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Report: Obama to be in Hawaii as Nation Goes Over the Cliff

President Obama is reportedly scheduled to be vacationing in Hawaii on January 2, the date billions in spending cuts – and untold consequences for the economy – will kick in if a deal is not reached on the “fiscal cliff.”

According to the Hawaii Reporter, residents who live in the area of Oahu where Obama and his family vacation have been told that the usual restrictions on their movements during an Obama stay will be in place for 21 days, from December 17 through January 6.

The White House has not officially announced the vacation, and it is unclear if the travel plans are finalized or if the Obamas will be in Hawaii for the entire three-week window covered by the restrictions.

An upcoming vacation could provide subtle pressure for Obama to reach a deal, since not getting one might force him to cancel his coveted time in Hawaii. Even though the election is behind him, Obama’s advisers would probably think it too much of a public relations nightmare to have the president luxuriating in paradise while the country embarks on a season of massive pain.

In the past, Obama has made sure he got his vacation time in – even extending his scheduled Hawaii sojourn after being forced to delay its start because of negotiations with Congress.

What’s more, the Obamas skipped their traditional August trip to ritzy Martha’s Vineyard, an excursion that would have contrasted too severely with a candidate supposedly fighting for the middle class. They presumably are more than eager at this point to get away.

The Hawaii Reporter estimates that the total cost of the vacation to Hawaii and federal taxpayers, including funding for travel, staff and protection, is at least $4 million. Obama’s vacations are more expensive than those of previous presidents because of the huge costs to fly Air Foce One and an accompanying cargo plane for nine hours or so to Hawaii.

457 Responses to Report: Obama to be in Hawaii as Nation Goes Over the Cliff

  1. Why are we all preaching to the choir (with the exception of Robert Taylor who is a true blame Bush communist)? The people who re-elected this piece of trash are too stupid to care about what is actually happening in the country and too lazy to take responsibility for themselves.

  2. Since Obama has no shame, no understanding of his “fellow man” and what they may be experiencing, going over the cliff is of little importance to him. He will do as he chooses, and as our French Queen so apply put… “Let them eat cake”. In her case – she lost her head. I our case, we have lost a Country. This Christmas will be a very bleak one for most of us, but Obama won’t even be aware… Lots of soft sand, warm surf, blue skies and beautiful flowers. He will live the “Aloha” life… Mele Kalikimaka and Hau’oli Makahiki to you all!!!

  3. Imagine the Headlines if GWB had done this…..”Unemployment 4.5%; deficit half a billion, and the Pres Dare to go to Hawaii”. Maureen Dowd “how can he leave the po’ folk at home and vacation on Maui. NYT “what a slap in the face to the American Worker in this time of national crisis. Krugman “gov’t should stop spending”.

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  5. You can bet what’s left of your paycheck (after our taxes go up) that the Obama’s splendiforous 3 weeks on Oahu won’t be the opening story for Brian, Dianne or Katie. There won’t be a special report by Andrea, Chuck or David about it. The NY Times, AP, Reuters, Post and the Trib will remain silent. Chris Mathews, Ed Shultz and the angry young man won’t go all “Romney” on Obama for his opulence at our expense. And yet again, the sheeple will be spun the narrative that “Obama on your side”. (in my best Thurston Howell voice) “Ohhh Lovie…pass me the caviar…tehehehehehe….”

  6. His backside should be in Washington since he has been on vacation for the past two years. So sick of these people wasting my tax dollars, while my taxes increase.

  7. Why isn’t he planning a trip back to his roots?
    Whe he not be going back to Africa for a Safari?
    Go hang with spear chucking aboriginis?
    Eat some animals that he kills.
    Maybe get some authentic Tattoos while he is there?
    What does Hawaii have to offer him?

  8. 77 vacations to Texas in 8 years. A total of 3.5 years on vacation, that was Bush. Keep crying neocons, at your own clique believes your bs and lies.

    • Nitwit, Bush actually took most of those vacations on his own ranch. He wasn’t costing U.S. taxpayers millions of dollars like your Douchebag does. Bush also was working most of the time on his vacations, not playing b. ball and golfing. Of course your head is so far up your rear you wouldn’t know that.

    • Not only that . . . Pres. Bush actually did work on his vacation. He rarely didn’t start his day in his office at the ranch. BO doesn’t work when he wakes up in the White House.

  9. The Obamas go on vacation to Hawaii every year since 2008.
    Nothing to see here people..move along.
    Besides Obama and his wife and family have
    to rest up for their fancy-dancy inaugural don’t they?!!

  10. Those who voted against him already knew what a dodescending, despicable POS Obama was. I hope all of you Obamabots thoroughly enjoy your penniless, frigid Christmas holidays in the Northeast and elsewhere as the Obama’s rub your faces in their elitist arrogance on your dime. That is for those of you who work. The rest of you, make sure that Government check gets spent slowly. It’s a long cold winter!! Enjoy!

  11. Let them eat cake!

    What better time to be dropping 4mil of tax payer money than right when the nation is going to get the biggest kick in its wallet that we’ve seen in a very long time. That is every single one of you! Even you Democrat voting welfare bums will feel the trickle down.

    Hope and change! Hope of a sunny day at the beach for Obama and change in how much your family gets to spend with the money you earn for the rest of us.

    You voted for it America. Enjoy!

  12. Regarding the presidential vacation and the cost, all I can say is WOW!!! I can’t believe the cost that we citizens are paying while this administration is in office.

  13. Ya know what?

    Let him go.

    I want him on vacation, golfing, “campaigning” as much as possible. I want him out of the white house for every single minute we can get him out.

