President Obama set for Hawaii vacation estimated to cost taxpayers $4-million
Wed, 05 Dec 2012 22:02:45 GMT —
Few would begrudge the President of the United States some well-earned down time.
But with the "Fiscal Cliff" looming in coming weeks...and millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet...the Obama's choice of location and the expense of being there is causing many to shake their heads.
Every year since he has been President, the Obamas take a big holiday trip to Hawaii.
According to the Hawaii Reporter, residents living near the beachfront homes where President Barack Obama and First Family vacation with their friends every year since 2008 were alerted on Monday to some specifics of the Obama's holiday vacation plans.
In a matter of weeks, Kailua residents will see the familiar street barricades fronted by U.S. Secret Service agents and Navy Seals and the U.S. Coast Guard stationed in canal and ocean waters.
With the staff, special forces, local police presence and equipment, the President's visit adds up annually to at least a $4 million vacation courtesy of the Hawaii and federal taxpayers.
While the President and his friends pay for their own rental homes, taxpayers pick up the cost of security and waterfront housing for the Secret Service, Navy Seals and Coast Guard as well as staff accommodations at a plush beachfront Waikiki hotel.
The President, who spent some of his childhood years in Hawaii, brings his wife, two daughters, Sasha and Malia, with dog Bo in tow, each holiday season. They settle into the small town community known for its spectacular sparkling beaches, warm turquoise ocean, rolling surf, country shops and restaurants and friendly people.
The homes where they stay are just a two-minute drive from Kaneohe Bay and the Marine Corps Base Hawaii, where the Obamas and friends can access private white sand beaches and military workout facilities.
Writers at the Inquisitor website question not so much the price tag, but the timing: "Now weâ??re not saying President Obama shouldnâ??t take a good, long vacation, even if it is on our dime. But canâ??t he wait until after the fiscal cliff deal is done? With the GOP rejection, itâ??s probable that the POTUS will cancel his holiday, but if he thought his initial offering would be enough to satisfy a bipartisan agreement, he was sorely mistaken. Maybe, a little arrogant."
Do you think the President and his family should postpone or cancel their Hawaiian vacation? In light of the "Fiscal Cliff" showdown, and millions of Americans struggling financially, is an estimated $4-million vaca the right thing to do?