Amid sequestration Obama children continue lavish lifestyles

One publication has broken a media rule about the Obama children in an effort to emphasize awareness of government spending. Photo: AP

CHARLOTTEMarch 27, 2013 – According to Matthew Boyle of Breitbart News, Judicial Watch has filed a Freedom of Information Act request for expense details of the Obama daughter’s spring break vacation.

The story did not receive extensive coverage because of the unwritten rule that grants media immunity to first children out of respect and security for the Office of President? When Breitbart broke the story however, it created a heated response about the story being released, not the content of the story.

Simply, the controversy over the Breitbart piece centered upon the media ignoring the embargo of covering the first family, particularly children, when President Bush was in office but becoming outraged now that it concerns the Obamas.

Do presidents deserve vacations and time off? Of course they do. Is there added expense when anyone in the administration ventures outside the White House purely because security and other factors are involved? Certainly.

Should the president’s children be penalized from enjoying a lifestyle similar to their peers just because of their parent’s notoriety? Now it begins to get muddy.

The first daughters are the beneficiaries of privileges and access to many things that none of their friends can claim for no other reason than their status. Rightly or wrongly, the president’s children do not lead normal lives, so the question becomes do they have the right to expect a similar lifestyle as their friends?

Supposedly the Obamas are picking up the tab for Sasha’s and Malia’s expenses for spring break. Fine. But that also involves secret service security, transportation, meals, accommodations and all the other support services required for the first children to enjoy their holiday. Barack and Michelle don’t pay for that. We do.

Perhaps in “normal” times, if ever there are normal times, such a holiday would not be of major consequence. Whatever the cost, the amount is miniscule in the overall price of operating our government.

The actual expenses are not the problem however. What is more galling is the all-too-familiar arrogance of the president.

In case nobody has been paying attention, the government has been spending money at a record pace. We are closing in on $17-trillion in debt with no signs of slowing down Obamacare is estimated that it will cost three times the amount than was originally projected.

Taxes are increasing and paychecks are dwindling.

The list goes on and on.

Meanwhile, the Obamas took a luxurious vacation in Hawaii. Soon after, Michelle went on an elaborate personal ski holiday in Colorado while Barack enjoyed a round of golf with Tiger Woods in Florida. Doesn’t every family do that?

Should we really be upset if Sasha and Malia had been deprived of their spring break vacation? It is not their fault they live in the White House and have inherent indulgences not afforded others their age. Other presidents have children and they, too, receive the same treatment the Obamas are afforded during their time in Washington.

In the midst of all of this however, other school children on their spring breaks are not allowed to visit the White House due to the costs of sequestration. When the president took some heat for that, he blamed the problem on the secret service; the very same people who will lay down their lives for him and who are protecting Sasha and Malia.

There is no need to go over the infinite list of services that have been eliminated or reduced by sequestration. Neither is it fair to say the president, the first lady and their children do not deserve whatever privacy and leisure they can achieve away from the ever-glaring spotlight of their existence.

But the first family is presenting to the American people an in-your-face taste of their lavish lifestyle while telling each of us that we must sacrifice.

If America’s economic problems persist without satisfactory solutions, the images and details of such luxurious living could come back to haunt the Obamas.

Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services in Charlotte, NC. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club, which creates, and escorts customized tours to SwitzerlandFrance and Italy for groups of 12 or more.

Inquiries for groups can be made at Peabod@aol.com Taylored Media has produced marketing videos for British Rail, Rail Europe, Switzerland Tourism, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council, the Finnish Tourist Board, the Swiss Travel System and Japan Railways Group among others.

As author of The Century Club book, Peabod is now attempting to travel to 100 countries or more during his lifetime. To date he has visited 71 countries. Suggest someplace new for Bob to visit; if you want to know where he has been, check his list on Facebook. Bob plans to write a sequel to his book when he reaches his goal of 100 countries. He also played professional baseball for four years and was a sportscaster for 14 years at WBTV, the CBS affiliate in Charlotte.


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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 (www.MagellanTravelClub.com) and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.

 

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