So, what does the president of the United States do to set a good example as the country faces a looming financial meltdown? He keeps spending and spending. For this Christmas season, not only did Obama call for significantly more Christmas trees in the White House than last year, but he's also getting ready for a $4 million vacation to Hawaii.
As reported by Investors Business Daily, taxpayers will be paying for 54 Christmas trees this year which will adorn the White House. That's a 50% increase in trees over last year.
Amazing how a reelection can reshape an incumbent's thinking about many things. Now safely ensconced in the White House for 49 more months, the Obamas have decorated the place with 54 Christmas trees this year.
Even allowing for the usual Washington excesses with taxpayer money, that's a whole grove of Christmas trees.
"We have 54 trees in the White House," an excited Michelle Obama proudly told visitors the other day. "54! That's a lot of trees."
But that's not all. That's just decorations. The Obamas are also getting ready for their Christmas vacation to Hawaii. It's a vacation that will cost taxpayers $4 million.
From The Washington Times:
The prospect of pitching over the federal "fiscal cliff" isn't stopping the White House from moving forward with President Obama's year-end Hawaii vacation plans.
Even as Republicans and Democrats report minimal progress so far in talks to meet a deadline to avoid sharp tax hikes and spending cuts, the White House was moving forward with the first family's and friends' $4 million vacation to Mr. Obama's native state.
Residents living near the beachfront homes in Kailua where President Obama has vacationed every year since 2008 received alerts this week about the restrictions and expected travel disruptions associated with the president and first family's visit, according to a story in the Hawaii Reporter.
Apparently, a bunch of extra Christmas trees and a $4 million vacation are no big deal to a president who has run up more debt than any other in history. How about setting a good example, Mr. President?