President Obama and his family did earn some distinction for the amount of vacation time they took and the taxpayer money they wasted.
Keep in mind that there are enormous security expenses involved when the president or his family members travel, so this doesn’t come cheap.
In one sense, the president is never truly on vacation of the sort average Americans enjoy.
While the luxury and accommodations are beyond what we’ll experience, there are also reminders that the president is always on the job.
Reminders such as the “nuclear football” never being far away, unless you’re Bill Clinton, in which case it was alleged at some point the thing got misplaced…however that could have happened.
In any event, the accountants have done their job, and we have the totals that Obama and family spent on vacations during his eight years of misgovernment. The original estimate was only $85 million.
Turns out that was too low.
Via The Blaze:
“According to McClatchy, it was previously known that vacations the Obamas took during their eight years in office cost taxpayers more than $85 million.
Their most well-known vacation, the annual Christmas trip to Hawaii, cost taxpayers about $3.5 million, it was reported.
“The total includes: The cost of Air Force One and other government planes and helicopters, armored cars, rental cars, medical staff, Secret Service protection and the advance team — plus all of the agents’ expenses — among other expenses accrued each time the president travels.”
That was the original estimate. Now Judicial Watch has crunched some numbers so you will know how much you paid for the Obamas to get their jollies:
“According to government watchdog group Judicial Watch, the total cost of the Obamas’ vacations and travel stands at $105,662,975.27.
The organization calculated the number through a series of Freedom of Information Act requests. The figure includes:
- The Obama family vacation to Martha’s Vineyard in August 2016 that cost taxpayers $2,684,271.36.
- Obama’s trip to LA in October 2016 for two campaign fundraisers and an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” that cost taxpayers $195,855.
- Michelle Obama’s infamous trip to Morocco that cost taxpayers $244,218.01.
- How much the Secret Service spent during the Obamas’ final vacation in Hawaii, which cost taxpayers $1,862,230.74.”
And Michelle claimed how distressed she was during her time as first lady. No sympathy is available here.
Yep, these liberals sure know how to spend YOUR money, don’t they?