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Republicans Blast President Obama For… Taking A Vacation

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Republicans Blast President Obama For… Taking A Vacation

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As Congress slips into recess and retreats to their home districts, the president is also preparing to depart for the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard with the first family for a ten day vacation.

Of course, conservatives will again attack Obama for being a lackadaisical leader who takes a vacation “every five minutes.” These criticisms coming from the right ignore that President Obama has taken fewer vacation days than his predecessor and other presidents before him.

Before President Obama left for a separate family vacation back in 2010, FoxNews host Bill O’Reilly invited Washington Times columnist and FoxNews contributor Monica Crowley on the show to give her input. “He’s actually shoehorning the job of the presidency into his busy schedule of going on vacation.” Crowley continued, “Is he ever working?”

O’Reilly actually called out Crowley for not criticizing President George W. Bush on the same issue. Crowley admitted that we all want a president to have down time to “clear his mind,” yet she came back and charged, “However, Obama is taking a vacation every five minutes. He’s blowing off steam almost every day.”

Crowley later claimed, “Bush took two vacations a year, in August and at Christmas time. That was it.”

Vacations have become a contentious partisan issue, with presidents of the opposite party always being criticized for taking too much time off.  However, Monica Crowley is grievously wrong about President Bush’s vacation time and is vastly downplaying his getaways from the White House.

According to Mark Knoller of CBS News, who has been tracking presidents’ vacation time for two decades now, at a similar point in his presidency, George W. Bush had taken 399 days off compared to Obama’s 87.

CBS News reported in 2011, “To be fair, a presidential vacation away from the White House is not the same as a vacation for the average person. The president is still in contact with his advisers and on call for any emergency.”

The Washington Times also condemned the President’s elitist vacation. “The Government Accountability Institute calculates that Mr. Obama spends twice as much time at leisure than on policy briefings. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, considering the policies. Nevertheless, we’re paying a lot for a debt to pleasure.” The editorial continues, “Nobody begrudges a president a little time off, but we’re paying $2 million for a comfortable holiday on Cape Cod, the Massachusetts summer retreat of the wealthy elites.”

A separate Washington Times article criticizes the Obamas for closing a major roadway — a measure the Secret Service requires. For anyone who is familiar with Martha’s Vineyard, the Obamas are hardly the only family — or famous family — who take to the popular vacation spot in the summer months. Traffic and other disturbances are something the locals are used to this time of year, with or without the Obamas.

(Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Terrell via Flickr Commons)

194 Comments

  1. Dominick Vila August 9, 2013

    President Obama, like his predecessors, and all Americans, has the right to go on a vacation. Hearing people criticize one of the Presidents who has taken the fewest number of vacation days in modern day because he is spending 10 days at Martha’s Vineyard with his family, while they take a 5-week vacation is beyond laughable.

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    1. tax payer August 10, 2013

      100 million dollars a crack isn’t what we should pay even for our own vacations.

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      1. Lynda Groom August 10, 2013

        Well of course there is a cost involved when a President, any one for that matter, leaves the White House for R & R and or for vacation. It has always been so, or do you believe that only when Obama does something should money be an issue?

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      2. johninPCFL August 11, 2013

        You are still living on bad data from a trip to India years ago, whose cost in rupees was reported as dollars. The real numbers are:
        “What Republicans and their media are conveniently leaving out is that President Obama isn’t spending $7.6 million on his vacation. The president is staying at a $7.6 million resort.
        Nightly room cost: $345
        Estimated Number of Nights Stayed: 7
        Total Cost of Obama’s Room: $2,415
        Number of Rooms Reserved: 75
        Room Cost For Obama’s $7.6 million Vacation: $181,125
        In previous years, President Obama has stayed at a private residence in Martha’s Vineyard, but that option was not available to the president this time, so he is staying at a resort. $345/night doesn’t seem particularly extravagant for the President of the United States. They will need lots of rooms for Secret Service and security, plus transportation, food, and wages, but the total cost will not be $7.6 million.
        Republicans argue that Bush’s vacations were cheaper because many of them were taken at his ranch in Crawford, TX, but this is not true. President Bush spent more taxpayer money on a single flight to Crawford ($805,000) than Obama will be spending on 70 hotel rooms for a week ($181,125). The flight from the White House to Crawford is 1,435.8 miles each way. The distance from the White House to Martha’s Vineyard is 494.8 miles. The flight to Martha’s Vineyard is 75 minutes. The cost of Obama’s flight should be $214,000 each way. What Bush may have gained by owning the ranch was offset by the fact that his flight was three times longer. Obama’s hotel and flight still cost a little less than half as much as one Bush flight to Crawford.”

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        1. Independent1 August 12, 2013

          Thanks for providing some truths to dispell more of the Faux News lies and distortions. When will at least some of the Faux News sheeple wake up to the fact that they are being lied to right and left. Ahh!! But then, many of these Faux News sheeple are actually GOP lovers and operatives who are just hellbent on spreading more of WHAT THEY KNOW ARE Faux News lies and distortions!!!

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        2. Barbara Morgan September 4, 2013

          Don’t forget what Bush charged the taxpayers for his “using his home office” when in Texas. I don’t remember the exact amount of money but it way over a thousand dollars a day even if he didn’t step into the office. No one complaining about President Obama’ s vacation cost ever mentions that for Bush to spend just one day at his ranch in Texas cost us over $ 5 thousand dollars a day plus his the cost of his Security. Also the last time I checked President Obama paid all his, and his family personal expenses except for security out of his personal checking account not the taxpayers including part of the airfare cost. Also do all you vacation gripers know that we the taxpayers pay the airfare for all members of Congress to fly home and back every weekend, for them to go from their home state or Washington to another state to campaign for a fellow party member? Why don’t you gripe about that and insist that Congress pays for all their trips out of their pocket s not with tax payers money.

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          1. Independent1 September 5, 2013

            Not only do presidents have to pay for all their vacation costs beyond the travel and security (they don’t pay the travel because not only does the security detail have to go along, so do a number of other staff memebers to ensure that the president can always function as a president even on vacation) presidents also have to pay for every bit of food and entertainment they use while at the Whitehouse: they get a bill each month for all the food used by them and their family; and if they entertain, for all the cost of that food too. A previous poster noted that the Carters almost had to declare for bankruptcy when they left the Whitehouse because of all the expenses they had incurred while there.

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      3. dpaano August 12, 2013

        Apparently, you aren’t aware that the president pays for his own vacations. The only thing the taxpayer pays for, which is mandated, is his Secret Service detachment and travel on Air Force One. Other than that, he finances his own vacations! Do your research before you complain! How many trips did the taxpayers have to pay for ex-President Bush….1,020 days off….seriously???

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        1. tax payer August 12, 2013

          So, he paid the 100 million out of his own pocket, when he went to his birth country Africa. All he needs in one Secret Service Agent. Maybe they can hire Bruce Lee and bring him back from the dead. He can take Public Transportation and fly Southwest Flights. That would save the tax payers millions.

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          1. dpaano August 12, 2013

            What an idiot you are…..first of all, it didn’t cost $100M; second of all, he wasn’t on vacation (he was on a diplomatic trip); thirdly, it is mandated by our laws that the President be accompanied by a Secret Service detachment and fly on Air Force One (it’s not his choice). Boy, I can’t believe you are so misinformed that you actually believe everything you hear!

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          2. tax payer August 12, 2013

            I go by what I read and last I heard it was going to cost the tax payers 100 million dollars for his trip to Africa.

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          3. Independent1 August 15, 2013

            The costs for Obama’s goodwill trip to Africa was an estimate that was leaked by someone in the White House – the projection was 60-100 million – an estimate apparently created by the Secret Service based on the costs of two trips George Bush took to Aftrica (Obama had only made one quick stop in Africa in 2009 so the only basis the Secret Service could have had for the estimate was Bush’s two trips.) And here are some excerpts from a news article about the GOP hypocracy of making such a fuss about Obama’s trip:

            in 2003, Bush laid the groundwork for making aid to Africa his legacy. One of the areas where Bush drew praise was that he spent billions of taxpayer dollars on aid to Africa. Why could the country afford to spend billions of dollars during Bush’s no growth economy, but they can’t afford to spend at least $60 million for the sitting president to travel today?

