You can’t accuse the Obama’s of being frugal. First Lady Michelle decided she needed to squeeze in a few extra hours of vacation, so she and the girls took a separate jet to their vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, just hours ahead of the president. No doubt it cost quite a bit of money. But hey, who can blame her? Check out these $50K per week digs.
Must be nice. I wonder if they gave a thought to the thousands of people lined up for a job fair today. Probably not, they’re relaxing. President Obama and the girls hit a book store and he bought Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. How appropriate.
The Daily Mail has more on the Obama’s luxury vacation.
President Barack Obama’s much-maligned holiday vacation turned into an even bigger PR nightmare today as it emerged that he and his wife took separate government jets to Martha’s Vineyard just hours apart.
Michelle Obama was revealed to have arrived at the Massachusetts retreat, only 500 miles from Washington, four hours before her husband yesterday.
She was accompanied by their daughters Malia, 13, and Sasha, 10, and landed at around 2pm – four hours earlier than the President. …..
The costs related to Mrs Obama’s solo trip mainly include the flight on the specially designed military aircraft she took instead of Air Force One, as well as any extra staff and Secret Service that had to be enlisted to go with her.
She would also have had her own motorcade from the airport to her vacation residence.
The President had already drawn scorn for using two helicopters and Air Force One to get to Martha’s Vineyard. ….
The President arrived on this wealthy Massachusetts island retreat as the stock market plunged and a new poll showed just 11 per cent of Americans are happy with the way things are in the country.
He also drew fresh criticism from Sarah Palin for even going on the vacation while the country is in such a poor situation.
The President will be staying with his family at the Blue Heron Farm, a sprawling, $50,000-per-week estate with plenty of room for staff and Secret Service agents accompanying him on the trip.
The family are to spend 10 days in a rented compound.
Sarah Palin yesterday labelled Mr Obama ‘tone deaf’ for continuing with his holiday while America faces economic problems. (Read More)
It isn’t so much that they’re tone deaf, they just don’t care. They see themselves as part of the elite ruling class who deserve the best of things in life. This at the same time they vilify those who have worked hard, made wise investments and have earned enough wealth to afford such luxuries.
Update: Maggie’s Notebook linked – thanks!
Scared Monkeys linked – thanks!