Taxpayers finally get some relief now that the Obamas, whose many vacations cost us over $100 million, have left the White House.
Barack Obama himself spoke to this in an interview with columnist Bob Herbert of The New York Times during his first campaign in 2008. He spoke of himself as a man willing to give up everything for the good of the nation.
Suffice it to say that he didn't exactly live up to his claim. In a sense, he bore a resemblance to O.J. Simpson's relentless prowling on golf courses around the country in search of "the real killer", although Barry covered a lot more territory and at considerably greater expense. In his defense, though, he had to drag along Mooch and Grandma on many of his vacations.
As testament to his well-earned reputation as the gift that keeps on giving, he awarded Grandma an annual stipend of $160,000 for the rest of her life as a nod to her "service" in enduring the hardship of looking after the kids at the White House.