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Taxpayers does this make you all warm and fuzzy?

Do the taxpayers pay this bill? Or, does Obama pay for his own vacations?

"President Obama and his family have chosen a well-known and classic locale for their summer vacation next month, Martha's Vineyard. An exclusive island off the coast of Massachusetts." Correspondent Bianca Solorzano then reported: "It’s an island retreat, beloved by the Kennedys, the Clintons, the late Walter Cronkite, and soon, the Obamas." A clip was played of Julia Wells, editor of the island’s Vineyard Gazette newspaper, who gushed: "There’s an electric excitement about it all."

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Asked by Anonymous at 11:36 PM on Aug. 1, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Solorzano described the luxurious accommodations the Obama family would be treated to: "...the First Family will stay at Blue Heron Farm. The 28-acre, $20 million enclave is located in Chilmark. The farm suits Obama to a ‘tee’ with golf facilities, a pool, basketball court, private beach, and a rental price tag of up to $50,000 a week." The report failed to feature any criticism of such a costly presidential vacation in tough economic times.


    Answer by Anonymous at 11:37 PM on Aug. 1, 2009

  • Looking at the impact on the local economy, Solorzano asked business owner Gino Courtney: "How much, in general, does business go up?" Courtney replied: "Oh, probably another 20%." However, she did highlight another local business harmed by the presidential visit: "But not everyone will see a boom in business. Don Lambert owns a biplane tour company. During the President’s visit, the air space where he operates will be closed." Lambert explained: "We were annoyed at first."

    Despite that brief criticism, Solorzano concluded: "So while the visit may not fly with everyone...The First Family can expect a warm Vineyard welcome."

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:37 PM on Aug. 1, 2009

  • The poor poor man has been in a whole 6 months and had numerous get aways on the tax payer dime.Is this change? Sure wish I could take a vacation after on a few days and then again and again after only a few months of work.Wth could he possibly be doing anyway besides just out there trying to get more support of his obamacare bill? I mean he has 30 or more czars.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:39 PM on Aug. 1, 2009

  • That is all he knows how to do...stand in front of the camera and constantly apologize for being stupid or taking off on all these luxurious vacations. I mean think about it...he tries so hard to think about how to fix the problems and ends up with no of course he has to vaction. I am wondering why he isn't just vactioning daily!!!

    And those dam czars---are those not the same political high ups as in Russia?

    Answer by kscmbz at 11:42 PM on Aug. 1, 2009

  • a rental price tag of up to $50,000 a week

    Gee, ain't that sweet, a month there would pay off my mortgage in full--and somebody believes the Obama are"just plain folks who understand the middle-class".

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:46 PM on Aug. 1, 2009

  • Thanks for the fuel for my hatred for that blowhard.

    Answer by Glickstein at 11:46 PM on Aug. 1, 2009

  • The cost of getting all the people who must be near him at all times, arranging security accomodations getting him there and a host of other issues whan a president travels is astonomical and all on the tax payers dime. But in all fairness they do need to get away

    Answer by Carpy at 11:51 PM on Aug. 1, 2009

  • But in all fairness they do need to get away

    Because, I suppose, living in the White House is just soo hard.........

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:55 PM on Aug. 1, 2009

  • Is there any proof we are paying for the resort? Or is it just the travel?

    Bush was back at the ranch a lot, too.

    I don't like the guy, but he's got a right to vacay like every other pres before him. Now if he's handing us the bill, that's another story.

    Answer by lovinangels at 11:56 PM on Aug. 1, 2009

  • Also, think of the money the country is saving by him being on vacay!

    Answer by lovinangels at 11:58 PM on Aug. 1, 2009

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