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In a Time of Sequester: the Obamas’ 1% Vacations

Since 2008 Barack and Michelle have made a theme song of the meme: blame Bush!

But isn’t it interesting that at a time when most of the country is cutting back and doing without, the Obamas are still vacationing like there’s no tomorrow and won’t mention George W. Bush’s name.

Why you ask? Because George and Laura had (at least) one character quality lacking in the current POTUS and FLOTUS: CLASS.

W. stopped playing golf in 2003, at the height of the Iraq War, saying:

“I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal,” he said years later. “I don’t want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf. I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity as best as I can with them.”

As Josephe Curl of the Washington Times writes:

That’s also why Mr. Bush did two other things, without fanfare or praise. First, he never headed home to his Texas ranch until after Christmas, instead going to Camp David for a few days. That way, the hundreds of people revolving around him at all times — White House staff, Secret Service agents, reporters, photographers, all the others — could spend the holiday with their families in and around Washington, D.C. No one ever reported that — until this column.

Second, he rarely attended sporting events, although he once owned a baseball team and was a self-confessed stats junkie. His thinking there was the same: If he went to a baseball game (right down the street from the White House), his mere presence would mean hours and hours of extra security for fans. He once stopped off at the Daytona 500 and the metal detectors through which every fan had to pass left thousands outside in line when the green flag fell; he didn’t attend many sporting events after that.

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