Time for some sequestration-scrutiny of Obama’s leisure time?

posted at 4:41 pm on March 7, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

It’s that time of year again — the time when the White House starts making preparations for the first family’s summer vacation. They skipped the usual Martha’s Vineyard visit last year in the heat of the campaign, but Politico reports that they’re returning to tradition this year:

President Obama and his family are likely headed to Martha’s Vineyard for a summer sojourn again this year.

A source tells POLITICO that the Secret Service has started booking accommodations on the toney island off the Massachusetts coast. (See update below)

So far, the White House isn’t saying anything, but the Vineyard is abuzz with the news. The first family is expected toward the end of August, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

But if we thought Obama’s leisure outings were subject to scrutiny before, I bet that was hardly anything compared to the attention they’ll be getting now. After the White House announced they were cancelling tours, they had to know they were practically inviting criticism of their own spending habits, and Rep. Louie Gohmert almost immediately came up with an amendment that would shave off the president’s golf outings until such a time as the White House can manage to afford the tours again. Michael Shear posed the relevant question in the NYT:

For Mr. Obama, the months ahead will be tricky. Few people object to a president taking some time to relax — to work out, play basketball, sit on a beach, go to dinner. And like all presidents before him, Mr. Obama does all those things with the costly machinery of government orbiting around him.

But the budget cuts known as sequestration are going to have an outsize effect on government workers who, like Mr. Obama, get their paycheck from the federal treasury. Some will be furloughed as often as once a week. Others will lose overtime, forcing them to cancel vacations or trim household expenses.

So the president’s White House advisers are going to have to confront the question of how, or whether, to adjust his family’s activities. Should they go to Martha’s Vineyard? Will Michelle Obama and the couple’s daughters avoid trips like the ski vacation they took to Aspen last month? And what about the golf that Mr. Obama frequently plays at the nearby Joint Base Andrews?

Even if the White House is going to save $18,000 a week without the Secret Service needed for tours, how is that going to stand up to the taxpayer money needed for Secret Service accompanying the first family’s vacations? Not well, I’d wager.


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SKEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET

steebo77 on March 7, 2013 at 4:43 PM

The sequester is only for the rest of us you see.

Silly little people.

LetsBfrank on March 7, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Michelle gets what Michelle wants!

KCB on March 7, 2013 at 4:46 PM

And Reggie gets what Reggie wants.

KCB on March 7, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Skeetquester?

steebo77 on March 7, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Eleanor Roosevelt is Never proud of the Obamas, never.

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2013 at 4:49 PM

He can practice his skeet shooting at Camp David.

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2013 at 4:50 PM

President Obama and his family are likely headed to Martha’s Vineyard for a summer sojourn again this year.

A source tells POLITICO that the Secret Service has started booking accommodations on the toney island off the Massachusetts coast. (See update below)

So far, the White House isn’t saying anything, but the Vineyard is abuzz with the news. The first family is expected toward the end of August, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

And the Soviet filth, elites had their dachas, on the Black Sea, while the proletariat that they embraced and loved – froze and starved in their one-room, State allocated hovels.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 7, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Weeeeee-weeee…

Pull over ma’am, grammar police.

…the White House starts making preparations preparations for the first family’s summer vacation.

cozmo on March 7, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Moobacca has growled.

SirGawain on March 7, 2013 at 4:52 PM

GWB used to go to his ranch, which required only one set-up to make it Secret Service compatible and a ‘working vacation.’ The Left still call him the most vacationing president evan.

Jackalope on March 7, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Even if the White House is going to save $18,000 a week without the Secret Service needed for tours, how is that going to stand up to the taxpayer money needed for Secret Service accompanying the first family’s vacations?

Comrade O deprives school children of WH tours, claiming the country can no longer afford them because of the sequester, while flying off with Moochelle on expensive tax payer funded vacations.

Imagine if GWB, or any Republican president, did this.

And will the Moochelle cut back on her tax payer funded vacations and “good will” tours?

farsighted on March 7, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Question of the day:

Should $500 sneakers and taxpayer paid, black-tie affairs be sequestered, too?

Oh, that should be rhetorical question of the day.

As if our answer would even matter.

The Marxist elite malignancies.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 7, 2013 at 4:54 PM

GWB used to go to his ranch, which required only one set-up to make it Secret Service compatible and a ‘working vacation.’ The Left still call him the most vacationing president evan.

Jackalope on March 7, 2013 at 4:52 PM

That’s because the BDS-ers in the Democrat Media came up with some creative accounting in order to “calculate” Chimpy’s vacation time. It worked like this for him, and for him only:

Day #1: Bush works a full day at the White House, and that evening flies to Crawford from Washington. In the world of the Washington Compost, that counted as a Full Vacation Day.

Day #2: Bush cuts brush.

