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Barack Obama Is Taking A 17 Day Vacation Even As America Falls Apart All Around Him

What in the world is Barack Obama thinking?  The United States of America is falling apart all around him, and yet he decides to take a 17 day Hawaiian vacation.  Does he even understand that he is the leader of the free world?  Does he even understand that this country is mired in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression?  Last year, a similar Hawaiian vacation by the Obamas ending up costing more than 1 million dollars.  Other than when I was in school, I don’t remember ever taking a 17 day vacation.  In fact, most Americans do not even get 17 vacation days for an entire year.  Yet the Obamas seem to think that part of occupying the White House is to take as many vacations as possible.  It has been reported that Michelle Obama spent over 10 million dollars of U.S. taxpayer money on vacations during just one recent 12 month period alone.  It would be one thing if they were taking these vacations at a time when America was thriving, but the truth is that the U.S. is facing one crisis after another right now.  Our debt is now over 15 trillion dollars.  If you can believe it, the U.S. government has not been operating under an approved budget for over 900 days.  More Americans fell into poverty last year than ever before.  More Americans are on food stamps than ever before.  An average of 23 manufacturing facilities were shut down every single day in the United States last year.  According to one recent report, only 7 percent of Americans that lost their jobs during the recession have “made it back” to where they were before the recession.  So perhaps Barack Obama should spend more time doing his job rather than taking extended vacations.

During this holiday season, tens of millions of American families are suffering horribly.  Any sane president would realize that this is not the time to be gallivanting off to Hawaii again.  The following short excerpt comes from a recent article in the Daily Mail…..

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.

But this is not just one isolated incident.  Obama has taken a whole bunch of vacations since he moved into the White House.  According to the New York Post, Barack Obama enjoyed a total of 10 separate vacations that stretched over a total of 90 vacation days during the years of 2009 and 2010.

In addition, Obama managed to find time for 29 rounds of golf during his first two years in office.

But reportedly the biggest “vacation junkie” of all in the Obama family is Michele Obama.

The following shocking excerpt comes from a different Daily Mail article….

The First Lady is believed to have taken 42 days of holiday in the past year, including a $375,000 break in Spain and a four-day ski trip to Vail, Colorado, where she spent $2,000 a night on a suite at the Sebastian hotel.

And the first family’s nine-day stay in Martha’s Vineyard is also proving costly, with rental of the Blue Heron Farm property alone costing an estimated $50,000 a week.

The source continued: ‘Michelle also enjoys drinking expensive booze during her trips. She favours martinis with top-shelf vodka and has a taste for rich sparking wines.

‘The vacations are totally Michelle’s idea. She’s like a junkie. She can’t schedule enough getaways, and she lives from one to the next – all the while sticking it to hardworking Americans.’

During such hard economic times, how can Michelle Obama justify spending over 10 million dollars of U.S. taxpayer money on luxurious vacations?

The American people expect a president to be at the White House working night and day to solve the problems of this nation.

Sure, it would definitely be understandable to take a day or two off here and there, but the truth is that the president should be one of the hardest working people in the country.

Instead, Obama just seems to do less and less the longer that he is in the White House.  In fact, there have been numerous reports that Barack Obama barely even interacts with members of his own party in Congress anymore.

Our country is literally falling apart and we have a total lack of leadership at the top.

Sadly, there does not appear to be much hope on the horizon at the moment.

Right now, Newt Gingrich is leading the race for the Republican nomination.  If he wins the nomination, the American people will have a choice between two candidates that are almost identical in 2012.  The sad truth is that Newt Gingrich is not a conservative, and he never will be.  Rather, he is a big time establishment stooge that would keep marching America down the same road that Bush and Obama have been taking us.  When you sit down and really compare the Obama agenda to the Gingrich agenda, you will quickly find that they are almost entirely identical.  If the Republican Party nominates Newt Gingrich, it will be a complete and utter disgrace.

The reality is that we desperately need real leadership and real solutions.  Europe is on the verge of a massive financial meltdown.  If things take a wrong turn, we could easily be looking at a financial crisis even worse than the one we saw back in 2008.

