Barack Obama

New Report Shows Obamas’ Travel Costs Near $100 Million Mark


On Wednesday night, as President-elect Donald Trump was tweeting to the nation that 5,000 jobs from Sprint were coming back to the United States, President Barack Obama and his family were pushing the cost of their travel and vacations nearer to the $100 million mark.

The watchdog group Judicial Watch released calculations on Thursday showing that Obama’s White House travel and vacations have already cost $96 million.

“The Obamas notorious abuse of presidential travel perks wasted military resources and stressed the Secret Service.  Judicial Watch estimates that the final costs of Obama’s unnecessary vacation and political travel will well exceed $100 million,” said Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton.

“President-elect Trump can immediately save taxpayers money by reforming presidential travel,” he added.

On Wednesday, Obama ate at the Honolulu Asian fusion restaurant Nobu, after having played gold earlier in the day and spent time at the Shangri La Islamic arts center built by tobacco heiress and socialite Doris Duke.

Last year, according to records obtained by Judicial Watch, the Obama family’s vacation to Hawaii cost $4.8 million, factoring in all the costs for hotels and lodging, car rental costs for the Secret Service and airfare and rail services for the first family’s protective detail.

“The Secret Service and the Air Force are being abused by unnecessary travel,” Fitton said.

He observed, “Unnecessary presidential travel for fundraising and luxury vacations on the taxpayers’ dime would be a good target for reform for the incoming Trump administration.”

To date, Obama has taken 217 vacation days, not counting his current trip.

Judicial Watch’s latest summary of presidential travel noted that:

  • Obama’s April 22, 2015, Earth Day trip to give a global warming speech in the Florida Everglades has a total cost of $1,012,367.76.
  • Michelle Obama’s February 2016 ski trip to Aspen with her daughters cost taxpayers a total of $222,875.58. The Secret Service expenses were $165,806.78.
  • Obama’s trip to Cuba and Argentina in March 2016 cost taxpayers $7,146,015.18 in Secret Service and Air Force travel expenses alone.

Additionally, the organization revealed that Michelle Obama’s trip to Morocco, Spain and Liberia with her daughters in June 2016 costs $450,026.40 in flight expenses.

Of further note, Judicial Watch discovered that taxpayers paid $360,236 for Hillary Clinton to accompany Obama on Air Force One for a July campaign trip to North Carolina.

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