Some people want to be president because of the opportunity it provides to do great and noble things. Others merely see an opportunity to live it up at public expense and to enrich themself. I am sometimes accused of being a bit too hard on poor President Barack Obama. Read this article from Judicial Watch, and make up your own mind:
Judicial Watch announced today that it recently received expense records from the Department of Homeland Security revealing that Secret Service expenses for the Obama family vacation to Honolulu during December 2013-January 2014 cost taxpayers at least $316,698.03. These new expenses bring the total for the Hawaii Christmas vacation trip to $8,098,060.33. The Secret Service waited nearly two years to produce the requested numbers to Judicial Watch.
The heavily redacted records were obtained on December 28 in response to a January 6, 2014, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. According to the records:
$91,751.78 in car rental expenses were paid
$224,974.05 in accommodation expenses were paid to Cabana Girl, LLC and Paradise Luxury Rentals
Saying he was “eager to skip town” Obama took his family to Honolulu on December 20, 2013, for a 17-day Christmas vacation. As reported by The Washington Post:
The presidential motorcade ferried the Obamas across Oahu, the state’s most populous island, to the well-to-do oceanfront neighborhood of Kailua, where as in years past they have rented a private home for what this time will be a 17-day holiday vacation.
For the sixth straight year, Obama plans to spend Christmas and New Year’s in Hawaii, gathering with extended family and friends — and, yes, perfecting his golf game.
In March 2014, Judicial Watch released flight expense records from the U.S. Department of the Air Force revealing that for this Hawaii vacation the Obamas incurred $7,781,361.30 in flight expenses alone (36.9 hours at $210,877 an hour).
Last month, Judicial Watch separately sued the Department of Homeland Security for ignoring 19 other FOIA requests. The FOIA lawsuit asks the court to enjoin the Secret Service from continuing to withhold responsive documents from Judicial Watch (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (No. 1:15-cv-01983)).The known total expense to the American taxpayers thus far for all Obama travel is now $70,880,035.78.
Oh. Well, at least its not in the trillions.
It seems our lawsuits finally got the attention of the Secret Service. It is easy to see why the Secret Service, reeling from its own scandals, covered up these outrageous expense numbers for just one of Obama’s luxury Christmas vacation,’ said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. ‘The $317,000 in Secret Service expenses are only the tip of the iceberg for the true cost of Obama’s 2013 vacation in Hawaii, which has now skyrocketed to $8,098,060. It is nice to know that Obama’s ‘tradition’ of Christmas vacations in Hawaii comes courtesy of overburdened taxpayers.
To be fair, I’m sure honorable members of the Secret Service are less than thrilled with this wretched excess. To be more fair, Mr. Obama is the hardest working man in politics, just as James Brown is currently the hardest working man in show business. What’s that you say? James Brown is currently dead and his condition isn’t expected to change? What’s your point?
Take this link to an article that will reveal that on the days when Mr. Obama actually does some work, he actually begins as ridiculously early as 0930, and works like a jet-traveling dog as late as 1600!
What do you think, gentle readers? Am I being too hard on our Commander-in-Chief-from-behind? Is he truly a great and noble man, concerned only for the welfare of Americans and America, or a narcissistic nihilist taking a joy ride on the public gravy train?