The Obama family: On yet another taxpayer paid vacation

When it comes to leadership this is nothing Barack Obama likes to do more than avoid it. Now he is educating his children in Africa. Photo: Barack Obam tours Africa Photo: AP

CHARLOTTEJune 30, 2013 — Remember sequestration? No money for White House tours for school kids so they can learn about our literal houses of government. But we can spend millions of dollars for Barack Obama’s children to be flown by helicopter to visit the Robben Island Museum to learn about Nelson Mandela.

It was one of those “teachable moments;” a chance for the Obama daughters to learn first-hand about Mandela’s role in battling racism in South Africa.

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Ahhh, but those White House tours, channeling Maria Antoinette, it is as if Mr. and Mrs. Obama are saying “Let them eat cake.”

Once again America’s first guests, the Vacationer-in-Chief and his family, have skipped town under the guise of diplomacy, avoiding being president and dealing with urgent issues, and worse, scandals, at home.

Don’t all presidents make international trips requiring a huge entourage of security and staff? Certainly. Does the United States need to pay more attention to political problems in Africa? Absolutely.

But then why has the adoring American mainstream media pretty much ignored the multi-week junket by the Obama’s to Europe and Africa? Could it be because the president is doing little in the way of actual diplomacy and mostly schmoozing for the cameras and participating in photo ops?

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The original African itinerary featured an Obama family safari, but even the president’s staff couldn’t figure out how to justify that expense. Apparently efforts to contact Dr. Doolittle failed and the President’s hoped for summit talk to the animals could not be arranged.  The lions and gazelles kept arguing.

Sadly POTUS and FLOTUS had to cancel that portion of their  trip.

What Obama is really doing, instead of his other forte of eloquently lecturing the American people about how selfish they are, is attempting to let things calm down a bit in Washington while he junkets his way around the world.

As Ed Klein, Obama biographer, states: “the U.S. media is largely ignoring Obama’s trip because reporting what his is actually doing “would reveal that Obama has little interest in governing but ‘clings to the narcissistic life of the presidency’ – at a time of political economic turmoil, when leadership is sorely lacking.”

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When Obama was blasted by Irish Parliament member Clare Daly last week, as a “war criminal” and the “hypocrite of the century,” where was press with that story? 

Could it have been because Daly ripped the press as well, calling them the “shameful, sycophantic American media” for their  non-stop fawning over the president.

Considering the lack of any measure of meaningful diplomacy coming from this trip, the presidential African trip is being seen as a family vacation, possibly combined with an opportunity to avoid controversy at home. 

On Saturday Obama told journalists that he wants his daughters to understand how the lessons of Nelson Mandela apply to their own lives and to “their responsibilities in the future as citizens of the world.”

There can be little doubt about the Obamas being “citizens of the world.” They have seen most of it in high style at taxpayer’s expense.

One has to wonder why the ultra-deluxe education of the Obama children could not have been achieved when Barack is out of office, since the “international diplomatic” aspects of the African adventure were vastly insignificant.

We all know the answer. It is because that’s what the Obamas do. They live their lives in luxury, without providing leadership and our country be damned.

Rumors have it that White House tours may resume after 2016, because their cancellation really has nothing to do with anything other than trying to apply emotional blame to conservatives whenever possible. 

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About the Author: Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. His goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.

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Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club ( and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.


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