Obama's 12 days of Christmas
December 29th, 2010
06:38 PM ET

Obama's 12 days of Christmas

HONOLULU, Hawaii (CNN) - President Obama is giving himself a little more time to recharge his batteries by extending his Hawaiian vacation another day, according to White House spokesperson Bill Burton.  He will now return to Washington on Tuesday, January 4, giving him 12 full days on the island of Oahu.

His vacation was initially delayed several days on the front end because of the lame duck session of Congress.  The first family arrived on Saturday, December 18, and the president joined them late Wednesday, December 22.

The first family is staying at a beachside vacation rental overlooking Kailua Bay.  Obama has worked out at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in nearby Kaneohe Bay every morning except for Christmas day.  So far he’s made a couple trips to the beach, gone snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, and played a few rounds of golf.  He also took daughters Sasha and Malia and friends for shave ice at Island Snow after bowling and playing basketball.

The president has managed to keep a relatively low profile with very little press coverage because most of his activities have taken place on the marine base or places that are closed to the public when he visits.

Staying behind in Washington was very fruitful for Obama. He was able to score major victories on New START, repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, and approval of a food safety reform bill and legislation providing health care to 9/11 responders, among other major priorities.

Every morning at his vacation rental, President Obama receives the same classified Presidential Daily Briefing  and Economic Daily Briefing he receives every day at the White House.

Burton said Obama will depart Hawaii Monday evening, January 3, and arrive in Washington Tuesday afternoon.


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  1. Oy Vey Az

    Thanks for all your hard work Mr. President. Hope you are having a good time on vacation. You've earned it!

    December 29, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
    • Phoenix86

      Guess so. Burning through a trillion dollars and having nothing to show for it except higher unemployment must be very tiring.

      December 30, 2010 at 12:15 am |
    • OkOk

      Yea, you need a 12 day break, I guess setting a new White House record for the most rounds of golf ever played by a President must have tired you out.

      December 31, 2010 at 10:13 am |
      • catmom

        Did President Obama ever promise not to play golf? Why should he be held to a decision George Bush made for himself? I mean isn't cleaning up the mess George Bush left enough without acting as if he has to live by what Bush decided not to do on his down time?

        December 31, 2010 at 9:18 pm |
    • John G

      I'm glad he's taking vacation, I wish he'd take a permanent vacation. The less time he has in D.C. the less he can/will mess up.

      December 31, 2010 at 7:36 pm |
    • v.

      The last thing I want to see at this point is this useless ne....gro and his useless sheboon spending more of our taxdollars. We are in a DEPRESSION...... and this is idiot is hussling every last dollar he can from us like the true pimp he is . F...ck Obama and fuck these useless minorities....this is why we are all in trouble.

      January 1, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
      • a

        You are obviously a broken down old so called Christian white person. Why don't you do yourself a favor and get a life? Your racial comments aren't appreciated here.

        January 3, 2011 at 2:27 am |
  2. Phoenix86

    I Wonder how many Hawaiian vacations he took when the taxpayer wasn't paying for it.

    December 29, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
    • lionhart

      Probably as many as he wanted to because he was a millionaire before running for president.

      December 30, 2010 at 9:11 am |
    • Debby

      I was thinking the same thing and how many he will take when he is booted out of office.

      December 30, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
    • Tucker

      I think that every President takes vacations, I don't think he should be counted against it unless it is excessive. http://www.electiongazette.com

      December 30, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
    • Mad in CT

      Shut up with the biased Tea Party, Republican BS about spending for vacation! Where the hell were you and all your lame-brained naysaying ilk on this blog and elsewhere when the former president took more vacation days at this time in his presidency, played more golf, traveled comparatively more to clean brush at our expense in his po-dunk village while all the while plunging us in an unnecessary war and hardly accomplishing as much legislatively as this president has accomplished? Stop reading the Fox News tag line. The world consists of more than the hallucinogenic, Matrixed, delusional, biased world that you and your Klan have created for yourselves. May the New Year bring you more frustrations, distress and mental tics as the president continues to succeed despite the efforts of people with perilously low IQ bottom dwellers such as yourself!

