Skip to comments.Obama's AF One flight to Chicago & back today to cost $236,000 (NOT incl. protection, etc)
Posted on 06/15/2009 8:44:03 AM PDT by BP2
As President Barack Obama flies Monday to Chicago for a midday speech on health-care reform, the round trip on Air Force One will run about $236,000, according to government estimates of the operating costs for one of the top symbols, and perks, of the presidency.
But that does not include such expenses as Secret Service protection, motorcades and helicopter transports.
After landing at O'Hare International Airport, Obama is scheduled to spend about 2 1/2 hours here. To avoid snarling traffic on the Kennedy Expressway, he likely will be taken from the airport by helicopter to a location near the Hyatt Regency Chicago.
A Government Accounting Office report in 2000 showed Air Force One cost $54,100 to operate each flight hour, or almost $67,000 in today's dollars. It is a tough number to estimate, however, because of so many variables and fixed costs that could be included in or excluded from the calculation.
More at link: Obama's Air Force One flight to Chicago and back Monday to cost $236,000 -- NOT including Secret Service protection, motorcades and helicopter transports
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Ever heard of videoconferencing?
Yes, he tells US to be more responsible while he spends like there is no tomorrow and gives US the bill.
Why exactly must he fly to Chicago to give a speech?
Let’s not forget that auto executives shouldn’t fly anywhere. No. you see some ANIMALS are more EQUAL than others. Read ANIMAL FARM.
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The LEAST of our worries is his travel trips.
The President is president of the entire country, and for my money they SHOULD spend a hell of a lot more time seeing the whole country, talking to real people about what a pain in the ass the federal government is with all its tentacles in every orifice the public body.
Mr. Clinton used to take AF1 to a speech, perhaps at some high school, middle school, or Federal office. Then, since he was there anyway, he’d stop in at a few dem fundraisers that happened to be amenable to his schedule. Then he’d fly home. Since he made a speech at a public facility, it’s not as though he took AF1 to the dem fundraiser, not at all no way.
Look for other stops for Obama. Where does he go before or after the speech?
I’m sure that Republican presidents took trips like this, too.
Read some of the comments under the story.
ObaMugabe loves Air Force One.
He’s running up a huge travel bill.
His extravagance is a good issue for us.
I love it! Anytime he goes anywhere for a date night or purely political purpose, we need to keep Freeping the cost.
(would be nice if we also added an estimate of the Carbon Footprint...)
“...talking to real people...”
Thing is, “the real people” aren’t allowed within a parsec of The 0ne. The “real people” are to be shunned at every oppurtunity. The “real people” are to forgotten, except at election time. The “real people” are to relegated to the dustbin of history. At leat in the eyes of The 0ne.
Videoconferencing. You beat me to it.
Maybe he can move some of that money into Columbus, Ohio so that the police recruits he ‘saved’ with stimulus money won’t get laid off after all.
Oh, wait - there’s a tax increase on the ballot in August to solve that problem. Never mind!
The Obamas Valentine’s Day dinner date to Chicago must have been similarly costly.
“Im sure that Republican presidents took trips like this, too.”
The last Republican president never chastised me for my lifestyle if I’m not mistaken - and that’s the difference.
Because TOTUS is already there waiting for him...
While at the same time telling us plebes that we have to sacrifice, execs are not allowed to, the country's economy is in a tailspin?