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2 years ago  ::  Apr 20, 2012 - 12:00PM #1
Yankee1954
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    Mitt Romney: Obama's 'Elaborate Vacations' Set Example For GSA



Mitt Romney said on Thursday that President Barack Obama is partially to blame for a recent scandal over excessive spending at the General Services Administration because he takes "elaborate vacations."


"I think the example starts at the top," Romney told National Review Online in an interview published Friday. "People have to see that the president is not taking elaborate vacations and spending in a way that is inconsistent with the state of the overall economy and the state of the American family."


The GSA spent $820,000 on a 2010 conference in Las Vegas, which Republicansseized on as an example of out-of-control government spending -- a point Romney also made to the National Review Online.


Lavish spending on GSA conferences predates the Obama administration, with a 100-plus percent increase between the 2006 event and the 2008 event, Politico reported earlier this month.


Top GSA officials resigned or were fired or put on administrative leave in the wake of the recent scandal, and White House Chief of Staff Jacob Lew told the Washington Post earlier this month that the president "was outraged by the excessive spending, questionable dealings with contractors, and disregard for taxpayer dollars."


Romney has repeatedly attacked Obama for taking breaks from the job, even for four hours to play golf.


"I must say I scratch my head at the capacity of the president to take four hours off on such a regular basis to go golfing," Romney told conservative radio host Bill Cunningham on Wednesday. "I would think you could kind of suck it up for four years, particularly when the American people are out of work."


In that interview, he also said the president was wrong to take annual trips to his home state of Hawaii rather than going to presidential retreat Camp David.


"I would not be jetting around the world and using four years in office to see the world, but instead I would consider the four to eight years in office as a time to get America back on track," Romney told Cunningham.


Most of any president's vacations are working ones, with daily intelligence and national security briefings and a large staff, CBS News's Mark Knoller reported in 2010. He found that other presidents, including Presidents George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, had taken more vacation than Obama did during the first year of his presidency.

2 years ago  ::  Apr 20, 2012 - 12:46PM #2
Yankee1954
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CRICKETS?????????????????????????

2 years ago  ::  Apr 20, 2012 - 3:51PM #3
prof. quiz
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This shows how truly clueless Romney and his speech writers are. The Prez is never on vacation. It's a 24X7 job. The attache case with the red phone is never more than 20 feet away from Obama.


"Elaborate vacation." Pretty hypocritical comment coming from a 1%er with an elevator in his parking garage. Yeah, sure Willard. You feel our pain.

2 years ago  ::  Apr 20, 2012 - 4:41PM #4
craner7
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In that interview, he also said the president was wrong to take annual trips to his home state of Hawaii rather than going to presidential retreat Camp David.


Bravo! I've been saying this for 3+ yrs now. We taxpayers have provided a pretty nice place for POTUS and family to relax away from DC but close enough to cut costs. Sorry Bots but at a time where so much talk about cost cutting and telling us to sacrifice ...in fact he put out a directive that Govt depts consolidate trips and cut as much as possible.....its only right he and Mooochelle do it too. Frankly its disgusting how they have taken advantage of us tapayers.


2 years ago  ::  Apr 20, 2012 - 4:47PM #5
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Apr 20, 2012 -- 4:41PM, craner7 wrote:


In that interview, he also said the president was wrong to take annual trips to his home state of Hawaii rather than going to presidential retreat Camp David.


Bravo! I've been saying this for 3+ yrs now. We taxpayers have provided a pretty nice place for POTUS and family to relax away from DC but close enough to cut costs. Sorry Bots but at a time where so much talk about cost cutting and telling us to sacrifice ...in fact he put out a directive that Govt depts consolidate trips and cut as much as possible.....its only right he and Mooochelle do it too. Frankly its disgusting how they have taken advantage of us tapayers.





I must know Craner... Did you have an issue with Bush opting to go home to the Crawford Ranch in Texas far more times than he went to Camp David, where he basically never went?

2 years ago  ::  Apr 20, 2012 - 5:05PM #6
craner7
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Nope...it was his home. Didnt have to pay for luxury hotels or vacation homes. And Hawaii is a lot more jet fuel than Texas.



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2 years ago  ::  Apr 21, 2012 - 4:45PM #7
Yankee1954
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Apr 20, 2012 -- 5:05PM, craner7 wrote:


Nope...it was his home. Didnt have to pay for luxury hotels or vacation homes. And Hawaii is a lot more jet fuel than Texas.



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You are so hypocritical!

2 years ago  ::  Apr 22, 2012 - 5:27PM #8
T15D23A46
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Dave, what are you trying to shake with this post?


Obama's leadership is lack and lacking. He has gone golfing over 90x in 3 years. That is even more than Tiger Woods has played.


Obama acts like he won the lottery and it appears every aspect of his "leadership" found its way to all departments. Certainly if he was disclplined, so would his underlings.


The SEC under his administration sat around a downloaded porn, until caught. Do you think this is the first time the SS entertained themselves with hookers under Obama? What do you think the military is going to look like in a few years if he is still in office? Christopher St. with Camos.


All we see is what is caught. And with this administration having all the networks covering for him, I can't help but imagine what the heck else is going on.


We the tax payer are paying for Obama's high flying lifestyle that has nothing to do with his governing the US. 


So, on this one, I agree 100% with Romney.

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2 years ago  ::  Apr 22, 2012 - 7:34PM #9
Yankee1954
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Apr 22, 2012 -- 5:27PM, T15D23A46 wrote:


Dave, what are you trying to shake with this post?


Obama's leadership is lack and lacking. He has gone golfing over 90x in 3 years. That is even more than Tiger Woods has played.


Obama acts like he won the lottery and it appears every aspect of his "leadership" found its way to all departments. Certainly if he was disclplined, so would his underlings.


The SEC under his administration sat around a downloaded porn, until caught. Do you think this is the first time the SS entertained themselves with hookers under Obama? What do you think the military is going to look like in a few years if he is still in office? Christopher St. with Camos.


All we see is what is caught. And with this administration having all the networks covering for him, I can't help but imagine what the heck else is going on.


We the tax payer are paying for Obama's high flying lifestyle that has nothing to do with his governing the US. 


So, on this one, I agree 100% with Romney.




This whole subject was started in another post. I was just answering with facts when Willard held office. I cannot believe you don't see that. And of course you agree with Romney.

2 years ago  ::  Apr 22, 2012 - 8:58PM #10
craner7
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