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With More Vacation Days and Separate Travel, Price of Obama’s...... (Outrageous)
Hawaii Reporter ^ | December 16, 2011 | MALIA ZIMMERMAN

Posted on 12/18/2011 8:07:06 AM PST by yoe

Secret Service has arrived, street barricades are in place, and the U.S. Coast Guard has stationed itself in the waters surrounding Kailua, Oahu. That is a sure sign President Barack Obama’s security team is preparing for the first family to arrive in the small beachside community as early as Friday night for what is expected to be a 17-day vacation.

The President and his family are traveling separately to Hawaii because he wants resolve the payroll tax cut issue before leaving Washington – and his wife does not want to wait.

But the advanced trip and the cost that comes with it – as much as $100,000 (flight and security) – adds to an already expensive vacation for the taxpayers.

Hawaii Reporter research shows the total cost for the President’s visit for taxpayers far exceeded $1.5 million in 2010 – but is even more costly this year because he extended his vacation by three days and the cost for Air Force One travel has jumped since last assessed in 2000. In addition, Hawaii Reporter was able to obtain more specifics about the executive expenditures.

The total cost (based on what is known) for the 17-day vacation roundtrip vacation to Hawaii for the President, his family and staff has climbed to more than $4 million. Here's why.

TRAVEL: $3,651,626

The biggest expense is President Barack Obama’s round trip flight to Hawaii via Air Force One, a cost the GAO office estimated at $1 million in the year 2000. Contacted today, the GAO confirmed there is no report the independent office affiliated with Congress has prepared since 2000 to operate Air Force One and Air Force Two.

However, the U.S. Air Force provides the most current numbers of $181,757 per flight hour. Travel time for Air Force One direct from Washington D.C. to Hawaii is about 9 hours or $1,635,813 each way for a total of $3,271,622 for the round trip to Hawaii and back.

The cost for USAF C-17 cargo aircraft that transports the Presidential limos, helicopters and other support equipment is not available to the public. However, the flight time between Andrews Air Force Base and Hawaii is at about 20 hours roundtrip, with estimated operating cost of $7,000 per hour (GAO report) for a total of $140,000 per roundtrip. The United States Marine Corps provides a presidential helicopter, along with pilots and support crews for the test flights, which travel on another C-17 flight at $140,000 for a total of $280,000.

Mrs. Obama’s early flight to Hawaii costs about $63,000 (White House Dossier), but add security and personnel for a total of about $100,000.

HOUSING: $151,200

Kailua Beach

The President and his family pay for their own beachfront rental (they are not staying in the Winter White House this year but rather a house on the same street further to the ocean point).

The Kailua rentals are fronted by the ocean and backed by a canal. So, the taxpayers must cover the costs for housing U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Coast Guard and Navy Seals in beach front and canal front homes in Kailua.

That costs about $1,200 a day ($200 allocated per bedroom per day). Since security arrives one day early, homes are rented for 18 days.

That is about $21,600 per home for approximately 7 houses rented at a total cost of $151,200 for security to stay nearby.

HOTEL: $72,216

Moana Surfrider Resort

The President’s staff and White House Press Corps stay at one of Hawaii’s oldest and most elegant hotels, the Moana Surfrider. Hawaii Reporter confirmed they are again staying there this year. Besides its stunningly beautiful view of Waikiki, and its traditional architecture, it is one of the most pricey hotels in the state.

Government rates are $177 per night, but that only is available during certain times a year.

Rooms typically start at $250 but can cost on average as much as $450 a night, and are even higher during the holidays. A hotel spokesperson did not return calls to confirm the rate the White House received.

View of Waikiki Beach from the Moana Surfrider Hotel

A conservative estimate with rooms at the government rate of $177 per day (excluding a 9.25 percent Transient Accommodation Tax and a 4.712 percent General Excise Tax on each bill, meals, internet charges and other charges) means the taxpayers are covering more than $72,216 in hotel bills for an estimated 24 staff,

LOCAL TAXPAYER COSTS: $260,000

Local police over time for the president’s visit has historically cost Oahu taxpayers $250,000 but may be more expensive this year with the extended vacation.

The city ambulance the accompanies the president 24 hours a day through his entire visit is $10,000, according to city spokeswoman Louise Kim McCoy.

