Sunday, July 6, 2014

How Much has Obama’s Vacations Cost Taxpayers? Hint: It’s a Lot!

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The Obamas are the modern-day aristocrats against which our Founders rebelled. Though despising the rich, President Obama jetsets with his family around the globe and lavishes his family with expensive, extravagant vacations- courtesy of the American taxpayer.
The opulent lifestyle of the Obamas is enough to make King Louis XVI look modest by comparison.
 
According to a new report from the Daily Caller, President Obama has vacationed a lot and his extravagances have cost taxpayers roughly $44 million.
 
The Obamas have spent over 44 million dollars in taxpayer money on travel and vacations. Some are even calling him the “most well-traveled, expensive” president in our nation’s history.
 
As Americans head off for the long holiday weekend, let’s take a look back at some of the president’s holiday spending.
 
Our president vacations a lot — we’re talking $44,351,777.12 worth of “a lot,” with most expenses charged to the American taxpayer.
 
As of March 2014, Obama has spent more time traveling internationally than any other president, taking 31 trips since assuming office in 2009. The 119 days spent overseas have cost taxpayers millions of dollars.
 
At the same point in their respective presidencies, George W. Bush had spent 116 days on 28 trips, Bill Clinton had spent 113 days on 27 trips and Ronald Reagan had spent 73 days on just 14 trips.
 
In 2010, Obama flew aboard Air Force One 172 times, nearly every other day. Just the cost of flying aboard Air Force One to Obama’s hometown of Chicago reportedly hovers around $180,000 per hour.
 
In addition to all of his international travel, the president spends a significant amount of time traveling with his family. The Obama family has taken vacations to exclusive beaches in New England, private clubs in Key Largo and, of course, luxurious beaches in Hawaii.
 
According to the government watchdog group Judicial Watch, beginning with the infamous New York “date night,” the Obamas have spent $44,351,777.12 in taxpayer cash on travel expenses.
 
The actual total cost may be higher, as the White House is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act.
 
“Here we have a president that gets on the budget line by line, but this apparently doesn’t apply to his travel,” president of Judicial Watch, Tom Fitton, said in an interview with The Daily Caller. 
Of course, this analysis likely omits “official business” trips that are, in all reality, vacations.
 
Last year, the Obamas toured Africa at a cost of over $100 million for taxpayers, while defending the vacation as official business. On this “official” business trip, President Obama was joined by his wife, children, his mother-in-law and his niece. 
 
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