President Obama’s $4 Million Taxpayer-Funded Hawaiian Vacation
The cost of the Obama family’s annual holiday vacation in Hawaii will likely exceed $4.1 million, most of it financed by American taxpayers.
According to the Hawaii Reporter, this year’s getaway will probably be the President’s most expensive one ever. That’s because he will travel separately from his family as he remains in Washington to deal with the payroll tax cut impasse and any potential fallout from the death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il.
First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia have already departed Washington for the Aloha State, and their flight will tack another $100,000 to the estimated $4,113,039 that the overall trip will cost.
At $181,757 per flight hour, the President’s round-trip Air Force One costs will add up to about $3,271,611.
An Air Force C-17 cargo plane will be employed to haul the President’s limousines, helicopters and additional heavy equipment. Add another $258,000 for that.
The Obama family will rent a private beachfront home in Kailua, Oahu for $3,500/day, or $75,000 for the month. The President’s security detail, which consists of Secret Service agents, U.S. Marines, Navy SEALs and Coast Guard personnel, must also be housed, at a cost of around $151,200.
The President’s staff, along with the White House press corps, will be lodged at the Moana Surfrider Hotel, where rooms cost between $177 and $450 per night. It is estimated that the 24 staff members who will be traveling to Hawaii will run up a $72,216 accommodation bill.
Let’s not forget the local police, who will be paid $250,000 in salary and overtime.
Factor in the many miscellaneous costs of the trip, and the cost should easily exceed $4 million.
According to the Hawaii Reporter, a White House spokesperson said the costs of this trip are “in line” with previous presidential vacations. But that’s likely to be small comfort to a nation reeling from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Tens of millions of Americans are unemployed or underemployed, with millions slipping out of the middle class and into poverty. Meanwhile, the government has run up a whopping $15,000,000,000,000 deficit, the largest in history, with future generations of Americans stuck with the bill. But for now, you and I are stuck with the bill for the Obamas’ lavish Hawaiian holiday.
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