By: Andrea Ryan
Forget leadership. Obama’s searching for a hot spot for the next family vacay.
While speaking at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, which cost our government tens of millions of dollars and our Secret Service its integrity, Obama revealed that it was really just a vacation scouting trip for his wife.
Just two days after President Barack Obama gave a sharply edged response to news anchor Larry Conners of KMOV in St. Louis after Conners had asked the president about Americans who “get frustrated and even angered when they see the first family jetting around [to] different vacations and so forth,” Obama told a panel at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia that part of his job there was to scout out locations for a future vacation with First Lady Michelle Obama.
Obama was speaking on a panel with Colombian President Juan Mauel Santos and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff when he made the remarks. The panel was moderated by Chris Matthews of MSNBC.
“I want to thank President Santos and the people of Colombia for the extraordinary hospitality in the beautiful city of Cartagena,” said Obama. “We’re having a wonderful time. And usually when I take these summit trips, part of my job is to scout out where I may want to bring Michelle back later for vacation. So we’ll make sure to come back sometime in the near future.” …
Back on Feb. 21, Washington Secrets columnist Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner reported that up to that point members of the First Family had taken 16 extended vacations during Obama’s presidency.
The man has no shame. On the heels of his embarrassing interview with Larry Conners, where he was called out for angering Americans with all of the lavish vacations the Obamas have taken, he actually made that statement. So, while the rest of Americans struggle to get to their next paychecks, if they’re lucky enough to still have one, Michelle Obama is fanning herself with vacation brochures on Columbia.
Let the people eat cake.