posted on Mar, 24 2014 @ 02:03 AM
I suppose I can add a bit from a source or two which aren't traditionally considered to be on the right of Rush Limbaugh, so to speak.
In November 2010, National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF) published a study that detailed how President Barack Obama spent more time abroad
than any other U.S. President after two years in office. Since then, President Obama has left the country less frequently, but after a historic
trip to Southeast Asia in November 2012, he still has been officially out of the country more days than all but one other U.S. President in a first
term. He has done so by taking more journeys than most previous Chief Executives, even as they are of shorter duration compared to past history.
Though President Obama’s foreign travel slowed in his second, third and fourth years in office, data indicates that Presidents tend to leave the
country more often during their second term. With four trips abroad over 18 days through the first six months of 2013, Obama is on pace to set the
record for the most travel in a fifth year in office. If that precedent continues, he will be among the most-traveled U.S. Chief Executives in history
by the time he leaves office.
He's a record breaker, in some ways. He's no better than the others and he has only one worse than him, in categories that matter. That's not
defining success. It's literally defining failure to adjust the level of fail for a better feeling on the whole experience.
Even other countries were remarking on his high profile travel habits, and very early on...and that's saying something for the source and context.
King of the Road: British shocked at size of Obama’s entourage
What makes the above even more remarkable is how unremarkable the # he traveled with actually was. Bush went with 700 on a similar trip and Clinton
packed a whopping 1300 on one of his overseas junkets. It's the tone deaf or just 'in your face because we can' attitude this First Family has and
how flamboyant they are in appearance. It's toxic and turning a nation against him, IMO. "Let the eat cake" is rude and we don't like our cake.
Now we recently find out, as Michelle's Mom went to China with the official entourage, she also lives at the White House...on our dime. That's just
one more outrage and liberty taken, where perhaps it CAN be by strict letter of the law? This one makes a habit of taking EVERY liberty which can
be justified or squeaked by. That got old a few years ago to far more than just folks on the right, as I've heard people talk.
If this is leading by example, the example is to all spend ourselves into unrecoverable financial destruction, and with as many credit cards as will
approve each of us in the process. That would be following the current leadership....on and off duty.