      December 31, 2010 at 11:55 am |
    • catmom

      Which is the reason you people whining about him vacationing in Hawaii is stupid. His grandmother lived there until her death. His sister and her family as well as friends also reside there. You don't know how many vacations he took there before he became President and quite frankly it is none of our business. I mean have we ever required any other President to release where they took vacations before coming to the White House? Why hold this President to a different standard?

      December 31, 2010 at 9:24 pm |
  3. MAC

    Why is the President playing golf in Hawaii while the Northeast is shutdown and struggling to recover due to the snow storms. This is a New England/Obama's Katrina with people who have died due to ambulance and fire services not being able to get into unplowed areas. This is for all you liberals who are complaining about Gov. Christie. The Lt. Gov. can take care of New Jersey as easily as the Gov. Also there needs to be an investigation to find out if the Unions in New York are just inept or did do a work slow down due to the budget problems of the state and city?

    December 29, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
    • lionhart

      So now you're blaming the weather on Obama. Give me a break!

      December 30, 2010 at 9:12 am |
    • Brams

      Get a grip MAC... what you wanted him to do? You people are so stupid in your comments. i live in NE and we did fine without the President.

      December 30, 2010 at 1:55 pm |
    • Tracy

      MAC you are such a drama queen!!! So, in your world, the President of the United States should solve all of the worlds problems huh? Do you NOT have a Governor? Do you NOT have a Mayor? Do you NOT have a City Council? Please grow up.

      December 30, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
    • OkOk

      Your wasting your time, if Obama were a Republican than these bottom feeders would agree with you. But, as we all know, a democrat politician can do pretty much anything and the goose steppers who vote for them simply smile and go on with life. Ahh...ignorance is bliss...

      December 31, 2010 at 10:15 am |
    • catmom

      Ok, in your quest to vilify everything Obama , I think you have lost it! It snows EVERY year in northern states. They have blizzards every year. Have you ever been to Minnesota or Rochester, NY? If the states runned by Republicans can't handle a blizzard then we are in big trouble, big!!

      I remember people flocking to the boards whining about why they keep blaming George Bush after Katrina. They vilified Mayor Nagin and the Governor even after it was obvious that things were beyond their control. But what is even sicker is if President Obama had publicly inserted himself in this situation , all you people would have flocked to the message boards whining about a photo op and only acting for publicity. Go figure!

      December 31, 2010 at 9:38 pm |
  4. TOTAL FACTS

    While he';s there why doesn't he okay the Govenor to release his birth certificate. Or get it himself to give to the media. if he didn't have anything to hide no harm done.

    December 29, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
    • ka

      grow up

      December 30, 2010 at 12:33 am |
    • Ch1108

      Total Facts – no matter what document is released there will be those who will say it's a forgery so please, give it a rest!

      December 30, 2010 at 11:30 am |
    • Tracy

      Dear TOTAL FACTS (laughable name)...get your facts straight...where have you been (in birther land)...the President's birth certificate has been released, and released, and released, and released...get the message....how about releasing YOUR birth certificate?!?

      December 30, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  5. calvincarter

    I have posted this already here before You guys should stop complaining because, one the health care we have now isnt as good as it was supposed to be. also the law has just been signed so give it some time. so if u want to say u have the right to choose tell that to ur congress men or state official. If you do not have insurance and need one You can find full medical coverage at the lowest price check search online for "Wise Health Insurance" If you have health insurance and do not care about cost just be happy about it and believe me you are not going to loose anything!

    December 30, 2010 at 1:10 am |
  6. done with them all

    can you say another vacation for the Welfare President and witch of a wife, spread that wealth and what was it, I Wont Rest Till The Economy Is Fixed, more lies from obama the welfare idiot.

    December 30, 2010 at 6:23 am |
    • lionhart

      The only people I see spreading the wealth is the republicans spreading it from the poor to the rich with tax cuts.

      December 30, 2010 at 9:14 am |
      • OkOk

        Oh, those same cuts YOUR president just signed ? Hypocrite!

        December 31, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  7. Dolce21

    Bless his heart his hand is tired from signing all the bills, and also, if you all disagree with the president, why has his popularity gone up by a large percent. Don't understand, must be a media blitz.

