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Opinion

March 29, 2014

Fact-finding vacation

Editor:

I read in a newspaper the other day, as well as seeing a TV news item of the same, a story of President Obama’s family to include his mother-in-law was presently on a “fact finding” mission abroad. I remember when later in then President Clinton’s second term of office that his family went on an international “fact finding” mission that included doing mainly touristy/vacation like activities to include riding elephants in Asia ... alot of facts to be found on the back of an elephant that relate to the USA. I can’t help but see the similarities of that trip and the current first family’s activities that include site seeing of the Great Wall of China.

Most tax paying citizens do not realize what an expense ridden undertaking it is for the first family to go on one fo these tax payer furnished vacations, oh, I mean fact finding missions. When the president travels internationally it is even more so of a gargantuan logistical and financial undertaking. The first family traveling without the president is not nearly as entailed and expensive, but still quite expansive none the less. This poses a great many questions, one would be as to why presidential administrations feel it is necessary to insult the intelligence of the electorate by calling a tax payer funded vacation a fact finding mission. As my father used to say: “Let me tell you an even bigger fabrication that that...I believe what you’re telling me!”

Another question would be, why does the American public/electorate continue to allow this to happen continually. Possibly we as tax payers should all begin submitting our names to the White House travel office to order our own fact finding missions when vacation time rolls around. In all my international travels I never got to gather facts from Australia, I understand the Outback there has so many fishing holes, or rather, things pertinent to Southern Illinois that I should be allowed to complete such a trip, but only for the sake and benefit of the USA and Southern Illinois in particular!

Kevin L. Johnson

Mt. Vernon

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