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Obama's Jet-Set Lifestyle! "I Deserve It!"


Apr 13, 2012 @ 2:30 PM Obama's Jet-Set Lifestyle! "I Deserve It!"    
Suthn_Man


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Barack Obama, who is known for jetting off to exotic vacations at taxpayers’ expense, often even sending his family on ahead – also at taxpayer expense, got a little testy when a reporter questioned him about the practice.

Hell, you've got veterans out there missing limbs, unable to find enough to eat, OR support their families. Some even homeless in the park! Those who sacrificed their all. A single mile on AF-1 would meet one of their needs for a YEAR! Yet often the presidential entourage includes multiple similar aircraft. Is this level of excessive spending really necessary? Or if not, what is it about?

Obama:
“I think most folks understand how hard I work and how hard this administration is working on behalf of the American people,” he said.

Really??

The comments came in an interview with Larry Conners of KMOV-St. Louis, who asked: “The economy is a big issue and concern for folks. I mean, the unemployment, trying to make ends meet, gas prices, food prices going up. Some of our viewers are complaining, they get frustrated, even angered, when they see the first family jetting around, different vacations and so forth, sometimes maybe they think under color of state business and that you’re out of touch, that you don’t really know what they’re experiencing right now.”

Obama:
Obama tried to minimize the question, “Well, I don’t know how many viewers you’re talking about that say that.”

(inserted) [But I'd like a list of their names!]

That issue made headlines temporary just days ago when one of Obama’s daughters took a trip to Mexico, accompanied by dozens of security officers. The White House reportedly asked news outlets NOT to report on the trip.

Before that, according to the Washington Examiner, the Obamas had taken 16 vacations at taxpayer expense.

They include a President’s Day 2012 ski trip to Colorado, an extended stay in Hawaii at Christmas 2011, a Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., vacation during summer of 2011, a trip to Africa and Botswana in June 2011, another Colorado ski vacation on President’s Day 2011, Christmas 2011 for an extended trip to Hawaii.

Before that it was Florida, Chicago, Spain, Martha’s Vineyard again, Mount Desert Island, Maine, Chicago, New York City, Hawaii, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Canyon and Martha’s Vineyard again.

16 Paid-for Exotic Vacations in 3 years! What a great job that must be!

Source:

Is this one of those "Make hay while the sun shines" mentalities, 'cause it can't last??

I'd say its a little more than simply "out of touch"!

And you'd say?

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Apr 13, 2012 @ 2:46 PM Obama's Jet-Set Lifestyle! "I Deserve It!"    
sealacamp


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I believe your assessment has merit. Unfortunately the blind masses will not see this until it is too late. Such is the nature of the sheeple who are the majority of the whole.
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Apr 13, 2012 @ 2:49 PM Obama's Jet-Set Lifestyle! "I Deserve It!"    
violette1967


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Even if he uses his "salary" we would still be paying for it as we pay his salary....

Just sayin....

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Apr 13, 2012 @ 3:09 PM Obama's Jet-Set Lifestyle! "I Deserve It!"    
Suthn_Man


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Only now IMHO, its up to 'the sheeple' to put an end to this absurdity ASAP!! This is an elected person, much like you and me. Only one with a mentality of great excess, (as long as someone else is picking up the tab!)

This is not a KING, as are the self-serving visions he seems to consistently entertain..


A salary and a bottomless expense account though, are quite different things. On just his salary, which indeed is his own money, he couldn't afford any of this. While well paid, we don't compensate our politicians anywhere near that much.

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Apr 13, 2012 @ 3:47 PM Obama's Jet-Set Lifestyle! "I Deserve It!"    
bardnsage


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Who the fvck in the real world,,, even CEO's,,, have enough time earned to take 16 vacations when they have not even been on the job 4 years yet?

Hell,, and how many of those are paid for by the company?

If the CEO of Ford Motor Company,,, sent his kids on a vacation to Mexico,,, on Ford dollars,,,, the GovCO enforcers of SOX rules,,,, would hammer him into the ground like a cheap tent stake.

Remember,,, the brew-ha over Air Force one flying over New York,,, because they needed a photo op.....

And yes,,, this is the same mentatility that let's Ms. Pelosi get a BIGGER free jet,,, so she does not have to stop and get FREE FUEL when flying from CA to DC. She deserves it....



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Apr 13, 2012 @ 3:55 PM Obama's Jet-Set Lifestyle! "I Deserve It!"    
violette1967


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It's hard work being Pres..... He needs more vacation than the rest of us .....I think we should give him some more money so he can relax on a private island....
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Apr 13, 2012 @ 5:08 PM Obama's Jet-Set Lifestyle! "I Deserve It!"    
bardnsage


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Bikini Atol sounds good.
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Apr 13, 2012 @ 5:35 PM Obama's Jet-Set Lifestyle! "I Deserve It!"    
SensualGemini


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Suthn: Hell, you've got veterans out there missing limbs, unable to find enough to eat, OR support their families. Some even homeless in the park! Those who sacrificed their all. A single mile on AF-1 would meet one of their needs for a YEAR! Yet often the presidential entourage includes multiple similar aircraft. Is this level of excessive spending really necessary? Or if not, what is it about?

