With all this talk about America’s demise off the fiscal cliff, you’d think that the politicians running the show would at least pretend to live as if our financial situation was as dire as they and their media mouthpieces make it out to be. Actually, nevermind. These days, nothing surprises us anymore when it comes to political hypocrisy. “Political hypocrisy” has become redundant. So, it’s not really all that surprising to learn that the Obama’s Hawaii family vacations have netted over $20 million since he took office.

They vacation quite a bit. Michelle has to go skiing out West every year. They’ve gone to Martha’s Vineyard every summer except last year when he was campaigning. Vacationing during a political campaign looks bad. It makes it look like you don’t care all that much about being president. But vacationing during a financial crisis is nothing. Once you become president, you can do pretty much whatever you want, and the media will stay off your case about it as long as you’re a liberal.

But the $20 million figure is just from their Hawaii getaways every Christmas. Each time they visit there, it costs on average $4 million, much of which is eaten up by the costly flight there and back. It costs about $180,000 an hour for Air Force One to transport the Obamas to and fro Hawaii, an 18-hour roundtrip.