Has Obama Taken Less “Vacations” Than Bush?

By Proof

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I guess that depends on what your definition of “vacation” is. The MSM and the White House are trying to cover President I’m Either Playing Golf or On Vacation Obama’s aloof arrogance and poor judgment.

Is there ever really a good time for the president to go on vacation? President Barack Obama’s 10-day summer getaway from Washington to Martha’s Vineyard — scheduled to start Thursday — has reignited a seemingly annual debate.

As a guest on Chicago’s WLS-AM radio Wednesday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said that Obama should stay in D.C. and call Congress back to work. “If you’re the president of the United States, and the nation is in crisis — and we’re in a jobs crisis right now — then you shouldn’t be out vacationing,” the former Massachusetts governor told WLS hosts Don Wade and Roma. “Instead you should be focusing on getting the economy going again. And, yeah, go back to the office yourself, pull back members of Congress and focus on getting the job done.”

Donald Trump, appearing on Fox News earlier this week, complained, “the fact is, [Obama] takes more vacations than any human being I’ve ever seen.”

But does the perception match up to the reality?

Mark Knoller of CBS, the unofficial keeper of presidential work schedules, reported that President George W. Bush had taken more time off than Obama at this point in his first term.

Obama’s upcoming vacation is his ninth vacation since taking office. Obama has spent all or part of 38 days on vacation away from the White House. He has also made 14 visits to Camp David spanning all or part of 32 days, for a total of 70 days, Knoller said.

Bush, at this point in his first term, had made 14 visits to his Texas ranch spanning all or part of 102 days, Knoller said. He also made 40 visits to Camp David spanning all or part of 123 days. His vacation total at this point in his presidency was all or part of 225 days away.

See the false equivalence? Bush gets out of Washington and heads to the ranch on the weekends, Obama spends weeks at pricey resorts, Hawaiian beach houses and foreign countries and that’s just the same, isn’t it?

And, even though Obama is hobnobbing with millionaires and billionaires, he’s still in touch:

White House press secretary Jay Carney doesn’t think the public begrudges the president a break to recharge and spend time with his family.

Carney also argued that the president is never really off-duty since White House advisers go with him, and he still receives regular briefings on national security, the economy and other matters.

So, Bush stayed in touch on his ranch and had staff meetings there, too. Hanging with the rich folks in Martha’s Vineyard and cavorting in the surf in Hawaii isn’t the same as clearing brush on the homestead. And clearing brush costs the taxpayer millions less. If President Hopey Changey didn’t have a tin ear towards the peons he deigns to rule over, he might have noticed that.

H/T Memeorandum

Cross posted at Proof Positive

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  • I H8 GOPers

    Why are you worried about this? It’s not like the President of the United States, any President, is ever “off duty” or “on leave.” Are you trying to give Obama advice to make sure he starts to look like he’s working harder so he can get elected? That’s nice of you.

    • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

      I never said I was worried about it. It does demonstrate a certain insensitivity to the plight of unemployed and hurting Americans for President High on the Hog to take yet another vacation…after three harrowing days of campaigning for re-election. (In the million dollar Canadian luxury buses!)

      • Sassyalice

        They were not Canadian busses. Get your facts right.

        The buses’ chassis and shell were built by Prevost, a Quebec-based company. According to the Secret Service, the buses were the only ones to meet security and safety standards required of an American president.

        http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2011/10/18/sheldon-alberts-mccain-insults-obamas-ugly-canadian-bus/

        • Guest

          “They were not Canadian busses. Get your facts right.
          The buses’ chassis and shell were built by Prevost, a Quebec-based company.”

          Last time I looked, Quebec was in Canada.

        • 2hotel9

          And as for your lie that no one in America builds such buses, there is a company here in Butler county PA who builds them every day of the week, liar.

          • AKRNC

            If you don’t like the buses or where they were built then complain to the Secret Service since they were ordered at their direction during the Bush administration, not by Obama’s administration.

          • 2hotel9

            And yet another lie from yet another leftarded c*nt.

          • AKRNC

            Illiterate RW’ers sure are plentiful on this blog! Keep repeating your lies about more vacation days taken by President Obama than Bush, despite the fact that it’s easily proven false by dozens of sources.  Why don’t you spell out your despicable accusations rather than pretending they’re OK to use by simply substituting one letter with an asterisk?  Are you afraid you might get kicked off or are you just unable to spell?

          • 2hotel9

            And yet more lies and sh*t spew from yet another leftarded Democrat Party c*nt.

    • 2hotel9

      Funny, you screeched and wailed and gnashed your teeth about Bush going to Texas, we all remember your endless screeching without end about that, and now you want to pretend Barri is actually doing something other than f*cking up America’s economy. Too f*cking funny, IDLT.

    • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

      It’s called ODS and it’s a failed attempt to distract from the false meme that Obama takes more vacation than Bush, when clearly we can see that’s not the case.

      • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

        Is it ODS to point out that Obama’s fewer days cost the taxpayer more? Just checking…

        • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

          You haven’t proved it cost less.  You have to prove Obama’s vacation bills were paid by the tax payers and not his personal income.  So, get to it.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            Scroll down to the article in the Hawaii Reporter. Have someone read it to you and get back to me on the parts you don’t understand. (I know. The parts written in English.)

