Skip to comments.Report: Obamas to spend holidays in Hawaii at $4 million cost to taxpayers
Posted on 11/30/2012 5:40:43 AM PST by NYer
The first family will be vacationing in Hawaii for the Christmas holidays at a cost of at least $4 million to taxpayers, according to a report from the Hawaii Reporter.
The Hawaiian paper reports that residents living near the beachfront homes at Kailuana Place, where the President Obama and first family have visited annually since 2008, were notified Monday that there will be restrictions on their movements in place for 20 days, from Dec. 17 through Jan. 6.
The Hawaii Reporter calculated the $4 million cost to taxpayers based in part on the price of a round trip flight to the island on Air Force One, the transport of the president’s support equipment, housing of security and staff and the cost of police to local taxpayers.
The first family pays for their own rental on the beach, according to the paper.
The White House Dossier notes that the White House has yet to officially announce the vacation or the president’s travel plans and notes Obama could be in Hawaii on the day the country goes off the “fiscal cliff” if no deal is reached in time.
The Dossier adds that the vacation could help to add “subtle pressure” the president to reach a deal.
Author Robert Keith Gray estimated in his book “Presidential Perks Gone Royal“ that last year taxpayers spent $1.4 billion on the first family, compared to the $57.8 million British taxpayers spent on the royal family, The Daily Caller reported in September.
Last year the Hawaii Reporter estimated the president’s 17-day holiday vacation in Hawaii was more than $4 million as well.
I bet those folks in New York and New Jersey, victims of Sandy, are really happy for the Obamas.
See? They're just like regular people!
If we hit the cliff while he is away, Air Force One should be grounded. He should have to find his own way back to DC
Or as the Obamas would sing, Mele Kalikimaka Suckers!
They come from a culture in which the reason for achieving elected office is to “live large” on someone else’s dime.
while we worry about putting food on the table, fuel in the car and Christmas for our kids.
OBAMA HOVER DEPRESSION...stop calling it a recession, it ceased to be that 2 years ago.
Contrast this with Bush, who I believe didn't leave town until the day after Christmas so they could at least spend part of Christmas with their families.
Of course with the Kenyan it's all himself all the time.
We “little people” have no say in the matter.
Except to pick the tab.
With none of the enjoyment.
I’m sure this is what our founders had in mind.
My neighbor assures me that Obama would be able to walk home from this vacation, if he had to.
by what basis in the constitution can u restrict movement?
The Big Party continues!
He SHOULD be making plans to move to Hawaii permanently!
IT’S GOOD TO BE THE KING!
i have no pity for anybody who is part of this regime. Collaborators all.
Yeah....he’s a real scary socialist. He’s probably going to Hawaii so him and his family can put in 14 hour days on the pineapple farms. What a crock. Every time a Republican says Obama’s a socialist, he should get a lump on his head. Hit him where it hurts....in the Democrat party. He don’t care even a bit about the country. He’s not an American.
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