Saturday, February 19, 2011

But it's a family trip, not a vacation..... Grrrrr...

First Lady Michelle Obama is on “a private family trip” in Colorado where she is skiing with daughters Sasha and Malia, according to an administration official.
“The First Lady and several close friends are chaperoning their children on a ski trip,” the official told the press pool reporter who is following President Obama today.
Reports coming out of Colorado say she arrived Friday night and is staying at the Sebastian Hotel on Vail Mountain. Rooms start at $605 per night for a room with two queen beds and head north of $2,000 for multi-bedroom suites.
Mrs. Obama has decided to jet out to Vail – instead of visiting slopes closer to Washington DC in Virginia or Pennsylvania – despite already incurring criticism for taking opulent excursions, particularly a trip last summer to Spain. There, she stayed at the country’s swankest hotel and, like this weekend, was traveling without her husband.
Mrs. Obama also raised eyebrows in December when she left earlier than President Obama for their annual vacation in Hawaii, incurring added expenses for taxpayers that likely ran well in excess of $100,000.
The trip to Vail, which almost certainly requires use of a large Air Force jet, would likely be much more expensive for taxpayers than a shorter journey by chopper or motorcade to a resort near Washington. Mrs. Obama will likely pay for a portion of her trip, but many costs of a first lady’s travel are borne by taxpayers.

http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2011/02/19/michelle-obama-skiing-colorado/

Shit, when I was a kid our family trips were day trips. And the above article mentions an annual vacation to Hawaii? Just what in the fuck was the trip to Spain? And what about that trip to Florida earlier? The author must've misspoke - he meant their annual trip to Hawaii, not their annual vacation.
I'd like to see, just once, a complete total of what the Presidents' vacations have cost the American taxpayers, and I mean a complete total including lodging, transportation, boarding costs for that stupid looking dog, security, greens fees, extra-soft asswipe, the cost of disrupting real Americans' lives to allow for them to travel unimpeded through towns, every-motherfucking-thing that is directly or indirectly associated with their many vacations. Hell, I'd even settle for a rough guesstimate with a + or - factor of a few hundred thousand bucks.
I wouldn't even consider taking a vacation that would put me into debt, but Wingnut and BoobyBelt don't have a problem digging us in a little deeper every 2 or 3 months.
Hey, I ain't begrudging anybody a vacation, but fuck, let's keep them down to a reasonable number like 1 a year. And budget 'em out. Cut corners and eat a goddam chicken leg instead of caviar for a change, huh? Try to keep in mind you're doing all this on my motherfucking dime.
Sonofafuckingbitch, I can't even afford gas to go hunt a mangy motherfucking coyote and these...... godammit, I need a fucking drink which I also can't afford......
Fuck Obama (for Paul in Texas)