    December 30, 2010 at 7:55 am |
  8. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    @Oy Vey Az, I agree with you 1000%! He has earned it; I'm sure he went on as many HAWAIIAN vacations as he chose to since he paid for them, like he's paying for this one Phoenix86; where you loons get that garbage that we pay for PRESIDENTIAL vacations beats me! The only thing you clowns MAY be able to claim YOU pay for, is the use of AIRFORCE ONE and his PRESIDENTIAL LIMO! I DOUBT THAT! By the way, IF we are paying for those two vehicles, we didn't JUST start paying for them since OBAMA became PRESIDENT!

    December 30, 2010 at 8:26 am |
    • TOTAL FACTS

      If you think this man paid for this vacation you need to go back to Kindergarten. Ain't nobody from his family paid nothing. Especially the Billion it cost the tax payers for Big butt to go on her vacation. GIMME A BREAK HOW DUMB YOU PEOPLE ARE.

      December 30, 2010 at 9:38 am |
      • Ch1108

        Total Facts – how to you know what they did/didn't pay for?

        December 30, 2010 at 11:32 am |
    • steve

      Your not very smart are you

      December 30, 2010 at 9:38 am |
  9. TOTAL FACTS

    I wish he would just stay there. The Govenor (Oh yeah he's Democrat this may not count) seems to want him there. So just leave him so that he will leave us be. No more retarded stunts coming out of the Oval Office. Unless of course someone lets Biden, Pelosi, or Reid in there.

    December 30, 2010 at 9:35 am |
  10. steve

    At least while vacationing he is not screwing something else up. By the way how many vacations does he get ?

    December 30, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  11. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    @Phoenix86; TRILLIONS? Maybe you should've said billions; and even then, he didn't BURN through it! My understanding is, he entrusted it to the banks who were to support the factories, companies and businesses, we have left! Banks were who they depended on to STAY in business. OBAMA hoped it would help them to maintain, hold on to their workers and hire! BUT NO! The banks (WALL STREET) did what they always do; sucked it in, pocketed it and GAMBLED it away! They didn't MAKE loans to the companies! GREED!

    December 30, 2010 at 9:37 am |
    • TOTAL FACTS

      Let me go slow. When Obama took office. The U.S. owed 1-4 trillions dollars. In just over a year he baled out the banks, bought three auto mfgs out of debt and spent millions on programs for welfare, fannie mae and you name it. A cost of 10.6 trillion dollars. The national debt at the end of Nov 10 elections was 12 trillion dollars and climbing. If the states don't reject Obamacare the cost will triple in ten years. This is facts not just rambling heads like the flapping lips of the AAs. Look it up if you don't believe me. God please help the ignorant for they can not think, they only see color.

      December 30, 2010 at 9:45 am |
      • Spencer

        The debt was 10 trillion when he took office you idiot. And he "bailed out" the banks/car manufacturers that were failing thanks to George W. Are you inbred?

        December 30, 2010 at 10:53 am |
      • Jon

        Total Facts – you remind me of "Fair & Balanced" lol. Your facts are seriously flawed. Check the debt level in 2000 vs 2008 and then 2008 vs 2010 and you might be surprised to see how flawed your facts are.

        December 30, 2010 at 11:59 am |
      • Tracy

        and I don't seem to remember your ANGER when Mr. Bush ran up the deficit after he was given a SURPLUS from Mr. Clinton...or when he started NOT 1, but 2 wars!!!...where was the OUTRAGE TOTAL FACTS?????

        December 30, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
      • KevK

        Obama did vote yes for the ban bailout, but it was bush who bailed out the banks.

        The Troubled Asset Relief Program, commonly referred to as TARP, is a program of the United States government to purchase assets and equity from financial institutions to strengthen its financial sector which was signed into law by U.S. President George W. Bush on October 3, 2008

        The deficit jumped from about $450 billion in 2008 to $1.4 trillion in 2009 it appears as if Obama’s policies have led to an explosion of debt but On October 1, 2008, nearly four months before Obama took office. The budget for the entire fiscal year 2009 was largely set in place while Bush was in the White House.

        December 31, 2010 at 6:54 am |
      • KevK

        October 2008, due to increases in domestic and foreign spending, the national debt had risen to $11.3 trillion ,an increase of over 100% from the start of the year 2000 when the debt was $5.6 trillion.

        yeah our debt is Obama's fault

        December 31, 2010 at 6:57 am |
      • OkOk

        You can thank the democrats for Freddie and Fannie, FACT. Your boy Clinton is responsible for that debacle yet you goose stepping democrats still point your finger at Bush, typical of you people though. You will never admit to your own party being responsible for anything.

