Thanks to a partial tally from MrConservative.com:
Spain 2010 (Total: At least $250,000):
Christmas in Hawaii 2010 (Total: Over $1,500,000.00):
Vail Ski Trip 2011 (At least $150,000):
Martha’s Vineyard 2011 (At least $50,000/week):
Of course, these are only a tiny few of the vacations the Obama family has taken while Barack Obama has been in office. Examiner.com reports the number of Obama vacations at 16. While former presidents have actually taken more days, what is notable here is the indulgent nature of the Obama trips:
According to presidential watcher Mark Knoller of CBS, George W. Bush, at this time of his presidency, had made 30 visits to his Texas ranch spanning all or part of 220 days. The Obama’s vacation day count is less than half of that.
But his have become more controversial because of the costs associated with moving the first family to a public vacation spot, unlike the Bushes to their remote ranch in Crawford, Texas. For example, the Hawaii Reporter said the first family’s 2011 Christmas vacation in Hawaii would exceed $1.5 million.