If the National Lampoon series of “Vacation” movies proved anything to the world, what’s seen by outsiders as a comedy is in reality a tragedy for those on the inside. Case in point; media outlets on both sides of the proverbial pond have noticed a rather glum looking La Famiglia di Obama returning home from a two-week long, multi-million dollar, heavily taxpayer paid for Cape Cod summer vacation.
As reported by the new media American Thinker news portal and also by London, England’s the Daily Mail, both on Aug. 24, 2015, the facial expressions from the First Family bring to mind the old adage of “a picture’s worth a thousand words.” As parents everywhere already know, teens can sometimes be a bit trying, even if their home, education, and summer break are all paid by someone else.
Both critics and taxpayer watchdog groups have consistently pointed out both Mr. and Mrs. Obama’s habit of ignoring the much cheaper Camp David Presidential Retreat for vacations. Thus far, the Obamas have fallen back on the taxpayers to foot most of the costs associated with their Hawaiian, European, and most recently, back to Cape Cod vacations.
Yet the press has noted eldest daughter Malia was not exactly hiding her sporting a bit of a sour puss both while biking with the family on Martha’s Vineyard, accompanied by the requisite ton of Secret Service agents in tow, and also when returning to the Executive Mansion. While both First Daughters won’t be returning to any of Washington, DC’s notoriously crime-ridden schools, they will be back at arguably one of the nation’s premier private schools, Sidwell Friends Academy, which comes complete with French chefs instead of the standard canned and steamed fare served at public schools.
While disembarking Marine One after touching down at the White House, descriptive terms such as “glum,” “gloomy” and “downcast” were used to describe the body English and overall vibe given off by all members of the Obama crew. While most working Americans can’t even afford even the most frugal of holiday getaways, the Boston Herald and the Daily Mail noted that the Obama’s stayed at a $12 million-to-rent “cottage” that encompasses an impressive 8,100-square-feet.
The alleged cottage features seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a basketball and tennis court, hot tub, infinity pool and stunning views of the picturesque Elizabeth Islands. A manicurist was also booked to be on-call in case of any fingernail related emergencies.
While the price tag alone of renting the massive Massachusetts compound was cited at $12 million, the Business Insider reports the cost to the taxpayers per hour of utilizing Air Force One at a whopping $206,337. As cited, the one-fifth of a million dollars per hour isn’t just when any of the First family is aboard and airborne.
Besides fuel and flight consumables, whenever the behemoth airplane is undergoing depot level repairables, aircraft overhaul, and engine overhaul, the taxpayers pick up the tab. While the cost of accompanying Secret Service agents, vehicles, other staff, and the cost of overtime for local police has yet to be released, those additional costs to the taxpayers have historically ran in the millions.