        • Crshedd

          duh!
          don’t forget bachmann told us about obama spending $200 MILLION  A DAY on this trip to india last november. there is your proof obama’s vacations cost the taxpayer more than bush ever did.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            I don’t remember Laura ever taking off on vacation without George, because she couldn’t wait a few hours. This is at least the second time Barry and Michelle flew in or out on different planes. And don’t get me started on sending the dog on a separate plane!

          • AKRNC

            You obviously don’t remember the vacations she took every year for a week with her girlfriends.  The dog being sent on a separate plane was a lie and it was debunked by several legitimate news organizations.  Only the truly delusional would believe something so ridiculous.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            So you are saying that she sometimes took separate trips, but she never traveled by herself just because she couldn’t wait for a few hours to go with her husband? Only the truly delusional would try to defend something like that.

          • 2hotel9

            Ah, look!?!? We got a new leftarded c*nt Democrat Party liar spewing the same lies and sh*t all the other leftarded c*nt Democrat Party  liars. How special.

          • Kimberley44

            You need to wash your filthy mouth out with soap… You are one of the reasons I will always vote Democratic..

          • None

             then you are more an idiot then  2hotel9 is…

          • 2hotel9

            Followed by yet another. You people need to lay off the crack.

          • 2hotel9

            And another leftarded racist Democrat Party c*nt toddles in to spew stupidity. Too f*cking funny.

      • Mark

        yeah but when the debt is infinitely higher, the unemployment rate is almost doubled, more people on food stamps, one has to wonder how anyone could justify Oblunder going on vacation while telling the rest of us to sacrifice.  then again you bought into this idiots empty promises and rhetoric, so i don’t expect you to grasp it.

        • Msujibboo

          He hasn’t asked you to sacrifice.

      • 2hotel9

        Except for the minor fact that Barri has taken more “vacation” time in less than 3 years than W took in all 8 years he was in office. Ouch!!!!! That leaves a mark. In the infamous words of Willie Jeff,”You better put some ice on that, whore.”.

  • Jimmmypop

    “Bush gets out of Washington and heads to the ranch on the weekends, Obama spends weeks at pricey resorts, Hawaiian beach houses and foreign countries and that’s just the same, isn’t it?” ………….actually, yes it is……………………”Hanging with the rich folks in Martha’s Vineyard and cavorting in the surf in Hawaii isn’t the same as clearing brush on the homestead.” ………………….yes, it is…………………….

    bush was never in dc. and so what? regardless if our ‘deal leader of the day’ is at home in dc, in the bathroom in boston or munching in miami, they are NEVER ‘out of touch’. ever. how they choose to ‘get away’ is up to them. its what happens when youre the king.

    • PutDowntheKoolaid_dummycrat

       The Difference is in the cost…  Barry has spent LOADS more then Bush ever could have going to the ranch… at least Americans had jobs from the scant amount Bush spent HERE compared to the millions Barry spent abroad for his reparation joy ride. sheesh.

  • Vlad

    It doesn’t say anything about Bush only leaving on weekends in your article?  Where are you getting this?

    • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

      I didn’t say he “only” left on weekends. Learn to read, Inhaler. Besides, White House flaks assure us that the president is always in touch, so why should you care if it was all weekends or not?

      • Vlad

        Than what is your false equivalence or the point of your post?  Why did you bring up weekends?  He was basically counting the days he was away from the WH not on official business.

        • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

          If you think that going home and working around a ranch is the equivalence of lavish Hawaiian trips and ten day trips to Martha’s Vineyard, when it comes to spending taxpayer money, then you’re probably as hopeless as I thought, Inhaler.

          • Vlad

            So because Bush is a multi-millionaire and owns a ranch in Texas he can leave the WH, but because Obama is middle class and doesn’t have a ranch he can’t.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            Do you get all your exercise jumping to conclusions, Inhaler?

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            No, he pretty much called you out that Bush is a multi-millionaire that owns a ranch where he can go and play cowboy, while Obama returns to his home in Hawaii and does what most Americans do who live near a coast…go to the beach or golf.

            Your ODS has damaged your brain.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            “Obama returns to his home in Hawai” “Home” must be yet another English word you have trouble deciphering, Tranni. I usually don’t have to rent a house when I go “home”, because that’s where my “house” is. Obama’s “house” is in Illinois, and it doesn’t take a million dollars of taxpayer money for him to go there. Is he going “home” to Martha’s Vineyard as well? The Taj Mahal??

            “most Americans do who live near a coast”…in Chicago… You failed geography, right, Hanni?

            But, bleat on, little Tranni! I’m sure it makes a lovely echo inside the vast, empty canyons of your head.

            BTW, re-read some of Barry’s campaign promises. Apparently, he lives at the “Home of the Whopper”!

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Despite your inability to spell Hawai’i properly, you missed the point that home is not merely a place of residence, PROOFoundly_stupid.

            Your limited vocabulary is exposed,  yet again.

            Definition of HOME
            1 a : one’s place of residence : domicile b : house
            2 : the social unit formed by a family living together
            3 a : a familiar or usual setting : congenial environment; also : the focus of one’s domestic attention b : habitat
            4 a : a place of origin ; also : one’s own country b : headquarters 2 5
            : an establishment providing residence and care for people with special needs 6
            : the objective in various games; especially : home plate — at home 1
            : relaxed and comfortable : at ease 2
            : in harmony with the surroundings 3 : on familiar ground : knowledgeable

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          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            “Despite your inability to spell Hawai’i properly, “

            Got any more “knits” to pick, Weirdasstrollitized?

            http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Hawaii

            BTW, Your inability to use HTML correctly, Clueless Noob, is duly noted.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            How about the fact that you don’t understand the word “home”, or that you mistakenly used one “i” when spelling Hawai’i.

