Vacation, vacation, vacation. Sometimes they can be so exhausting you just have to take a work break.
Obama willingly forestalled his Hawaiian vacation this year to help congress through the debates and decisions about the “Bush tax cuts” and DADT.
Wow, these must be really, really important to him. Playing golf and vacationing in Chicago were more important than the BP oil spill that wiped out decades of economic life for Gulf residents. That was, and is, only devastating to the local flora, fauna, human life and economy of the gulf region and the nation. But it does not rise to the level of allowing citizens to keep their earnings.
The Christmas crotch bomber didn’t seem to faze him last year while he was enjoying the sun. He didn’t miss a stroke. Long lines awaiting unemployment insurance didn’t keep him from spending time in the playground of the rich and famous, Martha’s Vineyard, earlier this year. And certainly, the plight of small business in America didn’t bother him as he recently took his $200 million per day Asian/Indonesian, jaunt to put down the United States in the presence of world leaders.
Michelle, with her birthday trip to Spain, is doing pretty well on her own, too. Her irreverent overindulgence has earned her the nickname of the Modern Day Marie Antoinette by former supporters of the first family. The tax payer paid celebration with 40 close friends marked her 46th birthday (We should only be happy that it wasn’t a milestone like, oh say, 50, it could have been costly).
Last year Michelle wore a pair of tenny-runners as pricy as a compact car to hand out food to the downtrodden. This year she wore a $2,500 recycled rag for the Christmas in Washington concert. The lady has to look her best for photo ops in the company of all the celebrities and special benefactors without being ostentatious. Shortly after the concert, she found herself so exhausted from the event that she and her daughters had to leave for Hawaii without her husband who still had Republic destroying duties to tend. Estimates of the early departure are in the neighborhood of $80,000-$125,000 of our hard earned money.
Wow, keeping money out of the hands of ordinary American citizens must be really, really wearing and burdensome.
Every president is entitled to relaxation. However, when the Probama broadcast news and birdcage liners report the in-your-face extravagance of this first couple with the same disgust as the “right-wing” outlets, you know it is beyond quipping and joking. It is worrisome to those of us who once thought of retiring in comfort. The country is in shambles and they play and enjoy as if it matters naught. Can you say Nero? Truly, the nation matters little if even a thought is given. The first family (as all first families) will enjoy a lifetime of the best medical care available anywhere in the world. The President will have his ending salary, with COLAs, for life. Should he pass away before his beloved first lady, she will continue to receive his salary as well as his healthy tax-payer paid life insurance policy. There is nothing for them to fear; it’s all a trip through the tulips.
Each of these pleasure jaunts leaves a carbon foot print unequaled by the average annual output of a metropolitan suburb. Perhaps this is why he gloated on the campaign trail that under his plan our “energy costs will necessarily skyrocket”.
Obama is the one who admonished the American public in New Hampshire with, “When times are tough, you tighten your belts, you don’t go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage. You don’t blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you’re trying to save for college” earlier this year. With unemployment again bumping 10%, it is definitely time for us to tighten our belts once again …and the government needs to do the same.
I understand that a billion dollars is peanuts to our bloated and out of control government. To pare back a billion here and a billion there in gimme-gimme programs just may save our future generations from indentured servitude to Washington, D.C. Isn’t it time at least to take a look at the possibility of fiscal restraint and responsibility? Isn’t it time for our leaders to show a modicum of respect for their constituents? Isn’t it time to do the other work of the Presidency; the work in the Oval Office, not the golf course?