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How many times did Laura Bush travel on the tax payer's dime? And did any conservative on these boards make a stink about the tax payer's money during that time? Just curious.
Watchdog group's double standard with Obama and Bush kids' vacations
The group has compiled details of the cost of the Obamas’ various vacations and trips throughout the president’s first term in office.
A cursory review through the site’s archives does not reveal that the group made similar efforts to obtain information on the travels of the previous Republican administration, however...those upset over the Obama safari trip didn’t have the same opposition to Laura Bush who visited Africa 5 times during her husband’s two terms in office. She too attended a safari. Laura and daughters Barbara and Jenna ended their diplomatic mission trip at the Madikwe Game Reserve on the South African-Botswana border.
How many vacation days did Laura Bush take while her husband was president? (just a few examples)
--They arrived at Mammoth Lakes on July 8, 2001 and a day later came to Tuolumne Meadows Lodge with an entourage of some 25 people, including Secret Service agents, a White House communications team, various aides and several park officials.
--July 27, 2003 Laura Bush and all her friends arrived at Lake Crescent Lodge in Washington State for a week long vacation in the Olympic National Forest. "I have a group of friends that I grew up with in Midland, Texas, and we hike every summer at a national park," said Mrs. Bush. Yes, she and her friends arrived on Air Force II with lots of Secret Service Agents.
--July 23, 2006 Denali National Park & Preserve in Alaska First Lady Laura Bush arrived in the park by train on July 23rd for a one-week vacation at a private inholder lodge in the Kantishna area. Members of the park staff assisted Secret Service and White House personnel with communications, security and logistics. A small number of rangers from other parks in the region were detailed to Denali to maintain normal operations so that a portion of the parks law enforcement staff could be assigned full-time to augment and assist the Secret Service details.
U.S. Embassy Asks Bush Twins To Leave Country July 21, 2009
The Argentinean press blitz followed a report on "The Blotter" last week that Barbara Bush's purse and cell phone were stolen last weekend while dining at the popular San Telmo outdoor marketplace despite being guarded by the Secret Service.
In the News: Bush Twins
July 17, 2004
I find it most inappropriate, if not offensive, to see the 22-year-old Bush twins dressed in designer gowns, just returned from post-graduation European vacations ("Bush twins dressing up dad's bid," News, July 14). Do they or the president not understand how insensitive this display is to the thousands of young men and women (not to mention their parents, spouses and children) who are fighting a war in Iraq? These soldiers lack state-of-the-art uniforms and equipment in some cases.
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