Believe me, I don't begrudge the POTUS a break from the White House once in a while. It's got to be a stressful job. Playing golf a couple of times a month isn't going to cut it, especially if the rest of the family has to sit in the White House biding their time while Barry's out hitting the links. It's understandable that the Obamas need a little time away from that big, old house in DC to partake in a little R&R. It's the least we can give them as a great, big "thank you" for all BHO has been doing for us these past 18 months.
Now let's see...here's the Obama's vacation itinerary since March 2010:
The author of the article above forgot to mention the Obama's vacation to North Carolina in April:The summer started with a Memorial Day weekend trip to Chicago; the family went to the Camp David presidential retreat before July 4; they weekended in Maine, sightseeing in Acadia National Park, departing on July 16 and returning Sunday afternoon July 18. Mrs. Obama took her daughters and her mom, Marian Robinson, to Los Angeles in June. In March, over spring break, Mrs. Obama with her daughters, mom and some pals hit New York for a round of Broadway shows.
Obama and first lady Michelle Obama landed in the Blue Ridge Mountains and made a quick stop at Twelve Bones Smokehouse on the way to their resort. The White House said the first couple ate ribs, macaroni and cheese, greens, baked beans, corn bread and corn pudding and washed it down with sweet tea.
And then a short time later, they set about working off the meal; the Obamas went on a mountain hike and the president then hit the golf course.
Let's look at the calendar and check out the Obama's vacation itinerary for August and beyond:
I hear Spain is lovely in August.On the weekend of Aug. 14, the first family weekends on the Florida Gulf coast, part of an appeal by President Obama and the first lady to encourage gulf tourism in the wake of the BP oil spill. Between Aug. 19 and 29, the first family will vacation on Martha's Vineyard, where they spent part of last summer. No dates have been announced for the Spain trip.
While BHO spends his 49th birthday at the White House with Bo and Malia, Michelle and Sasha will be soaking up the sun on another summer vacation. It's being touted as a "private vacation" to Spain, with a visit to the monarchs thrown in for good measure.
While the trip is being described as "private," "while in Spain, Mrs. Obama will pay an official visit to Their Majesties King Juan Carlos and Queen Sophia of Spain at their invitation," the White House said, with the activities to be closed to the press."Private", huh?
Since many of you ask when there are stories about presidential vacation travel: Mrs. Obama always flies on a U.S. government plane; she pays "personal expenses" herself. Her friends are not flying with her. She will travel with "minimal" staff.What are the "personal expenses"? Meals? Drinks? Taxi cabs? Is she paying for that goverment plane?
Does that mean Michelle is personally picking up the tab for all of those rooms at the Villia Padierna?
Despite the unusual choice of holiday destination, Mrs Obama, who will be on the Costa del Sol between 4 and 8 August with nine-year-old Sasha, has reserved 30 rooms at a five-star hotel.
It is thought Mrs Obama has booked the rooms at the prestigious Villa Padierna, a golf and spa resort located along the coast from Marbella.
With a reputation as Spain's most exclusive hotel, room prices start at 250 euros (£210) for a standard double and rise up to 5,000 euros (£4,175) for a private villa within the gardens.
I'm getting jet lag just writing this post.
And along with vacations galore, parties continue to rock the White House.
The unemployment rate is flirting with 10%, Americans have lost a big chunk of their savings, our national debt is in the trillions of dollars, our taxes are going up, our health and finances have been taken over by the Regime, we're in the midst of a major environmental tragedy and our troops are fighting 2 wars. I think a little sensitivity to the condition of the "great unwashed" is called for right now, after all, the royal POTUS family is partaking in their joviality at the expense of the "great unwashed". Maybe they could sacrifice just a little and limit the fuel mileage on that big ole' Air Force One. Maybe give the pilot a break for his vacation.
At least the mystery is over as to where the money Obama gets from ending the Bush Tax Cuts is going to go. Fill 'er up...time to start planning their 2011 vacation schedule...oh, and don't forget to order the wagyu beef. And a thought just crossed my mind...I can't wait to see the big bash they throw for the POTUS's 50th birthday next August.
No, I don't begrudge them at all.