            Giving aid to Africa to combat malaria and AIDS is a very noble cause. It literally saves lives, but 5 goodwill visits to Africa aren’t cheap. Laura Bush wasn’t flying all alone on a commercial flight. Her trips cost the taxpayers a pretty penny.

            During Bush’s 2nd term alone, Laura Bush made 5 trips to Africa. President Bush made the trip twice during his
            presidency. Here is former First Lady Bush at an event the night before their trip in 2008, “Tomorrow, President Bush and I leave for what will be my fifth trip to Africa since 2001, and his second trip to Africa since 2001. I’ve seen the determination of the people across Africa — and the compassion of the people of the United States of America.” George and Laura Bush loved to go to Africa on the taxpayers’ dime…a lot.

            For some odd reason, the GAO (General Accounting Office) records on the cost of the Bush family’s Africa travels seem to have vanished. The media has contacted the GAO, but no specific numbers have been pro vided yet. President
            Clinton’s Africa trip in 1998 cost taxpayers $42.8 million. George W. Bush’s two trips five and ten years later were likely more expensive.

            President Obama hasn’t made any trips to Africa, except a 22 hour stopover in Ghana in 2009, so it is pretty clear that
            Secret Service is basing their cost estimate on the cost of the Bush trips. Since George W. Bush made two presidential trips to Africa, it is likely that he spent more money in today’s dollars as President Obama will on his trip.

            The reality is that presidential trips are expensive. It would be fair to be opposed to all of them, but the hypocrisy of only being outraged when certain presidents travel is unacceptable. George W. Bush appears to have had himself quite a little African spending spree, but apparently cost only matters when Barack Obama is the president who is doing the traveling.

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    2. erma652 August 10, 2013

      just as Amanda explained I cant believe that a single mom can get paid $6953 in 1 month on the computer. did you read this link w­w­w.K­E­P­2.c­o­m

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      1. tax payer August 12, 2013

        Earning it in bed maybe.

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  2. Sand_Cat August 9, 2013

    Monica Crowley is not just “grievously wrong”; let’s speak the truth here. She’s a professional liar who, like many Republicans in recent years simply attribute to Democrats not just character flaws, but actual actions committed by Republicans.

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  3. Sand_Cat August 9, 2013

    George W. Bush was on vacation nearly every day of his presidency, or at least he certainly wasn’t on the job.

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    1. silence dogood August 10, 2013

      I wish Obama would get off the job.

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      1. Yvette White August 11, 2013

        who give’s a dame about you are your stupid ass party I wish people like you, would all just die and give us all time away from you dumb motherfuckers, I am so sick of you assholes, wish you all would take a long walk and a short drop off the End of the country, no one and I mean no one would miss you jackasses.

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        1. tax payer August 11, 2013

          I hate to break the bad news to you ( zombie ), but you too will die someday. They may stuff you and put you in a museum, but who would pay to go see such a nut case. I still think you are Fern because of your foul mouth. I can smell it here and I must live far from you. Thank Satan for that. See, no cuss words from me and I know more of them since I was brought up in the bad part of New York City.

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        2. silence dogood August 11, 2013

          Do the adults there know you are using the computer.

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          1. tax payer August 12, 2013

            She is the adult with the mind of a child, but children don’t use as many cuss words as that Beach Ball.

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        3. lana ward August 13, 2013

          You dems all talk alike. Godless hyenas!! Freaks!!

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      2. BillP August 11, 2013

        Owlish you would get off this website!

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        1. silence dogood August 11, 2013

          Your intolerance bespeaks your ignorance.

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          1. BillP August 12, 2013

            My error was a typo while using an Ipad, if you don’t put a space between I and wish they use a word that would be most likely meant. So if I’m intolerant for wishing you off of this website aren’t you intolerant for wanting President Obama off the job? By the way President Obama will be on the job for the next approximately 3 1/2 years, enjoy the time.

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          2. silence dogood August 12, 2013

            Based on your implied tolerance you were fine with Bush’s 8 years ?

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          3. BillP August 12, 2013

            I made no statement about Bush’s 8 years so I don’t how you come up with that comment? Bush was not in any of these comments so you are trying to make an assumption based on nothing. Plus you haven’t replied to my question of your intolerance for President Obama.

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          4. lana ward August 13, 2013

            Bush is more popular right now than the communist baboon

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          5. BillP August 13, 2013

            Always glad to see your racist, ignorant comments. Though I thought our President Obama was a socialist no wait he’s a muslim. People only have a 5 year limit on their memory, they haven’t forgotten what an inept president he was. Go back on your meds loony lady.

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          6. silence dogood August 12, 2013

            Have someone explain it to you..

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          7. BillP August 13, 2013

            So you reply to yourself and I’m the ignorant one. You make a starement about my implied tolerance of GW Bush but then will not explain what you meant. W wasn’t part of yyour comment or mine prior to you bringing him into this. I guess you are too ignorant to explain yourself. Remember replies are supposed to be to someone other than yourself.

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          8. silence dogood August 13, 2013

            Get back to me when you get your GED.

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          9. BillP August 13, 2013

            Well Einstein at lleast you replied to me and not yourself this time. Is that your best shot “Get back to me when you get your GED”? Your quick wit is just too much for my limited intelligence. I’m humbled by your ability to put together these one sentence replies. What’s your Phd in?

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  4. Lynda Groom August 9, 2013

    That is indeed rich coming from the GOP. They just have no shame.

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  5. itsfun August 10, 2013

    President Bush went to his ranch in Texas. His staff didn’t pay for hotel rooms charged to taxpayers. President Obama goes to South Africa at a cost of 60 to 100 million of taxpayer money. President Obama goes to Martha Vineyard at the cost of more millions to American taxpayers.

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    1. Kansan August 10, 2013

      What part of this line, with actual facts and figures, don’t you understand?

      “According to Mark Knoller of CBS News, who has been tracking presidents’ vacation time for two decades now, at a similar point in his presidency, George W. Bush had taken 399 days off compared to Obama’s 87.”
      Try reading it again. If you still don’t understand it, see if holding your finger under each word as you’re slowly reading helps. You can move your lips while you’re doing it.
      Get back to us when you get it.

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      1. itsfun August 10, 2013

        I didn’t say one word about days on vacation. I talked about Obama spending millions on vacations, and Bush staying at his own home. I am sorry you didn’t read what I said or don’t have the intelligence to understand what you are reading. I know you probably don’t get this, just have the person reading this to you, explain.

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        1. Kansan August 10, 2013

          Hey, Bush stayed in his own house.

          You stay in a fun house.

          Wherever a president stays, the main expenses are for security and other staff.
          What part of that don’t you understand, Clown?

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        2. disqus_fsqeoY3FsG August 10, 2013

          Please provide financial documents to substantiate your claim and also how do you know where Former President Bush staff stayed. The cost of travel for Former President Bush staff and security was paid by taxpayers as it is with all Presidents.

          I don’t have a problem with our President (whoever he/she may be) taking vacations and getting down time. The reality is they are “on call 24/7”, they are still working. I do not want a man or woman who is our leader sitting behind a desk making decisions on behalf of our Country being so stressed out they are making Dangerous decisions.
          If you resent the President’s time off and taking his family with him, than contact your Congressman and have him put forth a bill that restricts ALL President’s vacation time. Limit their amount of time, limit where they can go on taxpayers money, etc. However than you will have to also have them pass a bill regarding Congress and limiting their time off. Good luck with your cause.

