WATCH: Dem Congressman’s scathing critique of Obama’s $100 million trip

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Democratic Congressman John Barrow (D-GA) made headlines over the weekend for his scathing critique of President Obama’s upcoming trip to Africa. The trip carries a whopping price tag of $100 million!

“Now, while you’re all fired up… let’s go now to what Yahoo is calling his triumphant return to his homeland, the president’s trip to Africa,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “Here’s a Georgia Democrat, John Barrow, criticizing this $100 million trip.”

BARROW: Madam speaker, very soon thousands of folks in my district in Georgia and even more across the state will be furloughed as a result of the budget sequester. Studies have shown that the sequester will cost the Georgia economy approximately $107 million. Meanwhile reports circulated this week that President Obama’s upcoming trip to Africa will cost the taxpayers nearly $100 million. Madam speaker, no one here questions the need for security for our commander‑in‑chief, but we do question the need for such expensive trips when so many folks across the country are being forced to cut back because Congress can’t get its act together. A trip of this magnitude isn’t unusual, but these are hard times. $100 million could be better used to keep folks on the job. I urge the president and everyone at the federal level to lead by example and not take the fact that Congress can’t get its act together and rub that in the faces of hard working Americans. With that I yield back.

“Here’s the interesting thing,” Glenn said. “You can take this and you can just say, what do you say we don’t do $50 million conventions for the IRS and we save the $50 million they’ve just sent to ten different households as refund checks? There’s $100 million there. There’s $100 million there.”

“Now, I know that’s nickel‑and‑dime to the, you know, to the president. He says that that’s no big deal. I’m sorry, it is a big deal,” he continued. “$100 million, how many people are working their brains out that you had to take money from their check? How many of us, how many of us have given our blood, sweat and tears to make up just that $100 million? You don’t find $100 million on the street corner. How many of us have worked our whole year and worked the first, what, three or four months of that year to send you money in Washington to have you abuse it like that? It’s offensive and it’s immoral.”

Stu was quick to point out that while he agreed with Rep. Barrow’s criticism of the trip’s price tag, his decision to tie it into the sequester is pretty unconvincing. “His tie‑in to the sequester, his point there makes it so obvious that the sequester is a BS argument,” Stu said. “If they are making trips for $100 million, we have $100 million right there from the IRS, how many more programs? You’re telling me you can’t cut 1 or 2% off of that budget. It’s insulting to say that.”

“It’s so offensive. And when will the American people be outraged,” Glenn asked. “They have taken your money. And they are growing the size of this government that is so inept and so out of control that this is the way they’re spending your money.”

WATCH Barrow’s remarks below:

  • landofaahs

    It would be worth it if he took Biden with him and then stayed there and let someone like Rand Paul take over.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    When will the people at long last be outraged enough to do something about it? I honestly cannot say anymore.

  • Anonymous

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    Let
    the people eat cake.  His highness must have his vacation and even
    though he be a God, he needs his rest after creating the economic mess
    we are in.  Had he let the free markets work, we would be on the up-side
    of a business cycle now.

  • landofaahs

    Many are just too stupid to be offended.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htXuNPBko3Q Sam Fisher

    So you’re saying Obama is acting like one of these fat cat billionaires but yet liberals don’t understand that he is one of the 1%.

  • http://www.speakthewordnow.com Karen Rose

    LOL

  • http://www.speakthewordnow.com Karen Rose

    Don’t get stressed…Psalms 91 says…Only with your eyes will you look and see…the reward of the wicked..

  • http://www.absoluteintensity.com dennis reilly

    No one, and I mean no one, in politics has any shame or moral courage because if they did, they would resign over the sorry state they leave the citizens they serve

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/JoAnn-Graham/1464290580 JoAnn Graham

    It’s interesting that so MANY news outlets are referring to this visit as a return to his “home country”.  YAHOO even pointed out that “Obama will not be visiting Kenya, the country of his birth.”  Of course they fell all over themselves apologizing later, but these “faux pas” keep popping up.  Seems the media who covers for him and fawns over him can’t keep their stories straight. Hell, even MOOCHELLE once referred to “Kenya, where Barrack was born.”

    And while we’re on THAT subject, when was the last time an American President visiting a foreign country felt compelled to “go native” and don native costumes like Obama did?  Does he NOT realize that makes it appear that (a) he’s ashamed to appear as an ‘America’, which, from all the apologizing he’s done, we already KNOW and (b) that he’s more AFRICAN than AMERICAN.  Stop with the masquerades, already.  It’s bad enough he is blowing ONE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS of our money, without going over there and making a FOOL of himself by playing “dress up”, too!

