While most Americans are lucky to get a few weeks of holiday every year, it seems the country’s leader gets a little more freedom in the matter.
President Barack Obama has announced his Christmas vacation to Hawaii – for a staggering 17-day trip.
Obama, who visited the island just two weeks ago for an economic summit, will head to Honolulu on Saturday December 17 until Monday January 2.
The president, who was raised in Hawaii until he was six, will be joined by his wife Michelle and their daughters, Malia, 13, and Sasha, 10.
The White House travel office announced the president has no public events scheduled for the trip.
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.
Obama announced the trip during a campaign fundraiser on Oahu’s Leeward Coast during his stay on the island last month.
As JammieWearingFool (source of the headline above) writes, “Can anyone tell us what’s he’s actually done since his last vacation in August? Other than fundraising, that is.”
There’s a saying: If you’re playing poker and you haven’t figured out within the first half-hour who the sucker is, you’re the sucker. Private sector union leadership is not quite yet at the point of realizing this: their comments and complaints about the White House’s decision to ‘delay’ the Keystone ethical oil pipeline give off the unmistakable aroma of what is really a quite shocking naivete. Not to mention a darkly humorous naivete, as well: these poor people think that they matter.
As with the PETA crowd and related Hollywood types such as Ellen DeGeneres and these lithesome twin Playboy Bunnies shocked at Obama’s decision to resume processing horses for food, where else are they going to go?