GLOBAL PANIC OF JULY 2014 UPDATE: President Obama Plans 16-Day Martha’s Vineyard Vacation on $12m EstatePosted: July 16, 2014
For the WashingtonExaminer, Paul Bedard reports: It’s going to be hot tubs, basketball, tennis and golf for the first family this summer, having set plans for a 16-day vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., on a $12 million, 10-acre forested estate on the southwestern corner of the island.
Reports from the Bay State indicate that President Obama and his family will vacation August 9-24 at the 8,100-square foot, beachfront home of a Democratic donor that includes a pool, hot tub, basketball and tennis court.
Mad Martha’s Ice Cream last year developed a new flavor called “Barack My World,” espresso ice cream, macadamia nuts and caramel
It will be new digs for the first family, who have summered on tony Martha’s Vineyard every year of Obama’s presidency, except in 2012 when he was running for reelection.
Obama is expected to be accompanied by top aide Valerie Jarrett, a regular summer resident of Oak Bluffs
Attorney General Eric Holder has been caught spending more than $4 million of taxpayer cash on extravagant travel over the past four years, according to documents uncovered by watchdog group Judicial Watch.
In total, Holder accrued $4,263,704.01 in travel expenses between March 27, 2009, and August 24, 2012, including $697,525.20 in personal travel expenses paid for by U.S. taxpayers. Holder took a total of 213 trips out of Washington, D.C., in that timeframe, including 31 personal trips for which he used taxpayer money to pay for at least part of the trip.
Some of the personal trips he used taxpayer money for include two trips to Martha’s Vineyard with a flight-only cost of $95,184.50 and eight trips to Farmingdale, New York, with a flight-only cost of $118,553.71. On Sept. 9, 2010, he took a taxpayer-subsidized one-day “jaunt,” as Judicial Watch described it, to Atlantic City, New Jersey, with a flight-only cost of $7,408.
Holder’s first taxpayer-subsidized trip was to attend a “US/Mexico Arms Trafficking Strategy Meeting” in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Judicial Watch notes that while taxpayers paid for that trip for Holder, the documents say that the “government cost” for it is “unavailable.”