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Obamas Made Hawaii Trip to Showcase Income Inequality

In what can only be described as a remarkable sacrifice for the public good, the Obamas’ extended vacation in Hawaii was staged entirely to showcase for the public what happens when you allow too much income inequality.

According to White House advisors close to the president – not close, as in standing next to him all the time, but who have a close relationship with him, at least professionally – the Obamas planned and executed their exorbitant excursion to Hawaii for no other reason than to show Americas how disgustingly well the disgustingly rich live and to drum up support for Obama’s agenda to close the income gap.

“The president and Mrs. Obama this year wanted to just take a three-day weekend at a Ramada Inn in Philadelphia,” said one White House source. “But they felt that, for the good of the country, they must head to Honolulu so people could understand what’s really going on with income inequality.

On the record, aides were more circumspect. “The president always stands ready to do what’s right for the American people, even if this involves some inconvenience and level of sacrifice on his part” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

To drive the point home, President Obama played golf nine times while in Hawaii. “I’m sick of golf. I’m not going,” Obama snapped as he was told by aides he must head out to the links for the ninth and final time.

The president then had to be restrained after smashing a vase of orchids with his putter, according to sources who were present at the time of the incident, which occurred in the billiards room of his rental home. But aides then calmed him down and convinced him he must shoot one last round – for the people’s sake.

Soon after playing, it was time to head home.

But Mrs. Obama, who is whispered to be the most forceful advocate within the White House of ending income inequality, believed that even after more than two weeks on vacation, the Obamas had not done enough. With time running out on their rental, Michelle volunteered to make the arduous journey from Oahu to Maui, where she would spend another nine days or so at the home of Oprah Winfrey.

Oprah’s pad was not her first choice, aides emphasized.

“She expressed a desire to stay at the Maui Motel 6, but we convinced her that the only way to truly make her point was to hang out with Oprah,” said a person close to Michelle. Again, not person close to Michelle  like sitting at the same table with her or something, but close to her in that, you know, they talk.

According to several informed sources, Michelle is considering skiing this year in the Alps, believing that her annual trips to Aspen do not sufficiently showcase the lifestyles of the rich and famous for the benefit poor people.

Meanwhile, Obama next month will jet down to Florida again for golf lessons with Tiger Woods, and he plans to enhance this symbolic demonstration of the income gap with a practical step toward closing it by this time tipping the caddies.

Michelle to Return from Hawaii by Wednesday

Alas, it’s over.

After 24 days on vacation in Hawaii, including ten without her husband and children, First Lady Michelle Obama will return to Washington by Wednesday.

Michelle, who has been holed up at Oprah Winfrey’s fabulous spread on Maui since President Obama and their daughters departed Hawaii January 4, has an event – a White House screening of an educational movie – scheduled for Wednesday at 4 pm. That means she’ll leave Hawaii Tuesday night at the latest.

The first lady’s decision to extend her vacation will probably cost taxpayers in excess of $200,000, including the cost of a special flight aboard an Air Force jet.

Your Birthday Gift to Michelle

First Lady Michelle Obama failed to accompany President Obama and their daughters home from Hawaii today, a decision that will likely incur taxpayers at least a couple of hundred thousand dollars in costs.

Michelle happyThe White House described the move as a “birthday gift” from President Obama to his wife,  allowing her to “spend times with friends ahead of her upcoming 50th birthday,” which occurs January 17. But for this gift, you are footing much of the bill.

I estimated some costs a year ago when, on their previous vacation to Hawaii, it appeared that Michelle was going to stay in Hawaii while her husband went home to deal with a problem he was having with Congress:

Assuming Mrs. Obama uses the type of plane she has flown before to Hawaii, the Air Force C-40B Special Mission Aircraft, the cost of a flight from Honolulu to Washington would be about $63,000. If the C-40B must be flown out to Hawaii to retrieve Mrs. Obama, as would seem likely, the first lady’s travel costs could amount to about $126,000, assuming the jet is dispatched from Washington.

And the cost would be much higher still if a supply-carrying cargo jet comes home along with Michelle in addition to the cargo jet that accompanies Air Force One – particularly if that jet too must be flown out to Hawaii just for Mrs. Obama.

Once you throw in the tens of thousands of dollars that must be dished out to house, pay, and support the military and Secret Service assets enlisted to protect Mrs. Obama – as well as other support staff – the price tag for her stay is probably in excess of $200,000, and possibly much more, depending on how long she remains on vacation.

Instead, last year Obama returned to Hawaii to resume his vacation after finishing up with Congress, at a far greater cost to taxpayers due to the much higher price tag for flying Air Force One.

That would seem unlikely this year, but anything’s possible.

Obama’s Hawaiian Idyll Ends Tonight

Today is President Obama’s last day of vacation, though he’ll take a late checkout time and get a full final day in.

Air Force One is scheduled to depart Honolulu this evening, which would put him in the White House around midday Sunday, and he’ll be back at work Monday.

It’s been fifteen full days of vacation for the president and his family.

Saturday the president stayed in at his vacation rental home, venturing out only for dinner at Morimoto Waikiki, where he also dined at the beginning of his stay in Hawaii.

A Visit to the Cemetery

President Obama Thursday took his daughters to see the grave of his grandfather, Stanley Dunham.

From the pool report:

President Obama’s motorcade made its way to Honolulu, passing by stunning vistas while occasionally being slowed by congested roads. After a 30-minute drive, Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia arrived at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Puowaina Punchbowl Crater.

Obama’s grandfather, Stanley Dunham, is interred at the cemetery.

Four minutes after arriving, Obama and his daughters were back in the motorcade. The next destination is unknown.

Afterward, the president, Sasha and Malia made a late afternoon stop at the Honolulu Zoo, touring privately after hours.

Video || Obama Putts on the 18th

I know this is going to be a shock to you, but President Obama began 2014 with a round of golf.

The White House let the press take a look for the second time of Obama’s Hawaii vacation. Seems like a nice gesture, but it turns out parts of the course are viewable from the street, which suggests the White House is at least partially making the best of a bad situation by giving reporters “access” they had anyway.

Here’s the president putting the 18th green. Nice one, under a bit of pressure, since he surely knew the press was watching and a major screwup would become and instant YouTube classic. The press pooler pegged the distance at about 22 feet.

Obama’s first round of 2014 is also the 158th of his presidency and the seventh of a Hawaii vacation that has been mainly about golf.

This latest outing was at the Mid Pacific Country Club in the Lanikai area of Kailua. Obama played with his standard Hawaii crew or friends and aides and aides who are also friends – Marty Nesbitt, Bobby Titcomb, Sam Kass, Marvin Nicholson, Andrew Dibble

Another Round of Golf

President Obama got in yet another round of golf Sunday, his fifth since landing in Hawaii nine days ago.

This time he played with his core group of friends – Hawaiians Bobby Titcomb and Mike Ramos and Chicagoans Eric Whitaker and Marty Nesbitt. The latter two seem to plan their own vacations around Obama.

Also on hand for the round, played at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay, was White House trip director and Obama golf buddy Marvin Nicholson.

This is Obama’s 45th outing of the year and the 156th since Inauguration Day 2009.

Chef Morimoto Slices Raw Fish for Obama

As the deadline for insurance sign ups hits, President Obama Sunday evening headed directly to his favorite sushi hangout in Honolulu, Morimoto Waikiki, presumably for some of Chef Morimoto’s famous sliced fish. Obama goes there every year soon after his arrival in paradise. The president is an utter creature of habit. Every vacation it’s the… Continue Reading