UNKNOWN COSTS

There are several costs the White House annually refuses to release, citing security.

For example, the president’s security usually rents an entire floor of an office building in Kailua on the canal during the president’s stay.

There are security upgrades and additional phone lines to several private homes where Obama and friends are staying. That includes bullet proof glass installed, home security systems disabled, new security measures put into place and additional phone lines added.

There is the cost for car rentals and fuel for White House staff staying at Moana Hotel.

And there are additional travel costs Secret Service and White House staff traveling ahead of the President.

The total cost (based on what is known) for a 17-day round trip vacation to Hawaii for the President and his family and staff and security is an estimated $4,135,038.

Hawaii Reporter annually has requested details on the cost of the President’s trip, but the White House will not release any figures, citing security concerns. A spokesperson has maintained the costs are "in line" with other presidential vacations.

Hawaii Reporter has sought to determine the cost of vacations for the current president and last two presidents but the Government Accountability Office was able to provide those costs and referred Hawaii Reporter back to the White House spokesperson.


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No mention is made as to the number of 'guests' and relatives on Ms. Obama's AF2 or of the number and names of Obama's campaign advisers etc. on his plane. Making Hawaii his 'home' is clearly reparations for this man and his dislike of all things American except for what he and his wife can glean for themselves.
1 posted on 12/18/2011 8:07:12 AM PST by yoe
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To: yoe

Could they have traveled any further across the US for a vacay? These people have no care...I know , coincidence. wash. to hawi. Try KENYA.


2 posted on 12/18/2011 8:12:41 AM PST by NCDave (AKA, "That idiot over there")
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To: yoe

It would be cheaper to just buy him a house over there and let him stay. Don’t come back!


3 posted on 12/18/2011 8:12:54 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: yoe

Mele Kalikimaka Hawaii! He’s all yours for 17 days! Have fun! Heh heh heh.


4 posted on 12/18/2011 8:16:56 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Stop BIG Government Greed Now!!!!)
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To: NCDave

I would almost be worth getting anyone else in office just to unload her wide load freeloading butt.


5 posted on 12/18/2011 8:18:53 AM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: yoe

Obama is sticking it to”The Man”.

His folks will just laugh this off as Obama sticking it to the man.


6 posted on 12/18/2011 8:21:00 AM PST by Venturer
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To: yoe

If a republican president were taking expensive vacations while the country suffers he or she would be burned at the stake!


7 posted on 12/18/2011 8:21:05 AM PST by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: yoe

Obama works out at Semper Fit gym on the base next door.
During his workout, only active duty are allowed to use the facilities.
My brother, who is retired after more than 25 years in the service, and who works out daily at the gym, was told he could not work out while Obama was there.
He raised a stink with the Secret Service, and they finally let him in.
I am very worried that Obama will buy a home in my hometown of Kailua. He will ruin beach access.
He needs to stay in Chicago.


8 posted on 12/18/2011 8:21:36 AM PST by kaila
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To: ronnie raygun

“... if a Republican president were taking expensive vacations...”

Can you imagine what a field day the press would have? Interviews with people thrown out of their home, visits to soup kitchens, interviews with poor children wanting a warm coat.... it would be a media massacre. Sounds from the media now.....crickets, crickets.


9 posted on 12/18/2011 8:30:52 AM PST by momtothree
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To: yoe

I really, really hope the RNC or the Republican nominee run ads on the hypocrisy of Barry and the Democrats. The number of and the costs of these vacations are counter to what they charge those of us who actually scrimp and save (and forego vacations) to make ends meet. Absolute hypocrisy!


10 posted on 12/18/2011 8:32:18 AM PST by bushbuddy
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To: yoe
"....and his wife does not want to wait."

Isn't it interesting that I feel the same way too......I can't wait.

11 posted on 12/18/2011 8:34:24 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: NCDave

I am so sick of Obama.Someone post something funny before my blood pressure goes up, please.


12 posted on 12/18/2011 8:36:04 AM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: yoe

Can you re post the link it says 404?


13 posted on 12/18/2011 8:37:35 AM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: yoe
I remember when Reagan and Bush "vacationed."

14 posted on 12/18/2011 8:39:15 AM PST by TSgt (Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.)
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To: kaila
Noted that staffers are staying at the Moana Surfrider...aside from the Halekulani (my favorite hotel in the world), that's as pricey as you can get on Waikiki.

