We only have to go back to August for one of the most recent “shared sacrifice” lectures from President Obama:

President Obama wrapped up his three-day bus tour of the Midwest on Wednesday by previewing his renewed plans for deficit reduction involving what he called “shared sacrifice.”

“If everybody took an attitude of shared sacrifice, we could solve our deficit and debt problem next week,” Mr. Obama said at a town-hall-style event at a hybrid-seed factory.

And the President has followed through on that and is leading by example, because taxpayers are going to sacrifice so his family can share a helluva nice vacation:

The total cost (based on what is known) for the 17-day vacation roundtrip vacation to Hawaii for the President, his family and staff has climbed to more than $4 million. Here’s why…

The Hawaii Reporter has the breakdown of the shared sacrifice. The paper said they contacted the Government Accountability Office about the cost to taxpayers of vacations of the previous two presidents and they were referred back to the White House spokesman. In a roundabout way that pretty much answers the question.

Of course, we could be getting ahead of ourselves. The way things are going in DC, President Obama might never get to Hawaii this year.

Side note: When Ronald Reagan was president, he spent Christmas at the White House instead of at his home in California so his aides and Secret Service detail could spend the time with their families.


12 Responses to “Shared Sacrifice: Obama Vacation Cost to Exceed $4 Million”

  1. Linda on December 18th, 2011 3:32 pm

    If Barry had to spend his own money for his lavish vacations….

  2. joyannaadams on December 18th, 2011 4:30 pm

    I guess the "fourth" greatest President in history (as he so claims to be) doesn't care to share in the suffering.

    And the suffering will be worse when he leaves office with all the draconian taxes going into effect in 2013. He will be gone, and the NEXT President will be blaming Obama. And it WILL be his fault.

    And then all the liberals will say, "you can't blame him!" and the circle continues.

    Nobody says Obama should pay us back for his lavish expensive vacations. Frankly, I hope it rains the whole time he's there.

  3. swede on December 18th, 2011 4:52 pm

    He thinks he is. He is redistributing our wealth to himself. Kind of a Robin Hood without the Robin.

  4. OK_Loyalist on December 18th, 2011 5:57 pm

    Eat your peas!

  5. backwoodsconsr on December 18th, 2011 6:18 pm

    Why does Obama need to fly to Hawaii? I thought he could walk on water.

  6. backwoodsconsr on December 18th, 2011 6:45 pm

    Come to think of it, Obama could just part the waters and drive his golf cart out there.

  7. OK_Loyalist on December 18th, 2011 6:52 pm

    After all, he's the one he's been waiting for, just ask him.

  8. SignPainterGuy on December 18th, 2011 7:01 pm

    Mmm hmmm !

  9. backwoodsconsr on December 18th, 2011 7:03 pm

    I wish we could have waited a lot longer.

  10. SignPainterGuy on December 18th, 2011 9:28 pm

    Yep, as you pointed out earlier, Meanchelle was finally glad ……. he`d arrived !

  11. Marshall_Will on December 19th, 2011 12:56 am

    So much encouraging news lately. Team NObama realizes full well this is their last whirlwind affair on our dime. So they're doing it up. Lots of goodbyes to say you know?

    Rather than portraying a super-dooper secret agent manipulated by an evil ( and presumably GOP controlled U.S gov't ) Matt Damon is going w/ hapless/clueless zookeeper opting for chuckles over "sculpting the American political landscape thru cinema" as has been his practice ever since his one-hit-wonder w/ Good Will Hunting.

    That's the equiv. of Olberman doing a cooking show. ( But don't go giving him any IDEAS as clearly he is stumped? ) There was TONS o' money to be made off H&C and THAT train has left station. From the $172 TRIL to Green The Planet to Obama 2012 yarmulkes and everything in between!

    Today, even the Oregonian tried to get in on the act running w/ State agency gov. travel gone WILD and Stoopid Medical 'Research' your tax $'s pay for! The 'Oregonian'? Reeeeally..?

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