Many in the mainstream media are using the word “recovery” now that the official unemployment has fallen to 8.6%, but as Mac Slavo recently pointed out, the real rate of unemployment is still up around 22 percent.

The official government numbers assume that 315,000 Americans “left the labor force” in November.  At a time when our population is constantly expanding, that seems like a shaky assumption at best.

The reality, as many of you out there are experiencing, is that times are hard and millions of Americans are becoming increasingly desperate.

For example, just check out what happened in the Sacramento area recently.  One church was hit by copper thieves three nights in row….

Members of a Carmichael church that had been targeted by copper thieves for two nights in a row managed to help nab the suspected thieves when the greedy pair returned for a third night.

Nobody is off limits for thieves these days.  If you can believe it, people are even stealing food from food pantries now.

This country is in a massive amount of economic trouble, and we desperately need some solutions.

But perhaps we should be thankful that Obama is taking so many vacations.

After all, just about everything he has done so far has ended up making things even worse.

Perhaps it is better if he simply does nothing at all.

But at some point this country is going to need real leadership and real solutions.

So what do all of you think?

Do you think that there is any hope for this country on the horizon?

  • Bob

    I seem to recall a ranch down in Crawford, TX that was the vacation place for the WHOLE MONTH of August every ******* year for EIGHT years!How about Dubya’s wife touring Europe with her daughter on our tab. The big difference? The Bushes are white folk and we know what that means to the bigots – just can’t stand a black family in the White House.
    BTW – I am white.

    • Michael

      If you read the rest of the articles on this site, you will see that I am very, very, very hard on George W. Bush.

      I don’t give anyone a pass just because there is an “R” or a “D” next to their name.


    • Jeremy

      Please, shut up with the bigot talk. We hate (with a capital H) this man’s policies.

      And it was soooo important that we now know you are white. Thanks for clarifying that you are not a bigot like ourselves, and are fair and balanced.

    • BenjiK

      The use of skin color as a crutch is equally as racist as using it in a derogatory manner. Obama has, and continues to be, judged according to his policies, ideals, actions or lack-there-of. Secondly, for all of G.W. Bushes’ faults, and we can agree he had many, there is no amount of finger-pointing or blame that can detract from the failure that is the Obama administration. Unfortunately, “blaming Bush” has absolutely no consequence on our current problems, nor will it be a remedy for the troubled, uncertain future we as a nation face.

      • DehliaLopez

        Look you can write whatever you want to write on this blog but the truth is well known on this point. No one blamed Bush until you and others started blaming the current President of taking what 14 days of vacation? While I might add, the Bushes were in Texas for a month in Crawford during huge problems with the war, hide the bodies of dead soldiers coming home so the American people would not see them. Our current problems started if you want to tell the truth seven or more years ago, BEFORE our current President even chose to enter the race. Stop it! Its common sense, BUSH DID bring two wars with his Administration to this country based on lies, in hopes of getting reelected or another GOP member elected. We understand truth, we cannot condone lies.

    • ScoutMotto

      Bob, playing the race card is the most shallow assessment of people’s motives anymore. Are you a government employee, by chance?

    • DehliaLopez

      THANK YOU BOB! While I did not say it was for a whole month, I am glad someone else besides me recognized it. Thanks you, Dubai folks! Let me commend you for your post. Makes sense to me.

  • Phone Guy

    This is political suicide for Obama. Interestingly enough, when I Googled “Obama vacation” none of the mainstream media groups had anything about this vacation. The word needs to get out that our “president” is taking an excessive vacation during a turbulent time in our country.

    The Obama’s do not care about America at all, they are simply using the Presidential office as a status symbol.

