The Obama’s remain determined on yet another Hawaiian vacation, even planning for the added taxpayer expense of separate flights if necessary. This comes despite the President’s own executive order recently calling upon federal employees “to ensure efficient travel spending.”
Keith Koffler for whitehousedossier.com reports,
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday that Obama told Senate Democratic leaders during a White House meeting that he would delay his scheduled December 17 departure for Hawaii to keep Congress in town until it extends the payroll tax holiday. Said Reid:
I’ll paraphrase it, but I’m pretty close. He said, ‘Michelle and the girls are going to have a great time in Hawaii. They don’t need me there.’
But sending his family ahead of him could easily cost taxpayers an added $100,000, and possibly much more.
In a display of the elitist double-standard we’ve come to expect, the decision would defy Obama’s directives for government employees. The executive order, signed November 9, stated that “Agencies should make all appropriate efforts” at “promoting efficient spending.”
For Obama, following the order apparently depends upon how you define “all,” “appropriate,” “efforts,” “efficient,” “spending,” and probably, just for good measure, the word “is” also.