Obama Family Taking Separate Planes To $4 Million, Taxpayer-Funded Hawaiian Vacation

The federal government just completed the third consecutive fiscal year with a budget deficit over $1 trillion. The budget deficit had never been over $1 trillion before President Obama took office. Congress hasn’t passed a budget in nearly 1,000 days, but still the Obama family will be taking a $4 million, 17-day vacation to Hawaii this holiday season complete with separate flights for the President and the First Lady.

KAILUA, OAHU – The U.S. Secret Service has arrived, street barricades are in place, and the U.S. Coast Guard has stationed itself in the waters surrounding Kailua, Oahu. That is a sure sign President Barack Obama’s security team is preparing for the first family to arrive in the small beachside community as early as Friday night for what is expected to be a 17-day vacation.

The President and his family are traveling separately to Hawaii because he wants resolve the payroll tax cut issue before leaving Washington – and his wife does not want to wait.

But the advanced trip and the cost that comes with it – as much as $100,000 (flight and security) – adds to an already expensive vacation for the taxpayers.

Hawaii Reporter research shows the total cost for the President’s visit for taxpayers far exceeded $1.5 million in 2010 – but is even more costly this year because he extended his vacation by three days and the cost for Air Force One travel has jumped since last assessed in 2000. In addition, Hawaii Reporter was able to obtain more specifics about the executive expenditures.

The total cost (based on what is known) for the 17-day vacation roundtrip vacation to Hawaii for the President, his family and staff has climbed to more than $4 million.

Keep in mind that the same President Obama who once lectured Americans about not being able to set their thermostats however they like is authorizing a second private flight for his wife across a broad section of the globe simply because she doesn’t want to wait an extra couple of days before beginning her vacation.

Not that the Obamas have ever been shy about abusing taxpayer dollars, and wasting vast amounts of fuel and energy, for their own comfort. Whether it’s pizza flown in to Washington DC from Chicago, choppering the First Lady into New York City for a date night or taking his-and-her private jets to a retreat in Martha’s Vineyard, they like to live it up on the taxpayer’s nickle.

Meanwhile, incandescent light bulbs and Ford Rangers have been banned through regulation in the name of the liberal left’s war on energy consumption (thought he light bulbs got a reprieve of sorts this week).

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • mickey_moussaoui

    The King and Queen of entitlement have landed.

    The name of Airforce 1 should be changed to “Shame 1″.

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    All Rob wanted for Christmas was his ODS.

    • Guest

      And all you want is a deed.

      • ellinas1

        Taking pot shots again?
        Man quit! Rise above the riff raff.

        • Hal693

          Guest is merely pointing out that Hanni, the William B., is not credible.  Most of what he has claimed on SAB has been proven false by using information he has freely made available on the internet.  Pointing out the lies and inconsistencies Will has perpetrated on SAB is not the nicest thing to do, it does serve as a reminder that he has no credibility.  His Utopian ideas are so illogical he is unable to follow them himself and instead lives in a web of lies that he has spun.  

          • ellinas1

            How many times does one have to point the shortcomings of another?
            It becomes useless and redundant after repeating the SOS for the umpteenth time.
            Guest is not merely pointing a God damned thing. He revels in the misfortunes of others, and is a mean spirited and cheap pot shot taker.
            And shame on you for trying to sell me pyrite for gold.

          • Hal693

            I agree with you E, but Will continues to perpetrate the same old lies. 

            From the time he started bragging about his supposed high income status, it was clear he was full of it.  Wealthy people don’t act that way and you along with the rest of us know it.

            I bet if Will stuck to the issues and made any sense, the references to his lies would cease.  I don’t see him doing that any time soon. 

          • ellinas1

            Debate with him with issues at hand.

            Yeah, I remember him bragging about income. So did Bat One. They did it about the same time. You don’t hear us mentioning how many classic Jaguars Bat One has bragged of having or how intimate he claimed to be with Herman ” I have no skeletons in my closet” Cain.
            We do not constantly berate him or follow him around the blog to mention his alleged riches and how good he claims to be with finances.

          • Hal993

            Like I said, I agree with you.  But, I spend more money in a day than you earn all year.  I’m just kidding of course but when Hanni spouts things like that and it’s found to be completely fabricated, he can expect some heckling.

          • ellinas1

            Yeah, but heckling him for the same old shit day in and day out is….childish at best.