    • DehliaLopez

      Coward, yes, and what? He needs to return because you do not like him on vacation??? Bush and his family seemed to be in Crawford or Midland Texas all the time, BUT NO ONE said a word.He was the one who changed the bills we are living through now. Have you not see how the man rarely is seen anywhere in public to remind the American people? If Romney was the President with his side kick you would be harping on his about something else. We are in trouble and have been for almost seven years! NO ONE, not one person took it seriously then. Bush sabotaged the job market, Obama had nothing to do with that. Bush sent the jobs away by outsourcing them. NO ONE said anything then. Stop BLAMING the Obama’s for your personal problems!!

  • tappedops

    Alice— i didnt kill the guy in the street… the hit and run driver did… all i did was step over him…

    I cant sum it up any better than this…

    “When I get mad
    And I get pissed
    I grab my pen
    And I write out a list
    Of all the people
    That won’t be missed
    You’ve made my ******list” chick band (L7)

    only can we change the ***********list to hitlist…

    • DehliaLopez

      Yeah, whatever . . .

  • Alice Maxwell

    Usually the “vacations” that our president takes are just getting away from Washington trips and the whole staff that aids the president waits to see who will be tapped to go too. That is what sets the agenda for the “study break”.

    Being the leader of the USA is a dreadful responsibility. First you enter the office not knowing what is really going on and then when you are “briefed” you have to decide if you are being given the right info. This is where your advisors and old friends come in. Then you must discuus ad infintum all the ramifications of what is being proposed and then you must work with Congress.

    Too many of us are quick to complain and yet few of us will ever have to bear such burdens.

    It is time that the so called “public” stand back and look really at what is happening. None of the crisis we have been through are the work of one man or one stint in the White House. They are cumulative, from millions of past actions, many of them downright stupid because many people are downright stupid even in our own neighborhoods.

    We are becoming ungovernable because too many do not recognize their own shortcomings, accept responsibility for their own foolishness, but always want someone in charge to rescue them.

    In the early days of our government, people were more reasonable because they had to provide for themselves…there were no government handouts those days! In the last 80 years, we have been constructing a nightmare of administration which we call the Fed…both the government and the so called central banking system. Both work to get the money to us all under fantastically difficult circumstances and yet so many are angry about it!

    Frankly, the only way we will get people to start thinking rationally again is to watch it all disappear …that will wake everyone up as it did Europe and Asia after WWII.

    I did not vote for Obama but the man needs timeoff with his family. He doesn’t even get weekends with them alone in that People’s Palace we call the White House, a virtual beehive of activity 24 hours a day! It is enough to drive anyone mad without the breaks!

  • matt weidner

    Ron Paul is the only hope…..

    • DehliaLopez

      Sorry, no thanks.That is what they said about John Edwards, and Mitt Romney. So close to the thrown and still never voted in? Wow, what’s up with that?

  • sensetti

    I’m glad he is on vacation he cant f anything up. Lets give him a twelve month vacation and when he returns we will give him a pink slip

  • Georgiaboy61

    Re: “I am disappointed about the lack of respect for our President Obama from most of you. He didn’t cause the economic problems that we are now experiencing.” Obama is in office illegally, in violation of article II, section I, clause V of the onstitution, aka the natural born citizen clause, as his father was a Kenyan. Obama himself has committed numerous felonies, before and during his time in office. As for our economic problems, Obama didn’t start them – but seems intent upon finishing them – and us!

    Re: “I don’t agree with some of his policies either, but he is still our President…” Speak for yourself; he isn’t “my president” and never will be. I fear the power he commands so lawlessly, but I will never respect him, not now, not ever. He belongs in prison, breaking rocks at hard labor.

    PatriotAlice, you seem to believe that the office of the president deserves our respect, and perhaps you believe that Congress and the courts deserve the same. I used to think that, before our nation was hijacked by a criminal cabal intent upon tearing up the constitution and enslaving us. The government itself is the biggest breaker of laws in this nation today.
    You might say “I love my country but fear my government.” With rare exception, almost every federal judge, official, Congressman/woman, and member of the senior military brass, have failed to uphold their constitutional duties. I’ll once again rspect and honor our govt. when it has proven itself worthy of that respect. Until then, I hold them in contempt…

    • DehliaLopez

      Wow, why is it that so few of us see this Georgiaboy61?It seems that so many today want to blame someone, instead of themselves. They mistreat people of color because we have been in this situation a majority of our lives and live accordingly. Others with their boats, expensive cars, big houses, vacation packages are the ones loosing out. How is that the fault of the poor, minorities, blacks, Hispanics, women, the Clinton’s> Then in my neighborhood, I hear whites, Russians, and all the others who the US brought over here from that country to live act like they are better than the American people who were born and raised here? Maybe we should kick them all out and back to Russia, and the other countries.

