Letters to the Editor

Traveler-in-Chief wrecks others’ vacation plans

I was disappointed to read that the Traveler-in-Chief continues to whittle away at his bucket list. Most recently it was an all taxpayer-expense paid trip for the First Family to Carlsbad Caverns and then on to Yosemite National Park.

The Yosemite portion was billed as the first visit of a sitting president since 1962. Unlike BHO, who requires a logistical footprint like Bigfoot, JFK stopped in on a regular Friday, spent very little time on the ground, and did most of his sightseeing from a seat on his presidential helicopter.

JFK’s quick trip generate gridlock on a massive scale for well over 100,000 inconvenienced visitors. Maybe that’s why no president since has chosen to make those kind of waves for Joe Public and his family.

The Obamas spent the night at Yosemite. That undoubtedly cramped the style of the thousands of non-royals that had long-planned trips there for the Father’s Day weekend.

The First Family’s reported stay at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel undoubtedly displaced large numbers of previously booked clients; too late to find other accommodations.

When/why did the First Father decide to spend his family’s holiday weekend there as opposed to some indiscriminate weekday in say late 2017? Because he can!

His pep talk on our wonderful national park system, complete with another scolding on climate change, could have just as easily occurred from the White House Rose Garden. I guess he felt he needed that natural backdrop to really bring home his talking points, regardless the cost.

Bill Malec, O’Fallon

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