The president himself didn’t go with the rest of his family. I don’t know why not… he had no public schedule all weekend, and today’s agenda isn’t exactly overflowing either:
Bush often got slammed for the amount of time he spent in Crawford, Texas, but at least that was at his own house and the amount of taxpayer expense was kept to a minimum as a result. Also, Bush never went on vacations after calling for “shared sacrifice” from the rest of us peons.
Also, imagine if Laura Bush had been staying at five-star resorts around the world on the taxpayer dime without the president there. Now imagine Laura did so not long after telling Americans they might have to give up some of their pie so others can have more.
The mockery and criticism of FLOTUS & POTUS when it comes to these trips isn’t about politics or what past presidents’ families have done as far as time away from the White House — it’s about the optics and hypocrisy of the Obamas’ words vs. their actions.