St. Louis Reporter Confronts Obama on Frequent Family Vacations

Mike Opelka
The Blaze
4/13/2012

ABC news recently reported that most Americans are cutting back on their vacation plans due to high gas prices and the lagging economy. But the Obamas seem to be oblivious to the issue.

The topic of the First Family’s frequent vacationing is one that a St. Louis TV anchor thought was worth investigating. Larry Conners of KMOV-TV wondered if the Obamas spend an inordinate amount of time vacationing at the expense of the American taxpayer?

This is not exactly a new topic:

  • The frequency and cost of these the Obama family trips has been covered on the Blaze as recently as December when the First Family’s Hawaiian vacation was reported to cost as much as $4 million dollars.
  • Last summer the Daily Mail reported that Michelle Obama had already spent up to $10 million dollars on trips to Spain, Vail, and Martha’s Vineyard…

…How did the President respond? In a slightly testy fashion:

“Well, I don’t know how many viewers you’re talking about that say that.”

Conners parried with:

“We do hear from some.”…

…The issue of taxpayer funded vacations for the Commander in Chief will always be fodder for any president’s political opposition. But, as the 2012 summer vacation season approaches and rising gas prices add to costs of airfare and car travel, the White House must be aware that a majority of Americans have had to curtail or completely out their travel plans. Could this become a campaign issue for the GOP?

Stay tuned.

The complete article, with video, is at The Blaze.

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