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President Obama’s Hawaii Vacation Will Cost Taxpayers $4 Million

Air Force One

It’s expensive for the President of the United States to take a vacation, so expensive in fact that the Obama family vacation is expected to cost taxpayers $4 million.

While the exact cost of the trip has not been revealed the estimated cost of flying Air Force One is $181,757 per hour, making the cost of the flight by itself $3,271,622. The Hawaiian Reporter also points out that Michelle Obama’s early flight aboard a military plane cost an additional $100,000.

While the cost for a Presidential vacation (which Obama extended by three days) may seem high that’s because it’s slightly more than trips in the past due to the higher cost of jet fuel and overall operation costs.

As would be expected the vacation has drawn plenty of criticism from conservative websites who have blasted the President for his use of vacation time. It should be noted however that according to nonpartisan reporting website FactCheck.org President George W. Bush spent 1,020 days during his time as president on vacation (510 days per term – Bush spent 487 days at Camp David, 490 days at his Crawford ranch, and 43 days at his family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine.). John F. Kennedy in the meantime spent 1,000 days away from the White House.

In contrast President Obama spent just 26 days on vacation during his first year in office, less than the previous three Republican Presidents but more than Democratic leaders Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

In the meantime the vacation wasn’t a quick duck out of the White House for some leisure time, Michelle Obama left early because husband Barack delayed his part of the trip by six days while working with Congress to extend the payroll tax cut.

I personally want our Presidents (Dems and Reps) to receive some much needed leisure time when it’s possible, after all they make the decisions that affect all of our lives and with that rest comes some high costs of travel for safety and public persona reasons.

Do you think Presidential vacations are a waste of taxpayer money or is the safety of the President aboard Air Force One a necessary “cost of doing business” in our country.

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53 Responses to “President Obama’s Hawaii Vacation Will Cost Taxpayers $4 Million”

  1. Joyce Ann Gooding

    Congress keep punctuating their views with what the American people want. I think it would be wise if these ones cut spending tax payers' money on expensivie vacations. I appreciate their need for safety and I am sure these breaks get them out with the public. However, the white house has many diversions within its walls. Most of us would feel we are getting a break all of the time if we had such amenities! There are many people who are unemployed and underemployed who are stressed and need a break. I think we all need a month or two off! Or even the rest of our lives! The leisure time is not helping them make good decisions!

  2. Dale Brown

    When a black man becomes president of U.S. the world must know how much this and that cost on every issue enjoy your holidays BLACK PRESIDENT AND YOUR DOING A GOOD AS FOR RUNNING THE U.S.

  3. Linda Taylor

    You may not call it vacationing, but Obama has spent over 90 days golfing, and for him to spend more than 3 days in a row in the WhiteHouse is rare. He's always finding a "good" reason to fly off to somewhere. I can't even imagine his carbon footprint. Bush's rance was set up to communicate like if he was in DC, costing the taxpayer much less less than the extravagant lifestyle of Obama. Obama talks about fair-shares… where is the people's fair share of his million dollar income… His tax returns show he gives only about 5% to charity… he won't even help his aunt and uncle who live in poverty much less anyone else.

  4. Samantha Penird

    They criticize every politician who spends a ridiculous amount of taxpayer money for no reason. Stop being a racist and acting like everyone else is being one! If you really weren't a racist, then you wouldn't be accentuation his color.

  5. Daniel Victor

    61: The number of vacation days that President Obama has spent away from the White House thus far in his term.

    487: The number of days that George W. Bush spent at Camp David, the presidential retreat, during his two terms as president.

  6. Paul Smith

    I'm guessing that the cost of all Pres. Bushes days at Camp David, even though it does seems excessive (DV says 487), doesn't come anywhere close to the costs of all of Pres. Obama's vacations during the same no. of days. Besides, he was close by and "available" during these days. Prove me wrong. Remember, these are tough economical times for most of us. Shouldn't our President make a few sacrifices as well? In my opinion, no President deserves this sort of extravagant entitlement. How about his $2,000,000 / day "business trip to India with family at taxpayer expense. (my $0.02)

  7. Dale Brown

    Samantha Penird Your right and I'm sorry for that statement but all I hear President Obama not doing this and that as for being the leader of U.S. but look at the last president done for the last 8 yrs.