Spare no expense, guys - it's only taxpayer money.

15 posted on 12/18/2011 8:39:29 AM PST by ErnBatavia (Obama Voters: Jose Baez wants YOU for his next jury pool.......)
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To: yoe

Found it...

http://www.hawaiireporter.com/with-more-vacation-days-and-separate-travel-price-of-obama%E2%80%99s-annual-hawaiian-holiday-rises/123


16 posted on 12/18/2011 8:40:14 AM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: TSgt

Guys who could and did work with their hands....can you even imagine in your craziest dreams, Obama in those photos?


17 posted on 12/18/2011 8:43:51 AM PST by cookcounty (2012 choice: It's the Tea Party or the Slumber Party.)
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To: unixfox
It would be cheaper to just buy him a house over there and let him stay. Don’t come back!

This would be the best well spent tax money of the last three years.
18 posted on 12/18/2011 8:44:31 AM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

19 posted on 12/18/2011 8:44:53 AM PST by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: TSgt

And you can beat Bush nor Reagan did not spend 4 MILLION dollars for ONE VACAY!That would be a European tour.


20 posted on 12/18/2011 8:45:37 AM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: TSgt

No wonder there was such a screw-up over the “shovel-ready jobs.” Unlike these guys, Obama doesn’t even know what a shovel is.


21 posted on 12/18/2011 8:45:37 AM PST by cookcounty (2012 choice: It's the Tea Party or the Slumber Party.)
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To: TSgt

Re your pics of Reaan and GWB with saws:

You can tell they’re genuine, not staged photos by looking at the chainsaws. The bars have both been used and the paint worn off.

If it were a politically staged picture of the sort that we’re becoming all too familiar with, the chain saw bars would have been perfectly spanking clean, and the saws likely never started.


22 posted on 12/18/2011 8:48:05 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Doogle

I watched the USS BUSH pull in named after dad not dubya and I wondered about what a USS OBAMA would look like or it would ever exist outside of maybe a sub..


23 posted on 12/18/2011 8:48:39 AM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Doogle

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2069471/President-Obama-jet-Hawaii-SEVENTEEN-DAY-Christmas-holiday.html


24 posted on 12/18/2011 8:50:02 AM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
I am so sick of Obama.Someone post something funny before my blood pressure goes up, please.

Concrete Buffer Gone Wild.

Sure to break the mood of despair - for a short while.

25 posted on 12/18/2011 8:50:06 AM PST by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: raybbr

Thank you!


26 posted on 12/18/2011 8:52:07 AM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Doogle
Needs a unicorn


27 posted on 12/18/2011 8:54:14 AM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Cheerio

Hows about we make it Midway.


28 posted on 12/18/2011 8:54:40 AM PST by tater ("I don't call myself subject to much at all.")
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To: momtothree

Hell they went beserk when Nancy Reagan bought new dishes for the White House ( and it wasn’t paid for by the taxpayers)


29 posted on 12/18/2011 8:55:13 AM PST by uncbob
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To: momtothree

But the Press gets to go to Hawaii to cover his taxpayer funded vacation. The maistream press is working to re-elect their Obama the Great!


30 posted on 12/18/2011 8:56:24 AM PST by FreedBird (p)
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To: TSgt
I must say that, as much as I admire President Reagan, George Bush did have better taste in chainsaws.
31 posted on 12/18/2011 8:58:02 AM PST by Carry_Okie (GunWalker: Arming "a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as well funded")
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To: momtothree

GWB got more flack for going to his own ranch in one jet than the Obamas get for going to Hawaii...IN TWO JETS!


32 posted on 12/18/2011 9:02:05 AM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: yoe
So, the taxpayers must cover the costs for housing U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Coast Guard and Navy Seals in beach front and canal front homes in Kailua.

They deserve it a lot more than the Obamas do.

33 posted on 12/18/2011 9:05:05 AM PST by Tax-chick (Two women in one house ... and one of 'em a redhead!)
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To: kaila

There is no chance that 0bama will live in Chicago after he completes his “fourth best Presidency in history.” The 0bamas have stayed in their Chicago house for a grand total of two days since he was elected. Now, when he visits for a fund-raiser, he stays in a hotel. Meanwhile, his house has around-the-clock security. I have a feeling that when 0bama is done, like the Clintons, it will be a rare day that Michelle and he are in the same town together.