Day #3: Bush leaves Crawford at 6:00 AM, flies back to DC, and works the rest of the day. In Washington Post-Land, that was also considered a Full Vacation Day.

Del Dolemonte on March 7, 2013 at 4:59 PM

A sinister fool is confirmed.

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2013 at 4:59 PM

I hope he takes the most luxurious vacation ever. Maybe Chris Christy, Lindsey Graham and John McCain can join him for some ice cream and a bicycle ride.

Well, maybe Christy will skip the bike ride.

Curtiss on March 7, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Mr. Obama has a well rehearsed, often used, and quite profound way of dealing with any objectionable threats to his entitlement mentality. That middle digit on either hand speaks for him.

fourdeucer on March 7, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Fools who voted for Brennan – note Rubio and not Rand

Lamar Alexander
Saxby Chambliss
Dan Coats
Tom Coburn
Susan Collins
Bob Corker
John McCain
Lindsey Graham
Jeff Flake
Johnny Isaacson
Mark Kirk
Lisa Murkowski
Marco Rubio
David Vitter

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Even if the White House is going to save $18,000 a week without the Secret Service needed for tours, how is that going to stand up to the taxpayer money needed for Secret Service accompanying the first family’s vacations? Not well, I’d wager.

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Let’s make this more plain and simple.

Obama XVI and Moochelle Antoinette and their two little princesses cost the American taxpayer’s $ 1.4 billion to take care of last year.

The $ 18,000 per week required for the next six months to keep the tours in place would require the First Familie (sic) to cut back on their “care and feeding” costs by the horrendous amount of …

0.034 %

or spelled out

34 thousandths of 1%

Quelle horreur!!!

PolAgnostic on March 7, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Michelle gets what Michelle wants!

KCB on March 7, 2013 at 4:46 PM

…Mooch will start mooing!

KOOLAID2 on March 7, 2013 at 5:02 PM

David Vitter

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Vitter didn’t vote for Brennan. I believe he was absent from the Senate today.

steebo77 on March 7, 2013 at 5:02 PM

One question I have: When it comes to accommodations for the president and his immediate family, who funds that? Does that come out of his pay, like it would for all us lowly citizens, or is it out of a separate budget line item? I have a little less problem paying for the plane and the Secret Service folks if he’s at least coughing up for his own hotel rooms/bungalows/whatever. (Yes, I know Camp David is government-owned.) If it’s all on an expense account, then why isn’t Congress more involved in this?

I know, I know…. Silly questions……..

GWB on March 7, 2013 at 5:02 PM

The tone deaf Dear Liar doesn’t care if he messes up some children’s vacation with his petty actions to enhance the pain of His Sequester.

But sure enough the Dear Liar doesn’t care that he makes sure he gets what he thinks he’s entitled to.

Galt2009 on March 7, 2013 at 5:04 PM

A sinister fool is confirmed.

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2013 at 4:59 PM

As-salam alaykum.

Curtiss on March 7, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Updated list

Alexander (R-TN), Yea
Burr (R-NC), Yea
Coats (R-IN), Yea
Coburn (R-OK), Yea
Collins (R-ME), Yea
Corker (R-TN), Yea
Flake (R-AZ), Yea
Graham (R-SC), Yea
Hatch (R-UT), Yea
Kirk (R-IL), Yea
McCain (R-AZ), Yea
Murkowski (R-AK), Yea
Rubio (R-FL), Yea

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Curtiss on March 7, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Indeed. They party. They love Obama, their brother.
They succeed, apace, aided by Obama. Look everywhere.

Only fools don’t see it.

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Who knows but if we the pleebs make a big enough stink about it maybe, just maybe the Royals will skip vacationing.

Wait, what…

Nevermind, I forgot who we were talking about for a second. Carry-on.

D-fusit on March 7, 2013 at 5:07 PM

…Mooch will start mooing!

+1

Beat me to it!

Cut the cud bucket by 10% and keep the WH open to kids on Spring Break.

crash72 on March 7, 2013 at 5:08 PM

150 lbs of lobster a day ain’t cheap.

a capella on March 7, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Even if the White House is going to save $18,000 a week without the Secret Service needed for tours, how is that going to stand up to the taxpayer money needed for Secret Service accompanying the first family’s vacations? Not well, I’d wager.

.
Let’s make this more plain and simple.

Obama XVI and Moochelle Antoinette and their two little princesses cost the American taxpayer’s $ 1.4 billion to take care of last year.

The $ 18,000 per week required for the next six months to keep the tours in place would require the First Familie (sic) to cut back on their “care and feeding” costs by the horrendous amount of …

0.034 %

or spelled out

34 thousandths of 1%

Quelle horreur!!!

PolAgnostic on March 7, 2013 at 5:01 PM

For all the times the Dear Liar has said he’s not a dictator or an emperor, he sure seems to want to fit the role.