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  9. Sfc Mac

    Hey Obamabot, you forgot about Dem staffers who get nice vacations in Maui, House Dems getting 3-day luxury retreats at Kingsmill Resort & Spa in Williamsburg, Va, and MoMo taking the kids and 40 of her “closest friends" for vacations in Spain. And once in a while he interupts his golf game to apologize to whomever is "offended" at America this week. GW got villified for going to Crawford a few times a year.
    As for you little people: Let them eat cake.

  10. Sfc Mac

    Another zombie who voted pigment over substance. Just look at what your Hopey-Changey "leader" has done: Our world standing has taken a big hit in the last three years because of a SCOAMF who is not fit to lead a Democratic Republic. Obama flushed billions in tax-payer funded bailouts to an auto industry that should have been allowed to go bankrupt. His bailout/stimulus/TARP disaster added trillions to the national debt and threw us into an economic blackhole. The Marxist in D.C. believes constitutional limits on federal government make “change” difficult. Obama’s “shovel ready” agenda lost over 5 million jobs since he took office. Unemployment went from 7.5 million in January of 2009 to 12.8 million as of January 2012. More of his "accomplishments":

    —Taxpayer money was used to curry political favor with privately held corporations (GE)
    —Fast and Furious” gunrunning operation to Mexican thugs has been connected to several murders, including U.S. border agents. Obama and Holder have lied, covered up, and obstructed justice throughout the investigation.
    —The Pigford scandal
    —Using graft to support his taxpayer-funded eco-scams, like Solyndra.
    —Aiding and abetting muslim terrorists both here and overseas
    —Collusion with union thugs (AFL-CIO/SEIU)
    —Kowtowing to foreign despots
    —Accepting illegal campaign contributions from foreign donors
    —Allowing Interpol to operate in US territory with impunity and without oversight by Congress, the courts, FBI or local law enforcement
    —Obama’s involvement with Rod Blagojevich’s attempt to sell his old Illinois Senate seat
    —Refusing to prosecute New Black Panther goons for voter intimidation, and a deputy assistant attorney general who instructed her subordinates to ‘never bring another lawsuit against a black or other national minority, no matter what they do.’
    —For having a tax cheat as Secretary of the Treasury
    —His ACORN pals committed voter fraud and gave advice on how to avoid tax and immigration laws for underage prostitution
    —His good buddy, wealthy Fabian socialist George Soros, coincidentally sold 22 million U.S.-listed common shares of Petrobras (the Brazillian Oil company) to get dividends right before Obama committed $2 billion in loans and guarantees for Petrobras’ offshore operations
    —For harassment of Joe Wurzenbacher, a private citizen who dared to confront Obama on his Marxist “spread the wealth” philosophy
    —For compiling an “enemies list” that includes military veterans, opponents of ObamaCare, and advocates of strong border security and enforcement of immigration laws.
    —Obama’s affinity for radical muslims, has a lengthy history. His domestic and foreign policies regarding Islamic aggression reflect a dyed-in-the-wool Dhimmi.
    —Obama’s Dem oligarcy rammed through the unconstituitional ObamaCare against the will and consent of the American people.

    That’s why the Dems got shellacked in the mid-term elections. His socialist Keynesian Frankenstein has destroyed the economy. The debt has now reached $15 trillion+ and climbing. Our actual unemployment rate stands at 16.2% . That number includes those who simply stopped looking for work. The enormous waste of $814 billion “stimulus” and $787 billion dollars in taxpayer funded bailouts, the government takeover of 2/3rds of the auto industry, insurance corporations, and health care, and the engineered collapse of the housing and banking industry, (TARP) threw America’s economic infrastructure into the toilet.

    Obama’s Marxist destruction of our national security, foreign policy, and economy has got to be stopped. He feeds the maws of the worst his party has to offer. He’s a corrupt little man with corrupt friends and associates. He was raised with a resentful grudge against America by communist parents and he uses his position to wreak havoc.

    His exit from our gevernment cannot come soon enough.

  11. Angela Birch

    Obama has taken 1/3 the number of days of vacation that Bushie took. House republicans didn't got to Willimasburg Virginia for 3 days but to Edinbugh Scotland for 2 weeks. Mrs Obama didn't take 40 of her closest friends to spain she took her daughters, her mother and her nephew. The 40 friends have been debunked as made up. In addition it was an official goodwill trip with meetings with the king and Queen of spain as well as other official functions.

  12. Angela Birch

    Obama took a total of 26 days of vacation in his first year. Bushie took 161 and in neither case does it count time at camp David. bushie took 2 month long vacations during his first 8 months in office and 2 months in the last four months of his first year and that doesn't count trips to kennibunkport and Florida.
    The 2 million a day cost has been proven to be made up, never happened. IT was an Indian journalist with no knowedge if costs involved talking off the top of his head. The "business trip to India" got over 4,000 jobs brought to the US due to meetings he held with business owners in India.