        • Guest

          Facts are not pot shots. Exposing lies is not taking pot shots. Isn’t that what hanni claims he’s doing here at SAB?

          • ellinas1

            You have advertized it enough times for everybody to know.
            It is now in the realm of cheap, and I mean really cheap pot shots.
            Man quit! Rise above the riff raff.

          • Guest

            I will agree to stop posting the facts, as soon as you and hanni admit what the truth actually is.

          • ellinas1

            What is the truth? What truth are you speaking about? You are being childish.
            Give me candy, you say, and I will stop my temper tantrum.
            Once again: You have advertized it enough times for everybody to know.
            It is now in the realm of cheap, and I mean really cheap pot shots.
            Quit! Rise above the riff raff.

        • Guest

          Did you ever buy a house? Did you ever buy one where no one recorded a deed, or for that matter, didn’t record some kind of release?

          • ellinas1

            What does this have to do with anything.
            You have advertized it enough times for everybody to know.
            It is now in the realm of cheap, and I mean really cheap pot shots.

  • Dakotacyr

    I never heard you complain about the deficit and traveling when Bush was in office and his numerous flights to vacation spots. Hypocrite!

    • mickey_moussaoui

      How long haven’t you been reading this blog? Bush has been out of office for three years now and You have been here maybe two months. STFU until you have cred

      • Dakotacyr

        Make me big mouth! Just pointing out the hypocrisy that deficits did not matter under Bush!

        • mickey_moussaoui

          Deficits always mattered, including under Bush. Now under
          Obama they have almost quadrupled in half the time. Bush isn’t in office, Obama
          is. Stop defending the incompetence of Obama and start getting serious about
          the mess HE is creating right now. We can not change the past but we can correct the present.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            “You know, Paul, Reagan proved deficits don’t matter”

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            “You know, Paul, Reagan proved deficits don’t matter”

            (yes there is a difference between debt and deficit)

          • Hal693

            “(yes there is a difference between debt and deficit)”

            Yes, Obama has given us a record in both.  Obama’s deficit spending has made all previous presidents look like penny pinchers.

        • Hal693

          Where have you been?  Many conservative were very vocal about the deficit spending by Bush.  Obama has taken deficit spending to a record high and a forecast of the same for at least another decade.

          Obama has been in office for 3 years now and has no accomplishments, that is why you and empty minded drones are still running against Bush.  Pitiful.  

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        mickey, you have got to stop with your obsession for carrying Rob’s water.  Just because people don’t like propagandists and hypocrites doesn’t give you reason to be paranoid for Rob.  Just sayin.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Well if you can show me that the Bush family took separate planes on vacation just because they could at the expense of the taxpayers, then I’ll criticize it.

      Because it’s wrong no matter who does it.

      • I H8 GOPers

        If the republicans would have done the right thing for americans, the Obama’s could travel together.

        • Guest

          If Americans would have voted the right way, the obama’s wouldn’t be the issue.
          And you really are an idiot.

          • ellinas1

            More cheap shots?
            Man quit! Rise above the riff raff.

          • I H8 GOPers

            Americans were not wrong. You are arrogant. Why do you arrogant elitist right-wing know-it-alls hate America and the Constitution?

            America is great because of the democratic processes guaranteed by the Constitution.

          • Neiman

            Until you liberals are able to erase the over 50 million cold-blooded, first degree murders of innocent children done by your own hands (your approval), you have absolutely no moral standing whatsoever to accuse anyone of any wrongdoing, you have a bloody, murderous glass house.

            The Constitution you pretend to love and actually pervert, was constructed on the three-legged stool in our National Charter of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” and you liberals think that killing babies by the tens of millions does not violate that most sacred obligation of life and that is to pervert our Constitution.

            Clean up your own, bloody, murderous, mass slaughter glass house first, then you’ll better be able to judge others.

            If you recall that same democratic process put Nixon in the White House, whom you liberals openly hated. Why then is it suddenly a violation of that democratic process for conservatives to oppose Obama? Why the double standard?

          • ellinas1

            “Until you liberals are able to erase the over 50 million cold-blooded,
            first degree murders of innocent children done by your own hands….”

            You’ve been touting the “over 50 million” number quite  a while now. Do you have an accurate number or are you making up things.

