Ann Romney, the wife of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, said Monday that she doubted that she and her husband would vacation overseas as frequently as the Obamas if her husband were to win election.Okay. We all know that Republicans (and Cokie Roberts) are geographically challenged because U.S. Americans don't have enough maps, everywhere like such as. And that whether Hawaii is part of Kenya or these United States is a matter of some dispute among the dropped-repeatedly-on-their-heads crowd. But even by examining the list of fancy-shmancy Obama vacations wingers feverishly pass amongst themselves to prove something something something, you can see just how elaborate and overseas their travels have been:
Romney was responding to a question from WJR Detroit's Frank Beckmann, who asked Romney if her family would be vacationing as frequently as the Obamas.
"I doubt that," Romney replied. "Our vacations and our happiness come from being with our children and our grandchildren."
The Obama Vacation ListYes, we know that Republicans are about as good at counting as they are at geography, but certainly those readers who aren't governor of Texas can see that the grand tally of actual overseas Obama vacations is a whopping two. As in, one and then one more and that's it. The bulk of the family's travels were to exotic overseas locations like Chicago and the Grand Canyon and, yes, the president's home state of Hawaii (still part of the United States).
-- President’s Day 2012, Michelle and the first daughters in Aspen, Colorado to ski.
-- Christmas 2011, the first family in Hawaii for an extended vacation.
-- Summer 2011, in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., for the annual beach break.
-- June 2011, the first lady, her mother and daughters traveled to South Africa and Botswana.
-- President’s Day 2011, the first lady and first daughters travel to Vail to ski.
-- Christmas 2010, in Hawaii.
-- August 2010, the first family traveled to Panama City Beach, Fla., for some sun and fun at the beach.
-- August 2010, Obama spent the weekend alone in Chicago for his 49th birthday bash.
-- August 2010, the first lady and daughter Sasha traveled to Spain for a mother-daughter vacation.
-- August 2010, summer vacation again at Martha’s Vineyard.
-- July 2010, the first family went to Mount Desert Island, Maine.
-- May 2010, the first family had a four-day trip to Chicago.
-- March 2010, first lady and daughter spend Spring Break in New York City.
-- Christmas 2009, Hawaii again for the annual break.
-- August 2009, at Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Canyon for a short vacation.
-- August 2009, their first summer vacation as first family at Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.
Repeating the absurd Republican talking point that Obama and his family are always jet-setting off to fabulous places instead of working 27 hours a day to fix the economy and protect lightbulb freedom doesn't make Ann Romney an awful person, however; it just makes her a Republican.
But suggesting that she won't be taking those same exotic Florida vacations (unlike the Obamas) because she loves her children (unlike the Obamas)? That is some low-class passive-aggressive Olympic horseshit.
"Our vacations and our happiness come from being with our children and our grandchildren."Does that mean the Obamas don't love being with their children? That spending time with their daughters doesn't bring them happiness? Even though the children (and often, Michelle's mother) have been included in pretty much all of their vacations? Is Ann actually trying to say that if the Obamas enjoyed spending time with their family the way Ann does, they wouldn't need to take vacations? Vacations are for family-haters?
Well, no. Not quite:
But the potential future first lady didn't rule out vacationing at all, noting the Romney family has their "own places for that."Ah ha! So the real issue here isn't even that the Obamas take vacations or where they go; it's that they stay in elitist hotels and rental properties instead of their own custom-built vacation homes. What snobs! How out of touch! Nothing like those down-to-earth, family-loving Romneys. If "We've hired a private lobbyist to help us fast-track the plans for our new beachfront mansion with an elevator just for our cars" doesn't say "regular family-loving Americans," I don't know what does.
But obviously, neither does Ann Romney.