A breakdown by the Hawaii Reporter shows his trips in 2009, 2010, and 2011 cost about $4 million, much of it for Air Force One. But that doesn’t include costs like flying in advance teams and separate flights Michelle Obama twice took.
When Obama returned from Hawaii to work on the fiscal cliff deal last week and then jetted back to Honolulu, the second roundtrip flight added about $3.24 million to the tab, bringing the 2012-2013 vacation to over $7 million, the Reporter said.
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“If we assume the estimates are probably quite low, then it’s likely to the bill for the combined vacations is more than $20 million,’’ said the Dossier’s Keith Koffler.
“Given that much of the cost involves transporting the First Family and its retinue, the Obamas could have saved taxpayers millions by doing what the vast majority of Americans do: taking either one trip a year, or none.’’
Koffler said while some argued the president is justified in returning to Hawaii because that is where he was born and grew up, “how many of us get to go visit our roots for a two week vacation every year?
“The Obamas probably also feel they must go to Hawaii because they are creatures of habit . . . But their allegiance to routine is costing the taxpayers – including those in the middle class Obama claims to care so much about – millions of dollars.’’
Michelle Obama took 16 (SIXTEEN) vacations during her husband’s first four years in office! SIXTEEN!! She raped the national treasury for her own pleasure trips. Obviously, both Barack and Michelle are USING the office of President to fund their pleasures. How irresponsible is that? Keeping in mind all the millions of Americans out of work, homeless, or underemployed, this business of using money taken from taxpayers through income tax payments is outrageous! And Barack wants to raise the debt ceiling! He wants to spend more and more and more. Maybe–maybe–he will make efforts to cut spending, but he will not make any effort to tell his wife to go visit the local library instead of every location on the planet.
I despise them so!
They both know this information is going to be made public, but it appears they really don’t care! They couldn’t care less! They are flipping the bird at all of us.
[Excuse me while I am burning with fury!]
Re-electing Barack also re-elected Michelle who tells us what our kids should eat and then spends millions more going on another vacation.
Putting those two back into office was a huge, huge mistake!!!!!
- Obama’s $7 Million Dollar Vacation on Your Taxpayer Dime (americanfreedombybarbara.com)
- Taxpayer Bill for Obama’s Hawaii Vacations: $20 Million (whitehousedossier.com)
- Taxpayer Bill for Obama’s Hawaii Vacations: $20 Million (tarpon.wordpress.com)
- Taxpayer Bill for Obama’s Hawaii Vacations: $20 Million (lunaticoutpost.com)
- President’s Decision to Return to Hawaii Will Cost Taxpayers Another $3 Million (hawaiireporter.com)
- Taxpayers Pay Over $20 Million For Obama Hawaii Vacations As America Lies In Financial Ruin (patdollard.com)
- Michelle to Remain in Hawaii, Costing Taxpayers Over $100K (whitehousedossier.com)
- Obama Returns to Hawaii at an Added Cost of Over $3 Million (whitehousedossier.com)
- Pics: Whew! Obama salvages his Hawaiian vacation at higher cost to taxpayers (twitchy.com)
- Obama Wasted $3.6M On Fiscal Cliff Statement (sweetness-light.com)