings (1367) 10 years ago

Ross Perot was going to DO THE JOB for no charge and give the government back to the people. He spent 12 million of his own money doing it. It's a sad shame he dropped and that everyone cannot see that D PauI will attempt to accomplish nearly the same, and could if the people became educated to our nation's documents.

[-] 1 points by FrogWithWings (1367) 10 years ago

But wait..... he is paid $400,000 per year, why does the first family charge anything to taxpayers? Ya'd think they would at least opt instead to spend the vulgar amounts of money they've accepted from Wall Streeters, which just so happens to be, more than all 8 republican presidential candidates combined, have accepted from Wall Streeters!

Not that the repubs haven't accepted plenty from big money, most all of them do and I'm sure most all of them stick tax payers for all their jet setting and globe trotting.

This is wrong.

"The estimated cost of the Obama’s little getaway even without the president? Around $100,000 of taxpayer money.

The website White House Dossier reports that the trip last year for Michelle Obama alone cost $63,000 in airfare, not including other normal expenses, let alone secret service protection. Only this summer, the couple also caused outrage after the family flew to Martha’s Vineyard for a private get-away — on two separate jets only four hours apart, something the media quickly labeled a public relations disaster.

In a report earlier this year, a White House source told the National Enquirer magazine that the first lady has a tendency to down top-shelf vodka martinis on her flights and blew $400,000 in taxpayer money during a 2010 jaunt in Spain.

“She can't schedule enough getaways, and she lives from one to the next – all the while sticking it to hardworking Americans,” the source said.

Of course, if the Obama’s decided to book through Hotwire, by the way, they could fly the whole family, sans Barry, round-trip from nearby Reagan Nation Airport to Honolulu for $1,874.99, plus baggage fees. And only one layover, too!

To Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid this week, President Obama said, “Michelle and the girls are going to have a great time in Hawaii. They don't need me there.” Instead, it would seem, the commander-in-chief thinks his presence in Washington will do wonders to keep Congress in check."

[-] 2 points by WarmItUp (301) 10 years ago

Yeah you mean like how congress authorized 1.5 million to george bush in "transition expenses" yes that is correct george bush got 1.5 million to help transition from private to public life. This is totally legal and every president and vice president can get virtually unlimited funds to help transition to private life.

[-] 0 points by MVSN (768) from Stockton, CA 10 years ago

I thought this thread was about Obama. Never mind. Seems more and more DNC are here.

[-] 0 points by FrogWithWings (1367) 10 years ago

Tally up the cost of that fucking Christmas tree for a house OCCUPIED by a family who won't Pledge Allegiance to the Flag or put their hands over their hearts during the Star Spangled Banner.

Yep, you guess it, over a million dollars!

[-] -1 points by pinker (586) 10 years ago

They pay their own personal expenses. Hawaii is where our president goes for Xmas vacation because that is where he grew up, just as many of us go home for the holidays. How many trips did Bush take home to Crawford? All presidents and their wives have to have security...etc. That is the expense of the vacations.


[-] 0 points by theaveng (602) 10 years ago

Sending Michelle to Hawaii ahead of him this year would provide the first lady a convenience that Obama himself is trying to deny government workers. In an executive order issued Nov. 9 titled “promoting efficient spending,” which was touted by the White House as a sign of Obama’s commitment to cut the deficit, Obama instructed agencies to try to avoid unnecessary plane trips.

". . . to ensure efficient travel spending, agencies are encouraged to devise strategic alternatives to Government travel, including local or technological alternatives, such as teleconferencing and video conferencing. Agencies should make all appropriate efforts to conduct business and host or sponsor conferences in space controlled by the Federal Government, wherever practicable and cost effective."



[-] 0 points by theaveng (602) 10 years ago

just as many of us go home for the holidays

But how many of us spend $400,000 jaunting around the world on summer vacation? Or regularly go shopping in Target and other local stores, thereby costing thousands of dollars per trip (because of the security to protect Michelle).

Waste, waste, waste.


[-] -1 points by fandango (241) 10 years ago

Wasting taxpayer money is not partisan hatred. By the way, her mother lives in the WH and also goes on those vacations,...........at our expense.

[-] -1 points by fandango (241) 10 years ago

0ne million??????????lol, more than that.

[-] -2 points by foreeverLeft (-264) 10 years ago

Closer to 30 million for all three years, separate jets to the Hamptons AND Hawaii?? Fucking losers.

[-] 0 points by fandango (241) 10 years ago

dont forget her trip to spain with dozens of " friends" , they took over a few hotels for that one. and then there was " date night" , airforce one from d.c. to nyc. for a night out.

[-] 0 points by theaveng (602) 10 years ago

That cost over 400,000 of our dollars.

[-] -3 points by DunkiDonut2 (-108) 10 years ago

The more vacations he can take and the longer vacations, the less damage he can do in Washington. I wish he would go on vacation until Nov 2012, I would pay for it.