          • Onslaught1066

            Oh, so if you don’t have a specific number, murder is OK with you. Glad to know a goat raping pederast has some standards.

          • Neiman

            Number of abortions in United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), since 1973,
            roughly 50 million legal induced abortions have been performed in the
            United States.

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abortion_in_the_United_States

            http://www.johnstonsarchive.net/policy/abortion/graphusabrate.html

            There are more sites reporting these statistics. It is also estimated that due to liberal-socialist minded states,about 55 million abortions occur each year worldwide.

          • ellinas1

            Are you opposed to birth control such as pills and stuff?

          • ellinas1

            Quit projecting and making assumptions.
            Still dreaming goats? Come on bud! Real vagina abounds in the US, and it is easily obtainable.

      • Dakotacyr

        no but you only do it when it pertains to Obama, you didn’t even bother to see if the Bush’s did it, because you don’t really care if Bush did it, only that Obama did it.

      • ellinas1

        Mrs. Obama’s early flight to Hawaii costs about $63,000 (White House
        Dossier), but add security and personnel for a total of about $100,000.

    • Mark

      except his ‘vacation’ spots were to his ranch.  try harder next time buttercup

      • Dakotacyr

        And your point is?

        • Mark

          my point is that you have no point.  your ‘effort’ to play the ‘yeah but Bush card’ failed miserably.  

          • Hal693

            They are still running against a president that has been gone for 3 years because Obama is a failure and has no meaningful accomplishments to run on.

      • ellinas1

        Mrs. Obama’s early flight to Hawaii costs about $63,000 (White House
        Dossier), but add security and personnel for a total of about $100,000.

  • Game

    Once again, the family values party is attacking the first family. I am sure that Mrs. Gingrich will never leave her husbands side, not because she wants to save the tax payer dollars, but because she knows well what happens when you leave Newt alone with his female staff.

    Rob, I thought you were above this petty action of attacking the President for going on vacation. Shame on you.

    • mickey_moussaoui

      Once again
      the hypocrite party shows up. Remember good old playboy bubba Clinton and all
      his affairs? What does Obama abusing privilege have to do with family values?

      Are you
      drawing some lame parallel to them taking ANOTHER tax payer vacation while he
      digs us deeper into debt as some sort of family value issue? LOL what a tool.

      What is wrong with spending Christmas in the WhiteHouse and demonstrating some responsibility for a change?

      • Dakotacyr

        Why are house members flying out this weekend to have to come back and vote on Monday. Why don’t they stay and get their work done?

        • Hal693

          They do that every weekend.  The House passed a bill, the Senate is the one that is disorganized.  You are a petty liar.

          How long has it been since the Senate Finance Committee passed a budget?

      • Game

        The far right has a long history of attacking this President’s family, and often times they  are very loose with the facts while doing it. Remember when they spread the story that Michelle had called her daughters staff when they went on a trip to Africa. That was quickly proven to be false (not that you ever saw it on the SAB). Remember when Michelle Bachmann said that the President should you Skype rather than go to India at a cost of over $25million per day? That was also proven to be false (not that you ever saw it on SAB). Remember the hub about Michelle and the girls “Spanish vacation”? It was later shown that all extra expenses for that were covered by the Obama’s, not that you would ever see that on SAB.
        But yet time and time again, when given a chance to attack Michelle Sasha and Malia, despite being wrong on the issue, time after time, Rob Port cannot get to his blog fast enough to post a story about how the Presidents family is abusing the taxpayer by going on Christmas vacation.
        I also love how all these stories leave out the fact that Hawaii is Obama’s home state, and that he has always spent Christmas there. (Of course, most of the SAB readers probably still think Obama was born in Kenya, so what good would that do?)  
        All Presidents have always gone on Vacation. Remember GW and his “second” White House in Crawford? He went for months at a time. Laura and the girls would spend even more time there without him, and I am 100% sure they did not do so without Secret Service protection.This story has nothing to do with saving the tax payers money. It has to do with pure and unadulterated hatred of the President and his family.

        • mickey_moussaoui

          I seem to remember a much longer history, eleven and counting, of leftwing attacks on Bush and family.

          Pot, meet kettle.

          • Game

            Mickey_mussolini,
            I do remember a few, and they were wrong too. The blind hatred of Bush drove me just as nuts ad the blind hatred of Obama.

