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Facing Fiscal Cliff, Obama Goes Overboard on Christmas Trees and Vacation

By GOPUSA Staff

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?

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  1. powertothepeopleComment by powertothepeople
    December 4, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

    No surprise here, when you spend other peoples money it is so much fun! Set an example….he has…spend others money and double down!

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    • gopluvaComment by gopluva
      December 4, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

      I feel sorry for the people when they visit an area and when they get out of WH and live somewhere. Too bad the public in those places dont have something to say about him being near by just like when a sex offender goes to live somewhere.

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    • mcrankComment by mcrank
      December 4, 2012 @ 7:22 pm

      $4 million dollar Hawaii vacation. Were it not for the fate of a lot of other innocent people, I would wish him a volcanic eruption or a tsunami.

      This sorry excuse for a President is damnable!

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    • MorganComment by Morgan
      December 6, 2012 @ 11:04 am

      Please forgive me if I appear to defend the President as I can’t stand the man. However, this article is a bit misleading I have read where he is paying for his actual accomidations while in Hawaii. The $4 million expense to the taxpayers is (1)AF-1 to fly him and his family to Hawaii. (2)the cost of the cargo jet that takes his private vehicle, and all the entourage of other utility vehicles that the secret service uses. (3)the cost of all the law enforcement from Hawaii that will be needed, etc. (4) the cost for all the secret service people, his personal staff, Michele Obama’s personal staff etc.

      I have read where operating AF-1 is about $175,000 per hour. I don’t know how long it takes to fly from DC to Hawaii, but that adds up very quickly. I’ve also heard that he will take his helicopter as well which requires a separate cargo jet.

      It’s all this stuff that costs the taxpayers.

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  2. jenerseaComment by jenersea
    December 4, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

    This is just the beginning of the new Obozo family fun vacations at your and my expense. This whole term will be nothing but spending by him and Chewbacca. Plus he will be globe trotting to set up deals and speaking engagements to sustain him for life when he is no longer Prez. He cares not a damn what happens to the country as long as his needs are met.

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  3. lwessonComment by lwesson
    December 4, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

    WOW Michelle can figure out that 54 is a lot of trees! What? One for every State perhaps? 57 or 58 States, Michelle? Get some more Holiday trees!

    And lo, Tiny Bubbles Hawaii for Papa Doc Barack and family! Don Ho Ho Ho AmeriKans! Nothing is too good for Papa Doc here in the Banana RepubliK AmeriKa. How tired, exhausted he must be, that he had to put up with the audacity of an election! At least he could count on Voodoo Election Results!

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    • MorganComment by Morgan
      December 6, 2012 @ 11:05 am

      Michele had better watch out calling them “Christmas” trees, or the Atheists will come after her. Gotta keep that separation of church and state ya know….LOL

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  4. Grouchy OneComment by Grouchy One
    December 4, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

    One thing I have never understood is this: In all my years of working, even though most places I worked allowed me a paid vacation for x-number of weeks in a year, not once did the company ever pay my expenses while I was on vacation. I don’t know any facts about how many vacations the Obamas take compared to other White House occupants but I do know one thing: I’m getting really annoyed that they feel the need to have several vacations per year at taxpayer expense.
    I keep thinking that one of these days we are going to have Mrs. Obama up on the balcony somewhere saying “Then let them eat cake!”

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    • prlizComment by prliz
      December 4, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

      If I recall correctly, as GW Bush was entering his second term, he pared back on the inauguration and Christmas was spent at the ranch in crawford. I remember someone said he frequently went to his ranch on vacation so that he would not have to force additional secret service to work the holiday. When you are traveling the way the Obamas are, they will need a ton of Secret Service. I believe they are saying “Let them eat cake.”

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    • dfinchComment by dfinch
      December 4, 2012 @ 4:48 pm

      Michelle and the girls have taken 16 vacations on us. They would also go on their little political junkets and spend another couple of days sightseeing. There’s not another president that has ever done that. If he was going to a second home like Bush did it wouldn’t make me so angry. The Obamaites are being used and don’t have enough sense to know it.

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      December 4, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

      “The Obamaites are being used and don’t have enough sense to know it.”

      Yeah, BUT they would not listen to reason, and they voted for it, so it’s going to be interesting to see if they will ever wake up. After the first four years of Obama’s lies and deception, I really don’t think his worshipers will ever realize what they have done until they are starving in the streets. During that time, don’t be surprised if he isn’t vacationing in Hawaii again.

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  5. agnesdayComment by agnesday
    December 4, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

    Nobody is this tone-deaf to the feelings of his people. President Obama is charming his base by “sticking it to the man;” while he infuriates those bitter people who cling to their guns and their religion. How anyone feels that he is “personally likeable” is beyond my comprehension.

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  6. chief1937Comment by chief1937
    December 4, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

    Thanks to a lot of gulable people we have 4 more years of this nonsense. Hope everyone is happy now and enjot your benefits if you have any especially when the Obamas are finished. Never thought American voters would sacrifice their country so easily.

