I'm so relieved Michelle Obama and her daughters got to take a Spring Break vacation. I was really concerned that they wouldn't get the rest and relaxation that I'm sure they need. In case you haven't heard, they went to Mt. Rushmore, are now in Las Vegas, NV, and are then heading to CA to meet Taylor Swift.
How many vacations has your family taken since August 2009?
This source provides the following tally of the Obama family vacations since August 2009:
-- March 2012, Michelle and the first daughters go to Mt. Rushmore and Las Vegas, NV.
-- March 2012, Malia Obama goes to Mexico.
-- President’s Day 2012, Michelle and the first daughters in Aspen, Colorado to ski.
-- Christmas 2011, the first family in Hawaii for an extended vacation.
-- Summer 2011, in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., for the annual beach break.
-- June 2011, the first lady, her mother and daughters traveled to South Africa and Botswana.
-- President’s Day 2011, the first lady and first daughters travel to Vail to ski.
-- Christmas 2010, in Hawaii.
-- August 2010, the first family traveled to Panama City Beach, Fla., for some sun and fun at the beach.
-- August 2010, Obama spent the weekend alone in Chicago for his 49th birthday bash.
-- August 2010, the first lady and daughter Sasha traveled to Spain for a mother-daughter vacation.
-- August 2010, summer vacation again at Martha’s Vineyard.
-- July 2010, the first family went to Mount Desert Island, Maine.
-- May 2010, the first family had a four-day trip to Chicago.
-- March 2010, first lady and daughter spend Spring Break in New York City.
-- Christmas 2009, Hawaii again for the annual break.
-- August 2009, at Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Canyon for a short vacation.
-- August 2009, their first summer vacation as first family at Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.
That is three full family vacations in 2009, five full family vacations in 2010, and two full family vacations in 2011. On top of that, the First Lady, with one or more of her daughters, took two more vacations in 2010, two more vacations in 2011, and two vacations so far in 2012. The President has taken the least amount of vacations of anyone in the family.
Maybe I'm the crazy one, but this seems so extravagant to me. I'd be really curious to find out how many trips the Obamas were taking each year prior to 2009, when he was sworn in as President. Were they going to Hawaii every year for Christmas? Going to Martha's Vinyard and the National Parks? Going to Vail and Aspen for ski trips every President's Day weekend? Going to Europe? If they were doing all this at the same frequency, that might change my opinion on this, but for now I find it really, really insulting.