Is Obama Planning To Cut Back On Lavish Vacations – White House: No.


#1

Local reporter asks White House with unemployment rates still high and families having to cut back on budgets, how does President Obama justify his taxpayer-funded vacations and does he plan on cutting back his vacations?

Let them eat cake


#2

I have a feeling revisiting this 6 months from now might prove entertaining.


#3

What the heck why did the video cut off before the answer?

The full question and answer from the briefing room:

All right. I wanted to follow up on this young woman’s question about the high unemployment out in places like Colorado, all around the country, especially in the minority communities – exceptionally high unemployment. And when there is government workers who may be furloughed, millions of Americans unemployed, and family budgets that have been cut, how does the President justify lavish vacations and a golf trip to Florida at taxpayer expense? And does he plan to cut back on his travel?

 MR. CARNEY:  I can tell you that this President is focused every day on policies that create economic growth and help advance job creation.  We have presided over the past three years over an economy that’s produced over 6.3 million private sector jobs, and we have more work to do.  And this President’s number-one priority is growth and job creation.  When you come to --

 Q    But it’s not working in the minority communities.

 MR. CARNEY:  Well, the fact is unemployment has come down.  It has not come down nearly enough.  And what we need to do is embrace policies that advance job creation, make secure the middle class, and create ladders of opportunity for those who aspire to the middle class.  We certainly do not need to embrace economic policies that shift the entire burden of deficit reduction onto senior citizens, middle-class families, Medicaid recipients.  The proposal coming out of the House would slash Medicaid by a third.

 Q    But it doesn’t affect inner-city jobs.

 MR. CARNEY:  It doesn’t?  You don’t think it does?

 Q    No.

 MR. CARNEY:  People who depend on Medicaid to help take care of their kids who are disabled.  People who depend on Medicaid to take care of their parents who are in nursing homes.  People who are not in the middle class but aspire to it, who depend directly on Medicaid.  I think you need to examine what the Medicaid program actually does.

#4

[quote=“Trekky0623, post:3, topic:38721”]
What the heck why did the video cut off before the answer?

The full question and answer from the briefing room:
[/quote]So by using your method of trying not to answer a question we unlike you do see that Obama will continue to take vacations on our dime.


#5

If the press secretary had said that he would cut down on golf vacations, the next golf trip he took, no matter how long it was after that, would be used to crucify the president. Plus, it’s not the press secretary’s job to decide when Obama does and does not take vacation time.


#6

Presidential vacations: How does Obama compare? - CBS News


#7

Notice that Reagan and George Bush took vacations “at their ranches” which equivocates to about 10 dollars in tax payers money. Obama’s single vacation to Hawaii cost us 20 million.


#8

What they aren’t listing are Mooch’s vacations on the taxpayer’s dime.

Bush’s vacations at his ranch were not really vacations. He still performed his duties, and had a fully functioning Oval Office setup on site which was used daily.

I’m not sure about Reagan’s, but I’m betting he had the same. Camp David does as well, when presidents go there.


#9

I doubt it was ten dollars if they took the Secret Service with them, which they most certainly did, and flew Air Force One, which they also most certainly did. That money goes into protecting the president, and no trip the president takes anywhere for anything is ever going to only cost $10. Even walking down the street requires armed escorts, a rope line, and overwatch.

The Federal Aviation Administration had a full-time three nautical miles (six km) no fly zone, designated “Prohibited Area 49”, around the ranch during the Bush Presidency. When President Bush was in residence at the ranch, a Temporary Flight Restriction was issued, expanding the radius to 10 nautical miles (19 km), with lesser restrictions extending to 30 nautical miles (56 km), containing some exceptions for Waco Regional Airport nearby.

Bush normally flew in and out of TSTC Waco Airport (the former Connally Air Force Base that is now owned by Texas State Technical College) on Air Force One, and was shuttled on Marine One to the ranch.


#10

I was admittedly exaggerating. Apologies. But my point remains; the two most famous Republican “vacationers” NEVER spent 20 million dollars on a single trip that wasn’t required by their position. Whatever costs they incurred by simply going to their homes is forgivable. In my opinion. Obama spending 20 million dollars on some planned extravagant retreat to Hawaii? Absolutely degenerate, and full of blatant disrespect for the people he purports to represent. If I was a poor black man who voted him in, I would be more outraged than I already am. 20 million spent towards helping the black community seems like a drop in the bucket, which it is, but that would be 20 million well spent and may actually help to better some lives. If he truly was the man he claims to be, honestly, truly, seriously – there is no way in hell he’d have spent 20 mil of taxpayers money on a freaking vacation. He could have waited until this term was up. Unforgivable. -.-


#11

Just to correct you, that 20 million is based on four trips, not one. From the source: Taxpayer Bill for Obama’s Hawaii Vacations: $20 Million | The Blog on Obama: White House Dossier


#12

I don’t care if it was ten vacations. 20 million? Bill Gates doesn’t spend 20 million on 10 vacations.

I just made that up. If I was Bill Gates I’d spend like 60 mil on one vacay.

I won’t defend Obama’s exorbitant spending of the taxpayers money. He’s just living it up and loving all the perks he gets from a job he’s not qualified for.


#13

Clinton: Most Expensive Presidential Trip Ever