Ex-Presidents take vacations after leaving office, it's understandable. But the Obama's have taken vacations to the next level, so much so that the Democratic base is getting fed up with their luxurious trips.
Since leaving office back in January Obama has visited:
- Marlon Brando's private island
- The Four Seasons in Bali (Rooms cost more than $2,000 per night)
- A Palm Springs Estate
- Sir Richard Branson's Necker Island
- The exclusive Mid Pacific Country Club in Oahu
- The 13th-century Borgo Finocchieto in Tuscany
- The Rising Sun (Hollywood studio mogul David Geffen’s private yacht)
"These are some of the most luxurious travel destinations in the world. Many of our clients spend tens of thousands of dollars or more to stay at these resorts, which cater to the most discriminating and demanding guests. For example, Necker Island has a nightly price tag of $80,000. Anyone who stays at these properties does so because they want the best of the best."
Democratic strategist Pat Caddell, and former adviser to ex-President Jimmy Carter, told Fox:
“These trips are like the lifestyles of the rich and famous. I think the Bernie Sanders wing of the party, when they see President Obama, whom they instinctively want to defend being the corporatist president, I think it makes the base uneasy."
It's not just the lavish vacations that are making the left uneasy. Obama has also taken in big fees for speeches prominent Wall Street firms.
Lately Obama has weighed in on issues such as healthcare saying:
“The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill. It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America.”
He's one to talk about the rich and the middle class. Pat Caddell commented on this to Fox:
“I think every time Obama opens his mouth, the fair question is: Which billionaire’s paradise island did he do it from? When is he going to do anything to help people other than enrich himself? How can he possibly be doing things? How do you do things from Marlon Brando’s island? It’s in stark contrast to Carter.”
Obama can do whatever he wants, he's a private citizen. But it's kind of nice to see the left call out his hypocrisy. He's made it pretty clear what his values are.