WH Petition Demands Obama Cancel Hawaii Vacation
A new petition gaining ground on the White House website calls on President Obama to cancel his estimated $4 million vacation and devote the money instead to helping victims of Hurricane Sandy.
The petition, which was created just two days ago, had 872 signatures as of 8:45 am ET this morning and is potentially be on its way to garnering the 25,000 signatures in 30 days required to elicit a response from the White House.
According to the news site delmarvanow.com, the petition was filed by John Phoebus, the organizer of a volunteer hurricane recovery group in Somerset County, Maryland. Phoebus was angered that the storm-ravaged county was denied direct funding from FEMA.
The petition states that for about the cost to the government of sending Obama on an expected three-week Hawaii vacation, Somerset could be rebuilt.
The $4 million price tag for Obama’s vacation was calculated by the Hawaii Reporter and includes $250,000 in local costs.
But the actual expense to the federal government alone is likely even higher than $4 million, since the cost of just the transportation – roundtrip flights for Air Force One and an accompanying cargo plane – amounts to about $3,530,000, according to the Reporter.
Nice. No doubt the vacation circuit will be back in full force now that the election is over. A 20 day, $4 million vacation just before coming home for the inauguration, festivities and more partying. Moochelle Antoinette and her brats probably have the next 5 planned already.
Why can't a single reporter stand up at a White House press conference and ask Stinky, Don't you think that it is inappropriate to be taking a $4 million vacation when so many Americans are suffering economically?
Remember how the 2 Bush presidents either went to Camp David or their own homes. They did not spend nearly $4mill on a vacation. Although I'm sure that other disciples of Alinsky are quite proud as the band played on...! And the deck chairs were rearranged, no icebergs in sight...?