Galt2009 on March 7, 2013 at 5:09 PM

They’ll just have to cramp themselves in on one Air Force 1 plane when they go on vacation. This will send a message to the little people that the President is willing to sacrifice.

Wigglesworth on March 7, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Barry might not be ‘a dictator’, but IT’S GOOD TO BE THE KING!

Anyone who criticizes the vacation choice of The Chosen One IS OBVIOUSLY A RACIST!

Let’s see how long that will play.

GarandFan on March 7, 2013 at 5:11 PM

You are cordially invited to eat cake.

- The Obamas

OhEssYouCowboys on March 7, 2013 at 5:11 PM

They’ll just have to cramp themselves in on one Air Force 1 plane when they go on vacation. This will send a message to the little people that the President is willing to sacrifice.

Wigglesworth on March 7, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Will … will the champagne be properly cooled?

- Tiny Tim

OhEssYouCowboys on March 7, 2013 at 5:12 PM

The economy was crap when he was first elected.

Only NOW every one’s talking about cuts??

Ben Hur on March 7, 2013 at 5:13 PM

One question I have: When it comes to accommodations for the president and his immediate family, who funds that? Does that come out of his pay, like it would for all us lowly citizens, or is it out of a separate budget line item? I have a little less problem paying for the plane and the Secret Service folks if he’s at least coughing up for his own hotel rooms/bungalows/whatever. (Yes, I know Camp David is government-owned.) If it’s all on an expense account, then why isn’t Congress more involved in this?

I know, I know…. Silly questions……..

GWB on March 7, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Dear Leader pays for the immediate family accommodations, but they ain’t cheap.

But us taxpayers pay for the costs to fly them to Martha’s Vineyard and Hawai’i, and we also pay for the costs associated with the security involved.

Del Dolemonte on March 7, 2013 at 5:16 PM

You are cordially invited to eat cake.

- The Obamas

OhEssYouCowboys on March 7, 2013 at 5:11 PM

And wash the filthy crumbs down your gullet with some Victory Gin comrade!

Polish Rifle on March 7, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Oh, they’ll sacrifice and make Bo and Michelle take the same flight this time.

Iblis on March 7, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Fools who voted for Brennan – note Rubio and not Rand

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Surprised the senior Sen from KS wasn’t on that list. Haven’t got a response from him regarding his absence last night.

cptacek on March 7, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Was glad you updated that list.

Was getting ready to blast my 2 Senators, Chambliss & Isaacson.

Barred on March 7, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Dear Leader pays for the immediate family accommodations, but they ain’t cheap.

But us taxpayers pay for the costs to fly them to Martha’s Vineyard and Hawai’i, and we also pay for the costs associated with the security involved.

Del Dolemonte on March 7, 2013 at 5:16 PM

The REB also takes with him any staff members that he might need on the trip, including Val to rub his feet and the mother-in-law to babysit just for starters. Then there’s a whole load of staffers for which there might be a good reason to have along, and bringing along their families is okayed on trips like this. Not to forget Moochie’s extensive staff required to make her look presentable. We pay for all of that.

Security people are probably far outnumbered by support staff and hangers-on.

slickwillie2001 on March 7, 2013 at 6:01 PM

My daughter worked as a tour guide during her high school summer vacations. Maybe the Obama’s could have a stay-cation this year and the girls could be tour guides. You know, to save money.

Lily on March 7, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Actually it may be very entertaining when the Left starts to spin to justify/excuse the costs of the Obama vacation. You know they will start with “Bush went on vacation a lot” and end with “the sequestration is the fault of the GOP so why should the Obama family suffer?”

katiejane on March 7, 2013 at 6:28 PM

It’s that time of year again — the time when the White House starts making preparations for the first family’s summer vacation.

Hey! What about Spring Break. It’s been almost a month since Michelle Antoinette flew to Aspen and King Barry golfed in Florida.

You can’t expect these hard working people to go all the way to summer without taking some much needed, taxpayer funded play time.

MichaelGabriel on March 7, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Cut his ESPN package. The guy watches more TV than I do, plays more golf, goes out to dinner more and hangs out playing basketball with a regular group. Since I run a business and have, you know, responsibilities, I can’t do any of that great stuff.

“Leisure time”, you say. I’d like to know when the hell he works!

If the NORKs decide to bomb South Korea, I hope they don’t do it on a weekend- we will never be able to find the guy in time to launch a response. It’ll be Benghazi all over again, with the President MIA.

MTF on March 7, 2013 at 7:13 PM

So the president’s White House advisers are going to have to confront the question of how, or whether, to adjust his family’s activities.

No they won’t. No one will ask anyone associated with this regime any such questions. This is the rule.

Anyone who breaks this rule will be destroyed publically. And every one of them knows it.

runawayyyy on March 8, 2013 at 11:44 AM