      Kick them all back to the countries they came from, and jut do not allow anyone into the country expect those born here? Then would it be a little better? Of course, at least in the job market.

      Outsourcing jobs to other countries were the Bushes big trick while in office. Jeb, sorry yes, we have had just about enough of you and your family in the White House. You cannot even get in it so don;t even try it.They do not follow the laws here, do whatever they want to do. If the truth is really known, many would not be happy.

  • Dark Knight

    Your real good friend and the greatest President you ever had screwed things up before Our current President took over…. You remember George W Bush or W? All I’m seeing is pure hate thrown at this man because of his race. The man is trying to truly fix this country…… I’ve never heard such hateful and terrible things spoken about our President. The man is truly trying to get past race and help all of us…. I love America and want things to change. We need to pull together and help one another during these trying times….

  • ScoutMotto

    Is this vacation of his what “hope and change” looks like? Is a wasteful spending of our tax money what he promised in 2008?

  • joe

    oh my my…what is this barry o’bummer ever doing showing off in public and leeching off the folks of America. my my… barry o’ bummer

  • Stephen

    The President deserves a vacation. His plan to destroy America is working better than he could have ever hoped for. No one is stupid enough to make the decisions he has made unless their objective is to intentionally punish America.

    For those of you that ask the questions: Why would he want to destroy America or what motive he would have to punish this country? I believe he is quite happy to go down in history as the black man that finally punished America for being founded in slavery.

    • DehliaLopez

      Wow, how much time did it take for you to come up that lie?

  • Celia

    I think people forget the sad state the country was in before Mr. Obama became president. I know for a fact, because one of the companies we had to bail out because they are “too big to fail” has most of my retirement funds.

    For those who think 17 days are too excessive, how many vacation days did you take this year? How many did not take a vacation because of the economy or because others in the nation are suffering? I say good for Mr. Obama – he deserves it.

    • DehliaLopez

      Celia, right on. I thank you for remind these morons what the world really looked like after the Crawford swagger and his cronies left this county. They were the ones robbing the country and the world blind. All of the oil they got and the Halliburton deals made? And they have nerve to rant about a president taking a vacation? What I find funny is all of the tricks the GOP paid on the President in his first term, not wanting to see him succeed, BACKFIRED!! They lost, they lost BIG, and they cannot stand it.

  • liberranter

    Quite honestly, I’d rather have this assclown (or any other sock puppet occupant of the Imperial Palace) on permanent vacation. Much better they be off ******************* somewhere than serving as an active front for the crimes of the Reigning Elite who pull the strings.

    Ditto for that gang of criminal buffoons across town on Crapitol Hill.

    • DehliaLopez

      You are sad man. Really sad. OWEbama, flying around the country really? You are ignorant, white, a raciest, and you need to get over that. YOUR men, Fred where not voted in for the same reason you are here ranting and raving. A bunch of lairs who finally got caught in their own game. The American people saw and knew this.

  • Imaplaneiac

    OWEbama has been flying around the country campaigning for MONTHS ( instead of doing what he’s paid to do ); reading speeches from his telepromters! All this has apparently exausted him!

  • Carl Nemo **==

    Although this may sound racist, Obama is the quintessential example of an “Uncle Tom”.

    He’s simply a plug-in module to fill the gap between ‘rethuglican’ presidencies; I.E., the flagship party of the wealthy class.

