During an interview with St. Louis TV Station KMOV, President Obama was taken to task on his penchant to travel by the host.

Obama, speaking with Larry Conners of the television station, was asked some hard hitting questions.  Some of the dialogue, courtesy of  The Weekly Standard:

KMOV-STL’s Larry Conners: “The economy is a big issue and concern for folks. I mean, the unemployment, trying to make ends meet, gas prices, food prices going up. Some of our viewers are complaining, they get frustrated, even angered, when they see the first family jetting around, different vacations and so forth, sometimes maybe they think under color of state business and that you're out of touch, that you don't really know what they're experiencing right now.”

President Barack Obama: “Well, I don't know how many viewers you're talking about that say that.”

Conners: “We do hear from some.”

Obama:  “I hear from all kinds of viewers about everything.”

Conners: “I’m sure you do.”

Obama: “But the fact of the matter is, I think if you look at my track record, I’m raising a family here. When we travel, we got to travel through Secret Service, and Air Force One, that's not my choice. I think most folks understand how hard I work and how hard this administration is working on behalf of the American people.”

 You will notice, if you carefully read the last paragraph, how Obama dodges the question.  He blames it on Secret Service and Air Force One as not his choice. But what IS his choice are the excessive jet setting trips, and his family's near record number of vacations-which result in millions of dollars in taxpayer money being spent.   A flimsy reply from the President, and kudos to a "local" TV station for asking the questions the Big 3 networks just won't.   Click here for the story and video.