According to a new article in McClatchy’s, the first family has spent more than $90 million on vacation getaways since 2009. The insider website spoke with the conservative group Judicial Watch, which has been keeping close tabs on the Obama family’s spending for the last eight years.
“The Secret Service and the Air Force are being abused by unnecessary travel,” Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton told McClatchy. “Unnecessary presidential travel for fundraising and luxury vacations on the taxpayers’ dime would be a good target for reform for the incoming Trump administration.”
The spotlight is back on the president’s lavish vacations as he whiles away his time in Hawaii, where he and his family have spent every Christmas since taking office. Reports estimate that this latest getaway will cost the taxpayers some $3.5 million.
The White House defended the expenditures after critics began making noise.
“Despite the security apparatus that accompanies any president when traveling, the administration works with the United States Secret Service to minimize the disruptions to local residents and businesses,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz said. “Honolulu is a place where the president can enjoy some downtime with his family and friends and he’s grateful for the warm hospitality he enjoys when there.”
The problem isn’t about Obama’s precious downtime or his roots in Hawaii, though. The problem is the disconnect between this president’s words and his actions. He has claimed all along to be this man of the people, and meanwhile the economy has been in shambles for most of his presidency. People are struggling to find work and he’s gallivanting around the world for these fancy vacations. This family spends more money on themselves in a weekend than most Americans will make in a decade. Oh but no, he really cares about the little guy, just you believe it.
It’s disgusting. No one’s begrudging the president of the United States his vacations, but there’s a big difference between a vacation and an ostentatious display of wealth YOU DIDN’T EARN. We’re sure Donald Trump will take some beautiful vacations, but he’ll do so at resorts and hotels that he won’t have to pay for with the taxpayer dime. Obama could have just stayed in Chicago or taken a trip down to Florida. He could have kept his vacations simple and inoffensive. He didn’t, because he was just having too much fun playing “rich guy” with our money.
Well, the free ride is just about over.