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    • vevaComment by veva
      December 4, 2012 @ 4:48 pm

      The America we have today is not the America we had 40 years ago. Forty years of dumbing down students and avoiding teaching any history of America, or its Constitution, gave us today’s generations. They are a materialistic group. But ,hey will think differently!when they run out of taxpayer money.

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    • juicyfruit56Comment by juicyfruit56
      December 4, 2012 @ 5:54 pm

      If you listened to Rush Limbaugh today then you heard the polling numbers. Unbelievable. All the pollesters polled among the democrats and the high majority of them do not like what Obama is doing and 57% of the do not want Obama Health Care. But because they so hate Republicans they voted for Obama. They are afraid of what the Republicans will do. They are so stupid they haven’t figured out that what they are afraid of the Democrats are already doing it to them. Obama Care, taxes, raises taxes on middle class, trying to get gun control laws, you name it and it is a Democrat bill. Stupid, stupid, stupid is all you can call these
      Democrats.

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  7. arwenusaComment by arwenusa
    December 4, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

    What happened? Did Obama get a bunch of new Mao Tse Tung Christmas ornaments?

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  8. usluvComment by usluv
    December 4, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

    Yes indeedy…..we would not want to stop his good times or extravagant vacations…now would we?

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  9. freedomfighterComment by freedomfighter
    December 4, 2012 @ 4:42 pm

    Excuse me, Is this not the same man who, last year, chided everyone for using the word Christmas?. He said it was supposed to be a Winter, or Holliday tree, but not Christmas!.
    And, of course, he begins his strenuous running of the Country with a wildly expensive vacation. A time when our economy is in the toilet, he uses our taxpayer money to vacation richly, extravagantly on our dime.

    Why did we not throw this Vacationer-N-Chief out of the Presidents house while we had the chance?.
    I cannot believe that any voter, with a minimal intellect, would fall for his pony show a second term.
    I am hesitant to believe that there are that many gullible people in our Country, who cannot see through the smoke screen he throws up every time he makes a speech, or tells yet another lie.
    I cannot believe that America truly has that many ignorant and uninformed people, who cannot see the destruction through the smoke.
    I cannot believe that this one man is so untouchable, to the point that he can side step, and ignore the Constitution at will, and actually get away with the acts of treason, and doer of impeachment deeds he does.
    Has America lost it’s sight, hearing, and ability to respond to injustice?.
    I am afraid we are doomed, with no possible way to get around it, as long as those who can do something, do nothing and let him take us over the cliff we are heading for at full speed, without a single move of defense.
    The tree can only grow, as long as it is allowed to grow. It can be stopped, but the will, and means must be used to do so. He is impeachable, even if he is black, He is only a man, and his powers are limited, so long as those powers are apposed. He can still be thrown out of office for things done last term, and I am sure he will give plenty of opportunities this term as well. We just need someone with the power, and gumption to get the dead done. He can still be impeached, and I am still sure with his refusal to show his SS card, and his true Birth Certificate, that he could be removed from office, if the people who can do something, would do something.
    Otherwise, as the song says, we’re on the hiway to Hell, gift wrapped, and postage paid, by our sitting Proxident/President.
    WE MUST TAKE BOTH HOUSE AND SENATE IN 2014.

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    • dfinchComment by dfinch
      December 4, 2012 @ 4:50 pm

      No one can beat voter fraud.

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      December 4, 2012 @ 5:01 pm

      freedomfighter, you had better believe it because we saw it happen on November 6. The majority of the people voted for another four years of Obama misery. As someone used to say, “you ain’t seen nothing yet”.

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    • lwessonComment by lwesson
      December 4, 2012 @ 5:02 pm

      dfinch,

      You are of making electronic voting machines very most sad. And for Districts that have 141% or more per “voting”, you are just hateful you racist!

      Papa Doc Barack will not be sending you a happy Holiday Card! Maybe you, I will see happy Men in Black?

      No, I am disgusted. My Father if he were alive today, the one that risked his life in WW2 would be screaming mad. Obama trusts that men like that are dying off in droves. They are. Obama is also trying to make sure that many current ex-service men and women are not allowed their Second Amendment Rights.

      What a disgrace America has become.

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  10. Catherine RileyComment by Catherine Riley
    December 4, 2012 @ 5:44 pm

    I live here and I wish he would just stay. All he does is cause traffic problems. Not only that I get sick and tired of hearing about and seeing him on TV. When I do I change the channel.

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  11. clarkentComment by clarkent
    December 4, 2012 @ 6:56 pm

    “In your face,America” The spending does not stop.

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  12. bizzybuzzerComment by bizzybuzzer
    December 4, 2012 @ 8:20 pm

    Why does a Muslim president even celebrate the birthday of the Jesus he mocks ? Are the trees for a greener America ?

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    • lwessonComment by lwesson
      December 14, 2012 @ 6:54 pm

      He does it because it is a useful Muslim LIE to the BoobasAmericanus.

