Skip to comments.With More Vacation Days and Separate Travel, Price of Obama’s...... (Outrageous)
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 Obamas 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 Presidents 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.
The biggest expense is President Barack Obamas 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. Obamas early flight to Hawaii costs about $63,000 (White House Dossier), but add security and personnel for a total of about $100,000.
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.
Moana Surfrider Resort
The Presidents staff and White House Press Corps stay at one of Hawaiis 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 presidents 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.
There are several costs the White House annually refuses to release, citing security.
For example, the presidents security usually rents an entire floor of an office building in Kailua on the canal during the presidents 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 Presidents 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.
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.
It would be cheaper to just buy him a house over there and let him stay. Don’t come back!
Mele Kalikimaka Hawaii! He’s all yours for 17 days! Have fun! Heh heh heh.
I would almost be worth getting anyone else in office just to unload her wide load freeloading butt.
Obama is sticking it to”The Man”.
His folks will just laugh this off as Obama sticking it to the man.
If a republican president were taking expensive vacations while the country suffers he or she would be burned at the stake!
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.
“... 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.
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!
Isn't it interesting that I feel the same way too......I can't wait.
I am so sick of Obama.Someone post something funny before my blood pressure goes up, please.
Can you re post the link it says 404?
Spare no expense, guys - it's only taxpayer money.
Guys who could and did work with their hands....can you even imagine in your craziest dreams, Obama in those photos?
And you can beat Bush nor Reagan did not spend 4 MILLION dollars for ONE VACAY!That would be a European tour.
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