Wants cost breakdown of “weekend with the boys, presidential style”
Independent government watchdog group Judicial Watch has filed a Freedom of Information lawsuit against the U.S. Secret Service to obtain details of the cost of lavish holidays taken by Barack Obama, his family, and vice president Joe Biden.
The suit, filed with the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, specifically seeks information relating to Obama’s February 2013 vacation in Palm Beach, Florida, as well ski-ing holidays taken at the same time by Michelle Obama and Biden in Aspen, Colorado.
At the time, AP described Obama’s getaway as “a weekend with the boys, presidential style.”
The vacation at the Floridian Yacht and Golf Club was said to include use of an exclusive 18-hole golf course, access to up to eight cottages, a 68-slip deep water marina, the club’s 61-foot Viking yacht, a 24-foot Hurricane Deck Boat and the club’s private helicopter service with two on-site helipads.
WhiteHouseDossier.com noted that “While unemployment stands at nearly eight percent, Obama is taking his second vacation of 2013. The year is only six weeks old.”
The AP report stated that Obama had “high-tailed it south after a speech in Chicago on building a stronger middle class.”
Judicial Watch has specifically demanded the following information on the vacations:
Any and all records concerning, regarding or related to the expenditure of U.S. Government funds to provide security and/or other services to President Obama and any companions during his February 2013 trip to Palm Beach, Florida;
Any and all records concerning, regarding, or related to the expenditure of U.S. Government funds to provide security and/or other services to First Lady Michelle Obama and any companions during her February 2013 trip to Aspen, Colorado;
Any and all records concerning, regarding, or related to the expenditure of U.S. Government funds to provide security and/or other services to Vice President Biden and any companions during his February 2013 trip to Aspen, Colorado.
The group first filed the request in February, meaning that the Secret Service should have responded under law by the end of March.
Of course, government agencies no longer adhere to the law, and the Secret Service failed either to comply or to indicate when a response will be forthcoming.
Obama has remarkably taken more vacations during his time in office than George W. Bush, who was perpetually on holiday. In 2011, it was revealed that Obama was playing golf until 20 minutes before Navy SEALs began the alleged mission to take out Osama Bin Laden.