President Obama is reportedly scheduled to be vacationing in Hawaii on January 2, the date billions in spending cuts – and untold consequences for the economy – will kick in if a deal is not reached on the “fiscal cliff.”
According to the Hawaii Reporter, residents who live in the area of Oahu where Obama and his family vacation have been told that the usual restrictions on their movements during an Obama stay will be in place for 21 days, from December 17 through January 6.
.... The Hawaii Reporter estimates that the total cost of the vacation to Hawaii and federal taxpayers, including funding for travel, staff and protection, is at least $4 million.
Small price to pay for not seeing, hearing him for 21 days.
I guess there's not much use in reminding everyone that Ronald Reagan spent Christmas(es) at the White House so his Secret Service agents and other aides could be at home with their families for the holidays.
So said the Reagan Ranch Presidential Scholar for Young America's Foundation, Floyd Brown, in 2006.
And this bit from the Orlando Sentinel, Dec. 23, 1988, confirms it:
PRESIDENT AND Mrs. Reagan will spend Christmas away from the White House for the first time in eight years. They are to leave today for the house in the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles where they will live after Reagan's term ends Jan. 20....