The White House press corps is reeling over theÂ latest vacation President Obama is taking over the long President's Day weekend in Port St Lucie Florida. While Mr Obama is spending this three day weekend golfing with friends and associates, such as Tiger Woods, in Florida, Michelle and the girls are snow skiing in Colorado. Since the President doesn't snow ski, he decided to take a break in sunny and warm Florida and he has granted limited to no access to members of the press as he enjoys the sand, golfing and sun in Florida.
Everyone deserves a vacation, but this is just another vacation that comes mostly at the expense of taxpayers. While Obama is responsible to pick up the tab for his personal expenses such as accommodations, meals, gifts and other personal expenses, the cost of transportation such as flying Air Force One at a price tag of $184,000 per hour, security measures, secret service expenses, their transportation costs and anything else is at the expense of United States taxpayers. So most of the cost of any vacation for the President and his family comes out of our pockets.
We don't knwo if the President has an secret meetings planned with anyone or if he simply wants to relax without the press bothering him, but it is a little odd for Obama not to allow his every move to be photographed and studied. One does wonder if the State Run Media will ever get the message they are just being used for the purpose of making the President look good. Maybe more incidents such as this will make them wise up.
Read about President Obama's secret vacation in Florida from Politico below:
The White House press corps is expressing frustration over its lack of access this weekend to President Obama, who was on a golfing vacation in Florida.
Ed Henry, the Fox News correspondent and president of theÂ White House Correspondents Association, released a statement Sunday evening in which he said the press corps had been given no access to the president, who was joined on his outing by star golfer Tiger Woods, and that the WHCA would fight for greater transparency in the days ahead.
"Speaking on behalf of the White House Correspondents Association, I can say a broad cross section of our members from print, radio, online and TV have today expressed extreme frustration to me about having absolutely no access to the President of the United States this entire weekend," Henry said in a statement, relayed in a White House pool report. "There is a very simple but important principle we will continue to fight for today and in the days ahead: transparency."
The White House responded to Henry's complaint in a statement from Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest, also included in the pool report.
"The press access granted by the White House today is entirely consistent with the press access offered for previous presidential golf outings," Earnest said. "It's also consistent with the press access promised to the White House Press Corps prior to arrival in Florida on Friday evening."