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Obama Slated to Depart for Hawaii

President Obama and his family will once again be taking a Hawaiian Christmas vacation, departing in two weeks – on or about December 20 – and returning January 5, according to Hawaii News Now.

That means that on January 1, at the very moment people across the country will be losing their insurance as a result of Obamacare, the president will be enjoying a festive respite from his troubles.

The Obamas have vacationed on Hawaii every year since Obama was first elected president, at considerable cost to taxpayers.

Air Force One is known to cost about $180,000 an hour to fly. Based on an estimated 18 hours roundtrip flying time for the flight between Washington and Honolulu, the travel cost alone of Obama’s annual Hawaii sojourn amounts to around $3.24 million. And that doesn’t include the price tag for the massive security operation required to move the president or the cost of the cargo plane that follows Air Force One around.

Obama is expected to stay as he has in the past in Kailua on the island of Oahu.

Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL

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58 Responses to Obama Slated to Depart for Hawaii

    • What this is, I respectfully submit, is a symptom of the “bigger problems.”

      They pretty much boil down to: Obama expects to be obeyed, no matter how irrational the demand. The man thinks he’s king–and he spends taxpayer money on himself at a rate that would make European royalty look like pikers.

      This, right here, is part of the problem. Not the whole problem, to be sure, but not a distraction from it, either.

      • I agree it is a symptom.
        However, it can also be a diverionary tactic.
        People need to focus on all the republic damaging issues…and let them go “home” for the holidays. /sarc
        We must hold our representatives accountable.
        I will always “hear” M. Waters say that “we will take over” the banking segment of our economy….(several years ago.)
        I think “they” need to have a good dose of the fear of God.

          • I actually took the nick from a song by VNV Nation. It’s an older one, from back in their more perpetually snarly days (“Empires,” 1999).

            The lyrics go like this:

            In your dream you see me clear
            I have no restraint, no fear
            Powerless I watched from faces I’d assumed.
            My purpose set. My will defined.
            Caress the air.
            Embrace the skies.
            Escape the sorrow and restraint of mortal cities.

            Give me time I will be clear.
            Given time you’ll understand
            What posesses me to right what you have suffered.
            I’m in this mood because of scorn.
            I’m in a mood for total war.
            To the darkened skies once more and ever onward.

            So many years I stood among
            the thoughts and tears of those I served.
            Among my own I was alone through my own doing.
            All the years I walked unknown behind the faces I assumed.
            Powerless to clear your mind of what you’d suffered.

            They fall again.
            They fall again.

            Give me time I will be clear.
            Given time you’ll understand
            What posesses me to right what you have suffered.
            I’m in this mood because of scorn.
            I’m in a mood for total war.
            To the darkened skies once more and ever onward.
            There is no faith in which to hide.
            Even truth is filled with lies.
            Doubting angels fall to walk among the living.
            I’m in this mood because of scorn.
            I’m in a mood for total war.
            To the darkened skies once more and ever onward.

            I’d only come here seeking peace.
            I’d only come here seeking me.

            It seems I came to leave.

            You can listen to the original here. (The link is from the band’s website, by the way–it’s not a pirate link.) Turn up the sound, and get ready to dance.

            How is it relevant?

            I’m in this mood because of scorn…for the people we send to Washington to speak for us, but who only speak for their party.

            I’m in a mood for total war…against the petty tyrants, foreign or domestic, who would destroy the flame of Liberty, and take us to a second Dark Age, one that this time, humanity may not return from.

            I hope that helps.

          • They’re still around, and their live shows are as energetic as ever. Word is they plan on being in the US late winter, early spring sometime.

            If they play DC, I WILL attend.

      • Exactly. I can walk and chew gum at the same time. Ironic that yesterday he gives a little talk about the widening income gap, yet he has profiting, like no other, for doing and accomplishing nothing.

  1. The timing is positively tone deaf.

    By January 5, many of the first real “lost coverage” horror stories are going to be all over the media.

    Split screen: Obama on the golf course, while cancer patient is refused treatment.

