Obama Heading Off on $4 million Hawaii Vacation

Friday, 23 Dec 2011 11:16 AM

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President Barack Obama may need a vacation from his vacation.

Obama plans to travel Friday afternoon to Hawaii for a delayed Christmas vacation.

But the cost of the trip -- about $4 million total -- has created a firestorm.

Michelle Obama insisted on the pricey Hawaiian holiday while her husband had said he preferred a short trip to the presidential retreat at Camp David, Md., The Daily Mail reported Friday, citing news accounts.

The trip to Hawaii is expected to cost taxpayers almost $4 million, and is the latest example of Michelle Obama's skyrocketing spending, sources told the National Enquirer, according to The Daily Mail.

“The President’s advisers have told him that Michelle’s spending has spiralled completely out of control,” the National Enquirer quoted one source as saying. “Barack read his wife the riot act, but his words fell on deaf ears. Michelle said there was 'no way' she was going to disappoint her daughters."

The White House announced the president's departure plans Friday shortly after the House and the Senate approved a deal to extend payroll tax cuts after House Republicans reversed course Thursday night and dropped their opposition.

With Washington deadlocked, Obama delayed his annual December trip to the Honolulu area, where he was born and spent most of his childhood. He had planned to leave Washington on Dec. 17.

The president's wife and daughters have been in Hawaii since late last week. The Obamas plan to return to Washington in early January.

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