I think it is absurd for people to be criticizing Obama for doing something every other president has done in the past [Obama's Vacation Plans Not Out of the Ordinary, usnews.com]. Plus, I believe President Bush set the record for vacation taken by a president, but this kind of hypocrisy is expected from Republicans. Seriously—criticize a president for his policies, but every hardworking family deserves a vacation. Besides, even a vacation is not really a vacation for a president. He isn't in Washington, but he is being briefed several times a day and is still making decisions. Seriously, give it a rest.
Comment by Jill of IN
We are experiencing very, very hard times in this country and for the first family to take a weeklong vacation at the cost of more than two times my annual income is disgusting! I wish I knew how much security will cost. That would jack the cost of it probably up to five times my annual income. If you believe that the president will pay for his family's lodging, you are mistaken. The taxpayers will ultimately pay; we always do. How many vacations does that family need anyway? If I'm lucky, I take one a year, and when I can't afford it, I stay home. If I had the job of running this country, I would stay in Washington and take care of business. I often wonder if this family ever took a vacation before they could take vacations at taxpayer expense.
Comment by Joyce of NC
Presidents are not "common" people. They have privileges that most people do not have. They are "royalty" and are treated as such. So get real out there ... this is what we do in this country. We give our president the gift of a luxurious life. Obama is paying for his own lodging, which is very expensive, and he really does not have to pay a cent ... as far as Air Force One and the secret service agents, hey he still has those things regardless of where he is. Stop the nitpicking and grow up.
Comment by Carla of GA
I would like to see a detailed report on all of President Obama's work/vacation trips. Will the family trips cease once school starts for the girls or will we be paying for tutors for them so they can travel all over the world? While they are gone, do you think maybe I could take my grandchildren for a vacation at the White House? I have a feeling if Air Force One were parked for the rest of the year, we could put a big dent into our trillion-dollar deficit. How much did this administration inherit again? How much has it increased since they took over? Do we really still have a government of the people, by the people, and for the people?
Comment by Tommie Engle of MI