  13. Paul Smith

    4000 jobs seems hardly a benefit or worth the reason for such an expensive expedition with it's massive entourage that will further burden our taxpayers. Or, the many other expensive, fruitless trips made by this hopefully, one term President. Sorry to be cynical, but the jobs, if they occur, will probably only be related to more work outsourcing, or importing of goods manufactured in India for sale in the US, thus, further undermining our US manufacturing industry. Be prepared, before long, to welcome the India and Chinese automotive industries into the US. Another example of the trend started years ago by greedy industry leaders that got their priorities wrong and way out of proportion and which trend still continues today. Virtually everything from food to electronics to furniture to vehicles and so much more. We don't need help from India, we need to do it ourselves! People are now trained….they want the cheapest prices and we've led ourselves into this quagmire! It's all about money. No intention to offend anyone, Just my $0.02.

  14. Kevin Ramey

    hes only half black not full so how can anyone say race ,i agree no past president is done great so far past 8 years , i dont care if the man is green ,red or black as long he gets us a job,just tell the ones who looking for a job now who cant pay rent to his wife and 3 kids whos unenployement check has stoped but live only by food stamps and when we go file for food stamps we have to give them a address from our cars ,then they want to remove our kids coz we cant work coz no jobs this is what the president should be doing in his 26 days in hawaii i would be happy give my kids a good clean bed to sleep so yes put that plane on the ground more often keep ur butt out hawaii and pitch a tent in the back yard call it a outing , tell his kids we having a picknic while i tell my kids no job, remember guys we are in a state of emergency not time to go hawai

  15. Kevin Ramey

    hes only half black not full so how can anyone say race ,i agree no past president is done great so far past 8 years , i dont care if the man is green ,red or black as long he gets us a job,just tell the ones who looking for a job now who cant pay rent to his wife and 3 kids whos unenployement check has stoped but live only by food stamps and when we go file for food stamps we have to give them a address from our cars ,then they want to remove our kids coz we cant work coz no jobs this is what the president should be doing in his 26 days in hawaii i would be happy give my kids a good clean bed to sleep so yes put that plane on the ground more often keep ur butt out hawaii and pitch a tent in the back yard call it a outing , tell his kids we having a picknic while i tell my kids no job, remember guys we are in a state of emergency not time to go hawai

  16. Kevin Ramey

    Dale Brown
    hes only half black not full so how can anyone say race ,i agree no past president is done great so far past 8 years , i dont care if the man is green ,red or black as long he gets us a job,just tell the ones who looking for a job now who cant pay rent to his wife and 3 kids whos unenployement check has stoped but live only by food stamps and when we go file for food stamps we have to give them a address from our cars ,then they want to remove our kids coz we cant work coz no jobs this is what the president should be doing in his 26 days in hawaii i would be happy give my kids a good clean bed to sleep so yes put that plane on the ground more often keep ur butt out hawaii and pitch a tent in the back yard call it a outing , tell his kids we having a picknic while i tell my kids no job, remember guys we are in a state of emergency not time to go hawai

  17. Kevin Ramey

    Dale Brown
    hes only half black not full so how can anyone say race ,i agree no past president is done great so far past 8 years , i dont care if the man is green ,red or black as long he gets us a job,just tell the ones who looking for a job now who cant pay rent to his wife and 3 kids whos unenployement check has stoped but live only by food stamps and when we go file for food stamps we have to give them a address from our cars ,then they want to remove our kids coz we cant work coz no jobs this is what the president should be doing in his 26 days in hawaii i would be happy give my kids a good clean bed to sleep so yes put that plane on the ground more often keep ur butt out hawaii and pitch a tent in the back yard call it a outing , tell his kids we having a picknic while i tell my kids no job, remember guys we are in a state of emergency not time to go hawai

  18. Kevin Ramey

    Aaliz Wills
    hes only half black not full so how can anyone say race ,i agree no past president is done great so far past 8 years , i dont care if the man is green ,red or black as long he gets us a job,just tell the ones who looking for a job now who cant pay rent to his wife and 3 kids whos unenployement check has stoped but live only by food stamps and when we go file for food stamps we have to give them a address from our cars ,then they want to remove our kids coz we cant work coz no jobs this is what the president should be doing in his 26 days in hawaii i would be happy give my kids a good clean bed to sleep so yes put that plane on the ground more often keep ur butt out hawaii and pitch a tent in the back yard call it a outing , tell his kids we having a picknic while i tell my kids no job, remember guys we are in a state of emergency not time to go hawai

