|The Obamas in Aspen (photo credit: Politico)|
Barack Obama has a lot of things on his mind, but as Washington's famous summer swelter sets in, skiing was almost certainly not one of them. However, winter is very much on the mind of one public interest group that has demanded answers about the First Family's 2012 ski trip to Aspen.
Fittingly enough, Michelle Obama and her daughters spent Presidents Day like most readers of this blog - skiing. However, according to a report published by Marketwatch.com, a public watchdog group - Judicial Watch - is questioning the cost of that trip. After various federal agencies failed to comply with the group's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, it filed a lawsuit to compel the government to turn over records relating the trip.
"Why is the Obama administration repeatedly stonewalling basic questions about the costs of the Obama family's personal travel?" asked Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. "In the least, the Obama administration owes the American people the truth about how much each of these trips cost, instead of stonewalling and obfuscation."
In Ski, Esq.'s experience these types of lawsuits rarely uncover anything interesting, let alone malfeasance. At most the FOIA request would probably show, unsurprisingly, that it is expensive to travel to Aspen and that hauling around a Secret Service entourage costs the taxpayers a lot of money. On the bright side though, no Aspen ladies have come forward with complaints about the Secret Service's conduct. I guess all the hookers got paid this time.
As an aside, presidents on both sides of the aisle have enjoyed alpine skiing, but none more so than Gerald Ford. Ironically, the best athlete ever to sit in the Oval Office is best remembered for being a klutz. An All-American football player at Michigan, Ford learned to ski in New England, but is most closely associated with another Colorado resort - Beaver Creek, where he owned a home until his death in 2006.