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Obama´s 17-day trip to Hawaii
costs taxpayers $4M

Washington Examiner (DC), by Susan Crabtree

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Posted By:JoniTx, 12/19/2013 2:23:31 PM

After a rough fall spent trying to recover from the botched rollout of healthcare.gov, President Obama is no doubt looking forward to his annual year-end holiday escape to Hawaii. The Senate on Thursday approved the first budget deal in years that didn´t threaten to keep lawmakers working into Christmas week, leaving Obama, his family and a coterie of close friends free to depart for a 17-day trip to Hawaii as scheduled Friday evening. The vacation will cost taxpayers an estimated $4 million and fill the sleepy town of Kailua and its miles of beautiful beaches with street barricades and security

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Country Boy, 12/19/2013 2:33:14 PM     (No. 9660494)

It´s good to be king.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: watashiyo, 12/19/2013 2:37:41 PM     (No. 9660503)

4 mil? That´s enough to feed the entire poor & desolate Kenyan populations.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Miss Daisy, 12/19/2013 2:46:53 PM     (No. 9660508)

When I worked for the USG, my travel was always reviewed and scrutinized and approved/disapproved by someone. Who is approving all this expensive Obama family travel on the taxpayer´s dime? Whoever it is, isn´t about time to say NO?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: caddyjak, 12/19/2013 2:57:29 PM     (No. 9660521)

4 million my xss. That is just the base cost to keep AF#1 in the air. At least another dozen planes and 150 secret service and moochelle moochers will be going. Food,security, lodgings entertainment, etc. about 20 million more. Do they really think we are that stupid!!!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: dbdiva, 12/19/2013 3:11:30 PM     (No. 9660538)

Agree with #4. 4 million sounds way too low to me. Of course if it was for one-way tickets I would be more than HAPPY to contribute to the cause.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: kofcfn, 12/19/2013 3:27:42 PM     (No. 9660554)

I don´t begrudge a Christmas vacation nor easter nor 4th of July, but the 20 others in between bothers me

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Reply 7 - Posted by: suziesuburbanite, 12/19/2013 3:36:27 PM     (No. 9660561)

Movin´ on up

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Reply 8 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 12/19/2013 3:40:59 PM     (No. 9660563)

Not much whining about income inequality whenever Obozo´s vacays are the subject.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: hoosiergirl71, 12/19/2013 4:04:06 PM     (No. 9660585)

We pay our presidents a salary do we not, plus provide adequate housing and food and transportation, so why can´t the Obamas pay for their own vacations like every one else? Go where they can afford to do, do what they want to do and pay for it themselves! Their sense of entitlement is breathtaking!!!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: droopydog, 12/19/2013 4:08:37 PM     (No. 9660588)

Oh please, $4 million wouldn´t even cover Moochelle´s caviar and champagne bill.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: lil dotty, 12/19/2013 4:10:21 PM     (No. 9660590)

That would buy Mo a large number of jackets -even those of her favorite designer.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 12/19/2013 5:00:19 PM     (No. 9660648)

So, who´s paying for the extended family and coterie of close friends to enjoy this 17 day vacation in Hawaii?



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Reply 13 - Posted by: globalwarmer, 12/19/2013 5:00:59 PM     (No. 9660650)

Meanwhile....pass the cake, dear.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: K620, 12/19/2013 5:37:39 PM     (No. 9660683)

#6, I appreciate your graciousness in saying you do not begrudge the president a Christmas vacation. But there are several problems with your largesse and that meme: Obama takes quite a few vacations, and they are not short ones -- most of the professionals I know find it very difficult to get away for a whole week at a time or for more than a couple of weeks a year, and yes, I know he´s working while away (supposedly), but so are they; when those people go away for a vacation, they are not costing the taxpayer beaucoup bucks, nor are they keeping others away from their families during holidays (if memory serves, the Bushes took their Christmas vacation at Camp David and only then AFTER Christmas); and when those people go on vacation, they are not inconveniencing other people by shutting down roads, restaurants, golf courses, beaches. Narcissis, thy name is Obama. (Either that or it´s just one giant middle finger salute to America).

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Reply 15 - Posted by: beveyscool1, 12/19/2013 6:54:41 PM     (No. 9660750)

As the family sings carols ´round the Christmas tree, can you even imagine the joy on his face as he opens the gift from his adoring moochie...the gym clothes she chose for him. The Hawaiian vacation we are paying for will pale in comparison...gag

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Daylily, 12/19/2013 7:22:43 PM     (No. 9660779)

I believe these ´annual´ Hawaii vacations began only after O became President so the taxpayers could pay for them. Too bad he can´t be more considerate of the Secret Service people and others who have to travel with him, being away from families over the holidays; but of course he thinks only of himself and what he wants. Frankly, I think Christmas at Camp David would be wonderful.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: udanja99, 12/19/2013 7:36:07 PM     (No. 9660786)

24 designer decorated trees, luxury accommodations, 24 hour room service, top level chefs with the best ingredients, a pool, a movie theater, a bowling alley, a fitness facility...Christmas at the White House would be wonderful too.

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