            “Obama returns to his home in Hawai” [sic] “Home” must be yet another English word you have trouble deciphering,

            Like my HTML code, now?

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            “you mistakenly used one “i” when spelling Hawai’i” Dipsh*ttized: Sorry! That wasn’t a spelling error on my part. I copied your statement and apparently the final “i” didn’t get highlighted or copied.  I was quoting you and I didn’t get the full quote. That must mean I don’t know how to spell!

            If by “liking your HTML code”, you mean the following hash you posted, that would be “no”.

            4 a : a place of origin ; also : one’s own country b : headquarters 2 5
            : an establishment providing residence and care for people with special needs 6
            : the objective in various games; especially : home plate — at home 1
            : relaxed and comfortable : at ease 2

            : in harmony with the surroundings 3 : on familiar ground :
            knowledgeable

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            BTW, were those “salmon” more fish you imprisoned so that they would die in captivity?

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Not being able to cut and paste properly just goes to show how stupid and lazy you are.  It’s clear you don’t know how to spell Hawaii and that your English is poor.  We see this with your every comment.

            BTW, were those “salmon” more [sic] fish you imprisoned so that they would die in captivity?

            I’m sorry, would you like to try that again, in English????

            HAHAHAHA!

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            I’m glad that proper English, spelling and punctuation gives you such a laugh. It must be because you discover it so rarely in your own writing.

            You do know that the salmon is a fish, right?

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Your sentence was a disaster.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            Please point out, if you are able, Tranni, (stop laughing!) so much as a single grammatical error in that sentence.  Information relayed solely through the little voices in your head doesn’t count. As far as we can tell, they’re all as semi-literate as you.

          • 2hotel9

            Hahahahahahahahahaha!!!!! Stupid c*nt tranni can’t even properly structure a sentence it intends to criticize someone else’s sentence structure. What a stupid c*nt.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            Notice how whenever Hanni is asked to back up his BS he just disappears from the thread? Maybe we should call him Houdinitized?

          • 2hotel9

            Hell, I gave it all the links needed to produce a copy of Barri’s “debt plan” and it has yet to do so. Then again, it has been nearly 2 years since tranni and ec*nt screeched endlessly without end that Christians were the one using terrorism and they have both refused to provide a single piece of proof for that sh*t spew, either.

            I think I am beginning to see a pattern.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            “I think I am beginning to see a pattern.”  Call people names. Argue endlessly for hours over the most trivial of points. Cut and paste stuff he Googled, but couldn’t quite understand. Never apologize for anything he gets wrong. Play the victim. Disappear.  That about sum it up?

          • Onslaught1066

            Play the victim. Disappear.  That about sum it up?

            Speaking of which, Sparkless Ass-spackle seems to have studied at the smelly feet of Hanniturd and taken his whole account with him.

          • 2hotel9

            Hahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!   tranni:TheLyingSh*tSpewer can’t spell Hawaii in a comment where it is crying about spelling Hawaii. What a stupid c*nt!!!

          • 2hotel9

            “Obama returns to his home in Hawaii”   Really? Exactly where is Barri’s “home” in Hawaii? Point it out to us, whinny lying c*nt, we can’t wait for this pile of sh*t to spew out your fecal stained teeth.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            According to a speech his wife Michelle gave,

              “We took our trip to Africa and visited his home country in Kenya.”

          • 2hotel9

            Yep, and we are still waiting. Just like tranni has never proven that Christians are the ones using terrorism, or that Barri has a “debt plan” of any kind at all.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            Waiting for Hanni to give an honest answer is like waiting for your parakeet to learn calculus.

          • SigFan

            Obama has an estimated net worth of $10.5 million and an annual salary of $400K.  I’m pretty sure that means he is definitely not middle class.  Low or no class, but not middle.

            http://www.celebritynetworth.com/richest-politicians/presidents/barack-obama-net-worth/

          • Onslaught1066

            So because Bush owns a ranch in Texas he can
            leave the WH, but because Obama has no class
            he can’t

            There, fixed that for you, Con-slur.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            Your reply above was too skinny to reply to. I can’t say I’d miss Sparkie if he never darkened our door. Several years ago, when I first started coming here, he, it seemed, at least attempted rational conversation. Lately, it’s just been bitter, foul mouthed tirades, name calling and nonsense.

            I think Rob liked him for comic relief.

          • 2hotel9

            Barri is not “middle-class”, he is the child of a rich family who has had every advantage being the child of a rich family can get. Come on, lyingcourt, try harder, whinny lying c*nt.

          • Mark

            Obama is middle class?  LMFAO……drink less Kool AId.

             

          • Jvette

            The difference is that Bush went to his home alone with his wife, not with a huge entourage of people and vehicles and while there he conducted business.  And Bush’s home was one he earned in the private sector.

            Obama on the other hand takes lavish trips spending exorbitant amounts of money on himself and his family, all at tax payer expense, at a time when the average American is scrambling to pay their bills and put food on the table.

            Obama middle class? Not hardly!

      • mikemc1970

        He’s never in touch, even when in the WH. Obama will go down as the most out of touch President, ever.