            Being the President of the United States does come with some privileges. You get to fly in Air Force One. You and your family gets to be protected by the best security force in the world. You get to live in a Museum. Pretty cool stuff! This is a great country, and we should not be embarrassed by it.

          • sbark

            Lets compare levels of blind hatred………Talk to me when as with GWBush movie about his assination get laughed at by the left……..When jokes about Cheneys death via heart problems get laughed at,  Rape of Condi Rice was a standing joke in the left, same with Palin.  Glee when Tony Snow died……

            that is “blind hatred……….and that is a Dem’cat Forte’

            Disagreeing with this Facist’s policies and or how they pizz away taxpayors money on another personal vacation is not “blind hatred”……..

            They are elected officials, not Dem’cat King and Queen—and for now can be disagreed with.

          • Game

            Do you want to go there?

            How about the “Obama is a Muslim” crowd? How about the Moocheele” crowd, or the Obama hates white people crowd. How about every single one of the people that bought any book ever by Glenn Beck?

            How about the people who throw a fit when the first ever black President does exactly the same thing every other President in history has done?

            As I said before, I am against hating the President no matter who it is.

          • sbark

            Yup, I’ll go “there”

            Not even close to level on par with Death wishes, rape wishes, movies about the demise of GW, …..

            remember just disagreeing with a Liberal is “hatred” in their minds…..

            That is why Leftism has given us Stalin, Lenin, Mao, Castro, Hitler among their great Leaders of this century.

          • Dakotacyr

            That’s call broad brush painting dude!

          • sbark

            Why, cannot deny it didnt happen.

            What I’d like to see once is a Dem’cat tell another Dem’cat doing that level of “blind hatred” to knock it off…just once.

            Its just silence from the “JFK” wing of the Dem’cat party….are they scared of the radical left that grabbed control in the 60’s?……too scared for even a little disent?

      • ellinas1

        Mrs. Obama’s early flight to Hawaii costs about $63,000 (White House
        Dossier), but add security and personnel for a total of about $100,000.

  • Neiman

    Did you notice these two people just don’t like to travel together?

    • Dakotacyr

      No, liar!

      • Neiman

        I should have, for the humor impaired idiots like yourself, pasted a giant smiley face as you respond better to pictures than words.

        • Dakotacyr

          You are the one without humor?

    • Hal693

      Is Mrs. Obama so busy that she can’t wait to travel with Barrak?

      • Neiman

        Yeah, telling us what to eat!

  • WOOF

    People with small children won’t do air travel together to insure the survival of a parent.

    • mickey_moussaoui

      Oh brother. It gets deeper and deeper. Now a lib is insinuating that AF1 may not be safe to justify this excess

    • Lianne

      They could do something novel and vacation at Camp David or stay quietly in the White House.   The point is the extravagance of their multi trips when he has told us, the American people, no more vacation in Vegas, etc. 

      • Dakotacyr

        WE were in two wars and the Bush’s didn’t curtail their travel one whit! hypocrite!

        • mickey_moussaoui

          Actually the Bush family stayed at Camp David during Christmas so that the majority of White House staff could be with family. Bush also gave up golf during the war because it wouldn’t look appropriate.

          • Dakotacyr

            Wow, no golf, how big of him! he starts two wars and gives up golf.

        • Lianne

          And Bush didn’t tell the American people there would be no more trips to Vegas.  who is the hypocrite?  And how does one prove a negative?  I don’t know what trips the Bushes had planned and took or didn’t take?  How do you know that? 

          • Dakotacyr

            That’s why this is a dumb post, period.

        • Hal693

          Compare the travel of the two before you make a bigger ass of yourself.

    • Glen

      I wish you would have told that to the couple with their kid that was sitting behind me on my way to NY last week.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    He needs the vacation. Running America into the ground is hard work

    • Dakotacyr

      Bush/Cheney did that all on their own!

      • Hal693

        Still running against Bush?  What has Obama done for you lately?

  • mickey_moussaoui

    Nonsense. What kind of leader makes everything three
    times worse in half the time it took his predecessor eight years to do? Answer:
    An incompetent one who is worse than the prior.

  • WOOF

    Republican house adjusts Obama vacation budget.

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

    I personally do not blame the Obamas for taking separate planes. It’s hard to fit egos as big as theirs into one 747.

  • WOOF

    Next time vote for Ted Kaczynski, he’ll vacation at his cabin

    The President ain’t gonna apologize for how a US President rolls.
    Eat your pork and beans.