    Something tells me This Doesn’t End Well.

  2. How funny that just yesterday Obama told a TV audience that the “growing income disparity in the U.S. is the defining challenge or our time”.

    I guess it’s only disparity for little people. I’d like to hold a placard of that quote as he boards AF1 for Hawaii.

  3. I shouldn’t be critical. After all – it is his home (sorta, for a while, when he was growing up.) Plus, vacation in Hawaii for Christmas is an Obama family tradition (since he was elected.)

    • Yes “since he was elected”, it was never a tradition “before”.

      Also, it’s historic again. I don’t think any sitting President has taken his staff, press pool and security away from their families at Christmas 5 years in a row.

      And, the hypocrisy is glaring. His economic policy is to spread the wealth, but not for him.

      • I don’t understand why he even needs the press pool, they’re never allowed anywhere near the first family to actually report what’s going on. All they do is regurgitate the talking points and the official photos.

        • As best I can find he was visiting for the holidays when he was in college and then again after he made Senator. Does not say if it was as a family when he was a senator. We do know it is the family since day one as BOTUS.

  4. Sixteen days is a long time away from the mainland. Lots of time to reflect on what a ‘cockamamie’ idea’ this was to run for a job you were never quaified for in the first place. And three years is an eternity when you have to return to the mainland and face the hostility of an angry mob of citizens who were lied to.
    My advice to Barry is to stay away from the book store and ice cream parlor this time around. Obamacare, the greatest act of wealth redistribution in history, affects everyone – not just Republicans.

  5. Let’s go back to a 2008 campaign speech in which he told us we’d have to sacrifice and lead the world by example in order to fight AGW.

    “We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK,” Obama said.

    “That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen,” he added.

    SNIP

    http://hotair.com/archives/2008/05/19/obama-lets-eat-less-so-that-we-can-lead-by-example-on-climate-change-by-eating-less/

    Yet, what did he do the first day in office? He turned up the heat.

    The capital flew into a bit of a tizzy when, on his first full day in the White House, President Obama was photographed in the Oval Office without his suit jacket. There was, however, a logical explanation: Mr. Obama, who hates the cold, had cranked up the thermostat.

    “He’s from Hawaii, O.K.?” said Mr. Obama’s senior adviser, David Axelrod, who occupies the small but strategically located office next door to his boss. “He likes it warm. You could grow orchids in there.”

    SNIP

    http://hotair.com/archives/2009/01/29/the-age-of-obama-heat-for-me-but-not-for-thee/

    • What does Barry care? Unlike normal, everyday “folks”, he’s not paying for the heat, or the hydro, or the taxes, or the upkeep, or the lawn care, or the garden, or the food he eats.

  6. Split screen — Hawaii — healthcare destruction — 24/7 — on every media outlet if the media had any integrity. Two weeks in Hawaii is just obscene. FIRST GRIFTERS.

    Zeke Emmanuel should be the President’s physician.

    • Jan 15th–I think. Five more days in Dec for both houses to be here, counting today. Ton of things to do…I think another shutdown looms in Jan on the 15th. Patty Murray and Paul Ryan are supposed to cobble up some wad to prevent the next sequester. Unemployment ends Dec 31–that’s a million people shafted at Christmas (also a slow hiring time). Oh, it’s a royal mess–and Fox was the only one to report that he only met with Sebelius once in 3.5 yrs–and that was in a group. Soooo, I guess that health care thing was not exactly an obsession…. This WH doesn’t give a flip about the legislative process…

  7. How sad that those that must accompany him will be unable to spend any of their holiday with their families and friends. The inconvenience to Hawaiians and visitors is due to his visit is also significant.

    Christmas at the White House cannot be all that horrible.

    A true leader places the welfare and happiness of others before his own. The captain is the last to leave a sinking ship.

    • Why even bother to decorate the White House with 27 Christmas trees, Mao baubles, a gingerbread replica and tasteless, over-the-top extravagance if they aren’t even spending Christmas there?