    The more he’s sitting at that desk, the more damage he’s doing.

    • Only one problem with that. While he and the beard are at play there are 40-something czars greasing the wheels of government, with Iran-born Valerie Jarrett cracking the whip.

  14. Remove his personal items from the Lincoln Bedroom into storage: $275.00
    Change the locks on the White House doors while he is gone: $1479.89
    Change in the GDP: Priceless.

    • And we weren’t in the deep do-do that we are in now. BO tells everyone to sacrifice, but he couldn’t even spend a Christmas in the DC area. Pres. Bush spent Christmas at Camp David so all of his staff and SS could be close to their home the holidays. But no . . . BO has to drag them away from their homes for the holidays. And I would imagine if any of them want to spend the holidays with their families, they have to pay to have them travel to Hawaii. What a bunch of thoughtless people the Os are.

  15. Absolutely he deserves a vacation after all of the lies and obstructionism that the radical repubs have inflicted on this country. All of us long time taxpayers need a vacation from you people. I personally was hopeful you would all move to Texas and put up the walls. At least that way, we would have you all in one place. Once we get that “1 gun per household limit” law passed you will be much less of a threat to mainstream America. It’s okay, until them, we will continue to do your thinkin for ya.

  16. who cares… I got my phone and welfare. welcome to the new america. is it me or does anyone else ask HOW ARE WE GOING TO PAY FOR THIS SHIT!!!

  17. and the “news” media will STILL give Ovomit a pass when he jets off to Hawaii at one of the most CRITICAL times in American history. A$$H0L3

  18. So just to keep this straight.

    Demcorats set up the fiscal cliff. It came out the whitehouse and that has already been proven beyond question even though Obama lied about it during the debate.
    Democrats also were the ones who refused for years to make the Bush tax cuts perminent but were also the ones who voted the most to extend the around the midterm elections.
    Democrats also promised if Republcians caved on the debt limit they would cut spending then once the limit was raised demanded even more spending.
    So demcorats set up the fiscal cliff, set up the tax cuts expiring, kept spendign like crazy and this is all somehow Republcians fault if you listen to the media? Republicans shoud refuse to give an inch just like democrats always do. Go off the cliff. After all it is what the democrats want anyway.
    After all they were the ones telling us for years how the Bush tax cuts were only for the the rich. Now all of a sudden it is death to the middle class?
    How can tax cuts that only went to the rich expiring cause middle class and lower class taxes to go up?

    Oh and lets not forget you can thank the democrats for imposing the ATM as well that has ensnared millions of Americans.
    God people are stupid not to see through the lies of the left.

  19. The Obama’s bask in the sun while every night men women and children freeze in the cold winter’s night knowing that Obama cares. The country as a whole goes over the fiscal cliff like nobody saw this coming even before he took office for the first term. Folks if you couldn’t see this coming you are Fing blind. And for all the Obama people that said he wasn’t trying to take your guns away, within hours of being re-elected it was announced that the UN arms control treaty talks were scheduled for March. and Now the Guantanamo prisoners are going to be transferred to a prison near you can’t hardly wait for the jihadi’s to start targeting the prison guards and their families and then the communities near then and start recruiting within the Federal prison system. Great way for Obama to give the Muslim extremists a foot hold and network with our nations finest criminals convert them to Islam and use their murderous ways for Allah. Oh it is so much more than just a fiscal cliff. Keep pushing Obama you only have 4 more years to finish America off. Your children will look back and say yep my dad sure did screw America up we are so proud.

  20. I demand a refund! My tax dollars were paid to help this coutry, to pay for it’s infastructure and it’s security. Now we have a president who is so concerned with his own being that he says to hell with you all, I’m going to Hawaii and spend your money to the tune of about $4 MILLION dollars. There are supposed to be “negotiations” going on to solve our financial crisis that he exacerbated many times over (Solyndra, UNIONS, Government Motors and their electric toys) and he is too busy planning his vacation to even tell the American people what he proposes beyond his tax hikes. He will not even make public his plan as to how to get us out of this mess. All he will say is “raise taxes” and you know that will not get us anywhere other than deeper into his bottomless pit, and he is going on a TAXPAYER funded vacation! His addiction to throwing away our hard earned money is proven by his “we’ll discuss spending cuts later” which means in political speak NO SPENDING CUTS and he’s going on a $4,000,000 vacation and taking Queenie Michelle Lard Butt with him. Thank you voters. You put him back in office.

    • At first I loved that comment but then realized that Hawaii is libtard central, a blue dot surrounded by blue water. They would see Obama as their God, not Pele. All we can hope for is hurt feelings on Pele’s part and a giant eruption of lava swallows Obama and his entire entourage.

  21. […] As Twitchy reported earlier, despite the fast-approaching fiscal cliff, President Obama can’t be troubled to meet with Congressional leaders. Well, it looks like the country will have to wait a little longer for even a halfhearted show of leadership. While the president is threatening Americans that Republicans will steal their $2000, he’s preparing to embark on a three-week, $4 million Hawaiian vacation. Funded by taxpayers, of course. […]

  22. Jugears off to see Choom Guy, he gone pahtee pahtee pahtee. So libtardians, spell fiscal cliff. Now visualize the cliff. Now visualize me kicking you in the a$$. Embrace the meltdown, be at one with your demise libtards.

  23. Skipping town again when, what else is new. If there is a vote, a hearing, a controversy or a decision to be made he is gone. He leave all problems to his administration to handle because he hasn’t a clue how to solve problems on his own, and if and when thing blow up he takes no blame.