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Norman Bernstein
08-03-2017, 08:53 AM
Sure, they do.


Throughout former President Barack Obama’s (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/topic/barack-obama) time in office, then-reality TV star Donald Trump (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/topic/donald-trump) often mocked him for taking vacations. But now, Trump is set to head out on one of his own.On Friday, he’ll head to his New Jersey golf course for a 17-day trip, according to The Associated Press. (https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/08/03/us/politics/ap-us-trump-vacation.html?_r=0) This comes on top of the many other weekends he’s spent either there or at his Florida resort. In fact, he’s already outpaced (http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2017/apr/17/who-plays-more-golf-donald-trump-or-barack-obama/) Obama in time spent on the green.

Trump lamented multiple times that Obama’s trips were costing taxpayers big time. But a recent analysis (http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/weekly-updates/weekly-update-final-tally-obama-spent-nearly-100-million-travel/) by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch found that eight years of Obama vacations cost just under $100 million. According to CNN, (http://edition.cnn.com/2017/04/10/politics/donald-trump-obama-travel-costs/index.html)Trump’s trips during his first 80 days alone have cost $20 million.

“I would rarely leave the White House because there’s so much work to be done,” Trump said last year (http://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/245884-trump-i-would-rarely-leave-the-white-house) during his presidential campaign. “I would not be a president who took vacations. I would not be a president that takes time off.”

The president, like his predecessors, has the right to take a vacation. But the trip has put his past criticism of Obama in a new light. Here are some comments that have not aged well (including a bonus birther reference!):



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Pres. Obama is about to embark on a 17 day vacation in his ‘native’ Hawaii, putting Secret Service away from families on Christmas. Aloha!
4:07 PM - Dec 19, 2013 (https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/413762618243833858)



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When will Obama next go on vacation if he wins the election? The day after.
10:05 AM - Sep 12, 2012 (https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/245885754939691009)



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President Obama has a major meeting on the N.Y.C. Ebola outbreak, with people flying in from all over the country, but decided to play golf!
11:54 PM - Oct 23, 2014 (https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/525495434928988160)



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"Don't take vacations. What's the point? If you're not enjoying your work, you're in the wrong job." -- Think Like A Billionaire
3:28 PM - Nov 19, 2012 (https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/270609412480192513)




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Obama has admitted that he spends his mornings watching @ESPN (https://twitter.com/espn). Then he plays golf, fundraises & grants amnesty to illegals.
5:03 PM - Dec 16, 2014 (https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/544960917914796032)



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Can you believe that,with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf.Worse than Carter
8:03 PM - Oct 13, 2014 (https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/521813597799067648)



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The Obama's Spain vacation cost taxpayers over $476K http://bit.ly/JtGxxy (http://t.co/W6kIpd5x) They love to spend money.
3:28 PM - Apr 27, 2012 (https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/195957597407412225)



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We pay for Obama's travel so he can fundraise millions so Democrats can run on lies. Then we pay for his golf.
3:35 PM - Oct 14, 2014 (https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/522108442514038784)

CWSmith
08-03-2017, 09:51 AM
Trump just said about Obama the same hypocritical nonsense that many Republicans were saying while they ignored Bush, Jr and Reagan. Plus, if the alternative is having him on the job, I say let him take all the vacation time he wants. We should even help him get a permanent vacation from all WH responsibilities.

amish rob
08-03-2017, 09:55 AM
I have never had one paid vacation day in my life. Nor sick day.

I should have run for president, eh? Didn't break up my back until after I was 35. I might could have gotten decent health care (even though I had decent insurance), and I probably could have used my paid leave time.

Dang.

Peace,
Next Time

oznabrag
08-03-2017, 10:46 AM
Trump just said about Obama the same hypocritical nonsense that many Republicans were saying while they ignored Bush, Jr and Reagan. Plus, if the alternative is having him on the job, I say let him take all the vacation time he wants. We should even help him get a permanent vacation from all WH responsibilities.

There's a 19,621-acre Caribbean resort (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guant%C3%A1namo_Bay) just waiting for His Imperial Majesty as we speak!

Ian McColgin
08-03-2017, 10:54 AM
Trump can stay here.

http://www.worldatlas.com/twitter/satrip/devilisland/hospital.jpg

oznabrag
08-03-2017, 10:57 AM
Trump can stay here.

http://www.worldatlas.com/twitter/satrip/devilisland/hospital.jpg

That would work.

Do they still have a supply of strait-jackets?

S.V. Airlie
08-03-2017, 11:00 AM
I have never had one paid vacation day in my life. Nor sick day.

I should have run for president, eh? Didn't break up my back until after I was 35. I might could have gotten decent health care (even though I had decent insurance), and I probably could have used my paid leave time.

Dang.

Peace,
Next TimeI worked for the county or rather, was paid through the county. Three yrs, no vacations no sick leave. Then I got a letter, use it or lose it! Three weeks!I used it.

amish rob
08-03-2017, 11:03 AM
I worked for the county or rather, was paid through the county. Three yrs, no vacations no sick leave. Then I got a letter, use it or lose it! Three weeks!I used it.

I have worked on crutches, with casts, with stitches, while barfy...

No work, no pay. No pay, no eat.

Peace,
Robert