  19. Kevin Ramey

    Aaliz Wills
    hes only half black not full so how can anyone say race ,i agree no past president is done great so far past 8 years , i dont care if the man is green ,red or black as long he gets us a job,just tell the ones who looking for a job now who cant pay rent to his wife and 3 kids whos unenployement check has stoped but live only by food stamps and when we go file for food stamps we have to give them a address from our cars ,then they want to remove our kids coz we cant work coz no jobs this is what the president should be doing in his 26 days in hawaii i would be happy give my kids a good clean bed to sleep so yes put that plane on the ground more often keep ur butt out hawaii and pitch a tent in the back yard call it a outing , tell his kids we having a picknic while i tell my kids no job, remember guys we are in a state of emergency not time to go hawai

  20. Kevin Ramey

    Samantha Penird
    hes only half black not full so how can anyone say race ,i agree no past president is done great so far past 8 years , i dont care if the man is green ,red or black as long he gets us a job,just tell the ones who looking for a job now who cant pay rent to his wife and 3 kids whos unenployement check has stoped but live only by food stamps and when we go file for food stamps we have to give them a address from our cars ,then they want to remove our kids coz we cant work coz no jobs this is what the president should be doing in his 26 days in hawaii i would be happy give my kids a good clean bed to sleep so yes put that plane on the ground more often keep ur butt out hawaii and pitch a tent in the back yard call it a outing , tell his kids we having a picknic while i tell my kids no job, remember guys we are in a state of emergency not time to go hawai

  21. Kevin Ramey

    Samantha Penird
    hes only half black not full so how can anyone say race ,i agree no past president is done great so far past 8 years , i dont care if the man is green ,red or black as long he gets us a job,just tell the ones who looking for a job now who cant pay rent to his wife and 3 kids whos unenployement check has stoped but live only by food stamps and when we go file for food stamps we have to give them a address from our cars ,then they want to remove our kids coz we cant work coz no jobs this is what the president should be doing in his 26 days in hawaii i would be happy give my kids a good clean bed to sleep so yes put that plane on the ground more often keep ur butt out hawaii and pitch a tent in the back yard call it a outing , tell his kids we having a picknic while i tell my kids no job, remember guys we are in a state of emergency not time to go hawai

  22. Kevin Ramey

    hes only half black not full so how can anyone say race ,i agree no past president is done great so far past 8 years , i dont care if the man is green ,red or black as long he gets us a job,just tell the ones who looking for a job now who cant pay rent to his wife and 3 kids whos unenployement check has stoped but live only by food stamps and when we go file for food stamps we have to give them a address from our cars ,then they want to remove our kids coz we cant work coz no jobs this is what the president should be doing in his 26 days in hawaii i would be happy give my kids a good clean bed to sleep so yes put that plane on the ground more often keep ur butt out hawaii and pitch a tent in the back yard call it a outing , tell his kids we having a picknic while i tell my kids no job, remember guys we are in a state of emergency not time to go hawai

  23. Kevin Ramey

    hes only half black not full so how can anyone say race ,i agree no past president is done great so far past 8 years , i dont care if the man is green ,red or black as long he gets us a job,just tell the ones who looking for a job now who cant pay rent to his wife and 3 kids whos unenployement check has stoped but live only by food stamps and when we go file for food stamps we have to give them a address from our cars ,then they want to remove our kids coz we cant work coz no jobs this is what the president should be doing in his 26 days in hawaii i would be happy give my kids a good clean bed to sleep so yes put that plane on the ground more often keep ur butt out hawaii and pitch a tent in the back yard call it a outing , tell his kids we having a picknic while i tell my kids no job, remember guys we are in a state of emergency not time to go hawai

  24. Kevin Ramey

    hes only half black not full so how can anyone say race ,i agree no past president is done great so far past 8 years , i dont care if the man is green ,red or black as long he gets us a job,just tell the ones who looking for a job now who cant pay rent to his wife and 3 kids whos unenployement check has stoped but live only by food stamps and when we go file for food stamps we have to give them a address from our cars ,then they want to remove our kids coz we cant work coz no jobs this is what the president should be doing in his 26 days in hawaii i would be happy give my kids a good clean bed to sleep so yes put that plane on the ground more often keep ur butt out hawaii and pitch a tent in the back yard call it a outing , tell his kids we having a picknic while i tell my kids no job, remember guys we are in a state of emergency not time to go hawai

