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Should Obama Cut Back on Lavish Vacations and Travel?

Yesterday during the White House daily press briefing, Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked by "just a blogger" if President Obama planned to cut back on his lavish vacations and travel at a time when the country is hurting economically. Carney's answer wasn't "no," but rather a long drawn out "Obama is focused on jobs."

As a followup to the question asked by the woman earlier, with very high unemployment in the black community, and when there are government workers who may be furloughed, and there are millions of other Americans unemployed, and families whose budgets have been cut, how does the President justify lavish vacations and a golf trip to Florida at taxpayer expense? Does he plan to cut back on his travel?

This question came just one week after it was revealed the Obama's are living at a cost of $1.4 billion per year.

The executive mansion is not in that much trouble, of course. It’s certainly not in sufficiently dire straits for Air Force One ($181,757 per hour) to be grounded, or to see the executive chef ($100,000 per year) furloughed, or to cut back on the hours of the three full-time White House calligraphers ($277,050 per year for the trio), or to limit the invaluable work of the chief of staff to the president’s dog ($102,000 per year), or to trim his ridiculous motorcade ($2.2 million). If Ellen DeGeneres wants another dancercize session or Spain holds another clothing sale, the first family will be there before you can say “citizen executive.” Fear ye not, serfs: Austerity may be the word of the week, but the president is by no means in any danger of being forced to live like the president of a republic instead of like a king.

The current annual cost of the White House — just in household expenses, not the policy operations for which it exists — is $1.4 billion: Annually, presidential vacations cost $20 million (the low estimate for one presidential vacation to Hawaii is $4 million, but the true cost is probably five times that); the first family’s yearly health-care costs are $7 million; more than $6 million is spent on the White House grounds each year. Transporting the president cost $346 million last year. But as Michelle Obama might say, America is basically a downright mean sort of place, so the tours will just have to go. One hopes at least that the calligraphers were recruited to sign the docents’ pink slips.


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Asked by Anonymous at 11:00 AM on Mar. 19, 2013 in Politics & Current Events

Answers (17)
  • Why is this all about Obama? Every president before him had all of these luxuries. Its like people are against him having it but it was okay for bush to have it.

    Answer by LostSoul88 at 11:02 AM on Mar. 19, 2013

  • I think all politicians should practice what they preach. If they say we have to tighten our belts, I think they should have to as well.

    Answer by QuinnMae at 11:04 AM on Mar. 19, 2013

  • Yes! The lavish vacations NEED to GO!!!!

    Answer by daylily888 at 11:04 AM on Mar. 19, 2013

  • BTW I am NOT a Dem nor a Rep. I am just sick of all this anti-obama BS acting like he is the only president that ever did "wrong" or got special treatment when every president before him did the exact same bs

    Answer by LostSoul88 at 11:04 AM on Mar. 19, 2013

  • And for the fiscal year of 2008 when Bush was in office it was 1.59 BILLION

    We get it you don't like Obama. Copy/Pasting fluff pieces is your only source of credit which isn't much. Get over it. He'll finish out this term and you can whine about the next guy that holds the office.

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 11:06 AM on Mar. 19, 2013

  • I think ANY President should cut their vacation spending with the country in the shape it's in. I think Bush should have done it and I think Obama should.

    Answer by baconbits at 11:07 AM on Mar. 19, 2013

  • Just continue on, why stop should any of them stop now

    Answer by virginiamama71 at 11:11 AM on Mar. 19, 2013

  • You're a Fox news lover, aren't you? Bless.

    Answer by ABeaverhausen at 11:25 AM on Mar. 19, 2013

  • Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:47 AM on Mar. 19, 2013

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    Answer by Anonymous at 11:49 AM on Mar. 19, 2013

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