In the midst of one of the worst economies in recent memory, wouldn’t it be nice if you could travel to some of the most desirable getaways in the world every three months and have someone else pay for it? Well that is exactly the situation with first lady who, after a recent 17-day, $4-million dollar jaunt to Hawaii, thought it would be necessary and prudent to hop on a plane again and head off to an upscale Ski Resort in Aspen Colorado and enjoy the Presidents' Day weekend.
While most working Americans have had to put off or not take any vacations in order to make ends meet, the Frequent Flyer First Lady has made it a point to treat herself and her daughters to some of the more lavish vacations during her husband’s tenure in the White House.
While Michelle Obama & Co. seem to have no limits or restrictions on their vacationing habits, millions of Americans cannot even think about taking a domestic vacation across neighboring states as a result of gas prices that are approaching the $4-dollar-a-gallon mark. Secondly, if it were not bad enough, these million-dollar vacations are being paid with taxpayer dollars when in essence the independently wealthy Obamas could easily foot the bill themselves. I understand that everyone needs to take some vacation from time to time to get re-energized & spend time with their families, but when you are trying to portray yourself as the voice of the underpaid & underprivileged, it does not make for good press when you go on vacation every three months and hobnob around with multi-millionaires.
Of course there will be many that will argue that all presidents & first ladies take their fair share of vacation time and that they deserve to do so. George Bush during his presidency did take vacations but many times, it was back home to his ranch in Crawford, Texas. But out of respect to the troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, he never played a round of golf during his tenure in the White House. He did not think it was appropriate to be seen as having too much fun while our troops were in harm's way and their families worried for their loved ones.
I am not a publicist or in the advice business but if I was, my advice to the first lady would be to hold off on travel plans until November and save the taxpayers money. There will be plenty of time to travel after you vacate the White House sometime in January of 2013. What do you think?