The Drudge Report (see picture) brought this to my attention. Amazing, simply amazing — especially in light of recent news articles like this one. Imagine if George W. Bush took this many vacations. From the Washington Times:
President Obama leaves for Martha’s Vineyard on Saturday for still another vacation. The Government Accountability Institute calculates that Mr. Obama spends twice as much time at leisure than on policy briefings. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, considering the policies. Nevertheless, we’re paying a lot for a debt to pleasure.
Nobody begrudges a president a little time off, but we’re paying $2 million for a comfortable holiday on Cape Cod, the Massachusetts summer retreat of the wealthy elites. As in medieval times, when the court attended the sovereign wherever he traveled, the White House entourage always tags along, another source of public expense. The nearest hotel charges up to $345 per night. Motel 6 digs won’t do for this president’s royal staff.
Mr. Obama, who constantly warns of the widening gap between rich and poor, is staying in the $7 million mansion of a rich Chicago campaign contributor. “Social tensions will rise,” the president warned last month, “as various groups fight to hold on to what they have, or start blaming somebody else for why their position isn’t improving.” It’s clear what side of the wealth gap he prefers to live on.