  • Anonymous

    What a disgrace to our United States of America. A President who could care less about us…a President who is and has taken advantage of his position and a wife that does the same. While we as humble citizens struggle to make ends meet they are going on another trip that is going to cost $100 million? Why are they getting away with it? What can we do to stop this out-of-control spending by the Obama Administration? The more I read, the more sick I become of the deceitful, dishonest and disarming behavior of those who are running our United States of America into the ground…it’s discouraging, and it’s disgusting that this is being allowed to go on. Surely there is a way to stop this…to get it under control.

  • Anonymous

    Folks! He still has THREE years to waste more millions. If this dumbbell isn’t impeached before 2016, then it only shows how DUMB all of America is. 

  • Anonymous

    Obama keeps using the phrase “common sense” to describe his proposals for this or that yet he doesn’t exercise it with regard to his upcoming Africa trip.  With the high deficits we are still running and his complaints of mandatory cuts to essential services due to the sequester, he chooses to make a very expensive discretionary non-essential trip to Africa where there are no pressing issues.

    Among many things, Obama is obviously an incompetent executive.  If he ran a private sector company, it would go under in no time.

  • Anonymous

    Obama wants this country BROKE,he has run us up in debt on purpose and he does not care what he spends traveling, this is a promise he made!

  • Anonymous

    OBAMA CAN’T SPEND AMERICAN TAX PAYERS HARD EARNED MONEY / WAGES FAST ENOUGH    ……..  HE NEVER WORKED A DAY IN HIS LIFE     ….  SO WHAT DID YOU EXPECT  FROM THE LIKES OF THIS MARXIST LY-ING COMMIE I-D-I-O-T  STOOGE.???   H-U-H ?????

  • faxxmaxx

    I don’t know, Glenn. You tell us to be prayerful in one breath and outraged in the next. I’ve been outraged since 2008. I also believe the bible. Nowhere does it say to sit idle while the enemy is at the gate. Instead of preaching love and hope, you should be gathering the country for freedom from tyranny. No wonder China and Russia treat this man with such disdain. The entire country can now see what conservatives have known all along. Are we going to wait until he takes us into a new war in Syria? Are we going to allow more lives lost in another desert wasteland? Should we pile more debt onto our children and grandchildren before anyone speaks up on their behalf? Yes, for over four years I’ve been outraged. This is only another example of Obama’s disrespect of the office, the country and its people. And anyone who isn’t outraged hasn’t been paying attention.

  • Guest

    Two weeks ago Glenn Beck expressed regret about being divisive:

    http://www.latinospost.com/articles/20981/20130608/glenn-beck-apologizes-america-divisive-politics-legitimate-regret-part-comeback.htm

    As is usually the case with Mr. Beck, that was complete bull feces. 

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if it is worth $ 100 million dollars for Obama to visit his relatives?

  • Anonymous

    Is it worth $100 million for Obama to go visit his relatives?

    4100

  • Anonymous

    amen!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Too bad someone can’t trip while descending the steps of AirFarce One and break his neck.  Ah, but one can dream, if we are still allowed to do so, that is.  Is there a PC ‘Dream Police’ yet?

  • Anonymous

    Maybe he’s making a break for it!  Cross your fingers….  LOL

  • Anonymous

    Nice little speech, but made to the wrong people. He should be sequestering demoncraps and RINOS in a locked room and repeat that speech ad infinitum until the idea gets thru their thick skulls.

  • Anonymous

    Wow! A DEMOcrat complaining about the spending of money?! I think I passed through the wormhole into the world of the Real again…. or did I!?? Was it the Red Pill or the Blue one….. I forgot…. so confused.

    I think what he’s mad about is he’s not getting any of that $100M the pres is spending…. and he’s politically saying, “hey pres….. spread the wealth baby?”

  • Anonymous

    Bite your tongue on the PC police!!!

  • Anonymous

    It’s way past time to Impeach this squandering fool. He’s the greatest imposter and
    criminal this country has ever seen. First of all his Long form birth certificate has been
    proven to be fake, it’s been pieced together on a computer. His Social Security card is
    stolen, it used to belong to a French immigrant, who retired on the Hawaian Islands, but
    never drew social security benefits. The card was issued in a state that Obama has never been to and based on the number would make him 119 years old. Obummers grandmother fixed
    him up with the card while working at the social security office in Hawai. His service
    registration is fake. To be valid it must have a 4-digit year stamp on it. It only has a 2-digit
    which is applied crooked, definitely phony. To top it off, Osama Bin Laden, whom Obummer
    took credit for having killed, using Navy Seals, he died a natural death in 2006 from kidney
    failure. That explains why no pictures has ever surfaced. It’s time for America to wake up!!!!!