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          1. itsfun August 10, 2013

            Don’t you ever read a newspaper or watch the news? Every news show has reported the cost of the vacations. CBS, NBC,ABC,CNN,FOX. Paying for security is one thing, paying for 1000 dollar a night rooms is another.
            How many people do you think just 20 million of the South Africa vacation would feed or house? Poor people must just love reading about 40 – 60 million dollar vacations. Obama also took his aunt on this vacation. We paid for her too. How many staff could be hired to open White House tours again. I have a hard time saying this money is well spent, when Obama tells us, we can’t afford White House tours anymore.
            I don’t have a cause, just would like to see politicians do as they preach. Just look at the healthcare law now, all of a sudden Reps, Senators and their staff have special rules, we don’t have.

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          2. disqus_fsqeoY3FsG August 10, 2013

            I watch all but Fox News and I read papers and blogs on line. Have news reported on ALL of these stations sometimes been wrong – yes. Do they go into all the breakdowns – no. Do they show the financial documents they obtained to support their story – no. You said “paying $1,000 dollar a night for rooms…” In order for Security to protect our President (no matter who they are) there are logistics involved. Do you want our Presidents staying at a Motel Six?
            End the sequester and we can have White House Tours again. The things people get bothered about….
            Perhaps if Congress did not waste time and MONEY on voting to repeal the healthcare law 40 times and worked to improve the law and make it stronger your argument would be addressed.
            Sorry again – I want my President (who ever they are) to take the down time and limit their stress, so they are not making decisions that could be very dangerous to our Country.

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          3. dpaano August 12, 2013

            itsfun: Again, the president pays for his own vacation costs EXCEPT for his Secret Service detachment and the use of Air Force One. This has been mandated for EVERY president! In other words, President Obama pays for his own hotel expenses, etc. We do not, as taxpayers, pay for his entire vacation. Do your research before you make ridiculous comments!

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          4. idamag August 12, 2013

            How about you give us an itemized list that didn’t come from television.

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          5. idamag August 12, 2013

            And to be fair, limit time off for congress.

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        3. Landsende August 10, 2013

          Maybe you don’t remember that taxpayers spent millions of dollars to build lodging and communication for the Secret Service at GWB’s ranch. Every couple of weeks the news media showed him clearing brush on his ranch which cost taxpayers millions more dollars every time he went there. where was the outrage then? He never seemed to get it cleared and never looked sweaty. Just like when he landed a plane on a carrier and stood in front of a sign in his flight suit that said “Mission Accomplished” clearing brush on his ranch was a photo opportunity to make him look manly. I don’t begrudge any president vacation time because even when on vacation they are still on call. What I don’t like is the double standard teapublicans have when it comes to President Obama.

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          1. itsfun August 10, 2013

            I don’t think we should have paid to build lodging at his ranch either. We have places like Camp David that already have all the necessary security and communications. If our Presidents get so stressed that they need vacations every month, then they should go to places we own. I don’t believe tax payers have the duty to send them and their families to the best resorts in the world. Maybe once a year to a super spot, not every other month or so.

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          2. Independent1 August 11, 2013

            What nonsense, Obama isn’t going anywhere every other month. You’re showing your stupidity by making such comments (with Obama having taken less than 100 days vacation in almost 5 years it’s nonsensical to make the comment – “not every other month or so”!!!). When Obama’s family went to Africa, that was not a vacation, that was trip taken to try and improve America’s relatlionship with African nations. Obama probably worked harder during the time he was on that trip than you work in a year. And let’s just get some vacaton facts straightened out (here’s an excerpt from a news article debunking much of this Republican presidential vacation idiocy):

            A direct comparison places Obama squarely on middle ground of presidential vacation days used. Of the past five presidents,
            during their first term in office, only two, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton (two democrats) took less time off than Obama. Ronald Reagan, George HW Bush and his son all spent much more time away from the White House than the current occupant. Obama’s retreat to Martha’s Vinyard in August 2011 sparked a
            particularly high number of criticisms, however at that point in his presidency he had only taken a total of 61 days off. Compared to that same time in office Ronald Reagan had spent 112 days on vacation and George W Bush had been away for a total of 180 days. Bill Clinton, at 28 days, had the least time off of recent presidents. Reagan held the total vacation day record of 436 until the younger Bush left office with a grand total of 977 days away from Washington,
            representing 1/3 of his presidency.

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          3. itsfun August 11, 2013

            I don’t like any of them spending huge sums of taxpayer money on vacations. Our country has already built places like
            Camp David. Why not use these places to get away from all the stress?

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          4. Independent1 August 12, 2013

            That’s all well and good, but you realize vacationing at Camp David is like you vacationing at the motel across town; how may Americans do you think do that? And you have to stop and think for a moment about the immense pressure that our presidents are under – how many CEOs do you see whose hair turns gray in less than 4 years on the job. America expects a great deal from its presidents, and the one in office right now has worked harder than any president I can remember, and I’m old enough to remember FDR – I wasn’t quite old enough then to have actively been concerned about how hard FDR worked, but I have kept track since Truman – and Obama has outworked them all from Truman on hands down.

            And you also have to remember that it’s not Obama’s fault that the country requires that he have so much sercurity when he travels which means he generally has to go to places that will house a number of people (his security detail) plus the aids and people that will support him should the need arrive while he’s away from Washington. One reason he goes to Martha’s Vinyard is because it has been used as a presidential vacation spot before and his security detail has determined that it’s a good place for him to go to enjoy his vacation time (which as presidents go is very short in 10 tens), while still allowing them to protect him.

            And by the way, do you realize that when the Obama’s give parties at the White House that they have to foot the bill for virtually everything associated with the party – except for the security?? Yep! The president gets a bill each month for all the food related items that are used, and that includes at parties. And if entertainers the president brings in charge for their entertainment, presidents have to pay that to. In a recent post here on the National Memo, one poster noted that the Carters almost went bankrupt during their term because of all the expenses they incurred. You need to start cutting our presidents some slack – they work more in a month than most CEOs who drag in millions a year work in a year and really get WAY UNDERPAID for all the work and grief they have to put up with!!

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          5. itsfun August 12, 2013

            In these economic times, I will not give any President slack when it comes to spending taxpayer money. Many people can’t afford a vacation to any motel anywhere. Many people are spending a weekend at a KOA and calling that a vacation. Many people are just staying home for their vacation. The President preaches about helping the middle class. Its the middle class that is being affected terribly by this economy. If Camp David isn’t good enough for him and his family, then put the homeless there for a roof over their heads.

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          6. Independent1 August 12, 2013

            You’re grossly exaggerating one more thing – America IS NOT in very difficult times!! Despite our national debt level, as a percentage of our GDP it is far lower than virtually every other country on the planet operates with – this hysteria about our national debt is just ONE MORE exaggeration by the GOP. And if you didn’t have your head in the sand, you’d realize that over the past4 years, our national debt as a percentage of the country’s GDP is actually far lower than it was when Bush left office. And the major reason that there are still 7 plus % unemployed, IS NOT because there aren’t jobs to be had, it’s because there are too many Americans without the skills to do the millions of jobs that are currently unfilled.
            Just some facts, as a percent of our GDP, our current national debt that is owed to investors other than America itself, is less than 70% of GDP. Virtually all industrialized country’s on the planet operate with debt to GDP ratios of over 80% – even Canada has a debt to GDP ratio of over 85% – have you heard the Canadians screaming about how poor they are?? And Japan’s debt to GDP is over 100% and the majority of the European nations have debt to GDP ratios over 90%.
            SO STOP TRYING TO SELL US ON THE NOTION THAT AMERICA IS IN DIRE ECONOMIC TIMES!!! BECAUSE IT IS NOT!!!!!!! THE NOTION THAT IT IS IS JUST ONE MORE LIE AND DISTORTION FROM THE GOP/FAUX NEWS!!!!

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          7. itsfun August 12, 2013

            Not trying to sell you anything. If you think the record numbers of people on welfare and getting food stamps and food assistance is a sign of a good economy, then so be it. Maybe you like paying taxes for people that won’t work and illegal aliens, but I don’t. If people can’t work, that is a completely different story, they need and should get government help. Our injured vets should be treated as hero’s. I don’t think we help them enough. The should get housing help, free medical care, food, etc. Sick people should get the same help. Old folks that can’t help their selves should get the same help also.

