In one sense, he is on a perpetual vacation, courtesy of the American people. The apex of this extravagance is the Hawaiian vacation, a tradition for the Obama family since 2008. Let’s hope for this vacation the President, Mrs. Obama, the children and the family dog can all travel together on the same flight. In the past, they have not been able to coordinate their schedules, thus costing the taxpayers even more in travel costs.
The costs of using Air Force One are tremendous, approximately $179,750 per hour for fuel and operation. There are also significant costs for the massive presidential entourage of staff and security, Marine Corps helicopters, local police, and Secret Service that total in the millions. The cost of the C-17 cargo aircraft that accompanies the President is at least $12,000 per hour, so the 21.5 hour flight will cost taxpayers more than $500,000 round trip.
We do not know the final tally because the Obama administration refuses to release the detailed expenses. In fact, in May, Judicial Watch sued the U.S. Secret Service to provide specific information about the costs of the last presidential Hawaiian vacation. Unfortunately, there has been no resolution to that lawsuit, so taxpayers are in the dark about the extent of the extravagant vacation they are funding.
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