Not that I care all that much about the cost. This country has a lot bigger spending problems to face than Presidential travel. And, to a certain extent, this is one of the perks of the job. All Presidents traveled for personal pleasure, and being the President means having an entourage and a security detail everywhere you go. It’s unavoidable.
What I’m much more worried about is the carbon footprint. After all, Obama wants to tax carbon emissions and regulate where our thermostats are set and what sort of vehicles we drive all in the name of thwarting what he believes will be a global warming apocalypse, yet he can whisk his wife away to New York on a gas-guzzling jet (not to mention a gas-guzzling helicopter) for a date?
Obama tells me I have to change my lifestyle and sacrifice for the greater good while he’s busy flying down to New York for some fine dining and theater.
If you ask me, this little move by Obama should kill his cap and trade legislation. If global warming isn’t enough of a threat to get Obama to change his lifestyle, then why should it be enough to justify regulating every part of my lifestyle?