  25. Kevin Ramey

    hes only half black not full so how can anyone say race ,i agree no past president is done great so far past 8 years , i dont care if the man is green ,red or black as long he gets us a job,just tell the ones who looking for a job now who cant pay rent to his wife and 3 kids whos unenployement check has stoped but live only by food stamps and when we go file for food stamps we have to give them a address from our cars ,then they want to remove our kids coz we cant work coz no jobs this is what the president should be doing in his 26 days in hawaii i would be happy give my kids a good clean bed to sleep so yes put that plane on the ground more often keep ur butt out hawaii and pitch a tent in the back yard call it a outing , tell his kids we having a picknic while i tell my kids no job, remember guys we are in a state of emergency not time to go hawai

  26. Kevin Ramey

    hes only half black not full so how can anyone say race ,i agree no past president is done great so far past 8 years , i dont care if the man is green ,red or black as long he gets us a job,just tell the ones who looking for a job now who cant pay rent to his wife and 3 kids whos unenployement check has stoped but live only by food stamps and when we go file for food stamps we have to give them a address from our cars ,then they want to remove our kids coz we cant work coz no jobs this is what the president should be doing in his 26 days in hawaii i would be happy give my kids a good clean bed to sleep so yes put that plane on the ground more often keep ur butt out hawaii and pitch a tent in the back yard call it a outing , tell his kids we having a picknic while i tell my kids no job, remember guys we are in a state of emergency not time to go hawai

    hes only half black not full so how can anyone say race ,i agree no past president is done great so far past 8 years , i dont care if the man is green ,red or black as long he gets us a job,just tell the ones who looking for a job now who cant pay rent to his wife and 3 kids whos unenployement check has stoped but live only by food stamps and when we go file for food stamps we have to give them a address from our cars ,then they want to remove our kids coz we cant work coz no jobs this is what the president should be doing in his 26 days in hawaii i would be happy give my kids a good clean bed to sleep so yes put that plane on the ground more often keep ur butt out hawaii and pitch a tent in the back yard call it a outing , tell his kids we having a picknic while i tell my kids no job, remember guys we are in a state of emergency not time to go hawai

  27. Kevin Ramey

    hes only half black not full so how can anyone say race ,i agree no past president is done great so far past 8 years , i dont care if the man is green ,red or black as long he gets us a job,just tell the ones who looking for a job now who cant pay rent to his wife and 3 kids whos unenployement check has stoped but live only by food stamps and when we go file for food stamps we have to give them a address from our cars ,then they want to remove our kids coz we cant work coz no jobs this is what the president should be doing in his 26 days in hawaii i would be happy give my kids a good clean bed to sleep so yes put that plane on the ground more often keep ur butt out hawaii and pitch a tent in the back yard call it a outing , tell his kids we having a picknic while i tell my kids no job, remember guys we are in a state of emergency not time to go hawai

    hes only half black not full so how can anyone say race ,i agree no past president is done great so far past 8 years , i dont care if the man is green ,red or black as long he gets us a job,just tell the ones who looking for a job now who cant pay rent to his wife and 3 kids whos unenployement check has stoped but live only by food stamps and when we go file for food stamps we have to give them a address from our cars ,then they want to remove our kids coz we cant work coz no jobs this is what the president should be doing in his 26 days in hawaii i would be happy give my kids a good clean bed to sleep so yes put that plane on the ground more often keep ur butt out hawaii and pitch a tent in the back yard call it a outing , tell his kids we having a picknic while i tell my kids no job, remember guys we are in a state of emergency not time to go hawai

  28. Kevin Ramey

    hes only half black not full so how can anyone say race , i agree no past president is done great so far past 8 years , I don't care if the man is green , red or black as long he gets us a job, just tell the ones who looking for a job now who cant pay rent to his wife and 3 kids who's unenployement check has stoped but live only by food stamps and when we go file for food stamps we have to give them a address from our cars , then they want to remove our kids coz we cant work coz no jobs this is what the president should be doing in his 26 days in hawaii I would be happy give my kids a good clean bed to sleep so yes put that plane on the ground more often keep your butt out hawaii and pitch a tent in the back yard call it a outing , tell his kids we having a picknic while I tell my kids no job, remember guys we are in a state of emergency not time to go hawai.

