"When American families are cutting back on travel due to rising gas and food prices, President Obama should be considerate of the sacrifices millions of citizens are forced to make and adjust his travel plans accordingly. Statistics published by The Blaze note the Obama vacation to Hawaii last year cost approximately $4 million. Before the family trip to Hawaii, the Obama's had already spent $10 million dollars of taxpayer money traveling to Vail, Colo.; Martha's Vineyard, Mass.; and Spain".
President Obama's Lavish Vacations Are Under Scrutiny Again - Yahoo! News
From everything I can find on Bush he spent 20 mill over two terms so they seem to be about even. The difference is Bush flew home alot to get the Hell out of DC while obama takes less frequent but far more lavish luxury vacations. It is very telling of who these men are and the different way they see the world but dollar for dollar it is pretty even.
BushII didn't fly home, he flew to a photo-op political stage, a faux ranch for faux Reaganesque down homie-ness...
You can 'at a time like this' any administration, BushII when the Dot.com bust hit, Katrina, as his trumped up excuses to attack Iraq fell apart and then as the attack fell apart and thousands of troops fought and died instead of being feted with candies and flowers...
He didn't fly 'home' to escape the E-Viles of DC, but rather having to answer the questions that arose over his 'decidership'.
Another reason why he went so often to "the ranch" was that he would have been so seriously unwelcome almost anywhere else. Same reason his foreign travel was so limited. At almost any other destination, serious rallies and protests against him would have resulted, meaning major increases in hassle and public safety costs for whatever local jurisdictions he was in. Bad press too. They tried those "remote" free speech zones for a while, but those didn't go over so well either. Best just to keep things to "Crawford", Camp David, and Kennebunkport.
Last edited by Cardinal Fang; 12-09-12 at 01:10 PM.