ANOTHER Right Wing Slander Debunked: Presidential Vacation Costs

ProudProgressive 2011/12/23 19:43:20

As our economy continues to improve, as President Obama's public support continues to go up, as the President ably smacked down the latest attempt of the Teabaggers to hold the American economy hostage, the lies and slanders about President Obama coming out of the Right Wing media have surged. Understandable, of course, given the growing certainty of President Obama's re-election, but I have to say, it's getting to be quite enjoyable to repeatedly burst the bubbles of the Make America Fail crowd and then watch them scurry to come up with new lies to back up their old ones. The latest example of Right wing pathetic desperation are their attacks on the President's well earned vacation. Lost in the shuffle is the fact that not only was President Obama's predecessor the most incompetent and corrupt man ever to serve as President, but also the laziest.

Merry Christmas, Make America Fail Crowd. We'll keep the country safe in spite of you.

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Bush Spent 5 Times More On Flights To Texas Than Obama‘s Christmas Vacation Costs
by Jason Easley

Those who criticize the cost of Obama’s Christmas vacation don’t want you to know that George W. Bush spent at least $20 million taxpayer dollars just on flights to his ranch in Crawford.

The right wing has been outraged at the four million dollar plus price tag for Obama’s family Christmas vacation, and they constantly hold George W. Bush up as an example of how thrifty a president should be when going on vacation.

The problem is that W. wasn’t thrifty. He was the most expensive vacation president in US history. Not only did Bush spend more days on vacation than any other president, but he used Air Force One more often while on vacation than any other president.

During Bush’s two terms, the cost of operating Air Force One ranged from $56,800 to $68,000 an hour. Bush used Air Force One 77 times to go to his ranch in Crawford, TX. Using the low end cost of $56,800, Media Matters calculated that each trip to Crawford cost taxpayers $259,687 each time, and $20 million total for Bush’s ranch flights.

If cost of the flight was the only expense involved to taxpayers Bush’s vacations would still seem rather economical, but there is more, much more. Unlike the Obama’s $4 million Christmas vacation price tag, which includes the cost of everything from transportation to accommodations for the First Family, the White House staff, and the White House press corps, Bush’s numbers only include the cost of flying the president to Crawford. The cost of transporting and accommodating staff, media, friends and family is not included in Bush’s vacation numbers.

In response to growing criticism that the president was on vacation too much, the Bush administration adopted the Rovian tactic of scheduling, “work events,” while the president was in Crawford so that they could claim that President Bush’s vacations were working vacations. During his infamous pre-9/11 August vacation, the AP reported that, “Using the ranch as a base, he will promote White House initiatives in Rocky Mountain National Park, Denver, Albuquerque, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and San Antonio.”

Bush’s “working vacations” cost taxpayers a small fortune in travel costs because President Bush and his staff would make day trips on Air Force One all across the country in order to counter the criticism that he was on vacation too often. For eight years, Bush essentially used Air Force One as his personal vacation taxi service.

What was also not counted in Bush’s Air Force One mileage total were the vacations where Bush flew to Crawford from Camp David such as the following via Media Matters:

In a December 27, 2001, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Sun-Sentinel article (accessed via Nexis), national correspondent Jeff Zeleny reported “[a]fter spending Christmas at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland, the president and first lady boarded Air Force One to travel to their ranch near the village of Crawford.”

And on December 26, 2007, The Associated Press reported that Bush took “Air Force One to fly from his Maryland mountaintop retreat to his Texas ranch here to see in the new year.”

FactCheck.org was writing about the anonymous chain emails about Obama’s travel costs and noted in July that the stories about Obama’s travel expenses are, “part of continuing pattern of false and misleading claims about the travels of the president and the first lady,” and that Obama used Air Force One less in his first two years in office than George W. Bush did.

That same pattern of false information about Obama’s travel costs relative to Bush’s is also rampant on right wing blogs, websites, and Fox News. The cost of Obama’s Christmas vacation is a good example of how right wing media can take a small fact like vacation costs or the number of Americans paying taxes in a single year and build an entire misinformation campaign around it.