    G.W. Bush/Cheney were so bad that this silver-tongued, Mr. “change we can believe in guy” came along at the right time, only to snooker us all in November 2008. He’s a CIA engineered, “Manchurian Candidate”; I.E., the right man at the right time to provide triage to a wounded, desperate populace…NOT!

    Check into his family’s CIA connections, so too his Barry Soetoro background before he was reincarnated as Barack Obama.

    This guy is phony as a blue three dollar bill and merely a running dog for his shadowy oligarch, corpo-fascist controllers.

    He doesn’t give-a-care ‘jack’ for America’s plight. He’s a ‘made man’ and he an his family are enjoying their stay in the White House on the public’s dime and time.

    This guy, although simply a pawn is not a friend of “We the People”. Seemingly from his less than proactive leadership, hates us…no?

    Carl Nemo **==

    • DehliaLopez

      No, not raciest but your green horns are showing Carl. It seems to just kill folks like you that the Obama’s have their own money and can spend whatever they want. Wake up! There are more like them around.Stop acting like in 2013, African American are dependent on the government for their survival. Its really the other way around. Driving through many neighborhoods, minorities are not the ones I see hanging out on the street.

  • Mike

    You people are rediculous and obviously believe every single thing that you are told. This is obviously a completely right wing position to this news story and I am sure much of the truth is stretched. First, I’m sure that Obama’s cabinet members will be in Hawaii as well and they will more than likely be working every day… come on.. he is the president.. are you people really that stupid… he can’t just turn his back on America and forget about us for 17 days… you people are blind if you actually believe that… Furthermore, I would like to see some actual proof that Michelle Obama spent 10 million dollars of TAXPAYER money on vacations. Really?? The IRS would be all over that… Come on people… really? Perhaps, they used some of their own money for these so called vacations… perhaps she was campaigning for healthier food in schools like she has been doing…. It is easy to just believe everything that you hear… That is what the majority of America does… obviously.. It is far more difficult to actually look into the accusations…. because we are coming up to election year.. which means there are campaigns… and more often than not campaigns that stretch the truth… take statements out of context…. and in many cases blatantly lie…. Its about time to think logically and not just believe what a right wing news agency says… LETS GET SMART

    • DehliaLopez

      Auh, I hear friend, except it is easler to pick on people like the Obamas because they have their own money, and most are not used to African American’s having it. So they would rather claim that the Obama’s are taking from the American people? What?

  • Mike

    Georgiaboy you are an idiot… It was proven a long time ago that Obama is a natural born citizen… It is extremely easy just say that somebody comitted numerous felonies, and violated a certain part of the U.S. Constitution, but all of your accusations mean nothing without actual proof…. Come on, really? He provided his birth certificate!! And I’m sure that someone like you would simply say… “Well it would be easy for him to forge that.” Come on, your not intelligent just because you can read the Constitution… You are actually naive because you believe information that has been proven wrong… Furthermore, prove to me or anyone that Obama has comitted numerous felonies, because I’ve looked up his record and there is no evidence to support your rediculous claim… Anyone can read and cite the U.S. Constitution, your not special and you are far from an authority on the subject.

  • Mike

    Wow Carl Nemo… your so poetic in your writing… So you actually believe that Obama is a Manchurian-like Candidate that only cares about the wealthy class… What about the tax law that he created cutting taxes for the middle class (majority of America) and raising taxes for the wealthy… I don’t think that you actually listen to his speeches or look at his policies before you write a creative poem to spread propaghanda. Elaborate on his family’s CIA connections would you? Because I believe that you are simply doing what most other people do..which I will illustrate now…”Yeah my dad told me that Obama’s a Kenyan Homosexual and thats why he’s letting gays in the military.. to cover up the fact that he’s not even a true American!” Don’t forget to read that little story in a southern accent. Goodness, I think I’ve heard that before…. from people that listen to everything they are told and then use the art of creative writing to make it sound not only true but make it sound like they actually came up with it.

