Friday, December 31, 2010

The Obama family vacation: We'll leave the light on for you

No one said to stay at Motel 6, but they don't need the Ritz Carlton either

When all is said and done between travel, lodging, security, staff and incidentals (i.e. snow cones for the press corps.), the cost of the Obama vacation will probably approach $2 million (Washington Examiner).

Now while no one begrudges a president a family vacation, given the economy, people out of work, families making sacrifices just to get by and a promise to cut government waste shouldn't they have gone a little budget on this one? If not because he believes he should, at least so that the American people think that he thinks he should. Can anyone say 2012 election?

Even President Clinton, who apparently was the economic growth President, had the sense to do that!

Excerpt from the Hawaii Reporter with the full story worth the read:

"... They could have chosen a less expensive and more secure place to stay such as a beachfront home on the Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station – just a two-minute drive away from the Kailuana Place property where they are now. The president visits the military base daily to workout, bowl with his kids or enjoy the more private beach there. He also could have stayed at a home 15 minutes away on the beach fronting Bellows Air Force Base as President Bill Clinton did

Instead, Obama and his friends annually pool their money to pay for the rental of three luxury beachfront homes. The so-called “Winter White House” – or Kailua home that the president rents two weeks a year – can cost an estimated $3,500 a day or $75,000 a month, according to the web site The site describes the home where the President sleeps: “The 7,000 square foot home features 5 bedrooms, 5 ½ bathrooms, a media room with surround sound, a kitchen suited for a master chef, a dining room and great room, a secluded lagoon-style pool with tropical waterfalls and a lavish island spa. The ocean lanai and garden lanai showcase ornate landscaping and stunning views of Kailua Bay and Mount Olomana ...”