The total cost of Obama’s Christmas vacation may be $4 million, but George W. Bush spent exponentially more taxpayers dollars, because he used Air Force One for political purposes in an attempt to distract the public from the amount of days that he was spending on vacation. In flights alone just for himself, George W. Bush spent five times more money flying just himself to Texas than Obama is spending on an entire Christmas vacation.

It is likely that the Bush administration spent hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on vacations, but the false outrage machine is on overdrive due to one Obama Christmas vacation.

By not including the cost of everything, the Obama bashers distorted the numbers to make it appear that Obama was lavishly spending taxpayer dollars on vacations, but a look inside the numbers reveals that nobody knows how to waste taxpayer dollars quite like the GOP.

Merry Christmas, Republicans. Here’s to another false Obama smear debunked.

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  • **Starz... Defend ... 2011/12/24 16:11:45
    thanks, I'm proud of it. Too bad you and your party of no with all those clowns don't have anything to be proud of. republican clowns
  • Defend ... **Starz... 2011/12/24 16:15:28
    Defend Western Civlization
    so you think anybody who does not worship at the Alter of the Obama Jim Jones is a clown i wonder what Americans will think of your Liberal Progressive DNC elitist Arrogance come 2012 elections
  • **Starz... Defend ... 2011/12/24 16:17:27
    We will all be doing the happy dance, because President Obama will be re-elected.
  • Defend ... **Starz... 2011/12/24 16:24:02
    Defend Western Civlization
    Americans do not consider the Muslim terrorist Jew Hater obama to be American or a president.
    American Troops count obama terrorist loser
    Israel counts obama muslim terrorist bent on the Holocaust of the Jews
  • **Starz... Defend ... 2011/12/24 16:25:34
    This conversation is over, you're too full of hate to even post anything sensible. Have a good day.
  • Defend ... **Starz... 2011/12/24 17:17:35
    Defend Western Civlization
    you are the one calling people who do BOW to the obama Fascist regime clown i have no hate i am not a part of the obama reelection committee
  • Steve J... **Starz... 2011/12/24 03:45:44
    Steve J~PWCM~JLA
    "Blame BUSH!!!!!

    Yeah, we didn't like him either.

    Go figure!!!

    Find a better argument PP!"

    Must have missed this.

    You are forgiven for your indiscretions. Hey, it is Christmas.
  • Phantom **Starz... 2011/12/24 02:53:01
    I think the mud is bouncing off the wall, and plastered them right back in the face.
  • **Starz... Phantom 2011/12/24 03:29:36
    It sure has, because it hasn't stuck anywhere.
  • ThankGOD4FoxNews 2011/12/23 20:51:18
    no, we tell the truth stop with your liberal lies
  • findthe... ThankGO... 2011/12/23 21:06:34
  • ThankGO... findthe... 2011/12/23 21:12:19
    is that a liberal being brainwashed?
  • findthe... ThankGO... 2011/12/23 21:18:41
    No..., that is you trying to brainwash others, like you are brainwashed. You just do a very bad job of it. Now..., continue with your minionhood.
  • ThankGO... findthe... 2011/12/23 22:45:49
    i have god on my side, if you liberals are soooo smart than why are you atheist/communist?
  • findthe... ThankGO... 2011/12/23 23:01:01
    You have a fairy tale on your side? good for you. Mother Nature and Scientific proof, is on ours. As for the "communist" mention..., that's just a result of the brainwashing you willingly subject your mind to.
  • ThankGO... findthe... 2011/12/23 23:05:26
    god is not a fairy tale, science is. your religion in communism and science is why god is judging us.
  • findthe... ThankGO... 2011/12/24 00:55:17
  • Defend ... findthe... 2011/12/24 01:12:00
    Defend Western Civlization
    Palin is hot manchille osama is not get over it
  • findthe... Defend ... 2011/12/24 01:59:57
    It has nothing to do with a person's looks. Palin, I'll admit, looks good..., but so does Michelle. It is what's inside that counts, and inside Palin is as cold and heartless as a lump of coal. Michelle is warm and beautiful inside and out.

