August 11, 2011
Obama's Vacation At Martha's Vineyard Will Cost Taxpayers MillionsTopics: Political News and commentaries
At a time when many more cash-strapped Americans are stuck at home instead of vacationing at the beach, President Obama next week will lead an entourage of several dozens to exclusive Martha's Vineyard island at a cost of millions to taxpayers.The last sentence in the above excerpt -- "It was the same way when former President George H.W. Bush visited Kennebunkport, Maine and Bill Clinton visited Martha's Vineyard during their presidencies" -- is a useless and totally unrelated caveat. During the Bush and Clinton presidencies unemployment wasn't at 9.1 percent, the national debt wasn't $14.6 trillion, and the nation hadn't had its credit rating downgraded.
While technically he is paying for his estimated $50,000 a week rental of the 28-acre beachfront Blue Heron Farm in woodsy Chilmark, the dozens of U.S. Secret Service agents, communications officials, top aides, drivers, and U.S. Coast Guard personnel with him will be covered by taxpayers as with every other presidential vacation.
His 11-day stay will require the Coast Guard to keep ships floating near Obama's farm, a presidential helicopter and jet at the ready and security agents on 24-hour duty. Armored SUVs dubbed "war wagons" have been flown in to carry the presidential family around the island. It was the same way when former President George H.W. Bush visited Kennebunkport, Maine and Bill Clinton visited Martha's Vineyard during their presidencies.
The USNews piece does go on to at least admit:
Obama's vacation comes at an awkward time because of the economic turmoil roiling the nation and Wall Street. Surveys show that a growing number of Americans can't afford even small vacations.Read the whole thing here.
Posted by Hyscience at August 11, 2011 2:57 PM
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