  • The Fighting Czech

    Ive worked out of town before.  I didnt know when I came home on the weekend,  I was on Vacation!!!
    I didnt know cutting grass, digging out tree stumps,  painting walls was all part of the vacation plan, I guess its all Inclusive also,  I didnt have to pay the “restaurant”  better known as my kitchen,  after I finished eating.  I did however did pay for the trip to the grocery store.  Id be interested to see the taxpayer costs between Bushes “vacations”  and Obummer’s and yes,  it would have to include the golfing….

  • John_Wayne_American

    So if we were to add the weekends Obummer just stays at the white house and golfed atop his vacation days, I think the matrix would skew a bit more in Bush’s favor, But that doesn’t make a very good storyline now does it?. 

    Bush’s ranch was set up ONCE for security, Camp David is always secured, his ranch because of its remoteness he had a small security staff. 

    Obummer, and his Wife rents entire hotels, requiring weeks of planning and other security measures like testing fuel for AF1, runway ramp rent, local police escort overtime, etc. start factoring ALL the costs of the different presidential vacations. And I think you’d have a book worth purchasing.

    Then compare them all to Ronald Reagan’s WEEKEND trips home to his ranch, where he’ keep his hay separate from that of the security detail, lest his horses eating taxpayer feed. He my friends was a man of honor.

    • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

      I haven’t seen the list, but I’d bet that Obama’s two trips pick up his Nobel and lobbying for the Olympics, (among others), were counted as “official”, too. 

      • headward

        Offical is codeword meaning taxpayer funded for all those liberals out there.

        • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

          Refresh my memory, did Bush ever rent all 570 rooms at Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai? Did Bush ever rent an entire hotel anywhere during his eight years as President? Or since?

  • ellinas1

    Class envy.

    • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

      Tell that to the guy making the talking points about “millionaires and billionaires” (when he’s not rubbing shoulders with them) and “corporate jet owners”.

      • The Fighting Czech

        more like lack of class

      • ellinas1

        OK! I’ll do that next time I play golf with him.

        • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

          Just be sure to keep one hand on your wallet while you’re around him!

          • ellinas1

            I’ll go there without a wallet.
            I never give money to politicians, or buy their books.

    • 2hotel9

      Yes, Barri is using class envy to help destroy America’s economy, ec*nt. We. Get. It.

  • headward

    While he’s on vacation, is the economy safe from his raping?

  • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

    Actually I think it would be better if our elected leaders stay on vacation until the 2012 elections, I think they can do less damage at home.

    • SigFan

      Well, we know that Obama’s brain has been on vacation for most of his entire life – and his integrity has been MIA just as long.

  • Game

    First off, Proof, do you have blinders on.

    You make it sound like the Ranch in Crawford is some small family farm that GW went to and used for a little rest. It is a milti-million dollar complex, that he expanded at taxpayer expense. He also hobnobbing with millionaires and billionaires while he was at that ranch. He used the ranch to meet with over 20 world leaders, all of which cost the tax payers millions more than if he had met with them in Washington.

    Furthermore, Obama was actually born in Hawaii. It is his home state. He returns to it because it is home.

    Bush was born in Connecticut. He bought the ranch because he liked playing cowboy. Nobody faults him for that.

    However the sad thing is that simple minded republicans would think he was a common folk at his common ranch because he put on a cowboy hat and cleared some brush.

    But this is another example of how hate filled the right is.

    • awfulorv

      And Michelle, and the 400 friends she took with her at taxpayer expense, and don’t try to say otherwise, was born in Spain of Moorish descent, I suppose.  They’re crooks, who’ve bamboozled you racial apologists, haven’t you realized that yet?     I’m thinking most of you Liberals are descendants of  Southern Slave Owners and are trying to assuage your guilt, with our money. 

      • Game

        Not that the facts matter to the extreme right, but the first lady paid her own expenses, as did her friends for the trip to Spain. (she did not bring 400 friends)

        Yes there was a cost to tax payers for security, however, that security would have been provided if she would of traveled anywhere.
        In addition, your hypocrisy is ignoring that all first families take vacations. It is amazing how much of a double standard you on the right of created.  When the Clinton’s, Bushes or Reagans went on vacation, it was fine for you. But when the Obama’s do it, it is not acceptable.

        Yea, we are the ones with race issues.

        • awfulorv

          You see that’s a good deal of the problem . You, and your fellows, are so blinded by the black clouds emanating from their countenances you cannot truthfully see, more likely do not want to see, what their thieving hands are up to.  I suppose that’s how it will remain for you black apologists,unless the whole family decides to get the Micheal Jackson, “fool Em All”, whitening treatment before next election, at taxpayers expense, to be sure.  Also, it has never been satisfactorily explained why such a Proud Race is constantly, it seems,  bent on obliterating any evidence that they are, or once were, a member of that race.  When’s the last time you’ve heard of a Hispanic person taking injections of Yellow Oxide Colorant in order to appear more Chinese and, in their mind, be more readily acceptable for a job at one of the major computer companies? It doesn’t happen.  It’s, also, quite noticeable how, while blacks, who can afford the treatments,are furiously trying to shed all physical aspects of their race, white girls, in particular are, in turn, destroying their looks with enormously enlarged lips, tattoos, and the like.  It is supposed they are doing this to more closely identify with, or to become more attractive to black males. Who knows? Most of the lip jobs I’ve seen have turned out bad.  It appears there will be racial sniping till we all are the hue of Harry Belafonte, or our favorite Fiance, Beyonce…

        • 2hotel9

          “but the first lady paid her own expenses, as did her friends for the trip to Spain. (she did not bring 400 friends)”  There is that lie, yet again. Moochelle’s Fantastical Moorish Experience Tour was 100% financed by US tax payers. And no, Moochelle did not take “400 friends” because she does not have 400 “friends”. She took along 117 “business associates” and 9 “family” members. The other 200 odd people dragged along on Moochelles’s Fantastical Moorish Experience Tour were all USG employees, all of whom could have done something useful, instead, like killing Muslim terrorists.

    • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

      “Obama was actually born in Hawaii. It is his home state. He returns to it because it is home.” It’s “home”? So, that whole “house in Chicago” thing was just a ruse to get elected in Illinois?

      Compare the cost of Obama’s trip to Hawaii with that of Bush’s trip to the ranch:

      Nestled in three luxury beachfront homes just outside a local
      favorite surf spot on the pristine turquoise waters of Kailua Bay,
      President Barack Obama and his family and friends are enjoying a
      seemingly quiet Christmas vacation.
      They could have chosen a less expensive and more secure place to stay
      such as a beachfront home on the Marine Corps Base Hawaii – just a
      two-minute drive away from the Kailuana Place property where they are
      now. The president visits the military base daily to workout, bowl with
      his kids or enjoy the more private beach there. He also could have
      stayed at a home 15 minutes away on the beach fronting Bellows Air Force
      Base as President Bill Clinton did.

      Instead, Obama and his friends annually pool their money to pay for the
      rental of three luxury beachfront homes. The so-called “Winter White
      House” – or Kailua home that the president rents two weeks a year – can
      cost an estimated $3,500 a day or $75,000 a month, according to the web
      site Gadling.com. The site describes the home where the President
      sleeps: “The 7,000 square foot home features 5 bedrooms, 5 ½ bathrooms, a
      media room with surround sound, a kitchen suited for a master chef, a
      dining room and great room, a secluded lagoon-style pool with tropical
      waterfalls and a lavish island spa. The ocean lanai and garden lanai
      showcase ornate landscaping and stunning views of Kailua Bay and Mount
      Olomana.”

      Out of the rental fee for the three homes, owners pay for
      housekeeping, concierge service and other incidentals designated to them
      by the president’s coordinators.

      Before the president and family arrive, homeowners accommodate weeks
      of inspections by Secret Service agents who can appear at any time. The
      Secret Service performs ground, sea and air surveillance of the homes
      and surrounding properties and background checks on the homeowners’
      employees, contractors and neighbors. The telephone company spends
      several days adding secure phone lines underground. The Secret Service
      disables the homeowners’ security systems, sets up their own and erects
      some sort of force field that detects movement in the area.

      But the preparation for the President’s arrival does not end there. Local
      real estate agents secure additional Kailua beachfront homes in
      strategic places for Secret Service, Navy Seals and U.S. Coast Guard
      personnel. Secret Service agents who guard the president and the
      president’s family have their own room at a cost of no more than $250 a
      day per person. Last year, 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, local realtors say.

      http://www.hawaiireporter.com/president-obamas-million-dollar-plus-trip-to-hawaii-costs-to-taxpayers-detailed/123

      Telling me Obama is just “going home” is just more false equivalence and peeing on the American people’s leg and telling them that it’s raining.  Most of the Secret Service costs were one time in Bush’s case. President Hopey Changey is a lot more “high maintenance”. Before you suggest I take my blinders off, please do us all the courtesy of doing the same.

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        He came from a poor family.  The family didn’t own multi-million dollar homes like Bush’s family because Obama’s family didn’t come from a family enriched by cronyism and career politics of living off the American dime.

        • robert108

          Poor little hanni, still trying to run against President Bush.  How many vacation days did President Bush take while the country was in a deep, prolonged recession with unemployment stuck at 9%?
          Zero.

        • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

          “He came from a poor family. ”  Do even the little voices in your head believe this, Hanni? Or are they laughing at you, too?

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Prove otherwise.  Don’t just stamp your feet and pretend.  Show that Obama’s mother or family was wealthy compared to the Bush elites.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            Stamp your tiny,  preternaturally small feet some more, Little Chief Pees While Sitting.  You introduced the argument “He came from a poor family”, not me. The onus is on you to prove the drivel you drool, not me.  I am not obligated to disprove every stupid thing you say, Hanni. There aren’t enough hours in the day, for starters.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Obamas history is not at all like born with the silver spoon in the mouth Bush history.

            We all know he came from a single parent family and had to rely on public assistance when times got tough, in addition to her parents.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            Obamas (sic)  history is not at all like born with the silver spoon in the mouth Bush history.

            So, in other words, you have nothing.  Is this another one of your “facts” like, I “couldn’t afford” a company car that was part of my compensation package, or I didn’t buy the car that I bought from a list when there was no list?

            When you say “we all know”, are you speaking just about the little voices in your head?

            Do you know if the high school Bush attended costs more than $17,800 a year for tuition, not including optional and mandatory fees?

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession
            …he attended Punahou on a scholarship starting in the fifth grade

            http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/story?id=3082803&page=1

          • 2hotel9

            Yes indeedy!  A “scholarship”  procured for him by his very wealthy grandparents, his whore mother having ditched him to run off with some other “man”.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            It is true that his mom was on public assistance while she obtained her PhD. I think there is a least a whiff of gaming the system that went on.