  29. Kevin Ramey

    hes only half black not full so how can anyone say race , i agree no past president is done great so far past 8 years , I don't care if the man is green , red or black as long he gets us a job, just tell the ones who looking for a job now who cant pay rent to his wife and 3 kids who's unenployement check has stoped but live only by food stamps and when we go file for food stamps we have to give them a address from our cars , then they want to remove our kids coz we cant work coz no jobs this is what the president should be doing in his 26 days in hawaii I would be happy give my kids a good clean bed to sleep so yes put that plane on the ground more often keep your butt out hawaii and pitch a tent in the back yard call it a outing , tell his kids we having a picknic while I tell my kids no job, remember guys we are in a state of emergency not time to go hawai.

  30. Andrea Cook Gamwell

    Race has nothing to do with the issues. Seriously. Everything good he does is coming from his white side and everything wrong comes from his black side. How ignorant does that sound.

  31. Ken Herring

    Dale you must be forgetting that the democrats were in power when Obama took office, so you can't blame the republicans for what this country is in. Color has nothing to do with Obama's performance, he has lied about everything since day one just like the rest of the bought and paid for politicians in Washington.

  32. Kevin Mangum

    I think each and every President from this date forward should fund their own vacation. He's making over $400,000.00 a year. Tax payers have to foot their own vacation bill so should the President. Most don't go on vacation. So should we use tax payer monies for his vacation? The only taxpayer monies to be used should be for security. AF1 should not be allowed to be used for this. Buy a first class ticket for him and his family. If the security can't afford to go then guess he can't go either. As far as Michelle Obama she should have no use of anything costing the taxpayers. We didn't elect her into office so we shouldn't be footing her racist bills. President Obama wants to cut spending lets start right there with him using taxpayer monies for vacation.

  33. Malikhia Downs

    he's making 400.000 a year and his vacaion cost 4 million and times that by all the vacations he has took and the 400.000 is just one days pay.

  34. Ryan Klein

    Since bush spent 10 of his last 12 minthis in office on vacation, and he was on vacation during katrina, I can only imagine how much bush cost america. Hell we probably would be out of debt if bush jr wasnt such a lazy worthless drain on the economy.

  35. Ryan Klein

    are you high? do you not remember that bush was on vacation during katrina. how was that avalible? he ignored the hurricane for more than a week after it happend before even looking at pictures of the disaster. Second you must live in fairy land to think that the high cost was for the vacation. The high cost was for the secret service agent and the preplanned and secured visits to places… or did you expect them to just stay in the hotel room? So unless you think bush was some kind of princess jasmin sliping out at night w/o gaurd then OF COURSE bushes vacations copt MORE than obamas. if you cant figure that out then you need to go back to kindergarden. Let me make this easy for you… what you 'feel' is racist biggotry and you need to stfu about your feelings and go look at the facts. Republican presidents destroy america nad drive up the debt and then the democrat has to clean up your mess. If you really love america… leave it. it wiould be better off w/o idiots like you.

  36. Ryan Klein

    Paul Smith you need to go back to school and see that our party is a buch of corrupt mouthpieces to big buisness. Republicans are selling america to china for quarterly profits at the expense of the country and its people. Republicans want us to breathe sulfur and drink DDT and get rid of the EPA so our children can have 3 arms. Republicans want to send our children off to die in a far away land for oil and they call it patriotism. Republicans want to pump tarsands through yosemite's halfdome and level el capitan because new things scare them (like solar energy). Basically they want the world to stop turning until they can rape it for every last drop of oil and they are FORCED to find something better. Republicans are the biggest threat tot he future of america and they claim to be patriots… republicans make me sick

  37. Ryan Klein

    GW destroyed the american economy by letting credit companies do whatever the hell they wanted to, GW was on vacations and refused to end it because of a little ting like hurricane katrina, GW was on vacation 10 of his last 12 months in office. So douchebag, look at your own america destroying party and forget for a second you are a racist.

  38. Ryan Klein

    so no other president has ever gone golfing? is that why your bringing it up? oh sorry no, your bringing it up because you are a RACIST!

  39. Ryan Klein

    so aaliz… his wife and kida cannot be killed or taken hostage? you do realize that obama has had moe death threats by nutjobs than any other president ever? So why the hell would they NOT be protected? are you retarded? Seriously, i want to know?

  40. Ryan Klein

    most what dont go on vacation? if you mean presidents then i know that you are literally as smart as a 5 yr old. This is the INTERNET!!!!! we can all go look up and see that dubya took more vacation time and cost the taxpayers more money that 5 obamas. Go spread your lies elsewhere little kid.