....First, let me say that I believe Obama and his racist administration to be very bad for this country.

....That said, when political pundits of either the left or right throw sensational BS out there that is untrue, that diminishes their credibility.

....Let me make this very clear.

....Obama and his administration have done more for the Veteran's Administration than Bush ever did.

....Historically, clear back to the Bonus Army and Republican Hoover, the Democrats have always treated Veterans better than the Republicans, period.

Facts:

The Bush administration underestimated VA care by $256 Million in his 2009 budget that Obama corrected.

Obama's 2010 budget called for a 15% increase to the VA's overall budget, from $97.7 Billion to $112.8 Billion, on top of the $1.4 Billion that was already set aside in the Stimulus Bill.

Obama has created several VA programs for the homeless, for jobs, for much faster diagnosis and medical care, etc.

This doesn't even address the Bush Administration's under funding of VA and general lack of concern for Veterans and caring for them. The treatment received by Vets from George W. Bush was shameful, but President Obama has raised the bar and set a new standard for the way we care for Vets.

VetVoice

Veteran Promises that Obama has kept....

Rick Santorum is also an idiot....

....So, easily discredit Obama on many other fronts and you would be correct, but when it comes to Veterans, he has been taking care of them far better than the Republicans and thus, your attempts at sensationalism at the Veteran's expense is a prejudiced partisan lie.

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Apr 13, 2012 @ 5:53 PM Obama's Jet-Set Lifestyle! "I Deserve It!"    
Suthn_Man


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This is NOT a thread about the VA or about Veterans.
It IS a thread about extreme presidential excesses.

Veterans are only one of many examples of how better we could use such funds rather than exotic vacations taken every few weeks at enormous taxpayer expense.

16 of them in 3 years!

If it were about veterans, I would happily oppose your stated opinions. Obama has no priority whatsoever for veterans OR the military. And I do mean whatsoever! Bush certainly didn't either. But that's another topic!

Feel free to start a thread about that if you like, and I will gladly participate. But let's keep this one on topic.

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Apr 13, 2012 @ 6:20 PM Obama's Jet-Set Lifestyle! "I Deserve It!"    
Suthn_Man


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Bikini Atol sounds good.

It does indeed! And make it a LOOOONG one!!
So he could relax and de-stress a LOT!

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Apr 13, 2012 @ 6:21 PM Obama's Jet-Set Lifestyle! "I Deserve It!"    
violette1967


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With molotove cocktails?
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Apr 13, 2012 @ 6:25 PM Obama's Jet-Set Lifestyle! "I Deserve It!"    
SensualGemini


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Suthn: This is NOT a thread about the VA or about Veterans.
It IS a thread about extreme presidential excesses.

....You connected them in your attempt for sensationalism... you alluded to Veterans were not being taken care of.

Suthn: Hell, you've got veterans out there missing limbs, unable to find enough to eat, OR support their families. Some even homeless in the park! Those who sacrificed their all.

....Which does not have a damn thing to do with Obama's travel itinerary, but as explained with links, Obama is a hell of a lot better for Veterans than Bush ever was.

....He is just not good for the country, but what the hell, neither was Bush, or even Clinton.

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Suthn: If it were about veterans, I would happily oppose your stated opinions. Obama has no priority whatsoever for veterans OR the military. And I do mean whatsoever! Bush certainly didn't either. But that's another topic!

....And you would be proven again, that you are another far right idiot that is only superseded by your sock puppet, Peaceful.

....As far as "vacation days" .... Obama has yet to catch up with Bush.

Presidential Vacations

....But then, is a president ever on "vacation"? Not really....


Carry on with the ignorant bipartisan BS.

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Apr 13, 2012 @ 7:04 PM Obama's Jet-Set Lifestyle! "I Deserve It!"    
kattsmeow


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Then again, some of these presidents mentioned, were from the 1%, right? Other than using Air Force 1, did they use their own money at all?
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Apr 13, 2012 @ 7:48 PM Obama's Jet-Set Lifestyle! "I Deserve It!"    
SensualGemini


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Katt: Then again, some of these presidents mentioned, were from the 1%, right? Other than using Air Force 1, did they use their own money at all?

....Every president gets to use Air Force 1 as their personal limousine, as an extension of the White House with military command that includes all the required security... and although some, such as the Clinton's were not in the top 1% going into office, they all are by the time they get out.

....Nevertheless, the president receives $400,000/annual in salary, with $50,000/year for entertainment expense. The president and family buy their own food, everything that is considered personal; clothes, toothpaste, dry cleaning, etc., but they do get a chef to prepare the food.