        December 31, 2010 at 10:21 am |
      • Jay in NC

        Tracy, there was not a Clinton surplus. Google, national debt, you will see any number of gov. charts showing a 5 trillion debt that Clinton left Bush. Using Liberal math you would have to cut off the first two years of Bushes presidency, that would make it about 8 trillion left by Clinton.

        December 31, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  12. Oy Vey Az

    Holy mackerel you guys ! All this verbal acrimony must make your antacids work overtime. Chill out ... It's just a vacation.

    December 30, 2010 at 10:14 am |
    • Ch1108

      Amen! And anyone with half a brain knows that NO President is EVER truly on vacation!

      December 30, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  13. daveindenver

    The longer he stays on vacation the less chance he has of screwing up the country. I'd love it if he stayed there for the next two years.

    December 30, 2010 at 10:44 am |
  14. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    @MAC, Why? Why is he playing golf? Well, I guess he's playing golf in HAWAII, because he was already there on his CHRISTMAS vacation when the storm hit; about like when BUSH was playing golf up in CRAWFORD when KATRINA hit! He finally got helicoptered down to LOUISIANA to take a look after the state officials called him. Furthermore, that IS what's suppose to happen! The STATES' governor has to request of the FEDS a state of emergency! OBAMA'S being advised on what's happening in the northeast! My GOD!

    December 30, 2010 at 11:51 am |
    • Jay in NC

      President of the United States George W. Bush declared a state of emergency in selected regions of Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi on Saturday, the 27th, two days before the hurricane made landfall. He was not playing golf as you claim. He had already mobilized the Coast Guard and made resources available to the states. It was the Democrat Gov. and Democrat Mayor that dropped the ball on their citizens.

      December 31, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  15. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    @TOTAL FACTS; I'm sure nobody would be able to find that information in kindergarten. If what you keep claiming is true, well I guess we've been paying for presidential vacations all along? Or are you saying that we just started paying for them since THIS PRESIDENT went in? There are folks like YOU in WASHINGTON, handling the 'check accounts'! I'm sure they wouldn't let that happen! If we hadn't paid for BUSHES', CLINTONS' and the rest of thems' vacations! HECK NO! They wouldn't be paying for his either!

    December 30, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
  16. Guntown Johnny

    Funny how the reporter mentioned he receives all the daily briefings as usual. I can't recall that statement ever being on any of the stories about Bush in Crawford even though the same was happening.

    December 30, 2010 at 1:06 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Obama gets the brief at 8:00 am. By that time it is 1:00 pm in Washington. Guess it is nice to sleep in late.

      December 31, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  17. TY TURNER

    Enjoy the vacation Mr. Prez, you deserve it!! these fools are just hating the fact that Unemployment just fell below 400,000 on your watch, they hate the fact that you have actually been productive unlike the last, and they hate the fact that there is no one in the Republican Tea Party that can defeat you in 2012. Soo quick do you fools forget how bad we were in Fall 2008-Spr 2009, and how you had a press conference as president-elect after you had recieved the info of how bad the economy actually was how you warned that it would take a long time to get back to where we were. Its was not a microwave issue it takes time and as the banks are soring up, the automakers are shoring up, and the unemployment numbers get better, what else can these fools say.......Absolutely nothing!!! P.S. the fool talking about his vacation in hawaii must be from crawford texas, we all know that Bush brought millions of taxpayer money to the local economy there.

    December 30, 2010 at 1:13 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Unemployment just fell below 400,000 on your watch? That is new claims, not total unemployment. The rate is still around 10% so you are suggesting that only 4 million people work in the use. You are proof that Liberals should not be trusted with the check book.

      December 31, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  18. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    @TOAL FACTS; I see you are obsessed with the FIRST LADYS' 'Big butt', aren't you? You almost never fail to mention her and her 'butt' in your UNSUBSTANTIATED, STUPID comments, full of lies, fearmongering and propaganda! However, we know you just love SARAH PALIN and her legs, but it looks like you love MICHELLE OBAMAS' 'butt'! I believe you've got either a 'secret conscious' obsession for her OR a deep, deep sub-subconscious obsession for her! Check yourself! You need to look OBSESSION! LOL!

