Its only March, but the Obama family has welcomed the new year by carving out some real, quality family time. In the first three months of the year, the Obama family has taken three vacations. The trips, at considerable taxpayer expense, come at a time Obama has threatened severe cuts to government services as a result of sequestration. To save money on Secret Service, for example, Obama has canceled public, self-guided tours of the White House. The added Secret Service costs for Obama’s vacations, however, are likely far higher than any savings from scrapping the tours.
The Obamas rang in the new year during a long holiday in Hawaii. In February, the family jetted to Aspen for a ski getaway. While his family was there, Obama flew to Florida for a “guys’ weekend” of golf with celebrities like Tiger Woods. Obama’s golf getaway alone was estimated to cost around $1 million, or about half the savings achieved by canceling the White House tours.
It should also be noted that, since the President and his family decided on separate vacations for Presidents Day weekend, the costs for Secret Service would be considerably higher than if they vacationed together.
Breitbart News reported Monday that the First Daughters, Sasha and Malia, were spending Spring Break with friends at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. It is unknown whether Michelle and Barack will join their daughters in the Bahamas, or if the family will vacation somewhere else for Easter.
Preparations are already underway for the Obamas’ summer trip to Martha’s Vineyard. That trip is only a little more than four months away. The family will certainly be in need of another get-away by then.