    Woke up high over Albuquerque on a jet to the promised land
    http://dc366.4shared.com/img/800455442/86f933a8/dlink__2Fdownload_2F66sxIH6m_3Ftsid_3D20111217-43153-57b50510/preview.mp3

  • Davoarid

    This is completely unprecedented in the history of American politics.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      I’m sure I could provide you with mountains of examples of, say, President Bush and other Republican administrations wasting money on very stupid and extravagant things.

      Why you think that, because they did it, it’s somehow invalid to criticize Obama for doing it is beyond me.

      • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

        I’ve no doubt you could provide those examples.
        But can you link us to mountains of condemnation from the front pages of SAB?

        • ellinas1

          Mrs. Obama’s early flight to Hawaii costs about $63,000 (White House
          Dossier), but add security and personnel for a total of about $100,000.

          • Hal693

            Wow!  That is more than most American families make in one year and Mrs. Obama is wasting it just because she doesn’t want to wait for her husband.

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

            Well, at least by all accounts they aren’t sending the dog on his own plane…again.

          • ellinas1

            Different strokes for different folks. The first family is different from the families that make less than what her trip cost.
            Anything else is class and penis/vagina envy.

          • Hal993

            Obama isn’t a King.  That is our money he is pissing away on a daily basis.  He is partying hard while the country suffers greatly due to his policies.

          • ellinas1

            No he is not King. However there are certain privileges with being the president of the USA.
            The rich and the privileged always party with our money. What’s new?
            I know what. It depends who the president is.
            How dare this negro party with “our money.”
            Oh, the audacity, the nerve…….doesn’t he know his lace?

          • Hal993

            I sure hope you aren’t directing the racist charge against me, if so you are way off base.

          • ellinas1

            You hope? Why? What you gonna do?
            Reach out of my monitor and punch me? ;-)

            Now why do you think I would level such a charge against someone I don’t know?
            If so, you are either  way off base, or simply racist and don’t know it.

  • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

    I think it’s funny how quickly the liberal response skipped right over the very real concerns about government waste to “you’re attacking Obama’s family.”

    Such useful political discussion.

    • sanity

      What I find ridiculous in all this, not just in this story, but with any criticism of President Obama, is that any argument in defending President Obama is normally started off with “But Bush did this…”

      Is this wasteful? Yes.
      Does he have this right? Yes.
      Do we have a right to criticize him for it? Yes.

      We also know that the President is staying behind right now with a possible signing of a Bill being put forward from the House and Senate that has the keystone Pipeline added to it. He has been quoted that he will veto it, but this is still up in the air and very important – I have to take it that he has stayed and delayed his vacation due to this.

      Should his Wife and Daughters wait on him? Perhaps, but I would probably do the same thing, send them on ahead and I will catch up – just cause I have to work or deal with a few extra things does not mean he should have to curtail the entire families vacation.

      I have kids, the President has kids, the kids are out of school for a certain amount of time so you have to work within that time frame to vacation with the kids if that is your plan.

      Yeah, a bit wasteful, but I don’t see this as a willful waste. Meaning specifically taking two separate planes and entourages cause you can. He is staying behind to work on the Keystone Pipeline issue and Bill, sending his family ahead to get a start on their vacation while he deal with the trappings of the Office.

      There are many things to criticize him on, this I do not believe should be one of them, if you look at it in this context.

    • Dakotacyr

      Well this is what happens when you post such drivvel.  What did you expect would happen when you post an article without even checking to see if other presidents did the same thing.  You throw bombs and when bombs are thrown back, you feign, “gees, I was trying to have a useful political discussion.

      Too funny that you would ever want useful political discussion with the headlines you write and some of the articles you and others post. Don’t throw political bombs if you want “useful political discussion.”

    • ellinas1

      Mrs. Obama’s early flight to Hawaii costs about $63,000 (White House
      Dossier), but add security and personnel for a total of about $100,000.

    • ellinas1

      I think it’s funny how quickly the conservative response skipped right over the
      very real attack on Obama’s family,and pretends to be concerned about government waste.

  • Wayne

    Bush got criticized for EVERYTHING.  It didn’t matter what the extenuating circumstances were.  Hell, it didn’t really matter wether it was true or false.  But to spite the fact that Obamao makes Bush look like a saint, if you criticize Obamao who are called a racist or a hypocrite.  Not if that isn’t the pot calling the kettle black.