34 posted on 12/18/2011 9:11:19 AM PST by Raster Man
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To: cookcounty
Guys who could and did work with their hands....can you even imagine in your craziest dreams, Obama in those photos?

Well, Obama did work his hands on a crack pipe .... and Larry Sinclair ....


35 posted on 12/18/2011 9:13:32 AM PST by canuck_conservative
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To: yoe
Lately I have been thinking about Tsunamis and the danger they pose to Hawaii.
36 posted on 12/18/2011 9:17:10 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
Photobucket as posted a while ago on FR.
37 posted on 12/18/2011 9:18:20 AM PST by cableguymn
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To: yoe

404 Error!Page not found!

Anyone else getting this message from the link? Or is it just me?

38 posted on 12/18/2011 9:18:59 AM PST by airborne (Paratroopers! Good to the last drop!)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Thanks! Sorry, “yoe” - I should have read the whole thread before responding.


39 posted on 12/18/2011 9:20:48 AM PST by airborne (Paratroopers! Good to the last drop!)
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To: Raster Man

He´s probably going to go home to Indonesia and present himself for Secy Genl of the UN from Indonesia (a member of teh Security Council, such as the US, cannot present a Secy Genl).

Aside from that, I notice the reporter is named Malia Zimmerman. I think one of Bambi´s daughters is named Malia, a rather weird name that I thought was supposed to sound sort of African. Is this a Hawaiian thing, or is there some leftwing heroine named Malia that they name their kids after?


40 posted on 12/18/2011 9:25:17 AM PST by livius
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To: raybbr

Thanks for a great morning laugh. We copied the url and sent it along to all our contacts through e mail.


41 posted on 12/18/2011 9:31:13 AM PST by Eeyore4651
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To: Paladin2
"....and his wife does not want to wait."

Moochele wants a little "private time" with her new boyfriend, the Secret Service agent.

42 posted on 12/18/2011 9:32:15 AM PST by airborne (Paratroopers! Good to the last drop!)
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To: yoe

Kings and Dictators spend this kind of money on themselves not Presidents because Presidents are answerable to The People.

Can’t wait for 2012 election.


43 posted on 12/18/2011 9:39:01 AM PST by Balata (It's 'WE THE PEOPLE' Obama, not 'WE THE SHEEPLE'!)
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To: yoe
So, the taxpayers must cover the costs for housing U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Coast Guard and Navy Seals in beach front and canal front homes in Kailua.z

Navy SEALS? Since when do Navy SEALS provide presidential security? You'd never see a Special Forces guy doing that! Especially with the current denizen of the WH.

/ gratuitous barb against any SEALs

[snicker]

44 posted on 12/18/2011 9:44:16 AM PST by Sarajevo (Is it true that cannibals don't eat clowns because they taste funny?)
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To: NCDave

they should take AMTRAK to go stay with Willie Green.


45 posted on 12/18/2011 9:48:46 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB (Congress: Looting the future to bribe the present.)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

Yes, they’re sticking it to the ones they hate.


46 posted on 12/18/2011 9:53:06 AM PST by mcshot (Neither handsome nor handy but took an oath and will vote to save our Country.)
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To: yoe

Hey, Bamma OOP has every right to celebrate Christmas. Oops I guess I wasn’t supposed to refer to Christmas since What’s his name is a federal employee.

So Sorry.


47 posted on 12/18/2011 10:00:34 AM PST by jayrunner
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To: ErnBatavia

I imagine the rates at Christmas time are exorbitant.


48 posted on 12/18/2011 10:06:15 AM PST by surrey
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To: FreedBird
But the Press gets to go to Hawaii to cover his taxpayer funded vacation. The maistream press is working to re-elect their Obama the Great!

They always said one of the reasons that the press hated W was that they would much rather travel to Martha's Vinyard than Crawford.

49 posted on 12/18/2011 10:20:08 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: Venturer

Americans feel the pinch.

I know I take fewer holidays, and shorter ones. I end up taking a vacation closer to home ... or just staying home.

They are out of touch.


50 posted on 12/18/2011 10:28:19 AM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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