Those who criticize the cost of Obama’s Christmas vacation don’t want you to know that George W. Bush spent at least $20 million taxpayer dollars just on flights to his ranch in Crawford.
The right wing has been outraged at the four million dollar plus price tag for Obama’s family Christmas vacation, and they constantly hold George W. Bush up as an example of how thrifty a president should be when going on vacation.
The problem is that W. wasn’t thrifty. He was the most expensive vacation president in US history. Not only did Bush spend more days on vacation than any other president, but he used Air Force One more often while on vacation than any other president.
During Bush’s two terms, the cost of operating Air Force One ranged from $56,800 to $68,000 an hour. Bush used Air Force One 77 times to go to his ranch in Crawford, TX. Using the low end cost of $56,800, Media Matters calculated that each trip to Crawford cost taxpayers $259,687 each time, and $20 million total for Bush’s ranch flights.
|4 years ago. Rating: 10|
I find this question difficult to answer because of inflation. It's the same as saying some movie is the top grossing of all time. If it cost a dime to go to a movie 60 years ago and $10 today, there is an obvious discrepancy and the "value" of the movie should be based not on dollars, but patronage.
Same with presidential vacations. Put them in some sort of time warp economy and calculate from there.
I'm sure each successive president will spend more than the next. I'm not a fan of Obama at all, and I don't think he's done one positive thing for the USA, but that is just my opinion. I have been disappointed for years by our leadership on all levels.
I agree with Fishlet about money buying positions.
And I believe everyone's vacations should be on their OWN dime.
My former boss, an elected county official, received a beautiful calendar from one of our state senators. I was wondering WHO paid for the publication of those calendars and why I didn't get one, too.
|3 years ago. Rating: 5|
I liked the Obama family well enough, I suppose. But then Michelle started all this business of wanting to be a movie star. When the Academy Awards were given, Michelle in her glitter gown gave the prize. It seems she wants to hang with the stars. Jennifer Aniston ... oh, others. I've heard she wants to move to a multi million dollar house on the coast - in the land of stars. Ugh. She plays the role of a health-crazed mama. She dances and and exercises and gives her ideas on the talk shows ... all of them. She seems to overshadow her husband. How can he do his job and put up with her antics?
How is Obama Care going? I know our medicines cost a lot more. Maybe that's just inflation.
|3 years ago. Rating: 2|
In the grand scheme of things, vacation expenses are trivial. What's NOT so trivial is electing a dimwit to lead the country. I have nothing against mental midgets per se, but when they are put into positions that they are not qualified for, by people with vested interests that are best served by a gopher, it becomes very problematic.
W.Bush's 8 years were a disaster. History will only make the poor sap look more cloddish than most people think he is today.
|3 years ago. Rating: 1|