    • Wayne

      Meant ‘Now’ not ‘Not’.  Sorry.

    • Game

      Obama gets criticized for EVERYTHING.  It didn’t matter what the extenuating circumstances were.  Hell, it didn’t really matter wether it was true or false

    • ellinas1

      Bush did not get criticized for everything.
      Stop making up things.

  • John Wayne a true American!

    Hell Bush would go to his real home, Crawford Texas, then have to put up with protesters, code pink and co. the secret service loved it, as it was secure and remote. The pres hated it and pounded that point home on every report. 

    • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

      HA!!! “real home”!!!! hHAHAhghgbahahahaaa

      They bought the land in1999 to make bush Jr. look Raygunesque.

      • John Wayne a true American!

        Bush still lives at the ranch, can you prove how long BHO lived in Hawaii? I though BHO’s home was next to the Weather Underground terrorist in Chi town.

        • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

          Bush, who left office in January 2009 and moved with his wife to Dallas…

          http://politics.foxnews.mobi/quickPage.html?page=23888&content=38845086&pageNum=-1

          • ellinas1

            Why is it that you are determined to prove that John Wayne know nothing or a liar?
            And having proved your point, what have you gained?

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            Fish in a barrel is a fun game.
            Marion is a funny fish.

          • ellinas1

            Ahah!
            I get it. You like having fun. You must be a Democrat.

          • Guest

            Funny thing about all the Bush bashing, and blame Bush that the left does, if a republican President was doing what Obama is doing, they be screaming bloody murder and yelling for impeachment.

  • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

    It is common for corporate upper management and high government officials to fly separately so that leadership can be maintained in case one of the planes goes down. Maybe this is indicative of plans for the future …

  • ellinas1

    Here we have a bunch of conservatives criticizing a a black family’s vacation.
    Wouldn’t you know it? They want to control and have a say in everything.
    From the way the president pisses and takes a shit, up to and including the way the first couple copulates.
    Get a life.

    • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

      They’ve never gotten over losing the Great War of Northern Aggression.

      • ellinas1

        Yea, but some if not all of these “southerners” live in the frigid north fer Christ sake.
        And they do swear and claim they are not racists.

    • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

      Blacks know what gives with Obama.  Familiarize yourself with some American Black culture.
      Yes … http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2011/09/30/thoughts-from-a-black-conservative-when-will-obama-crack-in-public/
      http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Nigger%20Rich&defid=1218625

      Many years ago I drove the length of the Old Dixie Highway.  In certain areas the road passed several crumbling old shacks.  Amazingly, there was often a relatively new chrome-laden pink Cadillac parked in front of a couple of these places.  I inquired about this & was told that local black families would pool money, buy one of these cars, and once a week would take turns buying a gallon of gas, drive to a popular recreational area, park in a highly visible space, and just sit there.

      • WOOF

        They saw you coming  Massa.
        They’re probably still laughing.

        • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

          Moonbats crack me up.

      • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

        and once a week would take turns buying a gallon of gas, drive to a
        popular recreational area, park in a highly visible space, and just sit
        there.

        • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

          Damn!  I forgot that white folks buy Cadillacs too!  Thanks.  Brilliant!  You got a program that cuts & pastes for you?  That would explain how stupid your reply is, like what you get from a bad machine translator.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            With Ronnie’s ghost whispering in your ear, it’s easy to forget a lot of things.

          • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

            I can afford to forget a lot of things; you can’t.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            No, you can’t.

          • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

            Great comeback!  Or has hanni hijacked your moniker?

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            Thank you and no.

          • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

            I was truly hoping for your sake that he had,  though your last reply would indicate at least strong hanni influence.  Tsk, tsk.  Bad stupid played loudly.

      • ellinas1

        Sharecroppers sharing a pink Cadillac……..the beginning of American socialism and the concept of community property.  ;-)

        • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

          I believe that you have hit on something.

          • ellinas1

            flamemeister:
            I believe that you have hit on something.

            Is it big? Can we make money on it?
            Can we write a book on the dangers of sharecroppers sharing a pink Cadillac?
            Or one that……….oh, I don’t know. Anything that would sell…..maybe tying Obama Pink Cadillacs and socialist conspiracies?
            A book that would enrage liberals/Democrats but give hope and fuel the flames of conspiracy among
            conservatives/Republicans?

          • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

            Yes, light-hearted, yet profound; feel-good, yet with a sense of sinister stirrings in the background; conspiratorial, yet with a nod toward openness—a Book for the Ages! Think Franco Zeffirelli for the film version.

          • ellinas1

            Oh the possibilities.
            Franco Zeffir…is the old fart still alive?…checked, yes he is.
            I always thought of him as a liberal…come to find out he is a right winger and former senator with the center-right wing
            Forza Italia party.
            No matter though, the man is a brilliant director producer/director. And he is openly gay. That ought to ruffle Neiman’s feathers.
            I am in….

  • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

    .

  • Neiman

    It seems to me that considering the really bad economic times and high unemployment, this has all the appearance of being grossly insensitive and a poor exercise in using tax payer money that will not help his reelection numbers at all. They seem to be disconnected from the real world, with Michelle dangerously close to a “let em eat cake” mentality that will not sell well.

    • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

      A lot of idiots think that, Old Pal. Good for you.

  • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

    From the rube vs. truth file:

    rube:

    The budget deficit had never been over $1 trillion before President Obama took office.

    Truth:

    On Jan. 7, 2009, two weeks before Obama took office, the
    Congressional Budget Office reported that the deficit for fiscal year
    2009 was projected to be $1.2 trillion.
    The 10-year projection was
    estimated to be about $3.1 trillion. So Obama’s number was very close on
    the 2009 deficit — he said $1.3 trillion — but substantially
    different from the 10-year projection — he said $8 trillion.

    There are two reasons why he differs from the CBO. On the difference
    between the $1.2 trillion and the $1.3 trillion, the Obama
    administration credited a small portion of spending on its watch to
    policies of the previous administration. The reason for this is that the
    federal government runs on a fiscal year that starts Oct. 1, so Bush
    and Obama technically split responsibility for 2009 spending.

    The large difference on the 10-year projection has to do with Bush
    administration tax cuts. The CBO creates its estimates based on current
    law, which means the CBO assumes that the Bush tax cuts will end in 2010
    and everyone will start paying higher taxes in 2011 and going forward.
    The Obama administration, on the other hand, assumed in its baseline
    that those tax cuts would be renewed.

    Economists we spoke with — Josh Gordon, policy director for the
    Concord Coalition, and Brian Riedl, lead budget analyst of the
    conservative Heritage Foundation — both said they believe the White
    House approach is more realistic because it assumes current policy will
    continue.

    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2010/jan/29/barack-obama/obama-inherited-deficits-bush-administration/

    It’s a shady difference, one that rube may actually defend, but the truth is out there. Look it up.

  • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

    Even more from the rube vs. truth file:

    rube:

    Meanwhile, incandescent light bulbs and Ford Rangers have been banned through regulation in the name of the liberal left’s war on energy consumption

    Truth

    The automaker is introducing a new version of the Ranger globally, but since it will be nearly the same size as the F-150 sold in the U.S., they’ve decided not to bring the redesigned model here…The compact pickup segment is dwindling. Auto Observer notes that not only did sales of all pickup trucks decline when the recession hit, but sales of compact pickups have been cannibalized by the rapidly-improving full-size pickup market.

    http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/best-cars-blog/2011/06/Why_Ford_is_Discontinuing_the_Ranger/

  • Spartacus

    Expect to see these affirmative action darlings taking quite a few tax payer funded vacations over the next year, they know they’ll never have the opportunity again after January of ’13.

  • WOOF

    affirmative action darlings
    Think they took your job Sparky ?

    • Spartacus

      No, I don’t think that. However I do know we’re going to take theirs next November.

      • Atilla

         That’s not fair Spartacus.  Michelle got her job at the University of Chicago hospital on the up and up. They couldn’t even find a suitable replacement for her when she left for DC so they just eliminated the job.

  • Sp

    If every right-wing-whacknip on the globe wanted my head on a stick, I’d consider that a cheap vaca, given the security nec.

  • cylde

    The obamas fly on separate planes so if one is shot down the other will survive to take care of their children. Who might shoot down AF1 you ask? You answer.

    • Hal993

      I hope you are not trying to be serious.  They are taking their children with them on vacation, if anything happened to the plane, the children would be on it.

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