Remember Obama’s advice for families with tight budgets?
If you’re a family trying to cut back, you might skip going out to dinner, you might put off a vacation.
(Reports that Obama said this through a mouthful of Waygu steak could not be verified.)
So. Total cost of Obama’s Christmas vacation to Hawaii: over $4 million. The Hawaii Reporter has the breakdown.
Hey, you don’t want it to be a schlock affair. And I demand nothing but the best accommodations for the President’s staff:
The President’s staff and White House Press Corps stay at one of Hawaii’s oldest and most elegant hotels, the Moana Surfrider. Hawaii Reporter confirmed they are again staying there this year. Besides its stunningly beautiful view of Waikiki, and its traditional architecture, it is one of the most pricey hotels in the state.
Michelle doesn’t want to wait for Barack to fix the nation’s budget problems, so she is going early. Extra cost, about $100,000:
The President and his family are traveling separately to Hawaii because he wants resolve the payroll tax cut issue before leaving Washington – and his wife does not want to wait. . . . Mrs. Obama’s early flight to Hawaii costs about $63,000 (White House Dossier), but add security and personnel for a total of about $100,000.
Not included in their breakdown: the cost of keeping everyone’s lodgings warm enough to grow orchids.
With an unprecedented fiscal crisis, and a president telling normal families to forego vacations, some might argue that it is the height of arrogance to charge the taxpayers extra money to travel separately, or to have the staff stay in the very fanciest hotels.
Carpers. These people just don’t understand Obama’s “flinty Chicago toughness.”
Thanks to Dana.