President Obama, first lady Michelle and their two daughters hit the halfway point of their 17-day vacation in Hawaii as they went to the beach, which Secret Service agents on Jet Skis guarded the waters to keep away the hoi polloi.
“Sorry, this beach has been reserved for the First Family,” wrote the UK’s Daily Mail. The paper reported that “The main task of the agents seemed to focus on stopping any other people in kayaks getting to close to the president, his wife and their two daughters.
“The officers could be seen telling different groups at the popular spot to turn around, as they sectioned off part of the water.”
According to the pool report, written by a U.S. media reporter on site with the first family, “At 2:30 pool van was on the move leaving the Bellows AF station beach. But it was a false alarm. After following for less than two minutes the pool van learned we were following Flotus and the Obama daughters — but Potus had not yet departed. (The First Family had traveled together to the beach.) Pool van doubled back to clubhouse and waited for Potus motorcade to emerged from secluded area. At 2:45 pm the actual Potus motorcade emerged –with Secret Service shooing off the road a man walking along and holding a golf club–and we were on the move again to an undisclosed location.”
The Obamas later went out to dinner at the exclusive Alan Wong’s restaurant. The president did not attend the funerals of two New York Police Department officers murdered in the line of duty, instead sending his vice president.
The first family is returning to Hawaii for their seventh straight Christmas vacation, a 17-day break President Obama is “eagerly looking forward to.”
The White House has announced that the president and his family with depart Washington on Friday and is expected to return Jan. 4.
“On Friday, the first family will depart the White House en route to Honolulu, Hawaii — a flight that I know the president himself is eagerly looking forward to,” said spokesman Josh Earnest.
According to Pacific Business News, “Obama has rented a private home in Kailua on past holiday vacations, and typically spends his time working out at the nearby Marine Corps Base Hawaii, playing golf, catching up with Punahou School classmates and dining out at such restaurants as Alan Wong’s Honolulu, Nobu at the Modern Honolulu and Buzz’s Original Steakhouse in Kailua.”
When President Barack Obama goes on holiday to the seaside things can get complicated.
Rooms have to be found for dozens of Secret Service agents, someone has to carry a selection of presidential basketballs, and of course the family dog needs his own state-of-the-art aircraft.
Arriving in the idyllic coastal retreat of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, Mr Obama left behind him in Washington DC high profile debates over the budget, government surveillance and his health care reforms. Instead, he will spend the next eight days playing golf, going to the beach, and buying books from the Bunch of Grapes bookstore.
In the air he swapped his suit and tie for khakis and a blue shirt with rolled-up sleeves, while Mrs Obama wore a yellow-and-white summer dress.
Bo, the president’s Portuguese Water Dog, arrived separately on one of two MV-22 Ospreys, a hybrid aircraft which takes off like a helicopter but flies like a plane.
As U.S. taxpayers dish out millions for President Obama’s lavish Hawaiian vacation crushing year-end statistics reveal unprecedented government debt and a myriad of waste that should outrage all Americans.
Let’s start with the disastrous 111th Congress because it shattered a record by accumulating more new debt ($3.22 trillion) than the first 100 congresses combined, according to U.S. Treasury figures released last week. That brings the total national debt to a whopping $13.9 trillion or about $45,000 for every person living in the U.S.
Over $1.4 million. That’s the generous estimate of how much the Obama family vacation cost taxpayers this Christmas. $1,474,200 to be exact.
The Hawaii Reporter compiled an estimated account of expenses for the Obama trip and found that, before factoring in unknown costs, taxpayers forked over almost $1.5 million. Here’s how the paper broke it down:
You know, if Mr. Obama was as smart as he thinks he is, he would understand that the People question who he is and what he is because of what he is hiding. No President in history has ever sealed all of their files pertaining to their past.
Your religion has been in the news before and it continues today and with good reason. Your grand-father was a Muslim, your father was a Muslim, your step-father was Muslim and you were registered a Muslim when you went to school in Indonesia. You went on your trip through the Middle East apologizing for America being a success. You have repeatedly tried to re-write history by telling America that Muslims played a part in America’s past. As I have stated before, I don’t remember any Muslims traveling with Columbus, coming over on the Mayflower or signing the Constitution.
I understand that it is hard work destroying a country and Barry has done a fine job of it in the past year and a half. But really, does this guy ever work?
While many Americans are cutting back on their vacation plans or eliminating them altogether, Barack Obama is setting an aspirational example for all of us. Sure, times are tough, but perhaps we can enjoy a life of leisure vicariously through our betters.
On July 16-18, the Obamas enjoyed their first summer vacation in beautiful Bar Harbor, Maine. The idyllic town has long been favorite summer getaway for the rich and powerful going back to the Gilded Age. Truly a resort fit for a king public servant.
Anticipating exhaustion from two long weeks in Washington, D.C., Michelle Obama is hosting her eldest daughter and several family friends on a “private vacation” to Spain, August 4-8. Staying at the luxurious Villa Padierna, Americans can rest easy knowing the accomodations will “pamper guests with elegance, spaciousness and a comforting array of amenities.” With three golf courses on the property, it’s quite a shame Barack must attend a party thrown in his honor by one of his billionaire friends. Despite this hardship, I’m sure Michelle will sing “Don’t Cry for Me, America”. Or at least hum a few bars. (After the spa’s Chakra Balancing treatment with Hot Stones.)
The five days back in the White House will be a horrible burden to the family. Thankfully, the Obama clan will take a third vacation, Aug. 14-15, to Florida’s Gulf Coast, following charges of hypocrisy for vacationing in Maine earlier. As any PR pro will tell you, the best response to “out of touch” accusations is to face them head on. Preferably from a balcony, sipping a mojito while watching Helios’ golden rays paint the beach in myriad shades of gold as the fiery orb slips ‘neath the azure horizon.