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While Obama Is in Paradise, We are Lost (open thread)

The second he could get out of Dodge, Barack Obama flew back to Hawaii to resume his vacation. President Obama is residing at a stunning home at Paradise Point in Oahu while every American worries about the precipitous tax hikes, including “a new ‘Obamacare”’ tax of 38%.

BELOW the fold, do not miss the photo of Bo, the Obamas’ family dog, posing with actual Playboy bunny ears because, U.S. News reports, the family found it “amusing.”

CAPTION: The First Family rents a home each year on Paradise Point, a lush, green stretch of land in Kailua Beach, Oahu, that juts out over the ocean and contains an exclusive gated community.

Barack and his daughters went to Island Snow in Kailua, “a shaved ice shop in a strip mall near the rented home. He was wearing a “casual black polo shirt.”

Barack Obama, a dreamer in his own land of enchantment, is relaxing and, as you’ll see below, enjoyed shaved iced surrounded by a group of starry-eyed admirers.

CAPTION: President Barack Obama holds his shave ice as he greets people outside Island Snow, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, in Kailua, Hawaii. President Obama and the first family are in Hawaii for a holiday vacation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama and the girls went with family friends to Island Snow in Kailua, a shaved ice shop in a strip mall near the rented home where they are staying.

Obama opted for a multicolored cup. Wearing a casual black polo shirt, he shook hands with some people gathered outside the shop, some with camera phones out as he was inside.

Obama’s Hawaii vacation: Day 2

CAPTIN: President Barack Obama holds his shave ice as he greets people outside Island Snow, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, in Kailua, Hawaii. President Obama and the first family are in Hawaii for a holiday vacation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

This is one of the many photographs that the First Family CHOSE to release at the end of 2012.

I find this tasteless. I am not a prude, but I find it inappropriate for a president and his family to do.

But, obviously, President Obama doesn’t give a damn what WE think of him. Most of us are working every day and worrying about paying our bills.

Many of us have very little money and would LOVE to have a vacation that Obama gets to enjoy every year (and often the rest of every year).

We also worry constantly about getting paid for the work we do and hope that our employers appreciate the hard work we put into the jobs we do every day. We are terrified of not being rewarded for our work. We often wonder if our employers realize the amount of work we put in.