          • 2hotel9

            Her mother cut her off because of her whoring around. That is one of the reasons Barri is so angry at his grandmother, all these years after watching her die in agony.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            Is that why he’s punishing “typical white people”? (And typical brown people and typical black people…)

          • 2hotel9

            Barri is angry at everyone who he feels got a better “deal” than he did. He is angry at his father for rejecting him, throwing him out with the other trash when he threw Barri’s mother out. He hides his anger behind a facade of congenial joviality. Everything is just so amusing and comical he can’t help but laugh, and it is all a lie. People are turning against him, and that is going to set him off. He is going to throw away the mask, and people are going to be revolted by what he really is.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            Barry’s way ahead of you. He already thinks that the peasants are revolting.

          • 2hotel9

            Thats because they are! And we Americans are not far behind.

          • awfulorv

            Oh my God! The pheasants are revolting, how long before the Ruffled Grouse take up arms? And what of the Chicken Hawks? Though, it being too early for the matinee, Hanni will be along, shortly, to tell us of that group’s unrest.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            It’s funny watching you pal around with lunatics.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            …says the guy who told us all about the conversations he had with himself as his other sockpuppets.  At least I don’t refer to myself in the third person!

            http://oi56.tinypic.com/2ezok5f.jpg

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            …says the guy who pals around with foul mouthed lunatics.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            We’ll add “pal around” to the long, long list of English words and phrases you are totally clueless as to the meaning, Tranni.

          • 2hotel9

            Poor trani:TheSh(tSpweingLiar. You have lost, yet again, and just can’t stop yourself from proving it over and over, you stupid, whinny lying c*nt.

            Now, prove you have lost, again. Post another comment. I order you to.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            Also not the question. Have you ever been tested for your learning disabilities, Hannitized?

            But your contention is that he “came from a poor family”, even though he lived with his grandparents, who were well off, and attended a pricy private school with the wealthiest kids on the island?

            Poor baby!

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            His grand parents died living in an apartment.  They were not well off.  You are just covering up for your stupidity.

          • 2hotel9

            So former bank president dies in apartment. Your point, lying c*nt?

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            I’ll take that as a “no”.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            Speaking of arguments you start and then run away from, Hanni, did you ever get around to answering this simple question:

            Is it ever okay to possess something you know was stolen, without trying to return it to its lawful owner?

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            It was never right for the Pilgrims to have possessed land that was stolen, without every trying to return it.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            That wasn’t the question, Brain dead dweeb. “Is it ever okay to possess something you know was stolen, without trying to return it to its lawful owner?”

            Hint: The two possibilities are “yes” and “no”. Have someone help you with the big words.

            “without every (sic) trying to return it.” I gotta start reading your comments all the way through. They’re a laugh a minute!

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            It was never OK for Pilgrims, Europeans or Americans to steal land from Native Americans.  It’s OK to buy it from them though.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            Still wasn’t the question, Squatter Troll.   “Is it ever okay to possess something you know was stolen, without trying to return it to its lawful owner?”

            C’mon, Tranni! Put both of your Mark I braincells into it and think! You’re like a coyote with his leg in a trap that keeps chewing off the wrong leg! (But, fun to watch!)

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            You can keep asking irrelevant questions that have nothing to do with the topic, and I will continue to stay on topic by reminding you that you can’t steal something from a person if you pay them for what ever it is they sold you.

          • 2hotel9

            “You can keep asking irrelevant questions that have nothing to do with the topic, and I will continue to stay on topic” HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!  What a lying c*nt you continue to be, too f*cking funny.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            irrelevant questions that have nothing to do with the topic,

            The morality of possessing stolen property (or lands) is spot on topic.

            The fact that you evade and refuse to answer a simple moral question is illustrative of one thing. On threads about religion, you pretend to be a Christian (stop laughing!) . On every other thread, your typical, amoral, weaselly, lying self shines through.  Christians typically don’t brag about the fornication they’ve committed. Christians don’t lie and impersonate other people. Christians don’t bear false witness. You call professing Christians “brother” while calling them names and impugning their character, much like you impugn the character of those Christians who came to America and founded the colonies which would become the United States of America.

            Funny thing is, I’d bet if you asked a moral question of any professing Christian on this board, they would give you a straight answer. I’d bet if you asked Rob, who’s an atheist,  a moral question, he would give you a straight answer, even though the basis of his morality differs. Of course, Rob isn’t a cowardly lying weasel like you, Hanni.

            So, continue to ignore questions of morality. A true Christian would undoubtedly jump at the chance to answer.  But, everyone here knows what a fraud you are, Hanni. No surprise there! “Christian Hanni” is just another sock puppet.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            The discussion was on stealing property, not possessing stolen property.  As far as crimes go, those are separate issues;  1) Stealing/theft 2)in possession of stolen property. 

            We were discussing topic 1, not 2. You want to discuss topic 2 without considering the purchasing property is not being in possession of stolen property.

            As I said before; your question is irrelevant.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            It’s a yes or no question, Little Chief Lying Weasel. If you can’t tell the difference between possessing stolen property and possessing stolen property, then you’re as stupid as everyone thinks you are.

          • 2hotel9

            And you keep proving you have lost again, stupid c*nt. Now, do it again. I order you to.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

             Please don’t pretend to be Neiman.  He is far better and stamping his feet about who is and who is not a Christian, or whining about what Christians should do or do not do.

            Looking at your actions, you must not consider yourself a Christian.  Let’s just go down that list!

