Letter: Speaking of Expensive Vacations
To the Editor:
Jeff Lehmann commented in the June 22 Forum about President Obama’s “expensive vacation” to Africa at an estimated cost of $60 million to $100 million.
Is he aware that the estimate comes from the last presidential vacation to Africa — the one taken by George W. Bush? By the way, that was his second vacation to Africa. Laura Bush herself took five vacations in Africa. She took family with her, too! And they went on a safari! Perhaps Lehmann can explain what was particularly vital to our interests during those seven-plus trips.
With two wars raging in the Middle East, our economy rolling into the gutter and the Katrina mess to be dealt with while those trips were under way, where was Lehman’s outrage then?
By the way, those vacations were at taxpayers expense, too.