  • grammaC

    So…maybe he just made up a white mother, to get the “white” folks to vote for him?

  • grammaC

    So……….maybe he made up a “white” mother just to get the “white” folks vote? Interesting thought.

  • Anonymous

     Me thinks this Dem Congressman must be coming up for an election. All the sudden he is concerned about other peoples money.

  • Anonymous

    Wonder how much this trip is contributing to “global warming”? Isn’t he going to give a big speech Tues about how “we are all going to have to change our lifestyles to stop global warming”?

  • Anonymous

    Good!!!!!!!!!  Just wish it were true…………

  • Anonymous

    What a shame.  He has to borrow from China to go on another trip!!  We have people here in our country who is unemployed, hungry and homeless how dear he and his family take such a lavish trip.  It just behooves me that he can get away with anything he wants.  Don’t think for a minute he is not in the dark of night in a closet trying to change the Constitution so he can remain in office as our dictator.  I fear we will never get him out of office and this nightmare will go on forever.  What a bunch of takers.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think they are stupid, they like the power as well as he.  The sick thing about it is, that he is getting away with everything he wants to.

  • Anonymous

    Lordy, lordy. Haven’t you heard? We’re now heading towards an ice age. And, it’s not called global warming any more, it’s climate change. These people must be kidding. They can’t control the federal budget BUT they can control the weather! Who knew?

  • Anonymous

    The congress can be pressured to not fund the trip and the work to stop this stupidity is well worth the effort.  This show of arrogance is to let WTP know that he is emperor and can run things as he, a Fraud see’s fit…….how do those hobnails feel…

  • Jeff Noncent

    I am sorry this is so dumb that Obama is taking 1 million dollar trip to Africa why that’s my question 2 he doesn’t have the right to take the tax dollars from the American to go there unless if he was born there excuse me right than and than he should not be the president because he was not born in the United states he violate the constitution himself that right there he should be in jail and all of his administration to his forefathers

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4HAW7OERGSC7VZM72V7IGDJ3B4 Sharmane

    He is right – a democrat I can actually agree with.  This is outrageous, spending $100 million on a boondoggle.  Worst, worst president ever, hands down.  It is so unfortunate that the takers and freebie people voted for this moron for another four years.  Not only is he a spendaholic, delusional, arrogant piece of work, he is also dangerous to our country and has made us a laughing stock on the world stage.  He does not have American’s best interests at heart and has done untold damage to our country.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4HAW7OERGSC7VZM72V7IGDJ3B4 Sharmane

    Yeah, well that’s the rhetoric of the global warming/climate change hucksters.  Just like the delusional Al Gore who preaches his now debunked global warming gospel, while jetting around the world and living in a mega huge house sucking up more power in a week than my small town in a year.  Zero credibility. They always say “we” have to change “our” lifestyles, but by gosh don’t expect the elites to change theirs because they are just way too special.  What is really disturbing is people buy into this idiocy and nonsense.  It’s really about wealth redistribution, that’s it period.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4HAW7OERGSC7VZM72V7IGDJ3B4 Sharmane

     Obama and “common sense” do not belong in the same sentence, even if he believes it to be so.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000944185690 Gini Bond

    When are people going to wake up and finally say “Enough is Enough!”  What are people in our country so afraid of???  It’s time for this to STOP!

  • greywolfrs

    You know a lot about bull shit, don’t you, vicki tiffany the coward.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Desy-Nurul-Azkiya/100001601301792 Desy Nurul Azkiya

    :            :                  :                      over  more  than  stupid  if  still  with  verry bad  aghost barack  obama

  • Anonymous

    Obama and Entourage are on a hundred million dollar plus vacation , paid for by American taxpayers.  This is sickening and insulting to all of us.  Obama has absolutely no care or concern about the elderly and homeless and those who struggle to feed their families in America.  It is past time that his liberal sheeples take off their blinders and see the truth.  Obama does not lead by example in any way.  We need to shut down the IRS and create a flat tax.  The IRS scandal coughs up more news every day.  That is just beyone disgusting.  Maybe the vacationers will remain in his birthplace. 

  • Anonymous

    Say, I just got a light bulb moment!! Let’s start a company that we can buy and sell carbon credits so we too can not feel guilty about our “livin’ large lifestyles of the Rich and Famous!! Oh, wait……Gore beat us to it….

  • Forrest Hamilton

    Total cost to taxpayers of Bush’s vacation trips to the ranch:$124,047,000

  • Anonymous

    Maybe President  B.. O. (yea he stinks)  is wandering if this could be  his last vacation, make it a big one, I mean he’s done  our country so much wrong he should be impeached.