Liberals are becoming increasingly alarmed with former President Barack Obama’s behavior following his exit from the presidency –specifically his constant, high-rolling vacations.
His actions have prompted criticism from liberal figures such as “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver, Democratic strategist Pat Caddell, a former adviser to the Carter administration and Dr. David Michael Smith of the Houston Socialist Movement — not your typical batch of Obama critics. And it doesn’t stop with them.
As reported by Fox News Politics, “The left-wing media is also worried about Obama’s luxury vacations.”
Well, what has Obama done to spark such uneasiness?
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Fox News compiled some of the more indulgent parts of Obama’s lavish post-presidency — involving everything from yachts to Italian fighter jets.
“Since leaving office in late January, Obama has visited late actor Marlon Brando’s private island; the Four Seasons in Bali — where rooms cost upward of $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; and the Rising Sun, Hollywood studio mogul David Geffen’s private yacht,” Fox News reported.
The Borgo Finocchieto location that Obama visited was no ordinary destination, even for vacationers. It’s a restored medieval hamlet, complete with villas, almost two dozen bedrooms, and owned by former Italy Ambassador John Phillips, an Obama appointee, according to Fox News.
Obama reportedly touched down at a nearby airport in a private jet escorted by Italian Air Force fighters — another bit of extravagance.
Kendra Thornton, owner of luxury travel agency Royal Travel and an expert in the industry, said the destinations are “some of the most luxurious travel destinations in the world,” according to Fox News.
“Anyone who stays at these properties does so because they want the best of the best.”
Sounds like Obama may be enjoying the benefits of being in the “one percent” doesn’t it?
The frivolity has not gone unnoticed by host John Oliver, who seems to be annoyed with just how far Obama has distanced himself from the country.
“This might be controversial, [but] I’m a little sick of seeing photos of President Obama on vacation with Richard Branson,” he said on his show according to Time. “Just tone it down with the kitesurfing pictures.”
You can see what Oliver’s talking about in the video below:
“I know that people accused him of being out of touch with the American people during his presidency. I’m not sure he’s ever been more out of touch than he is right now,” Oliver added.
Democrat pollster Pat Caddell is concerned that a lot of Democrats see what Obama is doing and are upset because of the elitist lifestyle he’s flaunting.
“These trips are like the lifestyles of the rich and famous,” Caddell said, according to Fox News.
“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.”
Now, is it customary for presidents to unwind after their terms? Absolutely. But this level of luxury is not only a step beyond, it’s evidence of what appears to be Obama’s trajectory — trying to join the ranks of the “one percent” that he often decried as president.
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