The story links to this report over at Weekly Standard...
In the first three months of the year, members of the first family have been on three vacations, averaging a vacation a month. And now it's being reported that the first daughters are on a spring break vacation in the Bahamas....and to this one at Breitbart which begins by noting that the White House is closed for tours:
One premier destination is off-limits this year, however. A few weeks ago, the Obama Administration announced it was suspending public, self-guided tours of the White House as a result of the automatic sequester cuts that the administration proposed in 2011. While America's students stand outside the White House fence, the First Daughters, Sasha and Malia, are enjoying spring break with friends at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas.I actually don't care where the Obama girls are, but the optics on all this are not good, I don't think. I can't help but recall the wailing from the left that George Bush was taking so many vacations (mostly to his ranch in Texas).
But it does seem to me that while the country is feeling the pain of the sequester, Obama's notion that "everybody's gonna have to have some skin in the game" doesn't apply to him.
So while the daughters are enjoying the Bahamas, the White House is closed to tours, the FAA has closed 149 small airport control towers (including the one at the downtown Shreveport airport). The sequester has also cut military spending which has caused, among other things, the cancellation of air shows across the country; it has cut the budget of the National Parks Service which forces layoffs of workers at the height of the summer season (and dirty bathrooms!), and in Louisiana alone, cut 7,000 civilian Department of Defense jobs. Among other things.
Those screeching about Malia and Sasha's privacy have a point, but so do those of us pointing out that it's time Obama put some skin of his own in the game.
Next up: Martha's Vineyard.
(More at Memeorandum)