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With More Vacation Days and Separate Travel, Cost of Obama's Annual Hawaiian Holiday Rises
Hawaii Reporter ^ | Friday, December 16, 2011 | Malia Zimmerman

Posted on 12/16/2011 7:29:45 PM PST by kristinn

KAILUA, OAHU - The U.S. 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...

SNIP

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at hawaiireporter.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Hawaii
KEYWORDS: obama; obamavacation
Obama has spent more nights at his $50,000 per week vacation rentals in Hawaii and on Martha's Vineyard than he has in his own million dollar mansion in Chicago since he became President nearly three years ago.

Taxpayers are paying a boatload of money to protect Obama's Chicago mansion, yet he and Michelle stay there (separately) only a couple nights per year.

1 posted on 12/16/2011 7:29:57 PM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn

It will not be long until we give this man a permanent vacation.


2 posted on 12/16/2011 7:35:30 PM PST by Taxbilly
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To: kristinn
and his wife does not want to wait.

Probably has her Secret Service honey lined up for the detail.

3 posted on 12/16/2011 7:39:43 PM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: Taxbilly

Have these movin’-on’up, equal-opportunity, affirmative-action grifters spent a day in the last three years in their mansion in Chicago? What losers.


4 posted on 12/16/2011 7:39:46 PM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: kristinn
What really gets me is the lamestream media trying to compare this guy with previous presidents ("All Presidents take a vacation).

Now, technically, that is true; however, Reagan and his wife went to his home in CA; Nixon went to his home in CA; Bush I went to his home in ME; GW Bush went to his home in Texas.

Now, Clinton and his wife did not go to their home in Arkansas; so, maybe this is just a problem with Dem presidents. I do remember at the time that Bill & Hillary Clinton also liked to take pricey trips at taxpayer expense.

5 posted on 12/16/2011 7:51:07 PM PST by LibertarianLiz
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To: kristinn

The First (rhymes with witch) should be sent the bill, just like it will be after her joyride comes to an end next year.


6 posted on 12/16/2011 8:03:44 PM PST by bigbob
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To: LibertarianLiz

To be fair to Clinton, his last home before the WH was the Exec mansion in AR. Obama has a very large home, yet doesn’t use it. It is almost like he tries to spend as little time as he can at the two cheapest places - the WH and his own home (cheapest since they are already paid for and/or being secured).


7 posted on 12/16/2011 8:16:04 PM PST by PghBaldy (War Powers Res: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/warpower.asp)
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To: kristinn
and his wife does not want to wait.

Doubt any of us care what she wants, especially since she wasn't elected to anything. Her sense of entitlement is astounding.

8 posted on 12/16/2011 8:16:43 PM PST by McLynnan
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To: kristinn

Look at it this way. This is the last friggin’ Hawaiian vacation where they can actually relax. Next year, if they make it to Hawaii, which I guess they will, they are going to be all pissed off because we’ll have the election behind us and we’ll have kicked them out of OUR White House in a BIG way.

2012 is going to suck goats if your last name is Obama.


9 posted on 12/16/2011 8:18:53 PM PST by bergmeid (KAPLOINK! (The sound of kicking an Obama a$$))
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10 posted on 12/16/2011 8:19:51 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit)
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To: kristinn
Are the Obama’s burning that $16 Per Gallon Bio Aviation Fuel that the Defense Department just blew $45 Million Taxpayer Dollars buying to meet their Green Initiative?
11 posted on 12/16/2011 8:25:51 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Liberals, Useful Idiots Voting for Useless Idiots...)
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To: kristinn


12 posted on 12/16/2011 8:31:20 PM PST by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: kristinn

13 posted on 12/16/2011 8:43:24 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit)
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To: kristinn

These Hawaiian Holidays should include roasting a pig...shouldn’t they?


14 posted on 12/16/2011 8:43:50 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: kristinn
Photobucket The only Holiday card I want to see...
15 posted on 12/16/2011 8:55:48 PM PST by baddog 219
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To: baddog 219

Now... that is funny right there.


16 posted on 12/16/2011 9:00:28 PM PST by BigFinn (BigHat wisdom: Always drink upstream from the herd.)
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To: JoeProBono

What’s Nancy Grace doing in this picture? :-)


17 posted on 12/16/2011 9:13:56 PM PST by Mountain Mary ("My core is not up for grabs". El Rushbo 12/06/11)
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To: kristinn

“his wife does not want to wait.”

We should get candidates to sign a pledge that if elected president their wife will not fly off on vacation without them.

His and her jets are for dictators and royalty.


18 posted on 12/16/2011 11:04:39 PM PST by garjog
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To: LibertarianLiz

well, democrats think they are above the common people and therefore deserve better vacations.
Nancy Pelosi had a jet worth millions,stocked with the best booze. And she was only speaker.But she felt she was privledged because she was “working for the common person”. Like the comissars in Soviet Russia, they live large while the people starved.


19 posted on 12/17/2011 12:28:24 AM PST by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: kristinn

Those who worship him say he needs these vacations and golf outtings because of all the stress he has from doing the great job that he’s doing. Seriously.


20 posted on 12/17/2011 1:21:46 AM PST by Terry Mross (I'll only vote for a second party)
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To: kristinn

The whole tribe is off to Obama’s “Asia” on another vacation.


21 posted on 12/17/2011 2:23:32 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: baddog 219

LOL I put that on my facebook.


22 posted on 12/17/2011 2:44:17 AM PST by angcat (NEW YORK YANKEES!)
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To: angcat
First...Dear Citizens...Shut up, get to work (if you fortunately have a job) and pay your taxes. Move along...there is nothing to see here. Remember, nobama hates you, hates you family, hates your success, hates Free America, hates Americans, hates the Constitution and hates the Bill of Rights. nobama is a hate crime foisted upon America. nobama is the Destroyer . Everything nobama does is intentional. God help us all.
23 posted on 12/17/2011 4:42:17 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: kristinn

Wonder if he’ll hand out ham at the luau. Nobody hands out ham like Obama.


24 posted on 12/17/2011 7:17:23 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: kristinn
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.

FUMO

25 posted on 12/17/2011 9:37:30 AM PST by hattend (If I wanted you dead, you'd be dead. - Cameron Connor)
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