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          8. Independent1 August 13, 2013

            And there you go again focusing on all the negatives. And if you want to gripe about the fact the govt isn’t doing enough for people in need and veterans, why don’t you stop griping about Obama taking a vacation and vent your disgust where it belongs – with the GOP’s refusal to enact any legislation that allows the country to recover and provides the funds needed to do what you say the country should be doing for those in need and veterans – And by the way, Obama has done more to improve what the government is doing for veterans than what all the previous 5 presidents did combined.

            And yes, given the amount of time that’s gone by since Bush created the Great Recession (which in economic terms was far worse than what hit America during the Great Depression because there was a lot more to destroy and lose), the economy is doing better than really should have been expected given that the GOP has done everything in its power to keep America from recovering. Do you even realize that after Hoover allowed the country to fall into depression, that took more than 13 years for America to actually get back to normal again?? And it’s only been 5 years since a total economic meltdown. And a big part of the problem is people like you who think magically that millions of people thrown onto unemployment because thousands of companies went belly up should suddenly become a utopia again as if our president had a magic wand. Wake up and face reality – you don’t fix the kind of disaster that Bush and the GOP allowed to happen quickly.

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          9. Independent1 August 13, 2013

            Oh! and all this time I’ve forgotten to make a point about your infatuation with griping about Obama taking a vacation away from Washington. I see no reason why Obama shouldn’t take a vacation that will really allow him to relax and recoup, when the idiot GOP legislators in the House think it’s okay to WASTE OVER 50 MILLION DOLLARS, doing nothing but voting down Obamacare more than 42 times WHEN THEY CLEARLY KNOW THAT DOING SO IS NOTHING BUT A TOTAL WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY!!

            Yup, given the legislators time and all the formalities associated with each vote on legislation, it’s estimate that each vote in the House costs in excess of 1 million dollars. So when you’re griping about the poor needy and veterans not getting supported by the government, I think the GOP wasting more than fifty million dollars taking needless votes is far more egregious than our president spending a few hundred grand getting a well deserved vacation away from Washington.

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          10. Independent1 August 11, 2013

            And in addition to Bush, Republican presidents seem to feel that they are entitled to locate vacation spots that the taxpayers can pay to fix up so they can vacation there (neither Carter, Clinton or Obama) have done any of this, while the GOP presidents have all had to make major renovations to their Southern, Western and Northern Whitehouses at taxpayer expense. Here’s just a sample of what Nixon foisted on the the American taxpayers:

            Give Richard Nixon credit for one thing: he never did anything halfway. The 37th President had two permanent vacation homes while in office. The “Florida White House” was a compound on Key Biscayne, Florida that Nixon visited more than 50 times while in office between 1969 and 1974. Never satisfied, in 1969, Nixon tasked a campaign aid to search the Southern California coast for another hideaway. Nixon dubbed the winning mansion “La Casa Pacifica” (The Pacific House), which overlooked the beach in San Clemente, California. Nixon made numerous trips from Washington to his “Western White House”. As TIME reported in 1973, $10.5 million in public money went into security and improvements at the two estates, including $400,000 for a floating helicopter pad in Biscayne Bay.
            Reagan did virtually the same thing as Nixon and Bush Jr; he millions fixing up a ranch he purchased in California and Bush Sr. did the same with the home he had in Maine.

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          11. itsfun August 11, 2013

            I am not defending any of the people for wasting taxpayer money. I think these are huge waste of money too. I just hate to see the White House tours closed while our President spends 60 – 100 million on one vacation. If our country can afford this kind of expense, why can’t we afford to help the homeless, starving, and mentally ill people? We have millions to send overseas to countries that hate us, but can’t afford to help our own people. The President should make some kind of personal gesture to do just that.

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          12. Independent1 August 12, 2013

            It IS NOT costing 60-100 million for Obama to go to Martha’s vinyard, that’s ridiculous – you’re WAY off base by quoting the cost estimate for his African trip which as I noted earlier WAS NOT A VACATION. And a good many of the cost estimates quoted for our president’s travels are grossly exaggerated. And the reason that the cost estimates hit 60-100 million for Obama’s African trip is because of all the large equipment that had to be shipped from the U.S. to Africa (special vehicles) that our SECUITY said was needed to allow them to protect him while touring through a number of the African countries.

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          13. Allan Richardson August 12, 2013

            And this did not occur to you or any of your friends when a Republican was doing it, but all of a sudden when a Democrat (and a BLACK Democrat) does it, it should have been wrong all along? Maybe it would be a good policy that when Presidents take a PURE VACATION they should stay at taxpayer-owned facilities; why not ask your Congressman to introduce such a bill, and apply it to Congress as well? But much Presidential travel consists of BUSINESS trips (the TAXPAYERS’ business) with a little relaxation when the President’s family (at his own expense) comes along. And even on a true vacation, a President is ALWAYS available on a moment’s notice to handle public business.

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          14. idamag August 13, 2013

            They sit around with their magnifying glasses looking for something to jump on.

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    2. cats30 August 10, 2013

      Boy are your numbers wrong.

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    3. charleo1 August 10, 2013

      President Bush also went to Africa twice, and gifted the continent billions in
      foreign aid to combat AIDS, and malaria. A noble cause. But also one the Right didn’t make a peep about in Bush’s stagnant, and no growth economy. Laura Bush took 5, “goodwill trips,” to the continent on the taxpayer’s dime, during her husband’s time in office. Again, not so much as a whimper from the supposedly, Liberal press. As to your disingenuous assertion that the money
      could have went to poor people. Have you listened to the T-Baggers? Really?
      The problem here is, the Right Wingers must keep up a solid den of roaring
      complaints about President Obama, regardless of what he does. If he stayed
      in his home in Chicago, there would be something to disparage about that
      as well. The facts are, Presidents have always gone where they damn well
      please. It comes with the office, no matter the state of the economy, the amount of the debt, or the color of their skin. And, so it will remain. Right
      Wing grousing aside.

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      1. itsfun August 10, 2013

        You’re right, the problem as I see it, is Presidents going where they damn well please and saying f_you to poor citizens. That money could be put to good use. If they are so stressed out, go to camp David or someplace like that. We have starving people, homeless people and our Presidents don’t do a damn thing to help them. Is that because the poor and homeless don’t contribute to their campaigns or to the Party heads? I have to believe helping our own people would also help our economy, but we don’t do that. We would rather give housing, medical care, educations, to illegal immigrants, instead of sending them back to their own homes. Why: for votes and only for votes. Both parties are at fault here. They will sell their souls for money and power.

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        1. charleo1 August 10, 2013

          I don’t believe you’ve thought this thru. Can you think
          of any problems that might arise, if the President is somehow constrained from travel? And just how is that constraint
          supposed to work? Set a budget? Then Congress gets to
          keep the President in town? The president is head of the
          military. You want to curtail his ability to review the troops
          in person? Oh, but you say, that’s not a vacation. However,
          the President is on call wherever he/she happens to be.
          My answer is, how would someone determine with certainty
          why the President is traveling? We elect Presidents, and
          give them unrestricted latitude to go wherever, and when-
          ever they choose. It simply must be that way. You say the
          message here is, “F,” the poor. Has nothing to do with the
          issue of travel. I believe you know this President or any other,
          cannot in any monetary way, do any feeding of the starving,
          or housing of the homeless. If funds are made available,
          towards those issues. The funding is within the purview of Congress. And more specifically, in The House. Where all
          legislation requiring spending must by law originate. As for
          President Obama, he has practically begged Congress to
          pass job legislation, tax breaks for small business, tax
          breaks for those investing in the U.S., job training programs.
          The list goes on, and on. Speaker Boehner refuses to even
          bring them up. Clinging to the Hastert rule that states, any
          bill brought up for debate, must have the consent of a
          majority, of the majority. Now, if want immigration reform?
          Write the GOP Congress Person you voted for, and tell them
          what you want. However, there will be no mass deportations.
          Illegal immigrants don’t vote. And certainly not in numbers
          large enough to effect elections. So, your last concern is
          not factually based.