    • Carl Nemo **==

      Mike, from your raving rant, you must be an apologist for the ‘regime’, working feverishly at your keyboard in the third sub-basement of the CIA to support this failed ‘plug-in’ module for a ‘preznit’…no? / : |

      Rest assured good buddy your entire world paradigm is smoke and mirrors provided by cunning oligarchs and their low level operatives such as Obama & Co, so too in other nations on earth.

      When some web entity such as yourself hammers our three desperate posts with a weak, raving rebuttal, then seemingly comments from myself and others are getting far closer to the truth…no? : )

      Carl Nemo **==

      • DehliaLopez

        Wow, did he strike a nerve Carl???

  • View from Abroad

    Well, have you ever thought about the possibility, that Bill Hicks was just right – whoever ist elected ‘President’ is not able to change ANYTHING AT ALL?

    “A handful, a very small elite, run and own these corporations, which include the mainstream media. I have this feeling that whoever is elected president, like Clinton was, no matter what you promise on the campaign trail ‘blah, blah, blah’ when you win, you go into this smoke-filled room with the twelve industrialist capitalist scum-******* who got you in there. And you’re in this smoky room, and this little film screen comes down, and a big guy with a cigar goes, ‘Roll the film.’ And it’s a shot of the Kennedy assassination from an angle you’ve never seen before, that looks suspiciously like it’s from the grassy knoll. And then the screen goes up and the lights come up, and they go to the new president, ‘Any questions?’ ‘Er, just what my agenda is.’ ‘First we bomb Baghdad.’ ‘You got it!'”

    (Bill Hicks)

    So, why not enjoy the job?

    • Carl Nemo **==

      Great imagery View from Abroad and closer to the truth than you or anyone else could possibly imagine or realize.

      The trouble with the Obama is he’s not subtle about being simply a plug-in module. : ))

      Carl Nemo **==

    • DehliaLopez

      You forgot to add Romeny.

  • Nam Marine

    Time to impeach the HNIC !

  • Olle

    Americans do not even get 17 vacation days for an entire year. WTF. That’s slavery. I’m from Sweden an we have 5 weeks vecation.

    • Carl Nemo **==

      Americans are the hardest working people on the planet when comes to hours worked per week, lack of vacation days and ‘benefits’ proffered by their penurious, ever-greedy, employers.

      Sweden is great place to live and play regardless of the tax consequences. Enjoy your freedom and percs my Swedish friend in thought!

      Carl Nemo **==

  • Airborne71

    I don’t know what agenda the author is in reference to concerning Newt Gingrich . Newt is not a Socialist. I see avast difference between BHO and Newt . As far as I am concerned ANYBODY but obama. We tried the hope changy thing and it failed badly. Lets go back to someone who knows how washington really works and start from there. At the very least Newt won’t be out golfing every day .

    • Carl Nemo **==

      “At the very least Newt won’t be out golfing every day.” …extract from post

      Nah, Newt will be seated on his Presidential ‘throne’/office chair with an endless line of nubile, female, presidential groupies looking to sink his two balls in the side pocket of their jawline…no? / : |

      Newt Gingrich is the quintessential example of an exploitive, chauvinist pig…plain and simple and cannot be trusted with the ‘keys to the kingdom’…believe it!

      Carl Nemo **==

  • Andretti

    The US People need to send that President back to his Home Country, Kenya…..
    He is raping the US Economy and destroying the independence of all Americans.
    He and His Wife spends millions of dollars on a vacation at the taxapayers expense and thinks nothing of it…….WAKE UP AMERICANS — OR YOU WILL SOON BE OWNED BY ANOTHER COUNTRY.
    AND your President my end up being the new Sudam Hussien……

  • Andretti

    The US People need to send that POWER HUNGRY President back to his Home Country, Kenya…..He is raping the US Economy and destroying the independence and wealth of all Americans.He and His Wife spends millions of dollars on a vacation at the taxapayers expense and thinks nothing of it…….WAKE UP YOU AMERICANS — OR YOU WILL SOON BE OWNED BY ANOTHER COUNTRY. AND your President might end up being the new Sudam Hussien……

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