President Obama and his entourage are on yet another vacation (this time in Hawaii). I wonder if the amount of U.S. taxpayer money spent on all this luxurious living is available anywhere. It sure ought to be.

Now I really don’t begrudge the man and his family being able to get away once in a while to de-stress. Being president ain’t easy–or it shouldn’t be. But I do object to Mr. Obama living so conspicuously high off the hog when so many of his fellow citizens are struggling. I mean, the guy has played golf 90 times in under three years. Does anyone seriously believe he would have done all this if he had had to foot the greens fees himself?

Here are a few modest suggestions: (1) Let’s give the commander-in-chief a reasonable vacation allowance–a budget, as it were. He can spend the money however he wants, but if he goes over the limit, he has to make up the difference to the Treasury. The rest of us have to live on budgets; it’s time he did, too. (2) I don’t think he should get any more days off than those corporate “fat cats” he is so fond of berating (and, apparently, emulating). (3) His vacation spending should be a matter of public record. (4) And the occupant of the White House should not be able to go to a resort area, give a quick speech to make the trip “official business,” and then go on vacation there at taxpayer expense.

We need some accountability and limits when it comes to all these presidential vacations. Remember, the president is not a king.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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