JUST IN: Final Tally Of Obama Family’s Taxpayer-Funded Travel Leaks

JUST IN: Final Tally Of Obama Family’s Taxpayer-Funded Travel Leaks

During the entire eight years of Obama’s presidency we watched his family go on countless vacations and spend millions of American dollars doing it. It was sickening and infuriating when so many people had been out of work for YEARS. And then there were the parties with celebrities which racked up millions more. Travel expenses for the Obamas were astronomical. Never have we seen a president and his family jet-set like the Obamas did on Air Force One. Judicial Watch has gotten their paws on the records of travel expenses for the Obamas through FOIA requests. It makes for interesting reading.

For this set of documents, the travel for Obama totaled $9,028,346.90. If you can believe it, that’s a pittance of the total. Hold on to your butts… it’s a staggering 114,691,322.17. Holy crap, Marxists know how to live it up, don’t they? By the way, President Trump has racked up an impressive amount in his first year as well: $10,381,792.35. I suggest more golf, less travel dude. Although, I will say this… the travel that Trump has taken has been to actually get stuff done that doesn’t destroy the country. Big difference there. His trips have helped us politically, militarily and economically. That counts for something. So, if you offset the travel costs with the profits from his deals, I bet you would see those trips made money in the end. You can’t say that about Obama.

Judicial Watch obtained Obama’s travel records from the Secret Service as the result of a May 2017 FOIA lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security (No. 1:17-cv-01007)).

Two of the Obama family vacations for the weekend of February 14, 2014, cost the Secret Service $272,192.91:

  • Michelle’s annual trip to Aspen with the girls: $88,663.29
  • Obama’s annual golfing trip to Palm Springs: $183,529.62

Campaign trips weren’t cheap either:

  • Michelle Obama traveled twice to North Carolina in 2016 to campaign for Hillary Clinton: $40,902.40

More for Michelle:

  • Michelle’s trip to Charlottesville and then to Raleigh: $11,155.20
  • Michelle’s trip to Belville and then to Salem: $29,747.20

Obama went to Chicago frequently. Traveling to his hometown rang up a tab of $7,444,780.78. We have paid through the wazoo for Obama’s travel and it’s depressing. Here is some of the breakdown on it:

  • During fiscal year 2015, Obama flew 9 hours at an operating cost of $206,337 per hour for a total of $1,857,033
  • During fiscal year 2016, Obama flew 5 hours at an operating cost of $180,118 per hour for a total of $900,590
  • During fiscal year 2017, Obama flew 6.2 hours at an operating cost of $142,380 per hour for a total of $882,756
  • Secret Service records show a total of $3,804,401.78 in costs between 2011 and 2016 for the Chicago trips. The Secret Service spent $3,372,399.07 in hotels, $423,428.28 in car rentals and $8,574.50 in miscellaneous expenses.

The Secret Service documented expenses for Obama’s post-presidency travels of $1,913,702.21 including: $936,742.56 in hotels; $159,393.40 in air/rail; $2,684.11 in car rentals; $819.70 in overtime; and $814,062.44 in miscellaneous expenses. Just wow! The destinations of these trips were withheld under “privacy” and “law enforcement” exemptions. What the heck does that even mean? Since we are footing the bill, shouldn’t we get to know at least where he went? We did pay for it with our tax dollars after all. It’s not like he was whisked away to a nuclear bunker somewhere. Or was he?

Trump’s travel is shaping up to be almost as expensive and I would caution him to show restraint on that. As Judicial Watch rightly points out, we elect a president, not a king. Although for some reason lately our presidents act more like kings instead of representatives of the people – Trump isn’t like that at least, but Obama definitely was. They are not royalty that should get to travel at a whim across the globe, or like the Obama’s party with celebrities until the wee hours of the morning. The Trump’s are trying to cut costs in other areas and seem to be doing a good job, but there is a lot more to be done.

Necessary travel as Trump has been doing to fix our status in the world is acceptable. Taking dozens of personal vacations at taxpayer’s expense the way the Obamas did for eight long years, is not. It shouldn’t be this hard either to get these records to see where the American people’s money is going and what it’s being spent on. Judicial Watch is doing a great job and thank goodness for their diligence.

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton is an editor and writer for Right Wing News. She owns and blogs at NoisyRoom.net. She is a Constitutional Conservative and NoisyRoom focuses on political and national issues of interest to the American public. Terresa is the editor at Trevor Loudon's site, New Zeal - trevorloudon.com. She also does research at KeyWiki.org. You can email Terresa here. NoisyRoom can be found on Facebook and on Twitter.

Leave a Comment

Share this!

Enjoy reading? Share it with your friends!

Send this to a friend