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I guess that fraud, waste and abuse are not vital news interests when Democrats are in the White House. And, make no mistake about it, since getting reelected, the Obamas have averaged a vacation a month!
UPDATE: The White House has confirmed the report was removed on their request.
From Kristina Schake, Communications Director to the First Lady:
From the beginning of the administration, the White House has asked news outlets not to report on or photograph the Obama children when they are not with their parents and there is no vital news interest. We have reminded outlets of this request in order to protect the privacy and security of these girls.
Its only March, but the Obama family has welcomed the new year by carving out some real, quality family time. In the first three months of the year, the Obama family has taken three vacations. The trips, at considerable taxpayer expense, come at a time Obama has threatened severe cuts to government services as a result of sequestration. To save money on Secret Service, for example, Obama has canceled public, self-guided tours of the White House. The added Secret Service costs for Obama's vacations, however, are likely far higher than any savings from scrapping the tours.
The Obamas rang in the new year during a long holiday in Hawaii. In February, the family jetted to Aspen for a ski getaway. While his family was there, Obama flew to Florida for a "guys' weekend" of golf with celebrities like Tiger Woods. Obama's golf getaway alone was estimated to cost around $1 million, or about half the savings achieved by canceling the White House tours.
It should also be noted that, since the President and his family decided on separate vacations for Presidents Day weekend, the costs for Secret Service would be considerably higher than if they vacationed together.
Breitbart News reported Monday that the First Daughters, Sasha and Malia, were spending Spring Break with friends at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. It is unknown whether Michelle and Barack will join their daughters in the Bahamas, or if the family will vacation somewhere else for Easter.
Preparations are already underway for the Obamas' summer trip to Martha's Vineyard. That trip is only a little more than four months away. The family will certainly be in need of another get-away by then.
My last TDY trip was in support of an exercise in another state, too close to fly, but far enough to drive so a rental was authorized. Since I was going to be driving quite a bit, and the subcompact that I requested was not available at the rental office (I'd have had to go a couple of hours out of my way to another office to pick up the car), I opted for an upgrade to a compact, for an additional cost to the government of $15. That expense was disallowed, and I had to pay it out of pocket. I've had subordinates have similar issues, and it's hard for me to explain to them that we're in tight financial straights when the First Family goes off for jaunts at the drop of a hat on the taxpayers' dime. Biden's Paris/London trip was another example of the kind of waste that only liberals who love spending other peoples' money can incur.