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          1. itsfun August 10, 2013

            No one is saying the President shouldn’t travel. If he is bringing his wifey and kids and aunts along with him, I doubt it is a trip to review the troops. I am saying a 60 – 100 million dollar trip is way to much. Yes he is saying f the poor. Just 25% of that money would help a lot of people. The President can feed the poor with that money. You said he can do what he wants, so why not use some of that to help the poor and homeless? I know the House controls the purse strings for funding programs. He loves executive orders, he can just say, some of my vacation money is going to help people.

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          2. charleo1 August 10, 2013

            Look, don’t take my word for it then. Look it up. The President
            cannot spend money, even saved money, and allocate it to
            anyone. Why do you suppose Reagan sold tow missiles to
            Iran, after Congress forbade him from sending money to the
            Contras in Nicaragua. Remember? It was to create essentially
            a slush fund, outside Congressional authority. Why didn’t Reagan say, I was going on vacation, and it was to cost say,
            30 million. That’s my money, and I’m sending it to the Rebels?
            The reason is, it simply doesn’t work that way. I said, he goes
            where he wants. Not spends what he wants. A big difference.
            Ironic isn’t it? The Right Wingers keep professing Obama is
            running up the debt. When Congress holds the purse strings.

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          3. idamag August 12, 2013

            You leave your family home next time you go on vacation.

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          4. itsfun August 12, 2013

            Just trying to make the difference between a vacation and traveling for his job.

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        2. idamag August 12, 2013

          I suppose that your employer can dictate where you spend your vacation. After all, he does pay your wages. What if he tells you it will be cheaper for you to vacation across the street?

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          1. itsfun August 12, 2013

            Can’t afford a vacation, Paying too much in taxes

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          2. idamag August 13, 2013

            LSOS

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          3. Barbara Morgan September 5, 2013

            According to other posts you are retired so you are on vacation all the time and you also have claimed to be able to save money from your SS each month, or do you remember saying that when you posted that you wanted the government to shut down ,so people wouldn’t get food stamps and welfare or words close to that. Also you since you are retired, unless you make over $25 thousand a year you aren’t paying taxes unless it is state income taxes, if you are paying high state income taxes then your governor and legislature are Republican.
            Others posting to this person? he or she is impossible to talk to though, he or she is another that thinks every thing has to be what they want or no way at all. Yes I know this post is several weeks behind but I just came across your posts

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          4. itsfun September 5, 2013

            Gee Barbara at least try to get what I posted right. I have never said I wanted the government shut down so people wouldn’t get food stamps and welfare. My Republican governor got a new tax passed just for seniors on their pensions. I won’t be voting for him. Are you mad because I replied to you with proof of what I was saying?

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          5. Barbara Morgan September 6, 2013

            You haven’t showed any proof and that is exactly the way your post read when you posted on another article so no I don’t mad if I am wrong but in your case I am not wrong.

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          6. itsfun September 6, 2013

            You’re wrong and you probably know it. You just don’t like my opinions. I have already sent you proof of other things I have posted. It is obvious you only read one side of events taking place, and that is the liberal side. Try reading both sides before forming a closed mined opinion. I am through sending you proof, do you own research.

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    4. Lovefacts August 10, 2013

      Not only has Obama to date taken 312 FEWER vacation days than Bush, your complaint about the cost of Obama’s trip to South Africa is off base. Try looking at the cost for Bush’s multiple overseas trips. As for the difference in cost at Martha Vineyard are less than those at Bush’s ranch. Why? Because he had so many more days of vacation time, therefore the cost for the use of Air Force 1 and the cost of the Secret Service was greater under Bush. And let’s not forget the COST to the taxpayer to retrofit the Bush ranch to support, house, and feed all the Secret Service Agents and his cabinet when there.

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    5. Lynda Groom August 10, 2013

      We must assume that you understand that when Bush went to the ranch he was not alone? Such as the secret service and other support people. You do get this…don’t you. It has been this way with our leaders for many, many decades so let it go and accept reality.

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      1. itsfun August 11, 2013

        Gee; I thought President Bush was alone all the time. My point is going to the most expensive places in the world, when we have people starving and homeless. I also know how the budget process works. Many taxpayers take these kind of expenses as a slap in the face. President Obama preaches how he is for the middle class, than takes the most expensive vacations in the world. I checked into a room near Martha Vineyard. The least expensive one I found was 200 a night. I am sure the President and his staff aren’t staying there. We have more people on some kind of food assistance than we have full time workers in this country. We have more people on food stamps then the entire population of Spain. I know Presidents have always taken many vacations and always will. I don’t have a problem with that. I am saying, that the way the economy is and the way people are struggling to go camping for a weekend, the President could cut back also.

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        1. Independent1 August 12, 2013

          Where are you getting these nonsense facts (We have more people on food stamps than we have full time workers)?? Do you even know how many people are on food stamps?? Or are you just a Faux News sheeple who runs away with bits and pieces of their lies and distortions. And are you one of those sheeple who also believe that almost a quarter of the population is on welfare, when the fact is that only around 4.1% of the population receives welfare. And although food stamp usage has jumped during the Great Recession, they are still only used by about 21% of the population – is that how many people think work in this country?? And don’t forget, about 75% of the people collecting food stamps working people just making your comment further nonsense!! And of the people using food stamps, do you realize that more than 70% of them live in Republican run states – and you know why?? Because nitwit GOP legislators cut budgets and state services during a recession, which is the dumbest thing they could have done, throwing millions of their state residents into situations where they needed to resort to food stamps.

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          1. itsfun August 12, 2013

            I said we have more people on food assistance programs then we have full time workers in the US. Try reading a newspaper or watching national news shows on TV (CNN, FOX,ABC,NBC,CBS) they have all reported this. Where do you get facts saying more them 70% of food stamps users are in Republican run states?

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          2. Independent1 August 13, 2013

            I get my facts from government statistics: in actuality, of the top ten states getting food stamps, six of them are red states and 4 our blue states, but 1of the blue states is run by the GOP – Michigan. So 7 of the TOP TEN getting the most Food Stamps are GOP run states – then if you look at remainder of the list based on percentage of the states population getting food stamps – it’s clear that red states that are sucking more than 70% of the food stamps.

            And this goes in line with the states that have the highest percentage of their people living below the poverty level – of the 23 states that have more than 15% of their population living below the poverty level, 21 of them are GOP run states (19 of them are red states that voted for Romney, two of them are Blue States that voted for Obama but which have GOP governors and legislatures).

            And if you look at the states that suck the most welfare dollars from Washington for the amount of taxes they pay (the states that get more than $1.50 in federal aid back for each $1 they send to washington as income taxes) 11 of them are red states. All 10 of the states that send the most tax dollars to Washington are Blue states. There are only 17 states that get less federal money back from Washington than the tax money they send to Washington and 14 of these 17 are Blue States.
            Because the average salaries of people working in Blue States is much higher than the salaries of people working in Red States, Blue States send dramatically more money to Washington that Red States – it’s actually the 14 Blue States that are supporting the Country.

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    6. idamag August 12, 2013

      Those figures have also been debunked.

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    7. Barbara Morgan September 5, 2013

      Wrong itsfun, Bush 2’s charged the US taxpayers for any rooms that his staff used at his ranch and usually the only ones that stayed there were the ones that had to like the Secret Service agents. Bush 2 even charged the US taxpayers for his home office when in Texas even if he step a foot in it. So why don’t you goggle this and see how much he charged for the use of his home office and the rooms that were used by his “staff” when he was in Texas.

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  6. bcarreiro August 10, 2013

    enjoy your time with the kids out on the water and try to visit fall river thank u obama for your devotion to duty god bless.

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  7. bcarreiro August 10, 2013

    dont hate, appreciate…….he does!!

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  8. disqus_fsqeoY3FsG August 10, 2013

    Congress – The House will be in session 126 days and they will be off 239 days. Members of Congress earn an annual salary of $174,000 plus benefits. Speaker $223,500 plus benefits. Perhaps O’Reilly, Crowley and the rest of the Hypocrites should address the above fiscally irresponsible behavior.