            1) Name calling
            2) Lying about a persons status,
            3) Lying about a persons actions
            4) Cyber-stalking
            5) Threatening a person by claiming you will spread false rumors or lie about them to damage their customer relations
            6) Contact their friends and lie about their actions to cause harm
            7) Post public information about others with the intention to cause that person harm
            8) Lie about other people (politicians)

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            More lies about me, Little Chief Lying Stalker? Not a surprise there, either. And more projection than a multiplex!

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            We both know they are not lies and you know the depths of your unchristian-like behavior.

          • 2hotel9

            And you keep proving you have lost again, stupid c*nt. Now, do it again. I order you to.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            Lies, fantasies, fairy tales…call them whatever you want. You playing the victim is no different from any of your sockpuppets: lies and deception with a double dose of stupidity. (And more projection than a multiplex!)

          • 2hotel9

            And you keep proving you have lost again, stupid c*nt. Now, do it again. I order you to.

          • 2hotel9

            Ah, tranni is twirling off into some other stupid c*nt sh*t, like it always does. What a stupid c*nt.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            Hanni generates a ton of faux moral outrage about the Pilgrims, but can’t answer the simplest of questions about the morality of keeping something you know to be stolen. Mostly, because it would contradict his other faux outrage about Hawaii being “stolen”.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Hawaii was stolen by the government of the US.  It’s no longer a sovereign nation, after being stolen.

            Some Hawaiian’s were given land, even though they were never allowed to own it under the royalty of Hawaii.  Some of those Hawaiian’s sold their land, but that doesn’t change history records that show the islands were stolen from the Hawaiian People and royalty.

          • 2hotel9

            So, the King of Hawaii sold the islands to the evil white men. OK. What is your point, whinny lying c*nt? That the King of Hawaii sold the islands? Or that the King of Hawaii sold the islands? Pick one, c*nt.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            Some Hawaiian’s (sic) were given land, even though they were never allowed to own it under the royalty of Hawaii.  Some of those Hawaiian’s (sic) sold their land

            And some haole Hawaiian transplants are apostrophobic dunces.

          • 2hotel9

            Facts are stubborn things. tranni told us the King of Hawaii sold the islands. That is the end of it. At that point the Hawaiian Islands no longer belonged to the King of Hawaii. End of debate. Period. Full stop.

        • 2hotel9

          Really, lying c*nt? Barri is the child of a very rich family who has had all the perks and advantages of given to rich liberal children. Go ahead, whinny lying c*nt. Prove it wrong.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    I don’t believe Obama works any harder off vacation than he does on vacation. He will have plenty of time to rest after November 2012. Good riddance to the lying, left wing Leninist, racist, lazy douchebag.

    • noblindersonme

      mickey , after game’ concludes his piece with his saying ‘how hate filled the right is” , you really should of had the intelligence to not prove how true his words are!.

      • 2hotel9

        This from the most hate filled Democrat c*nt to comment here. Go ahead, blindasabat! Tell us again how much you hate America, Negroes, children, Caucasians, the elderly, Hispanics, the mentally handicapped, Orientals, the physically handicapped. Hell, just tell us how much you hate anyone who refuse to submit to your sick a$$ed anti-human ideology, whinny lying c*nt.

    • JustRuss

      He won’t be able to rest after that! He’ll be the new UN Secretary General! And don’t forget all those lucritive speaking engagements all over the world! No rest for the wicked

  • thelowdown

    To the writer of the title:  HOW can you be so messed up on grammar?  I’m a High School graduate & even I know it’s “FEWER” not “LESS Vacations”…  ugh!  ignorance of our country’s language repulses me!  :( 

    • awfulorv

      Your missive has G.E.D. written all over it.  Why does your generation feel the need to trumpet a Hugh School Diploma, In my day that was the norm?  Everyone had a diploma, save for those in Reform School, or who’d gotten “Knocked Up”, were unable to scam someone into marrying them, before there condition became obvious, took up residence in the Florence Crittenden home, a fine place to meet girls BTW, and attained their high school equivalency degree there.  

    • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

      cdw: I took the headline of the article “…he’s taken less time off than Bush”and substituted “vacations” in quotes to substitute for “time off”, in part to illustrate how the MSM is doing CYA for BHO. Had I not set “vacation” in the “scare quotes”, you would be correct.

      I would guess that “reading” repulses you as well, or you might have note that sometimes writers bend or abuse a rule of grammar, without being “ignorant” of it, in order to make a point.

      Also, I am cognizant that the word “vacation”, is similar to “vacate”. A summit meeting might cause the president to vacate the White House, but does not have the same connotation as “vacation”.
      Bush, taking care of business at his ranch is not an equivalent “vacation” that requires a million in tax dollars for a trip to Hawaii, for example.

      The press and White House flaks are trying to falsely equate the two. I’m glad the point you took away from all this is that I didn’t use the word “fewer”.  (BTW, cdw, that was sarcasm.)

      • 2hotel9

        Really, yet another leftarded stupid f*ck screeching about “gramar” whilst not knowing how to spell the f*cking word.

        • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

          Most liberals appear to be irony impaired.

          • awfulorv

            Yes they, most certainly, are. They insist that land is “owned” by the first human to set their foot upon it.  Yet they would destroy a gallant sperm who “swims”, against all odds, exhausted, onto the shore of it’s host.

    • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

      cdw, FYI, since you are fascinated with the English language and repulsed by ignorance of it (self loathing, perhaps?), a couple of tips:

       

      I’m a High School graduate & (sic)  even I know it’s “FEWER” not “LESS
      Vacations”…  ugh!  ignorance (sic) of our country’s language repulses me! 

      First, consider your less than optimal (some might say incorrect) usage of the ampersand.

       

      The Associated Press Stylebook says that you should use it when it is part of a company’s formal name, but never simply in place of and.

      Second, the initial letter in every sentence is generally capitalized.  There are exceptions. This is not one of them. How ironic is it that “ignorance”, (with a capital “I”) is the word you spelled incorrectly?

      Insert remark about glass houses and stones here: ____________

    • 2hotel9

      ” ignorance of our country’s language repulses me!  :( ”  Really? So you hate NAZI Germany, too? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!! Just another stupid c*nt Democrat spewing sh*t and lies. Why don’t you just toddle back to DKos and HuffPo and spew your lies and sh*t where they are blindly accepted, whinny lying c*nt?

  • noblindersonme

    another example of the extreme silliness the right wing is engaging in now. How many times in Obama’s term has he done the very same things , followed the very same paths , been caught in the very same ‘crisis’ that  every President has dealt with in the past, and the STUPID righties act as if American history began in 2009! 
     Suddennly no gray areas exist anymore to the right wing as they demand Obama not engage in anything previously done by his predecessors!!!
     How many examples of this silliness can I list . Far too many !
     Just one I will mention  for it  really stands out. Remember when Obama gave a presidential message to the nation’s school children  in his first term , telling them to ‘study hard and stay in school !” , the right wing nuts went berserk! yelling about his ‘indoctrination’ of the impressional kids!!! My God EVERY President gave that speech!!! 
     Just wait you idiots! just wait ! Someday there will be republican team in the White House , the pendulum will surely swing back to that as surely as the dems well retake the congress , and when it does, the dems will bitch that (Romney?Bachman ) are taking too many vacations ! And the idiots here will defending them like the mindless fools they are!

    • NDSuperman

      Throwing around generalizations is like wearing blinders.

      • 2hotel9

        I see blindasabat toddled through to spew more of its ignorant stupidity. How typical, it screeched endlessly without end about Bush taking “vacations”, and yet it defends Barri’s constant unending without end continuous timeoff presidency.

    • awfulorv

      All well and good, but the son of a whore spent trillions of dollars more than any president in history,, mostly for his union cronies, favored companies, and racial favorites. And someone, certainly not the racial groups, because they don’t pay taxes, is going to have to pay for his lousy Piper for generations to come.  

    • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

      the right wing nuts went berserk! yelling about his ‘indoctrination’ of the impressional (sic) kids!!!

      I take it you did not heed the president’s advice to “stay in school”?

      Interesting, too, that there would be sooooo many examples you could list and yet were not able to link to so much as a single one.

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        Don’t be an idiot.  Even Rob Port whined and complained about indoctrination in our schools by an Obama visit.

        • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

          “Don’t be an idiot.”

          I do not emulate you, Tranni. You emulate me.

          “Even Rob Port whined and complained about indoctrination in our schools by an Obama visit.”

          Then you should have no trouble linking to that article plus all the others, since the claim was plural*.

          *Have an adult tell you what that means.

  • 2hotel9

    The best part? All these leftards screeching about Bush also screeched when Bush spent HIS OWN MONEY to build an ultra modern facility in his Crawford Texas home so he could work on America’s business while he was in Crawford Texas.

  • robert108

    How many vacation days did President Bush take when his economy was in deep, prolonged recession?  Zero.
    How many vacation days did President Bush take right after the stock market had plunged over 400 points?  Zero.
    obama’s administration has been one “crisis” after another, unlike President Bush’s administration.

  • awfulorv

    Note that Michelle Obama was flown to Martha’s Winery on a separate plane, ahead of the Dark Prince, so that she might enjoy an early start on her vacation.  Not to worry though, I’m sure, as many have been suggesting on this blog, this was all paid for by private family funds . In a pigs ass it was, if you believe that, well, there’s no hope for you.  That big black bitch couldn’t wait a few hours for her husband, and leave on the vacation with him?   

    • John Wayne, American

      Perhaps I missed it, did the Obummers’ little dog get his own airplane charter to Marthas Vinyard again this year?  What is the Green Footprint of this trip?  I wonder if they brought their buses along so they can “EXPLORE” (exploit) the island.

      • awfulorv

        Yes he did have his personal jet. He also brought along his friend the Veterinarian, Michelle, and Barry’s, hair dresser, the “I Killed Bin Laden” scriptwriter, and the Mother, with her knapsack of Ham hocks.

  • Jean

    Will you “children” please grow up and act like adults when writing back and forth?  You can give your opinion all you want without acting like a little child.  It isn’t even interesting reading your comments.

    When Bush went on vacation, he went home and worked around his place plus had all his advisors with him and in constant contact with DC.  Nothing fancy and really resting up.  Obama is busy eating slushies, shopping and spending lots of money on accommodations where Bush was at his own home. I don’t remember Bush taking vacations overseas or Laura taking a plane full of friends to some other country.   Please, lets get rid of the Obama’s in 2012.

    • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

      I don’t remember George taking Laura to New York for a “date night”, either, which I’m sure also is not counted as “vacation” for Obama…just another expense for the taxpayer.

  • Roadready

    How could someone be so ignorant to say he is middle class and claim they paid for a full plane expense out of pocket.

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