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    Lavish Obama vacation in time of economic turmoil raises eyebrows

    WASHINGTON — As the U.S. economy endures high unemployment and a jittery stock market, President Obama has preached sacrifice and fiscal discipline. But the pictures coming out of a sunsplashed Spanish resort this week may be sending a different message.

    First lady Michelle Obama is on a five-day trip to a luxury resort along with a handful of friends, her younger daughter, Sasha, aides and Secret Service personnel. Her office said the first family will pay for personal expenses, but declined to reveal the taxpayer cost for the government employees. The president stayed home in the United States, as did daughter Malia, 12, who is at camp.

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    The opulence of the European trip also has drawn scrutiny. Michelle Obama is staying at the Hotel Villa Padierna, a Ritz-Carlton resort in the mountains outside Marbella. The resort has two golf courses, a posh spa with Turkish baths, views of the Mediterranean Sea and a high-end restaurant specializing in avant-garde fare. Room rates start at $400 and rise to $6,500 for a two-bedroom villa with a private pool and 24-hour butler service.

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    While her friends arrived in Spain on their own, Michelle Obama flew in on a type of aircraft also used by Vice President Joseph Biden. It costs the government $11,555 an hour to operate the plane, according to the Air Force. Assuming a nearly eight-hour flight to nearby Málaga, the total round-trip cost of the flight is about $178,000.

    Good God! What the ****! People here are suffering the worst recession on memory, and Queen Obama is living the life of the rich and famous on our dime? Que Robin Leach!

    The Obama family will reimburse the government an amount equal to two first-class tickets — for mother and daughter Sasha, Air Force officials said. A round-trip first-class flight to Málaga costs about $7,400 apiece, without discounts or restrictions.

    Nation & World | Lavish Obama vacation in time of economic turmoil raises eyebrows | Seattle Times Newspaper

    Oh, By all means then say no more! WOW! The arrogance of these people!

    Let them eat cake!


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    Re: Lavish Obama vacation in time of economic turmoil raises eyebrows

    We really have turned the Presidency into royalty.
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    Re: Lavish Obama vacation in time of economic turmoil raises eyebrows

    Quote Originally Posted by Phoenix View Post
    We really have turned the Presidency into royalty.
    Oh, for the days of a leader like Bush who cared so much that literally 3 years of his presidency were spent on vacation.

    487 Days At Camp David For Bush - Political Hotsheet - CBS News

    Presidents take vacations. They also spend a lot of their vacation time working. Get over it.

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    Re: Lavish Obama vacation in time of economic turmoil raises eyebrows

    Quote Originally Posted by FilmFestGuy View Post
    Oh, for the days of a leader like Bush who cared so much that literally 3 years of his presidency were spent on vacation.

    487 Days At Camp David For Bush - Political Hotsheet - CBS News




    Presidents take vacations. They also spend a lot of their vacation time working. Get over it.

    This isn't about Presidential vacations, as far as I know the President is home for this one. This is about opulent spending without regard of how it appears to the people.


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    Re: Lavish Obama vacation in time of economic turmoil raises eyebrows

    I really don't think there would have been many complaints if the vacation was taken in the states with mostly Obama money. For crying out loud, who do they think they are? Obama complains that people are sitting on their money and not spending in an economic crisis and they spend their money like drunken sailors in other countries. Disgraceful.

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    This isn't about Bush. For God's sake STOP TALKING ABOUT HIM. He's not the damn president FOR OVER A YEAR! This is Barack Hussein Obama's mess. His wife takes a $400,000 vacation meeting with kings and movin' on up. He's been on vacation since he bought the election. We're ALL tired of them! We want them OUT of the White House!

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    Re: Lavish Obama vacation in time of economic turmoil raises eyebrows

    Quote Originally Posted by chickie View Post
    This isn't about Bush. For God's sake STOP TALKING ABOUT HIM. He's not the damn president FOR OVER A YEAR! This is Barack Hussein Obama's mess. His wife takes a $400,000 vacation meeting with kings and movin' on up. He's been on vacation since he bought the election. We're ALL tired of them! We want them OUT of the White House!
    The reason sometimes Bush is brought up, is because of the hypocrisy, some people vilify Obama for doing certain things that they said nothing about when Bush was in office.

    What does it matter to you what the Obamas do in their own time with their own money minus security costs of course.

    I thought the number was 250 000? Someone wanna get that story straight?

    Meeting the king and queen of nations is always gonna happen, guess you don't like improving relations with allies?

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    Re: Lavish Obama vacation in time of economic turmoil raises eyebrows

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    The reason sometimes Bush is brought up, is because of the hypocrisy, some people vilify Obama for doing certain things that they said nothing about when Bush was in office.

    Sometimes? You have got to be kidding here. Obama brings up Bush so much as a distraction, hell I thought he was still in office. On hypocrisy, it's called politics. You think only the right are hypocrites?


    What does it matter to you what the Obamas do in their own time with their own money minus security costs of course.
    Good God man read. The only thing that the article says about Obama using their money is the reimbursement of $7400. each Michelle and her daughter for air fare...Think the trip to Costa del Sol, staying at the ritz with a full security detachment, AF2, and accompanying planes, and 60 rooms at the low rate of $400. per night might be slightly more than that? Didn't you just talk about hypocrisy?


    I thought the number was 250 000? Someone wanna get that story straight?
    It's in the op at the top of the page, I am sure you can see it, without being snarky to a new member.

    Meeting the king and queen of nations is always gonna happen, guess you don't like improving relations with allies?
    I have no problem with her meeting dignitaries while there, I am just asking how many jobs is that creating here? any?


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    Re: Lavish Obama vacation in time of economic turmoil raises eyebrows

    like Bush's lavish vacations were not on Uncle Sam's dime.

    Damn Liberals can't do nothing right!
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    Re: Lavish Obama vacation in time of economic turmoil raises eyebrows

    Quote Originally Posted by BCR View Post
    like Bush's lavish vacations were not on Uncle Sam's dime.

    Damn Liberals can't do nothing right!

    Ok, I'll play...Lavish vacations by Bush to where? Oh, and just so we are on the same ground here, let's have you show where Mrs. Bush went, with the size and scope of what is going on here k?


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