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    1. Landsende August 10, 2013

      Members of the House are making $1,381 a day not including benefits and Boehner is paid $1,774 per day not including benefits. Yet they want to cut Social Security, Medicare, food stamps and any other program that will help the needy. If any government spending should be cut it should be their salaries. Better yet, they should all be fired for being the worst Congress in history.

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      1. disqus_fsqeoY3FsG August 10, 2013

        I agree start cutting the Congressional Safety Net and than the Corporate Welfare.

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    2. Barbara Morgan September 4, 2013

      All members of Congress salary is now $187,000 dollars a year, Senator Reid is paid $192,000 thousand as Senate leader and as speaker of the House, John Boehner is paid $205,000 thousand. When Boehner leaves the House he will be paid $1 million dollars a year for 5 years to catalog his papers and things that show his accomplishments as Speaker of the House according to a goggle I did back in June. None of the salary amounts include perks like the use of a free car while in Washington nor the benefits they get like taxpayers paying for them to fly home and back on weekends.

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  9. docb August 10, 2013

    The Vineyard is one of the most historically diverse and open resort spots on the East Coast…Welcoming all ages and races and economic classes…The fact that the rabid isolationist right boneheads do not know it is a tale of elitism in itself!

    They will slam this President on anything because their base is as uninformed as a box of rocks..they way they like it! VaCa days- 367 for GWB at this point and 92 for BHO…Not even close!

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  10. Kansan August 10, 2013

    The Republicans should be renamed , “Panties in a bunch party.”
    Rather than deal with substantive issues, like Obama’s snub to Putin and his punishment of whistleblowers, they hyperventilate over complete bullshit.
    That no doubt is influenced by the fact that they are even worse on these issues than Obama is.

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    1. cats30 August 10, 2013

      Kansan – would that make them the PIB party? Could the PIBB brand sue for infringement?

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      1. Kansan August 10, 2013

        Works for me.
        Anyone can sue anyone for anything. Some file fairly ridiculous suits. Fortunately, some states have laws that penalize frivolous filers.

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        1. Kansan August 10, 2013

          Hey, Bush stayed in his own house.
          You stay in a cat house.
          Wherever a president stays, the main expenses are for security. What part of that don’t you understand, Pussy?

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      2. Barbara Morgan September 4, 2013

        Should be “Drawers in a bunch party” since most of them are men better still “Diapers in a bunch Party” since a least one is known to like to wear diapers and they act like a bunch so spoiled brats.

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  11. Paul Dobson August 10, 2013

    Apparently it is OK for white Republican presidents to take a vacation but not for a black Democratic president.

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    1. tax payer August 10, 2013

      He is the last Black President we will ever have in this country after Obama leaves and goes back to Kenya.

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      1. Lynda Groom August 10, 2013

        Good lord, even the most conservative leadership in Congress does not follow such nonsense. Seriously, you believe birther twaddle?

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        1. idamag August 12, 2013

          tax payer is a kyuk, kyuk,thinking what he said was clever. He is not a well educated person.

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          1. kayatz3 August 13, 2013

            he must be related to ‘itsfun’, another uninformed twit!

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      2. Yvette White August 11, 2013

        fuck you tax paper and all like you if you don’t like it then you crackers can all pucker up to be the first to kiss Obama’s black Kenya ass, and as for him being the last how would your stupid ass know if he will be the last or not, oh that ‘s right, your party is the party of stupid you all can see shit others don’t, if he is the last one or not we all know for sure that no one from your party will be in the Whitehouse, can your dumb ass see that

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        1. lana ward August 13, 2013

          Your baboon in the WH is queer, and muslim and communist. Great leader for Islam!!!

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      3. disqus_LcxpBv2uzz August 11, 2013

        Taxpayer, in a very few years, whites are going to be demographically in the minority in this country. Logic would therefore dictate that Obama will not be the last black president that this country will have. Anyway, what’s wrong with diversity? Bring it on!

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      4. ryueire August 11, 2013

        You are a mothersucking tit. Moron, troll, racist, fomenting useless drivel, a waste of space. Your vision extends as far as your penis and or clit extends at full excitation, which in your case is the same two inches. I regret now even spending the 10 seconds I have wasted of my life dignifying a response to the likes of your idiocy.

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        1. tax payer August 11, 2013

          Now, that you have released all that air do you feel better. Say, you don’t happen to related to ( Yvette White or Fern ) because they speak the same Language as you? I guess you measure them all before licking them is what I am reading because of telling us what sizes you enjoy.

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          1. Yvette White August 12, 2013

            Go home and try not to fuck your mother or sisters you dog cause that is what dirty ass crackers like you and any man in your race do y’all are a bunch of dogs when you were not rapeing the black women,shit for brians went out to the fuck the animals,cause thats how dirty you fucken honkies ass crackers are bitch ass bastarts all of you are, big man on a blog but I bet you could not stand up to not one black person and sure as hell not gona let no body know that this is your bitch ass on here

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          2. tax payer August 12, 2013

            Y.A.A.P.O.S.A.Y.K.I. Y.K.B.A.C.S.

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          3. Yvette White August 12, 2013

            oh mad cause I am telling the truth you cracker ass bitches can’t take it when the truth is being told all you want to do is cry like the bitches that you are,poor white boy can’t make up for all you stupid ass Honkies short coming, your the shit that we need to dump anywhere but here in my country because we are going to take this country back from assholes like you, and there ani’t shit you or your boys (REPUBLICANS KLAN PARTY CAN DO ABOUT IT I dare you bitch

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          4. lana ward August 13, 2013

            Fern, you are working on getting kicked off the site again??? Quit talking like a dem

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          5. Yvette White August 12, 2013

            bring it it Honkies

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          6. lana ward August 13, 2013

            Bring it, baboon

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          7. Yvette White August 14, 2013

            That’s all you got peackereood,my ass looks better then your face,don’t get mad at me Causeyou just found out your mom is really your sister,get mad at that bitch.

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          8. Yvette White August 12, 2013

            see what I mean he is one of the Inbreeding family of honkies that do fuck each other, all his kids are by his mother or sisters I told y’all

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          9. idamag August 12, 2013

            I am sure he comes from the backwoods and probably there is some inbreeding.

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          10. lana ward August 13, 2013

            You bragged on how intelligent you are. Sounds like you come from the backwoods agreeing with the way skanks talk!!!

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        2. Yvette White August 12, 2013

          You stole that bitch right he a bitch he anit got the nerve to show his bitch ass face thats what the Klan do they all of them are cowards no he get the beat down of his bitch ass life and he knows it

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        3. tax payer August 12, 2013

          We have a new group of 3 Stooges. Yvette, Fern and Ryueire and they sure can use them cuss words.

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          1. lana ward August 13, 2013

            You can tell a dem by the way he talks. They’re Godless, so of course they’re nasty!!

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          2. Yvette White August 14, 2013

            How would you know anything about god you are the devil child,and if you really knew anything about god you lose cause good wins out over hate,that’s why you dum asses hate Obama so much,you motherfickers can’t beat him cause he is of god.but when your a hater you can’t see that

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        4. lana ward August 13, 2013

          OHitler would love for you to talk that way to him. Princess fairy that he is

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      5. plc97477 August 12, 2013

        I don’t know, Cory Booker looks to be a real contender.

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        1. tax payer August 12, 2013

          If he looks like Obama he may not stand a chance because we will think it’s Obama.

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    2. BDC_57 August 12, 2013

      Yeah they are only working 9 days this month.

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  12. latebloomingrandma August 10, 2013

    The Obamas didn’t come to the White House as very rich people. They owned a home in the south side of Chicago, Wow. They had no estate or ranch or compound. I can still picture Nixon’s Western White House, Ronnie and Nancy riding their horses leisurely on the ranch, Bush ’41 speedboating around his compound at Kennebunkport, Bush ’43 riding his mountain bike around his ranch. Clinton had no estate either and vacationed on Martha’s Vineyard, as it apparently can accommodate the security a president requires, while providing the privacy and the recreation. And those who criticize his “vacations” overseas, well, this is part of his JOB. I wonder what a President Romney would be doing this month of August. I don’t think Anne would be skimping on anything.

