I really liked Hawaii. I mean, it’s hard not to like a place where it’s basically the exact same weather every day and chickens run around like everywhere is farmland and people routinely drink huge fruity drinks with like, ten shots of rum in them. Sure, it’s a little bit expensive to visit and the people love canned meats and there are huge cockroaches and the fruity drinks made me vomit all over my husband. The point is, all of this stuff happens in paradise.
So I guess if I were trying to get a break from all the hard work of running a country, I would pick a vacation to Hawaii. And it would make it all that much sweeter if that vacation was all-expenses paid. And right around the time Congress is making the tough decisions, choosing between raising taxes on the upper middle class, small businesses, and the wealthy, risking the future of the American economy, or cutting government spending and risking the future of their own employment.
So I’m sure America will understand when Barack Obama spends $4 million of their hard earned dollars to relax for a couple of weeks on the sandy shores of Oahu.
I mean, obviously.
Residents living near the beachfront homes where President Barack Obama and First Family vacation with their friends every year since 2008 were alerted on Monday to some specifics of the Obamas’ holiday vacation plans.
The report delivered to residents living along the ocean and canal that surrounds the multi-million dollar homes at Kailuana Place where the President stays, informed them of restrictions that will be implemented for 20 days beginning December 17 and running through January 6.
In a matter of weeks, Kailua residents will see the familiar street barricades fronted by U.S. Secret Service agents and Navy Seals and the U.S. Coast Guard stationed in canal and ocean waters.
The tab for the 20-day early winter vacation includes a fleet of 22 secret service vehicles, round trip airfare on Air Force One for the whole family, cargo aircraft and a number of limousines to transport the President and the family while they’re in Hawaii, advance work for the Secret Service, the rental costs for a week of posh Hawaii digs, rooms for the White House staff and press corps at the Moana Surfrider hotel (which averages around $200 per night, and offers private beach front access on Waikiki), local police and EMT presence, and other upgrades and management costs.
And of course, if previous experience is any indication, there will also be some associated vacation wardrobe costs. And, there’s always the public relations cost of going on a m*****f***ing 20-day Hawaiian vacation while around half of Americans will consider their “vacation” this year to be the two days they get to spend cleaning their house while the dog is at the vet getting neutered.
But they’ve earned it, America. They’ve earned it.