    Michelle Obama
  • Defend ... findthe... 2011/12/24 02:28:01 (edited)
    Defend Western Civlization
    No Manchille does not look good try again
    your lies about Palin are noted
  • Steve J... findthe... 2011/12/24 02:12:51
    Steve J~PWCM~JLA
    Weird, that post had no basis in reality.

    Merry Christmas.
  • Defend ... Steve J... 2011/12/24 02:27:32
    Defend Western Civlization
    very true
  • Defend ... findthe... 2011/12/24 01:10:46
    Defend Western Civlization
    A fairy tale can you prove this?
  • findthe... Defend ... 2011/12/24 02:05:49
    I've had this argument with you before, and there is no way to prove existence or non-existence of something of no substance. I got a better question..., prove otherwise!

    As for Evolution, there is plenty of scientific proof to suggest that it is an enormous possibility.
  • Defend ... findthe... 2011/12/24 02:29:18
    Defend Western Civlization
    So in other words you are lying
    Evolution is a LIE
  • Bilingu... ThankGO... 2011/12/24 04:32:32
    Bilingual required sucks
    Really? Jesus is on the side of Capitalism, and corporate greed? How did you come to that conclusion? He threw the merchants out of the synagogue, what makes you think he's on your side?
    He would be on the side of Democrats who believe in sharing the resources of the country for the good of everyone, not having a privileged few holding almost all of the wealth why people sleep in the streets because greedy Republican bankers stole their homes out from under them.
  • Guru_T_... ThankGO... 2011/12/23 22:53:20
    No, you only tell what you want to be the truth, not what IS the actual truth. It would take someone with half a mind or less to believe you.
  • CAROLYN... ThankGO... 2011/12/24 03:57:27
    SHHHH,no need to talk,your avatar says everything! lol
  • Path60 2011/12/23 20:49:06
    "The total cost of Obama’s Christmas vacation may be $4 million, but George W. Bush spent exponentially more taxpayers dollars, because he used Air Force One for political purposes in an attempt to distract the public from the amount of days that he was spending on vacation. In flights alone just for himself, George W. Bush spent five times more money flying just himself to Texas than Obama is spending on an entire Christmas vacation."........

    Unlike of course a President who travels on "Political messages" and to "sell" his policies all paid for for by the taxpayer when in reality he was and is campaigning for re-election. Or unlike perhaps a Presidents wife and family who take a separate taxpayer paid plane hours earlier or a day earlier to go to exactly the same place.....yep

    Proud Progressive

  • **Starz... Path60 2011/12/23 21:27:36
    They take separate planes for security reason. My husband and I have traveled separately for fear something would happen, at least our kids would have one surviving parent. They are doing the right thing.
  • Defend ... **Starz... 2011/12/24 01:12:54
    Defend Western Civlization
    LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL sure you keep believing that Propaganda from the Obama Jim Jones Cult
  • Path60 **Starz... 2011/12/24 13:40:41
    Im sorry Starz but Im not buying that
  • realityjunkie 2011/12/23 20:42:09
  • Idiot repubs 2011/12/23 19:49:21
    Idiot repubs
    The right wing liars don't care, they will all burn in hell.
  • lonewolf 2011/12/23 19:46:12
    improves where. people still losing houses and jobs where are the jobs he promised
  • Bella lonewolf 2011/12/23 20:10:22
    It was the GOP who promised jobs if elected in 2010.
  • lonewolf Bella 2011/12/23 20:14:35
    its what he promised and waited till the last year of term to push for it
  • findthe... lonewolf 2011/12/23 21:11:09
    He has tried very hard to do just that, but the Republicans block him at every turn - especially since the pro-Corporate Right-Wing talkers forced their minions to vote in a bunch of Tea-Party complete idiots into office in 2010.
  • Defend ... findthe... 2011/12/24 01:15:13
    Defend Western Civlization
    Right wing does not exist unless you believe 9/11 was a inside job
    Nobody forced the Tea Party to do anything and neither has Rush or Glenn beck unless you can prove other wise all you have is LIES
  • Bella Defend ... 2011/12/24 16:08:09
    Lol. I remember listening to Rush that day when he was trying to convince his right wing fans that there was no right wingers. Lol. Tparty is pure right wing.

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