....Most become quite wealthy through their supposed blind trusts, or as with the Clinton's payback to their Clinton Library fund that they maintain full control over about $80 Million, etc. Bush did it a bit differently with mandated Ethanol.

....Maybe if the president was paid like some of the CEO's, they would not have to whore themselves out for about 2 cents on the dollar as the puppet of entities that spent $Millions putting them into office.


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Apr 13, 2012 @ 10:44 PM Obama's Jet-Set Lifestyle! "I Deserve It!"    
Suthn_Man


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Then again, some of these presidents mentioned, were from the 1%, right? Other than using Air Force 1, did they use their own money at all?

Not quite sure what you are asking Katt. The 1%? Well, Obama wasn't in that category in the beginning, but he frequently claims now, that he is. So he's apparently done very, very well in 3 short years. He must own some awfully good stocks or something. Something that survived the big crash unscathed!

I don't know if you read the article in the link or not, but it elaborates somewhat on what the complaints are, even by his own base. That is, this president seems to have very few limitations where spending taxpayer money on vacations are concerned. His base is mainly concerned because it casts an irresponsible image on the presidency.

But generally the issue is the 16 paid for vacations in 3 years which far exceeds anyone before him. That's a vacation approximately every 10 weeks on average. Just the fact that he takes them so often, and spends so much doing so, is cause for great concern when the country is struggling. Meantime of course, jet-fuel has skyrocketed in price as well as gasoline.

For example, the Hawaii Reporter said the first family’s 2011 Christmas vacation in Hawaii would exceed $1.5 million

Bush for instance (in better times), took 30 vacations in 8 years, which while excessive to be sure, wasn't near as much $$$$ spent, because for one thing, much of it was at home in Texas with few associated expenses. Plus Bush rarely sent his family separately, or his kids somewhere by themselves, on the taxpayers tab, with their own airplane and their own team of federal security.

But then Bush and his predecessors didn't consider themselves Jet-Setters, or Royalty, as Obama seems to. Yet at the same time he wants to be considered 'one of the people'.

This is the heaviest spending Chief Executive we've ever seen, both on his own federal projects, many of which are dismal failures, and his personal use of taxpayer funds.

A little more from the article:
The report continued, “Critics and even some in his own party say the vacations present a bad image at a time when many Americans are struggling to get by during the recession.”

The Examiner cited a Harris poll showing only 3 in 10 Americans say they plan to take a vacation lasting longer than a week over six months.

Source here:

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Apr 13, 2012 @ 10:59 PM Obama's Jet-Set Lifestyle! "I Deserve It!"    
OldGeezer55


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In defense of Suthn_Man, he never compared Obama to Bush in his post so why would you be so against him to bring that up SensualGemini?
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Apr 13, 2012 @ 11:07 PM Obama's Jet-Set Lifestyle! "I Deserve It!"    
bluewind37


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Well, we are paying his salary, and his pension (or whatever one wants to call it) after he is out of office...so...either way, we're paying for any and all of his vacations even after he is out of office. Same as with Carter, Clinton, Bush Sr. and Bush Jr. We're also paying for the Secret Service to keep on protecting them the rest of their lives.

Sure wish I could take 16 lavish vacations within a 3 year span. I'm lucky if I can get 1 week.
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Apr 13, 2012 @ 11:18 PM Obama's Jet-Set Lifestyle! "I Deserve It!"    
bardnsage


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In this economic environment,,, one does question the judgement to make so many vacations,,, and GOLFING.

I wonder,,, has he or the wife been in the victory garden tilling in the horse shit... errr,, organic fertilizer,,, this year.
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Apr 13, 2012 @ 11:27 PM Obama's Jet-Set Lifestyle! "I Deserve It!"    
SensualGemini


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Geezer: In defense of Suthn_Man, he never compared Obama to Bush in his post so why would you be so against him to bring that up SensualGemini?

....Because I am a Veteran, my whole family are Veterans and using Veterans in attempting sensationalism with his opening statement to somehow diminish Obama is absolute BS.... especially compared to Bush and the Republican history.

....You do remember the Walter Reed Scandal in 2007, that culminated from 2004 that Bush did nothing until the Washington Post published about? That was going on nationwide and one of the promises Obama kept by not only correcting, but also added several other Veteran programs.

....Meanwhile, I also proved that compared "vacations" for several recent presidents and Obama needs to catch up.... like any president is every really on a vacation.

....In conclusion, I can think of a whole bunch of topics that Obama has failed, but diluting with BS that can easily be proven as BS, does nothing but make Obama look better. Lets just say that Romney does not need Suthn helping him out with his campaign.


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Apr 13, 2012 @ 11:37 PM Obama's Jet-Set Lifestyle! "I Deserve It!"    
Angel54214


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OOPS!

Misconduct alleged against Secret Service agents in Columbia

CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) – A dozen Secret Service agents with President Obama at an international summit have been relieved of duty because of allegations of misconduct.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/story/2012-04-13/secret-service-misconduct-alleged/54267434/1
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