Who Cares About Obama's Lavish Vacations?
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Who Cares About Obama's Lavish Vacations?

Honolulu : HI : USA | Jan 03, 2011 at 8:46 AM PST
Source: Newsbusters
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If you thought perhaps the networks would focus in on how President Obama avoided blizzards by staying on vacation in Hawaii, or that anyone would ask how much his vacation might cost the taxpayer, think again. No one's interested in questioning Obama -- as London's Daily Mail did: "The 7,000-square foot home where the president is vacationing has five bedrooms, a media room and a secluded lagoon-style pool with tropical waterfalls and a spa."...We're going to check in with Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry. That is, if he's not busy, let's say, surfing...Well, the weather has been terrible in Washington, D.C., but that's no problem for our senior White house correspondent, Ed Henry...But I don't want you to think I have it that easy because you might not be able to tell, but there is a light rain falling behind me. And I can sympathize with my colleagues like you back east, because it plunged overnight here to about 65 degrees...You get to travel all around the world with the president to exotic locales, not just internationally, but here in Hawaii, and you get to sample the food. And one thing you learn on this beat pretty early is the president likes to eat, and so do the reporters that follow him around. This president is an adventurous diner, despite the first lady's healthy eating initiative...But in fairness, the president usually can't say no, especially on the campaign trail, unless he wants to offend the locals...We could say no, but often say yes, whether it's a gourmet restaurant here in Honolulu like this, or a dive in Dubuque. Just ask veteran correspondent Bill Plante of "CBS News," so good at picking wine, we call him our unofficial sommelier. Eating is important because you spend your whole day working and you need some kind of opportunity to relax...It was time to take Bill Plante's advice and get a nice Christmas meal in Honolulu. There are a couple that are particularly nice where you can sit in the evening breeze, open to the sky and the sea, and sip a fine glass of wine and have wonderful food...The person to call in Honolulu is Alan Wong, celebrity chef, who has hosted the president and first lady here many times, but is still in awe of the experience...Contrary to some of the junk food the president and the press enjoy on the road, this restaurant is known for local vegetables and fresh seafood, like the tilapia the first lady prefers...Now, Alan Wong confided to me that the president actually really loves the short ribs when he goes to Alan Wong's restaurant...Interesting though, because you would never know it, the guy is in such great shape. And that is part of the problem with having a very skinny president. You don't have to worry about this, Deb, but the rest of us were reminded we've got to get cracking on those New Year's resolutions...And your favorite food before we ask you a serious question is what?...So I guess I'm adding to -- it's going to be harder for me say that this is tough duty when I'm laying out the menu...Then there was a tiny bit of business -- dismissing rumors that Bill Richardson might replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.

 
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