Out of touch and showing it: Obamas' over-the-top vacations

You know, when George Bush was in office I got to listen to a near-endless litany of progressives/liberal/democrats complaining about the amount of time off the man took. He golfed less in the last 4 years in office than Obama has in his first two – and we’re not even to the 2-year mark, yet – and people howled and gnashed teeth over Bush’s down time. When the Bush’s went on vacation, they generally spent it at home in Crawford or up at Kennebunkport. How come I don’t hear them complaining so loudly over the Obamas’ varied vacations? First it was date night in New York. Then it’s vacation in Hawaii, and New England, and Chicago. I think we’ve already covered the rounds of golf.

But now, in the face of our current economic situation, we’re getting to see a prime example of the disconnect between The One’s family and the rest of ours. Michelle Obama is living it up on the beaches of Spain:

Spanish police cleared off a stretch of beach for U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and daughter Sasha to relax by the Mediterranean Friday after a busy day of sightseeing.

Police used palm trees to mark off the boundaries of a 100-meter (100-yard) expanse for the American delegation. On either side, onlookers gawked.

As the first lady rested inside a canvas hut by the shore, her 9-year-old daughter splashed around in the sea and a security guard swam with her.

The First Lady is in Spain for 5 days. Roger Simon of Pajamas Media offers some additional detail and wonders about the growing signs that Obama doesn’t seem to care if he gets re-elected:

Michelle’s $375,000 Spanish vacation — with the Daily Mail dubbing her a “modern-day Marie Antoinette” — is further proof of my thesis. What man who wanted to be re-elected (or see his party do well in November) would let his wife go off on such an “excellent adventure” in these economic times? Of course no one denies the right of people to have vacations – I’m coming to the end of one myself on my beloved Bainbridge Island — but closing Mediterranean beaches while booking 60-plus rooms in a five star Marbella hotel for her entourage? It is beyond tone deaf, perhaps to the level of subconscious (or even deliberate) self-sabotage.

At the very least, something most peculiar is going on. The first lady goes off on a jaunt worthy of 18th Century aristocracy at the very moment of her husband’s birthday. Is somebody trying to tell us something? Is somebody trying to tell her spouse something? Or vice-versa? Who knows? You won’t find out in the mainstream media — that’s for sure. They don’t even bother to check Obama’s college records. Perhaps the National Enquirer is on the case. They may be the only hope.

I have to admit, I was a bit surprised when I heard of Mrs. Obama and one of their daughters going to Spain while the other daughter and Dad stayed home – over Dad’s birthday. I know that if my wife suggested to my daughter that the two of them go on a vacation over my birthday, my kid would want to know why Dad’s not coming along. My wife even suggested to me this morning that the kid would be rather ticked about missing my birthday. It just seems strange.

There is nothing wrong with taking down time, especially in a stressful job. And for the record, I have no real issue with the President getting in a round of golf when he can. (I even think a round a week isn’t too much to be asking for.) But there’s a matter of how this looks to be taking vacations most Americans’ can’t even dream of right now when the economy is doing so badly. For a guy trying to get all of us to believe that “the rich” are such bad people, he’s sure acting like he’s the worst example of the lot. Most of all, I just want to see these people who moaned and complained for 8 years of the previous administration show a little fairness in their complaints. If it was bad for Bush to be doing it, then it’s bad for Obama and they should be saying so with equal vigor. If it’s not a bad thing, then they should have the decency to admit that they shouldn’t have been so hard on the last guy and that his down time was OK, too.


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  1. I agree on the double standard on Bush v. Obama vacations. More importantly, President Bush gave up golf in 2004 or 2005. He found out about troop casualties one day while on the golf course – and decided he never wanted a family of one our fallen to find out he was golfing when he found out such news. Obama has no such standard.

    As for seperate vacations, even over birthdays, it does not bother me one bit. Admittedly, I am not a big birthday person – as a matter of fact – frequently my birthday and/or Mother’s Day wish is to be left alone to do as I please! Further, both my husband and I enjoy having individual outings with each kid – we don’t all have to be together all the time.

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