Apparently, the budget sequester has not hampered the Obama's from enjoying what they seem to do best and that is, taking vacations. So far this year, members of the First Family have taken at least one vacation a month while enjoying the perks of tight security and exclusivity paid for by you and I, the US taxpayer. While personal accommodations and personal expenses have to be paid for by the First Family, the bulk of the cost which includes secure transportation, Secret Service Security and additional accommodations for those Secret Service personnel and their transportation as well as military transports for any additional vehicles needed by the security team, all comes out of taxpayer's pockets.
No member of the First Family can travel away from Washington DC and not have it cost millions of dollars due to all the added expenses mentioned earlier. In a time of economic hardships and President Obama traveling around the country, also at taxpayers expense, vilifying the wealthy as the cause of those economic hardships and also telling whoever will listen to his propaganda that we had to cut multiple programs because of budget sequestration, it is certainly curious that the First Family seems to care little about spending money that doesn't belong to them.
While high paid CEOs are taken to task about their enormous salaries and for enjoying the perks of an executive career that comes out of their own salaries, the President and his family can travel around the world with apparently no regard as to how much it costs. That, as determined by the State Run Media, is off limits.
Check out more from the Weekly Standard about the First Family taking a vacation a month mostly at taxpayer's expense:
In the first three months of the year, members of the first family have been on three vacations, averaging a vacation a month. And now it's being reported that the first daughters are on a spring break vacation in the Bahamas.
The Obamas began the new year in Hawaii. "President Obama departed Hawaii this morning for Washington, after spending NINE days vacationing with family and friends in his native state. Hereâ€™s a quick look at how he spent his vacation," ABC reported on January 6, 2013.
"Obama played FIVE rounds of golf with SEVEN different partners, spending roughly THIRTY hours on TWO different courses on Oahu.Â The president made FIVE early morning trips to the gym at the nearby Marine Base at Kaneohe Bay.Â The First Family spent TWO afternoons enjoying the beach on the base and went for ONE hike to a local waterfall.Â The president spent ONE father-daughter afternoon with Malia and Sasha, bowling and going out for shave ice, an annual tradition."
Then the first lady and their daughters vacationed in Aspen over President's Day weekend. "First Lady Michelle Obama arrived in Aspen on Friday afternoon and is here with her daughters for a ski vacation," Aspendailynews.com reported in February. "Few details about her trip were available. Sources said she is staying at the home of Jim and Paula Crown, owners of the Aspen Skiing Co. She is reportedly skiing at Buttermilk today, where the Crowns, of Chicago, own a home on the Tiehack side."
While the rest of the family was in Colorado, Obama went to Florida for a golf weekend. "It was not his motivation, certainly, but President Obama is honoring his modern predecessors on this Presidentsâ€™ Day weekend by doing what many of them liked to do on breaks: chill out in Florida with the guys â€” including, in his case, one of golfâ€™s most famous guys, Tiger Woods," the New York Times reported in February.
And now it's being reported that the first daughters are on Spring Break in the Bahamas. "Sasha and Malia Obama are quietly vacationing at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, Breitbart News has learned," a report reads.
Of course, there's no reason to begrudge the first family for enjoying a good vacation. But at a time when the White House is closed to the public, it all might seem a little odd.