Mrs. Obama and her daughters arrived just before 2 pm Thursday on a U.S. government jet, according to the Martha’s Vineyard Times, which got its information from the local airport. The first lady’s office has been silent on her travel. President Obama arrived in the evening along with the family dog Bo.
The extra costs related to Mrs. Obama’s solo trip mainly include the flight on a specially designed military aircraft she took instead of Air Force One, as well as any extra staff and Secret Service that had to be enlisted to go with her. She would also have had her own motorcade from the airport to her vacation residence.
Mrs. Obama’s separate jet travel sends the wrong message on a host of issues, from global warming to the budget deficit to the economy – in which currently so many people can’t afford to take a vacation at all.
I know I’ve been dismissing criticism of the Obamas trip to MV in recent posts, but I’ve also acknowledged that the optics are tough. Stories like this only add fuel to the fire.
[Hat Tip: Memeorandum]
[W]hen you look at August 2011 from Spring/Summer/Fall 2012, one more vacation isn’t going to seem like much of anything. The economy will matter, but not what it was in August 2011, what it isnow. Whatever it is, people will hold Obama responsible, so right now, he’s hoping things will be better enough that he’ll have something to claim credit for.
Could he do something right now, in August 2011, that will make the economy better at that future point, something that will be more effective than biking and golfing on Martha’s Vinyard? I don’t think he can, and if he doesn’t think he can, in my book, that’s a point in his favor. Spare me your programs and clever ideas. I like getting some evidence that he knows the limits of government.
Obama’s presidency is about getting reelected, and doing nothing right now fits that agenda just fine.
Exactly. Here’s hoping that Republicans take note.