White House travelin’

He sat on the sidelines during the budget negotiations, therefore in doing nothing but campaign and collect checks, to quote Chris Christie, What are we paying you for? Only thing not announced is, will MO take her own plane, and will the kids be Senior Advisors?

Trip of the President
to Honolulu, Hawaii

December 17th, 2011 to January 2nd, 2012

Trip Overview

On Saturday, December 17th, 2011, the President will travel to Honolulu, Hawaii. He will return to Washington, DC on Monday, January 2nd, 2012. …
…no public events are scheduled during the trip. …


  1. Wherever any of our Presidents go, the White House goes with him/her, and business of the state is conducted on a daily basis 24/7 365 days a year. But you knew that, Yorkshire, but your blatant hatred for President Obama has enabled you to get carried away once again.

    For President GW Bush, it was Crawford, TX and Camp David, MD. For President Obama, it’s been Martha’s Vineyard, MA, and HI.

    And btw, what is the salary we pay our nation’s CEO? $400K. How does that compare to a CEO of a major corporation? You know the answer, Yorkshire: a pittance!

    Regarding his sitting on the sidelines during the budget negotiations as per Chris Christie who uses a state helicopter plus police protection to attend his children’s sporting events, nonetheless President Obama is pilloried by the Right regardless of what he does. It is the responsibility of Congress to produce the budget, and you can see how far they got on that. Therefore, your criticism should be directed to the Republican do-nothing Congress, Yorkshire. So perish the thought of blaming Congress for not doing their job!

    And now shall we discuss the pathetic state of the primary battle going on leading up to the Republican Party primary. You have got to be kidding!!! You are handing the ultimate election over to President Obama and the Dems, as your ineptitude burns ever more brightly!

  2. WW:
    For President GW Bush, it was Crawford, TX and Camp David, MD. For President Obama, it’s been Martha’s Vineyard, MA, and HI.

    How many heads of states has BO entertained at either place? Carter at least brought Begin from Israel and Sadat from Egypt and practically held them captive until they came up with the Camp David Accords which kept that part of the world relatively calm. Bush brought several to Crawford. W’s Crawford Ranch is a fine example of green living since it is relatively self sufficient in renewable energy. Gore’s extravaganze in comparison is a giant energy hog.

  3. Wagonwheel reminds us that “the White House travels with the President,” a fact no one can argue–but a fact that we will all have to support financially in these extremely difficult economic times. Obviously, the Obamas do NOT “feel our pain.”

    Even the uber-liberal Hawaii Reporter bemoans the expenses incurred, not only for the nation, but also for Hawaii, itself, by the luxury-loving Obama family and their entourage:

    “The President’s family uses their own resources to a rent private beach front residence in Kailua, Oahu, for their vacation – a so-called “Winter White House” that can cost $3,500 a day or $75,000 a month, according to Gadling.com.

    But the local and federal taxpayers help pay the bill for travel and security.

    Besides the $1 million to bring Air Force One to Hawaii, there are additional transportation costs for the Presidential limos, helicopters and other support equipment to be brought in on USAF C-17 cargo aircraft, which costs about another $140,000 per aircraft. The US Marine Corps provides at least one Presidential helicopter that is also transported to the site via a C-17.

    There is the expense for Secret Service members to travel to Hawaii ahead of time to scout locations that the president may visit. There are additional charges for the Secret Service and Navy Seals to rent beachfront or canal front homes at strategic locations to ensure the President’s safety. During the 2010 Christmas holiday, the Secret Service and Navy Seals rented a total of 6 beachfront homes for the duration of the President’s stay for anywhere between $1,000 and $1,250 per day. The U.S. Coast Guard personnel also operate 30-foot speedboats mounted with high-powered firearms and two smaller boats in front of the President’s rentals 24 hours a day during the family’s visit.

    The President’s staff that travels with him, even on vacation, find their way into upscale Waikiki hotels. In December 2010 and January 2011, about two dozen staff spent their holidays in at the quaint Moana Surfrider (A Westin Resort & Spa) on Waikiki Beach. The hotel, which usually rents rooms for $350 to $450 a night does offer government rates, but citing security, the White House and the hotel refused to disclose this total or give a breakdown.

    Up to 18 automobiles accompany the President when he travels via car to include several police cars, Secret Service manned SUVs, and an ambulance.

    Louise Kim McCoy, press secretary for Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle, said that a City ambulance that accompanied the Presidential motorcade during the 2010 holiday cost about $10,000.

    The Honolulu Police Department spent $228,247 for the President’s most recent Christmas/New Year’s visit. In 2009, city taxpayers were charged $250,000 in police overtime to guard the President and another $100,000 in 2008 when Obama was the President-elect. The city has never been reimbursed for these expenditures by the federal government.

    Last year, Hawaii Reporter research documented that the President’s Hawaiian vacation for one year alone cost taxpayers more than $1.5 million, with additional expenses virtually impossible to estimate without the White House’s cooperation.

    That is about a $6 million tab for Obama’s family vacations in the islands since he became President.”


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