      Merrie Christmas bizzybusser!

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  13. rushbabe49Comment by rushbabe49
    December 4, 2012 @ 10:30 pm

    Just after he was elected the first time, I had this vision of the Obama family’s first night in the White House. Everyone was jumping up and down on the beds, and grinning, saying :”Whee! Billions of those suckers’ money, ALL FOR US! Where to next, kids? Just say where, and Air Force One will take us! Yay!”.
    Last week, when Mark Steyn was subbing for Rush, he had a whole segment on the $1.4 BILLION the Obummers spent of YOUR money for their personal enjoyment. So this is where our higher taxes are going!

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  14. gnafuComment by gnafu
    December 4, 2012 @ 10:47 pm

    I seriously doubt that he is celebrating “Christmas.” He just wants to rub it in everyone’s face that he has money and a job. If you haven’t noticed, he is sort of a me I me I me I me I me I me I me I me I me I me I me I me I me I me person.

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    • sexysadieComment by sexysadie
      December 5, 2012 @ 7:34 am

      He’s trying to convince Amerikans that he is a kristian…

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  15. pwpmmpComment by pwpmmp
    December 5, 2012 @ 12:00 am

    Maybe now is the time for our GOP congressmen and women to very publically point out that, while the rest of us are waiting to find out how bad things are going to get for us in the New Year, Nero… I mean Obama, is fiddling away four million tax payer dollars on a cushy vacay for him and his family. By the way, are those real evergreens that were murdered and then hauled across state lines by these liberal tree huggers? Or did the poor firs just sacrifice themselves when they heard Obama had need of them? Everything they do from burning through hard-earned tax payer money to disregarding all the environment rules they try to foist on everyone else is so stinking hypocritical it makes me want to throw up.

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  16. gsreaganComment by gsreagan
    December 5, 2012 @ 7:08 am

    Nothing is too good for El Presidente and his minions (friends) and family. Mooshell is about to have an orgasim on the whole deal. The Chicago ‘lunch bunch’ has a permanent attachment in DC and is spreading its mob like personna. It appears that the sheepish GOP has caved, no back bone, no more. They will be replaced with more Tea Party types next time around. Maybe Ted Cruz and others can turn things around.

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  17. sexysadieComment by sexysadie
    December 5, 2012 @ 7:29 am

    Sorry folks. This is what Amerikans wanted and this is what they’re getting. This past election told me a lot more about my fellow Amerikans than it did about politiks. I’m afraid I simply cannot muster the outrage for this guy any longer. Many of us knew this was what would happen, but the majority of Amerikans chose to ignore it. So? Happy trails, guys!

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  18. James HanrahanComment by James Hanrahan
    December 5, 2012 @ 7:54 am

    No wonder he wants to raise the debt limit, he has to schedule his next series of vacations! That’s going to cost we taxpayers a ton of money!

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  19. republicComment by republic
    December 5, 2012 @ 11:04 am

    He lives just like his electorate: in or on the brink of bankruptcy and financial ruin, low credit rating, massive credit card debt, $0.00 set aside for emergencies, living outside their means, and shamelessly asking people for money then spending it on luxuries without ever paying it back. This is just normal living for all of them and they don’t even have the capacity to understand it’s wrong and something to be embarrassed about.
    Enjoy your vacation while the real people scrimp, stretch, make do, and do without in order to pay for it.

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    • polearchComment by polearch
      December 10, 2012 @ 3:55 pm

      All that money would go a long way to help the storm victims This man is an idiot. or maybe not as he has sucked in the majority of the country

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  20. ggfilthyComment by ggfilthy
    December 6, 2012 @ 7:51 am

    OBSCENELY DECADENT! These people are the embodiment of the seven sins…EVERYONE….eventually has to answer to someone. EVEN THE KING……This is just SICK….and even SICKER is the losers that support these evil “people”. Sooner or later GOD…will… see to their demise.

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  21. stickmanComment by stickman
    December 14, 2012 @ 3:09 pm

    I’m cutting back and you may want to also….
    I’m going to bite the bullet, too!

    President Obama ordered the cabinet to cut $100,000,000.00 ($100 million) from the $3,500,000,000,000.00 ($3.5 trillion) federal budget.

    I’m so impressed by this sacrifice that I have decided to do the same thing with my personal budget. I spend about $2,000 a month on groceries, household expenses, medicine, utilities, etc., but it’s time to get out the budget cutting axe, go through my expenses, and cut back.

    I’m going to cut my spending at exactly the same ratio (1/35,000) of my total budget. After doing the math, it looks like instead of spending $2,000 a month, I’m going to have to cut that number by six cents. Yes, I’m going to have to get by with $1999.94, but that’s what sacrifice is all about.

    I’ll just have to do without some things, that are, frankly, luxuries – six cents worth.

    Did this President actually think no one would do the math? people understand how idiotic a $100 million cut is in a $3.5 trillion budget – ludicrous!

    “There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation…
    One is by sword…The other is by debt.”

    John Adams 1826

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