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    1. Jim Myers August 10, 2013

      No, they would probably be in the Caymans visiting their money.

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      1. lana ward August 13, 2013

        The baboon has his money there too, our money

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        1. Robert Haugh August 13, 2013

          Keep talking, allow everyone to witness your idiocy.

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  13. tax payer August 10, 2013

    When I took a vacation I paid for it, so why do we have to pay for his vacation?

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    1. disqus_LcxpBv2uzz August 10, 2013

      Because he works for us, asshole, and it’s one of the fringe benefits that come with the job!

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      1. itsfun August 10, 2013

        no need to call people vial names.

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        1. tax payer August 10, 2013

          I know how to treat those that use words that make them feel good.

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        2. disqus_LcxpBv2uzz August 10, 2013

          Why don’t you learn the difference between a noun and an adjective before you display your vile ignorance.

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          1. itsfun August 10, 2013

            picky picky

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          2. disqus_LcxpBv2uzz August 11, 2013

            “picky picky”? Ah, now I understand. You are one of the willfully ignorant tea party idiots who takes pride in displaying your blatant stupidity. Proper grammar is a sign of education, which in turn is a sign of intelligence which as everyone knows is a liberal trait. And as you folks are so quick to point out, it’s the (gasp) LIBRULS who’ve rooned AmuriKKKa.

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          3. itsfun August 11, 2013

            Why is it, that every time a liberal loses a debate, they resort to name calling? I had a professor once that taught potential union officials to do that. He said when you are losing, just start yelling and calling others names. Kinda sounds like what you are doing.

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          4. disqus_LcxpBv2uzz August 11, 2013

            That sounds like a brilliant tactic for union negotiators; “when you are losing, just start yelling and calling others names”. That must have really made the other side come around and grant the union’s demands!
            (Spoiler Alert: here comes a name!)
            You’re a dope!

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          5. itsfun August 11, 2013

            and you are a jerk

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          6. kayatz3 August 13, 2013

            I think we are dealing with little kids here, teatardrepublicant kids.

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        3. Sand_Cat August 12, 2013

          Or vile ones, either, though vile people deserve vile names.

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          1. itsfun August 12, 2013

            Thanks, I definitely am not a whiz on a keyboard.

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          2. kayatz3 August 13, 2013

            Correct, you are definitely not a whiz! (on anything)

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          3. itsfun August 13, 2013

            LOL, never pretended to be one on anything

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      2. tax payer August 10, 2013

        I believe your mother has a much larger one since you came out of it.

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        1. disqus_fsqeoY3FsG August 10, 2013

          That is rude and uncalled for tax payer. We can have opposing opinions and be passionate without stooping to this behavior.

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          1. tax payer August 10, 2013

            ” Because he works for us asshole ” ring any bells. I wasn’t too happy with your response, so I guess it hurts when you get a feedback, if you make a negative comment.

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          2. disqus_fsqeoY3FsG August 10, 2013

            It does not matter who you were responding to, it was uncalled for. We are having discussions with each other without name calling or insults. However there are those occasions when someone who has no argument and no wit stoops to your level. Good Night –

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          3. tax payer August 11, 2013

            You must not have read what ( Yvette White ) puts down. She is rude and fouled mouth too. She gets mad at everyone and only because she is Democrat that may not even know how to vote. I responded to the other person because of the way he responded to me, so it hurts to receive when they give out negative feed.

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          4. disqus_fsqeoY3FsG August 11, 2013

            I did not see her post, I read it after your last post and the same hold true to her. Democrats and Republicans get angry and are passionate in their feels, however, most manage to do so without cursing and being rude. I have to admit I have gotten frustrated and perhaps responded ruder than necessary. All of us need to try and keep the discussion civil.

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          5. tax payer August 11, 2013

            When I read a comment I go on to the next one and don’t care to post a negative or positive comment since people will attack you, so the best thing to do is read one, and go on to the next one. I try to control myself, but as you know some of these people think there is only one Party in this country.

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          6. disqus_fsqeoY3FsG August 11, 2013

            Yes some people do think there in only one party and that goes for Republicans and Democrats.

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          7. idamag August 12, 2013

            I have noticed that, too. Their hateful rhetoric shows they think this should be a one-party county and everything for the party.

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          8. disqus_LcxpBv2uzz August 11, 2013

            Your meaningless drivel doesn’t bother me at all. As a matter of fact, I find it rather amusing, because you are so predictable in rising to the bait.

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        2. Yvette White August 11, 2013

          fuck u honkie at least my mother and father were not sister and brother, but we all know that ‘s not the case with your stupid ass

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          1. tax payer August 11, 2013

            I think you are Fern because you sure do comment like her.

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      3. tax payer August 10, 2013

        He works for the Blacks, Poor and the Illegals and for us ( I am still waiting ) for something positive from him.

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        1. disqus_LcxpBv2uzz August 10, 2013

          Yeah, and for the whites, browns, yellows, rich, middle-class, legals and so forth. Your point?

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          1. tax payer August 10, 2013

            The point is our tax money pays for everything, but nothing for the tax payers. The President doesn’t care for the tax payers, but only for the tax money the Government gets from them to turn around and donate it to the lazy poor. That’s my point.

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          2. Yvette White August 11, 2013

            and if you got so much money why the fuck are you on this blog must be because you are one of the packerwoods that don’t have any money, just another jackass cracker who hate anyone who is not white,Y’all really need to stop all the Inbreeding cause you motherfuckers are a waste of a good fuck

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          3. tax payer August 11, 2013

            Wow! You are a mean you. I hope you are single. Oh, I forgot you’re a Lesbian.

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          4. tax payer August 11, 2013

            Millionaires also can also use this Blog. I am not suggesting I am one, but pretty close to it in a few more years. You may have more than me, but I’ll bet you get Food Stamps and Medicaid for your Bastards. A whore can get anything she wants because she refuses to tell the Government who is the father of her Bastards.

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          5. disqus_LcxpBv2uzz August 11, 2013

            You really must have missed or slept through civics or other classes in school which explain how our government functions, because you obviously haven’t got a clue. But wait, did you even go to school?

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          6. tax payer August 11, 2013

            I must have gone for you to be able to read my comments.

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          7. disqus_LcxpBv2uzz August 11, 2013

            But I have trouble understanding the context of your comments. There’s a big difference between being physically present and in comprehending what you heard. I’ll grant that you probably went to school, but from the tone of your posts, you do not seem to have learned much beyond readin’, ritin’ and ‘rithmetic. Or did you attend one of those fine, white, evangelical christian institutions that preaches the exceptionalism of (white) Americans?

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          8. tax payer August 11, 2013

            You must have Graduated with Honor. We also had a Joe Honor in our class. He ended up selling drugs and got killed for his Stacy’s.

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          9. disqus_LcxpBv2uzz August 11, 2013

            You really ought to consider going to a detox or seeking some kind of professional help, taxpayer. You’re babbling now.

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          10. tax payer August 11, 2013

            I must guess you don’t know what a Stacy was, but that was in the 60’s.

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          11. dpaano August 12, 2013

            Disqus: We need to ignore both Tax Payer and his buddy, itsfun, because, obviously, you’re not going to be able to reach them through their thick skulls. They are going to believe what they’ve been told to believe and to heck with those of us who are politically astute! So, why do we even bother to respond to them….if we ignore them, maybe they’ll go away and do some research from other than FAUX News!

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          12. Sand_Cat August 12, 2013

            Don’t waste your time on this moron.

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        2. Yvette White August 11, 2013

          drop dead that would be some thing Positive for us all jackass

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    2. charleo1 August 10, 2013

      Oh, boo hoo!

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      1. tax payer August 10, 2013

        Boo Hoo yourself.

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    3. Yvette White August 11, 2013

      why don’t you just drop dead already

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      1. tax payer August 11, 2013

        Is that you Fern?

