Another Vacation For Obama?
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
It seems our over-worked President is off on another vacation … this time for over two weeks – seventeen days, to be exact. It seems only yesterday he was on vacation in Massachusetts. Wait! That WAS earlier this year, but it was only eleven days at Martha’s Vineyard.
One would have to surmise that ruining a country is stressful for Obama. It must be all his leading from behind that does it.
Why do we not hear the cries “Imperial Presidency” from the Mainstream Media these days? Two reasons: Obama is not a republican – and -- Obama is a socialist democrat -- as is the bulk of the Mainstream Media.
Does Obama not realize there is a recession on? The man must be completely tone-deaf to the cries of the average American today. I mean, you would think a person running for President, especially a candidate who swears he is “fighting” for the middle class would be a tad more circumspect when it comes to grandiose vacations and such, but not Obama. You would think that candidate would also be circumspect about spending the taxpayer’s dollars when the country is broke, but again, not Obama.
Its as if the rules don’t apply to Obama. In his arrogance he comes across as being above all that. I mean, act with some class, for heaven’s sake!
People are hurting out here in fly-over country but our President is living it up at great expense to US taxpayers, the very same ones worried over how they are going to pay the rent, put groceries on the table, make the payments on their house or car, and yes – how they are going to afford gifts for their children this Christmas. NOT our illustrious President, however. He just flies over it all in that gorgeous 747 on his way to a tropical island state for a Hawaiian Christmas with his family… you know, the kind of Christmas vacation we all dream of … knowing full-well we will never realize that dream.
What is it with this guy? Is it that he knows he is a one term President with only a year left to enjoy all the perks of the office of President of the United States -- and his intention is to take advantage of all of them he possibly can? Frankly, I believe that is partly the answer. But I think there is more to it. I think he just doesn’t give a damn what you or I think about his extravagance in office.
“The President's family covers the cost of a private beach front residence in Kailua, Oahu, for their vacation - a ‘Winter White House’ that costs up to $3,500 a day, or $75,000 a month.
But the local and federal taxpayers help pay the bill for travel and security.
Last year the trip cost more than $1 million, according to the Hawaii Reporter.
It follows an 11-day stay in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, earlier this year, which is also believed to have cost the U.S. taxpayer millions.” (SOURCE)
Over the past few months there has been a plethora of commentaries about which is the worst President the United States has ever had – Jimmy Carter or Barack Obama. Having survived BOTH (so far) I have to tell you Obama leaves Jimmy Carter in the dust when it comes to a contest over which of them is America’s worst President. I mean, COME ON! At the very least, Jimmy Carter was humble. No one can call Obama “humble” with an iota of veracity.
Obama has spent America into the poorhouse while he wallows in the lap of luxury.
You have to wonder if Obama’s campaign has a public relations firm on the payroll. Somehow, I cannot see Obama accepting advice from any one, let alone acting upon that advice. The man’s lifestyle, as a public official, would be a nightmare for any public relations firm.
These days Mr. Obama comes across as a caricature of a cartoon politician (if that is possible). With his soaring oratory, his lifestyle, his total ineffectiveness as a national leader, and his rejection of a global leadership role, well, he appears to be a pretty fair public speaker – and not much else.
It has become as clear as crystal to the American voter that if America is to make it out of this mess, in which we currently find ourselves, then we desperately need someone, other than Obama, to take charge and lead.
Great nations make great mistakes. America made one in November of 2008. Now it is time to set the matter aright.
J. D. Longstreet