    December 30, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
    • Tracy

      Thanks Liz, I was hoping someone else picked up on TOTAL FACTS, "TOTAL OBSESSION" with the First Lady's back side...she is NOT a stick, she is not anorexic, she has a real womans body....and that is a FACT JACK!

      December 30, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Calm down Liz in Georgia, your poor cap-lock key is getting a work out today.

      December 31, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  19. Work-a-holic

    IF YOU GUYS OUT THERE ARE WONDERING WHO PAID FOR THE TRIPS IT DOSENT EVEN MATTER IF HE HAD TO PAY IT BACK HE WOULD!!! WITH INTEREST!!! YOU ACT LIKE OBAMA IS POOR!!! GET THIS IN YOUR HEAD!! HE HAS MONEY!! HE AND HIS WIFE!!! THEY HAD MILLIONS BEFORE HE WAS PRESIDENT!!! LET ME SAY IT AGAIN, HE HAD MILLIONS BEFORE HE WAS PRESIDENT!!

    December 30, 2010 at 2:07 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Interesting fact you bring up. Obama was paid over 1.5 million for his first book. An unknown state congressman paid over a million for a book. In that book he admitted to selling cocaine. I wonder how those peoples lives turned out? How many lives did he destroy for greed of money.

      December 31, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
  20. Does Obama know that Homosexuality is Deviant, by definition?

    There are laws on the books against sodomy...yet Obama is supportive? NY Health Dept recently put out a PSA against Homosexuality that stated it caused Bone Loss, Dementia, & Ana_l cancer. Good Grief Obomo!

    December 30, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  21. haren

    to Mac,
    for your information Chris Cristie and his Lt. governor both of them are on vacation.

    December 30, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
  22. haren

    to total fact like fox news NEWS.
    you are spewing total lie.

    December 30, 2010 at 7:35 pm |
  23. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    You're welcome Tracy. Yes, I started noticing TOTAL FACTS TOTAL OBSESSION in his repititious lies, unsubstantiated rhetoric, fearmongering tirades, some months ago! He can't keep his eyes off of it; he can't rant and rave against PRESIDENT OBAMA without mentioning it! Furthermore, you know, with the few of us who may have had problems with BUSH about the grave decisions he made; even with CLINTON, CARTER, REAGAN or whomever was PRESIDENT, people didn't disrespect their wives! THE MAN IS ALSO A RACIST!

    December 31, 2010 at 8:22 am |
    • Jay in NC

      Just a few of the First Dates Vacations during 2010. December flew to Hawaii on a 747 with the family dog. August, spending the weekend in North Carolina without their daughters. August , First Date enjoy a quiet summer break in southern Spain with her younger daughter and a few friends. March, First Date, Malia, and Sasha, in New York City over the weekend on a spring break Broadway trip.

      December 31, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
  24. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    @Tracy; by the way, YOU GO GIRL! Stay on the case, and YOU keep up the good work!

    December 31, 2010 at 8:28 am |
  25. greers ferry

    How about a birth certificate? How about at least going to church to celebrate Christmas? They do have churches in Hawaii. How about resigning? You know you are not competent to do the job. Even some one as dumb as Odumbo should have figured that out by now. Is there anything he could screw up more than he has already? The country is going broke, there are no jobs, he is maintaining wars he doesn't know why we are there, he has no morals, he doesn't support America, he is a socialist.

    December 31, 2010 at 9:53 am |
  26. OkOk

    Yea yea, everytime Bush went to the bath room you dems were howling in protest that he was taking time off. Now when Obama takes his bimonthly vacation you say he deserves it. For what? Failing to keep 99% of his campaign promises? You people need to move to France and Greece, it will give you a taste of what America will becom with idiots like you running things.

    December 31, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  27. Hmmmmm

    He putts while you twist in the wind. We just got notification that our electric rates will increase 20% new years. Gas IS going to ht 5 bucks and rationing IS going to happen. I bet his fat as will have plenty of gas to vacation with. So all you people blind enough not to see through him even if you get a job you will not be able to aford to live. Can anyone say third world nation. less

    December 31, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  28. beawinner

    Go Hawaii!!!! All of you haters are just griping because you're racist and can't stand the fact that an intelligent person of color made it. Hold on to your hats, haters, there's much more on the way. Oh, and by the way, complain all you want, but if you aren't willing to work hard and put out your best most of the time, you deserve to fail.

