Sacrifice: Obama to Spend at Least $7 Million Pretending He Cares About Fiscal Crisis

Posted by on Dec 26, 2012 at 9:48 am

If he was so interested in avoiding the fiscal cliff, why did he fly on our dime to Hawaii last Friday only to turn around and jet back to Washington now for some photo ops?

President Barack Obama is cutting short his Hawaiian holiday to leave for Washington on Wednesday to address the unfinished “fiscal cliff” negotiations with Congress, the White House said on Tuesday.

As the clock ticks toward a January 1 deadline, efforts to avert a sharp rise in taxes and deep spending cuts have stalled, worrying world financial markets.

Obama and congressional lawmakers left Washington on Friday for the Christmas holidays with talks to avert the fiscal disaster in limbo.

When Obama arrives back in Washington early on Thursday, the focus will shift to the U.S. Senate after Republicans in the House of Representatives failed to pass their own budget measures last week.

So he took a 10-hour flight from DC to Hawaii last week, then he’ll take another back to DC Thursday. Once they pretend to make a deal, he’ll hop back on AF1 to resume playing golf, then will return in a couple of week for his lavish inaugural.

Once all this flying is done that’ll be around 40 hours travel at a cost of at least $180,000 an hour for a tab of $7.2 million. And that’s just to fly AF1, never mind all the other ancillary costs, which probably boosts the tab to a tidy $10 million or so.

Yes, he’s really concerned about our dire financial state.

Update: We overlooked the tab to keep the charming first lady on Hawaii. She’s very high maintenance, needless to say.

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17 Responses to “Sacrifice: Obama to Spend at Least $7 Million Pretending He Cares About Fiscal Crisis”

  1. jb books on 26/26/12 at 2:49 pm

    The perks and the “celebrity” are everything for this guy. Can’t be bothered with doing the actual job. Fail.

  2. Mickey Morgan on 26/26/12 at 3:32 pm

    President Reagan used to stay in Washington over Christmas so his staff could be with their families.
    Obama doesn’t seem to care about that.

  3. gavinwca on 26/26/12 at 7:33 pm

    Baracko-Clause and Michell my bell , have absultly no respect for the American people or our MONEY. The Affirmtive action class in operation. I am sure they will try something like the French revolution sooner or later.

  4. mkn on 26/26/12 at 10:38 pm

    If history is an idicater, it will work for the general public. They will eat it up…. probably want him for a third term…. stupid people

  5. jonneh on 26/26/12 at 11:00 pm

    Assuming you well educated bunch of dogooders are correct, I just want to get it straight.. Obama is a dick because he is making himself available at all for a last ditch effort to save us all from the fiscal cliff.. Despite the fact he doesn’t have a dancing partner.. and also the President of the United States should probably fly coach? The man in the highest position of office in the entire world, should spare us his pompus attitude and ignore all safety protocols because of some butthurt twobit bloggers? And he is VACATIONING with his family!? As in.. like vacation.. that thing you want to make mandatory for employers by law!? And like.. family as in his “traditional” family which is the heart of this country and represents everything good and Republican in this world? I’m just glad that a majority of the new 47% will live to see the conclusion of the culture change in this country.

  6. Mark on 27/27/12 at 12:50 am

    @ Jonneh – or maybe he couldn’t have gone in the first place? or maybe he could have passed a budget? or maybe he could have actually invested in America so we aren’t where we are? Maybe he could have actually done something besides point fingers and be a hypocrite. yes, he is a dick…and you are as well for supporting him.

    and if by culture change you mean more unemployment, more debt, a downgrade of our credit rating TWICE, then welcome to what you voted for.

  7. Toejam on 27/27/12 at 8:28 am

    The Massiah has realized his error (or was this a contrived, preplanned ride to the rescue at the expense of his well earned vacation?) and is headed back to Washington like the U.S. cavelry to save the day.

    Snake-Oil salesman supreme, and the natives are buying it lock, stock and barrel….OOP’s Barrel? Certainly not an assault rife barrel.

  8. lyle on 27/27/12 at 12:58 pm

    Speaking of dicks, pull Obama’s out of your mouth, jonneh. If you really believe he’s interested in honestly dealing with a fiscal disaster rather than playing politics, you’re a bigger idiot than I first thought reading your drivel.

  9. jonneh on 27/27/12 at 1:47 pm

    You realize that the majority.. vast majority of the cost is security.. Which is quintessential when you’re. . Ya know the president of the United States.. And exactly how can he make a dent when the Republican party remains steadfast in avoiding amy and all negotiations as they have the last 4 years? Oh, and how close is he getting to breaking the republican vacation record? Not close, at all. The reason this story is circulating on middle of nowhere websites is because it is a bloated non-story. The Republican party needs to change to remain relevanr in this country. That doesnt mean sacrificing everything it stands for, but to convince the public they arent just political extremists they HAVE to start playing ball.

  10. lyle on 27/27/12 at 6:18 pm

    Oh, jesus. A concern troll.

    Spare us the sanctimony. Republicans have put a lot on the table just to have prez jiveass basically tell them to eff off. Everything the guy does is designed to score political points. There isn’t a scintilla of genuine care about dealing with debt and deficits in this fraud.

  11. Huggy on 27/27/12 at 7:20 pm

    Obama’s track record is 100% fail. All his nominal successes have been when he is not in the picture (Reid and Pelosi were the ones who made it happen). Don’t expect this to be different.

  12. glorious future comrades! on 28/28/12 at 9:18 pm

    Comrade Hussein the Immaculate is going to solve every problem and smote the economy and globull warming and reset buttons with his magic scepter! Enjoy all those new taxes and less freedoms comrades who voted for teh one.

  13. Frank G on 29/29/12 at 6:50 pm

    perhaps Jonneh was crying over the Dem-controlled Senate all those years they refused to do their job and pass a budget. Or perhaps Jonneh decried the raising of the debt limits every time Obama and the Democrats refused to curtail spending like drunken… well, sailors don’t need that unfair comparison, they have ethics. Obama flew back because he could and was sick of the nagging and bitching from the first wookie. By the way. He’s no better than any of us, why does he merit the personal security, and we don’t? Jonneh. STFU, you troll tool

  14. FM 105 Peter Frampton Marathon on 31/31/12 at 12:29 am

    Criticism of the super successful comrade messiah emperor Hussein is racist thoughtcrime.