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        1. Sand_Cat August 12, 2013

          Why did we have to pay for Reagan and Bush? You answer that, you have your answer to your idiotic question.

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    4. kayatz3 August 13, 2013

      How many times must you be told, he does pay for his vacation? Oh yeah, when you become president, then you can bitch all you want. Why the fuck do we have to pay for the congress when they do nothing and they are usually not there? They work about 10 hours in any given WEEK. Why no outrage about that taxpayer????

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      1. tax payer August 13, 2013

        We have to pay almost 4 million dollars for his Flight ( round trip ), Limos and the Secret Service that love Prostitutes. Sure, he pays for his room and board $3,500.00 a day, but that doesn’t include the help that he takes with him to feed his family. Oh, Congress ( does work ) and they are going to stick it to us by voting ( yes ) for Immigration Reform, and you’ll feel the consequences in the future with less jobs for maybe you and members of your family.

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  14. howa4x August 10, 2013

    How about the do noting congress that has passed the fewest bills in history, and now taking the entire month of August off

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  15. charleo1 August 10, 2013

    George W. is still spending money! For the year 2012, he requested more tax payer
    money than any other former President. A whopping 1.4 million for office space,
    phone service, postage, and of course, travel. This is outside Secret Service, and
    other security related costs. (Daily Caller, 2012)

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    1. kayatz3 August 13, 2013

      Hey Char, you’re right, I forgot about that one!

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  16. Irishgrammy August 10, 2013

    The incessant and unrelenting criticisms of utterly EVERY thing President Obama does, says, thinks, the very act of breathing is fodder for Republicans/Tea Baggers hate mongering machine. It has gotten to the point of being utterly laughable, insanely neurotic, and deranged, and for those of us who know the truth of the decency of President Obama and his supreme intellect, compassion, and his amazing calmness during all of these offensive, vulgar and ceaseless attacks, it has become beyond infuriating. It has been and continues to be an relentless loop of foul rhetoric to demean and undermine this man’s Presidency at every turn, deliberate psychological mental abuse on a grand scale to “wear” the people down with the constant negativity and name calling, promoting lies, distortions absolutely anything, attempting to undermine any respect for this President or the office to which he has been elected TWICE with a majority of the voters of this country and the GOPTP’s sick and constant effort to delegitimize this man!!! It has been a calculated mission and it has been unending! It is something I will never forget!!!

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    1. Robert Haugh August 10, 2013

      Thank you very much.Everything you have said is right on the mark. Every opportunity I get, I speak out in support of the President, and against the destructive, racist, obstructionist do nothing congress. People like you, and me, and others who feel as we do, have to keep speaking out whenever and wherever the opportunity presents itself, to bring to the attention of those people, who do not follow these matters closely, and are not completely aware of the destructive anti-American activities of the Republican congress. We have to do this up until November 2014 and beyond.

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      1. Irishgrammy August 11, 2013

        You are more than welcome Robert Haugh! There sometimes comes a point when one more of these scurrilous “attacks” on the President that I cannot contain my fury at these ridiculous never ending assaults……..EVERY vacation the President has had, which have been few and far between, have been “resented, begrudged, ridiculed” by the right wing loud mouths, absolutely EVERY one, let alone the outrageous “inflated” costs they make up for inflammatory effect, which are so out of the realm of reality it’s absurd. But hey, when did truth/facts ever stop a Tea Bagger from “negative speculating” when it comes to President Obama and/or his family. There has not been a President in the last 40 years that I admire and respect more than President Obama for his content of character, integrity and calm demeanor among many other attributes, but mostly these three characteristics because they are so difficult to find in any person let alone any “politician”!!! Along with his ability to think far into the future and his pragmatism, the fact that he has been obstructed by the Republicans/Tea Baggers at every turn makes one wonder what the heck did we have two elections for, our candidate won, but the country is losing because the far right crazies refuse to govern OR will NOT let the President govern, almost like a silent coup without one shot being fired. Something is very, very wrong when this is happening and there are so many issues to be addressed and so much work to be done!!!

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      2. Nene August 16, 2013

        I agree with you Robert Haugh on everything.

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    2. hilandar1000 August 11, 2013

      How right you are, Irish! I would think it would even get abhorrent for them as well as for the American people who see a hard-working, caring president who somehow manages to keep his cool when teapartiers keep coming up with their unwarranted attacks. If they spent as much effort on figuring out a way they might actually make a useful contribution to their fellow countrymen instead of making up lies to tell about our president, we would all be infinitely better off. When will they tire of trying to support their lies the only way they can — with yet more lies?

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    3. disqus_LcxpBv2uzz August 11, 2013

      Great post! It should be added that this hatred/negativity fostered by the republican/tea bagger cabal has led to the strongest divisiveness that this country has seen since the Civil War (which I’m certain is this group’s goal). However, consider the effects this displays to those who would do us harm. We appear to be a house divided, and therefore, ripe for more terror attacks. This may not be true, but if it is perceived as true, and terrorist groups are emboldened by their perception, act on it and kill or injure more innocent people, then I think a strong case could be made that the extremist white supremacist right wing teabag groups are guilty of sedition.

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    4. BillP August 11, 2013

      Comments like yours are why I still read National Memo articles and the comments associated with them. The Right- wing trolls on here can only denigrate the president no matter what he does. Thanks for a thoughtful and intelligent comment.

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  17. RobertCHastings August 10, 2013

    They have the balls to criticize the president for taking vacation time when they are scheduled for how many days this month? And how many NEXT month. This Congress is amassing more vacation time than George W did, and they, by the end of the term, will have been on vacation more days than they will have worked. And dat’s de fact, Jack.

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  18. jmprint August 10, 2013

    Get over it. President Obama in call 24/7

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    1. Mark22063 August 15, 2013

      Just like during Bangazi i guess. Agreed he is on call alright, for any emergency fund raiser or photo op.

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      1. jmprint August 15, 2013

        How about his speech today and still on vacation, like I said get over it.

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        1. Mark22063 August 15, 2013

          I have to give you that one, he does love his speeches. Yea he certainly did and did so to wash his hands of the mess he made in Egypt. Back to golf nothing to see here. He is a true leader it is obvious.

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  19. Independent1 August 11, 2013

    Let’s get a little historical perspective in the discussion blog:

    Ronald Reagan: In 1987 President Reagan left for the West Coast for a 25 Day vacation. President Reagan spent one whole year on vacation out of 6 1/2 years in office – more than 365 days – Obama hasn’t even reached 100 days on vacation in almost 5 years in office.

    George W. Bush (jr.): During his 1st term in office, President Bush took 149 trips to Camp David, 77 visits to his Crawford ranch, and 11 trips to his father’s Kennebunkport mansion. Since Air Force One reportedly cost $56,800 per hour to operate in 2004 (which Bush used to get to Crawford), and the plane can travel up to 630 miles per hour, it cost at least $259,657 to get the 2,880 miles to Crawford and back, for each of the 77 times that Bush went; millions of dollars just for taking the plane on the Crawford trips alone.” In total – George Bush took 487 Days of Vacation during his 1st term, more than a whole year off of Work, More than 950 days vacation in his 2 terms – equating to about 1/3 of his time in office (now that’s a vacation abuser big time).

    Looking back even further:

    Lincoln; during the Civil War, spent one-fourth of his presidency absent from the White House vacationing and recuperating.

    John Quincy Adams – The undisputed champ of time-off before George W. Bush, however, is John Quincy Adams, who spent eight consecutive months away from Washington.

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    1. Barbara Morgan September 4, 2013

      Yea but John Quincy didn’t have a jet, a car or even an interstate to travel so it could take that long depending how he did it to travel from Washington to Massachusetts and back. An excuse that not any of the Presidents can use since they first started using cars instead of horses and buggies.

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  20. idamag August 12, 2013

    And these same conservatives never bat an eyelash at congress working 16 hours a week and taking vacations every three months.

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  21. idamag August 12, 2013

    Just in case one of you might be gullible enough to fall for a scam. That is what erma 652 is. Don’t fall for it.

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