    December 31, 2010 at 12:27 pm |
  29. Bill In ATL

    What was wrong with my comment. CNN is a hater.

    January 1, 2011 at 1:18 am |
  30. oh,Bummer

    Happy New Year everyone! Hey I have a great idea. I say we divide the country in half and go our own ways. I mean let's face it, we aren't going to agree on this stuff and it's all about what you read and listen to. We need to figure out how to divide the land first, we are all smart enough to come to some compromise on that. Why don't the republicans take the greedy corporations, Bibles, military, Mel Gibson, and guns to their designated part of the land we agree to, and the democrats can take the illegals, Atheists, Michael Moore, and don't ask don't tell with them. We will meet back in say 10 years and see who needs who's assistance? Vote Yes or No if you like this idea!

    January 1, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  31. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    You go catmom! Thank you very much!

    January 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  32. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    @v, I guess I have to appreciate the blatancy of your honesty; because that is very rare on these blogs! Most are in denial! They try to refute and act all offended when their blogs are read, as they 'cowardly' convey or portray your VERY SAME feelings of disrespectfulness, nastiness, vendictiveness, and racism. They scream 'bloody murder' when experienced people who've lived in this hateful, biased society, identifies or points it out! It's sad, but you are ONE of THE 'LAST of the MOHICANS', so to speak!

    January 2, 2011 at 11:25 am |
  33. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    @v; however, I will have to disagree with your assessment that minorities are the reason we are in trouble! There are a growing number of people of the 'minority' who are VERY well off or who have their own! The biggest percentage of us are the working poor, IF we're working at all! The ones of us who're not working; disabled, disenfranchised for whatever reasons, may have to depend on federal aide to live, but the personal greed of this nations' wealthy is the reason we're in trouble! GOP/GREED OF PEOPLE!

    January 2, 2011 at 11:54 am |
  34. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    @v; as far as your F-ing tirade againt the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, 'useless ne....gro'; we know what you want to call him! That just further validates what I've been saying all along! This whole charade of indignation against OBAMA is firestoring simply because he's black! 'This idiot is hussling.., 'the true pimp he is', only shows your personal hate and disdain for the man, not the president! Had he been a white man, everything he's tried to do to rehab the nations problems would've been ALRIGHT!

    January 2, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
  35. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    @v; you really need to look at your 'man in the mirror', what you can do to help and what you are contributing to! FYI and BTW, I have my first time to read, hear or see a white president reffered to with disdain or hate as, 'this useless wh...ite and his useless sheboon spending more of our tax dollars'! That biased statement could have been applied to most of the previous 43! So you need to check yourself; OBAMA'S doing what he can to fix a nation! The others had 'irons in the fire', for GETTING RICHER!

    January 2, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  36. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    I have a life; Thank you! A simulance of one anyway. I also have the RIGHT to voice my opinion on this blog or any other blog, paper, or media source, OK? If the truth hurts, I'M SORRY! Hit dogs always holler! My opinions are not only opinions; they are the TRUTH! So if they are not welcomed or appreciated here, you are not the one to edit them out! If you are offended by them, then take a look in the mirror! You must be realizing your cover is being blown! BTW, I'm an old activist BLACK CHRISTIAN!

    January 3, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
  37. Jill. W in NC

    Dont you think you have taken enough vacations. I am a hard working American who is sick of your over spending on yourself and your family. What do you think you are doing? You are the President and there is a war or did you forget. Why should you get a vacation when there are homeless, unemployed, hungry men, women, and children in America. I think that money should be better spent, you are a selfish, self centered, ignorant, unrealistic, joke for a President. It has become more we the rich instead of we the people.

    January 4, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
  38. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Well, I can't remember a president; no not ONE, who was ever requested not to take ANY vacation because of all of those LONGSTANDING reasons or 'excuses' you gave! Those very same problems, although they have increased over the last decade, have been with us for years! We've seen ups and downs, back-ups and turnarounds, horrendous events, and remarkable ill-decisions resulting in 're-dos' so to speak, under other administrations! Never, have we asked them not to take vacation! Be thankful you're working!

    January 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
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