From the Mail:
The Obamas’ summer break on Martha’s Vineyard has already been branded a PR disaster after the couple arrived four hours apart on separate government jets.
But according to new reports, this is the least of their extravagances.
White House sources today claimed that the First Lady has spent $10 million of U.S. taxpayers’ money on vacations alone in the past year…
The exact dollar amount isn’t really all that important – what is important i that, clearly, the First Lady has been living a high end lifestyle while America has sunk further in to debt and poverty. This is just insensitive…and unwise; if Michelle Obama cares anything for her husband’s political future, she’ll knock it off.
Under the best of circumstances, moving the President around takes a lot of money…just in actual staff the bill is huge. When you add in the cost of staying some place, providing food and then the complex security arrangements necessary for the President, you start to get in to mind-boggling figures. President and Mrs. Obama should have a little more sense – sure, the President does need a vacation. It is the most demanding job in the world…but the White House is pretty swell and Camp David is nearby.
Hopefully the mounting criticism of the President will force a bit of re-thinking on the part of the Obamas. It is time to live cheap, while America tries to recover.