No president in recent memory has been on vacation as much as Mr Obama. Mr Reagan spent quite a bit of time in California, working the ranch, but kept in touch. GWBush did the same, only better. He made many trips to his ranch in Texas, but tended to “vacation” by working the ranch half days, saving time for staff meetings and press conferences. Even Mr Clinton, who vacationed in expensive locations that made the rest of the working classes jealous, only took a couple of them a year.
This president seems to have trouble finding his way back to the White House. 7 vacations so far this year, not counting the “date night” to New York City, the command performances at the White House, and the extended summits and visits to visit the troops.
Today we hear that his wife, freshly back from a family trip to Maine, is jetting off to Spain. Not a simple trip to visit an old friend. She’s not flying coach. She’s taking an official government plane, staying in 30 rooms at a 5-star resort. (It takes that many for all the friends and bodyguards that are going with them. She’s taking 9-year-old Sacha, but not her husband. He will join them in the Florida panhandle for next week’s vacation.
Rather than buckling down to do the work of governing the country, President Obama is getting a reputation of King Barry, spending our money to help the already big and powerful, spending our money to give a pittance to out of work citizens, and spending our money for personal luxury. It’s a good gig if you can get it.