Skip to comments.Obamas set new record for vacation travel expenses; stonewalled documents finally released
Posted on 03/02/2014 1:06:06 PM PST by Nachum
It took filing a lawsuit, but Judicial Watch discovered Friday that President Obama has set a new record for travel on the taxpayer dime.
The conservative watchdog group obtained travel records from the U.S. Department of the Air Force that show the Obamas racked up $7.4 million during just three trips in 2013 in flight expenses only.
The records, revealed Friday, include the Obama familys Christmas vacation in Hawaii from Dec. 21, 2012, to Jan. 5, 2013. During that stay, the president took a short break and flew back to Washington to work on a budget deal, then returned for the rest of his vacation.
The second trip was in early August, 2013, when Obama flew to California for a private fundraiser with DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, then appeared with Jay Leno on the Tonight Show. Later that month, the Obama family vacationed in Marthas Vineyard, Mass.
Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit in August 2013, after repeated stonewalling by the White House. The group reported:
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How do the expenses compare to Clinton’s and Bush’s two term presidencies?
NRO tallied what taxpayers are paying for M/M O to live large on the taxpayers' dime: a grand total of $1.4 billion per year: Air Force One ($181,757 per hour), executive chef ($100,000 per year), three full-time White House calligraphers ($277,050 per year for the trio), chief of staff to the presidents dog ($102,000 per year), Ohaha's royal motorcade ($2.2 million). $100 million alone for the African apology tour.
$1.4 BILLION is the current annual cost of the White House just in household expenses, not including US policy operations for which the WH exists--administered by some 900 parasites---policy staff recruited by Ohaha. There's the $100 million trip to Africa not including the foreign aid billions O handed out to these oil-rich satraps. There's serial Ohaha vacations costing taxpayers millions---- (the low estimate Hawaii vacays is $4 million each, but is probably five times that); the pricey Martha's Vineyard stays; Mrs O's costly trip to elite Marbella w/ an entourage of 30.
Mrs O's $3900 PER NIGHT in Ireland PLUS 30 more rooms for her entourage.
Ireland's Grace Kelly hotel suite.
TAXPAYERS SUFFERED RUINOUS HEALTHCARE CANCELLATIONS--BUT THEY PAY $7 MILLION FOR THE OBAMAS HEALTHCARE---NRO found the first familys yearly health-care costs Americans $7 million; the reason why only Boobamba himself was "enrolled" --and not his family---in a faked-up PR ploy.
Mrs O wore her pricey diamond bangles (bought on a govt salary?) at a DNC fund-raiser, attended by "tolerant and compassionate" Dems....raised big bucks to keep Mr O in office so he could work for "the poor." Her diamond Gothic cuff priced at $15,350 set with 2.17 carats in diamonds and the Quatrefoil bracelet at $11,800 set with 1.73 carats in diamonds. (Excerpt) Read more at houston.culturemap.com. Mrs O wowed all the "tolerant and compassionate" Dems who hate the rich and support endless tax-paid programs "for the poor."
Not to forget a succession of designer dresses and gowns----like the $12,000 Caroline Hereara creation worn for the Frenchy state dinner (a bribe from Obama for his blonde indiscretion at the Mandela memorial?).
Mrs O has 24 assistants at her beck and call. Her
wardrobe, nails and hair pieces subsidized w/ tax dollars
of struggling Americans.
I suspect most of the entitlement army would respond that the wretched excess of the Obamas is due to them - reparations as it were.
Bling Bling Beauracratic Bolsheviks Boondoggle ......aka Bastards in the Bank.
Doom on em ....
Stay safe Liz !
Well, as for her jewelry and clothing, she probably doesn’t pay for them (most rich celebs don’t - they get them free from the designers simply for wearing them).
But it’s pretty disgusting to have people in the WH who believe they are celebrities. The two of them make me sick.
He is your King.
You vermin crackers live ONLY to serve us."
He is just collecting all for himself on behalf of his people the slavery reparations he feels entitled to.
Any chance of the Washington, D.C. media covering this on the alphabet morning gab fests?? Or will all be about how FRIENDLY the Oscars were to sodomy on Sunday night?
His most personally-gratifying accomplishment. Beatin’ the ‘man’. And he is revered for it...
Bush’s is too hard to compare because he went to Crawford but had a huge tax write off for the whole property which I have no idea how much it would have been. Also the expense of making the ranch into a “bunker” and increased security measures for computers and other requirements. It is probably more than 7.4 million though. However it covered his after presidency too so who knows.
I will give that travelling, as President, is an expensive venture because, by default, you have to take a large entourage. Although I cannot tell you where Clinton vacationed, I can tell you that Bush generally went to his ranch or Camp David when he needed a break. He never left America to my knowledge.
Clinton, as I recall, wasn’t a well traveled President when vacationing as I recall.
Let’s just take anything above the first two million out of their secret service budget.
Government employees and their families shouldn’t accept gifts.
Evidently the economic woes visited on citizens are NOTY shared by this person who is the President.
Then he ramps up his big speech-o-rama for the election season and he thunders on about income inequality.
Scum, pure scum.
Clinton did Martha’s Vineyard I recall. The difference between him and Obama was that Clinton was a workaholic and Obama is a lazy son of a bitch. Of course, Clinton worked on the destruction of the morals of our country - setting up Obama to destroy the economy.
I really don’t mind him going on vacation, in fact, I would encourage him to take even more vacations.
Arizona was top of the heap this morning with George Will demanding that bakers “bake the cake.” I hate that human pinstripe.
Yes, Russia came up. In the most puerile way. The usual: who will win? Putin or Obama?! Nothing about the impact this has on the entire world.
Presidents usually “hide” their personal trip expenses (side trips, fundraisers) by scheduling some innocuous “official” visit, which enables them to stay over and/or add on other stuff that was paid for because of the official visit. Obama doesn’t feel that he has to play those games because he knows that criticism (if any) from the media or congress will be low key.
Bush did leave the US. He was in Iraq for that Thanksgiving, for example.
Yes he did, but that cannot really be called a vacation now, can it? He showed support for the troops.
When has Obama done any Presidential function while flinging to any far away location?
Really? George Will said that? Seems as though George is only for freedom of expression in his field of writing.
He can cram it. How would he like an editor coming to him and saying “Write a column praising infanticide”?
I recall the Clintons going to the Dominican Republic, which was most likely for “show” since it occurred not too long after the Monica Lewinsky thing blew up. There was a staged photo of them dancing on the beach in swimsuits (yuk).
I don’t think they get them free. They’re probably on loan just like they do with celebs who show up at the Academy Awards.
Yes, I heard him say it while his nostrils flamed in contempt for that lowly baker.
His day will come, my friend. I can’t wait to read his infanticide column.
Where the Clinton travel abuse came from (aside from that Travel office) was in the last two years of his presidency. Hillary dragged that loser daughter to every country on earth at government expense. Freepers were having a fit about it as well they might.
On the other hand, given that Hillary had no interest in fashion, we didn’t have to pay for those bloody ball gowns.
You’re so right, that wasn’t a vacation.
Remember Hillary’s gold bathroom on a trailer that she dragged all over China because she wouldn’t use Chinese facilities? I wonder what they did with that after they were out of office?
I presume that all of this money was appropriated by the Republican House?
Mychal Massie is absolutely right. These two are “living nixxer rich.”
“Clinton did Marthas Vineyard I recall.”
Depends on what your definition of “DID” is!
There are ways......many ways.....especially when you were steeped in the swamp of Chicago criminal politics.
<><> Obama's trillion dollar stimulus scam is a huge unreported story. Makes Madoff look like a piker.
<><> Obama's stranglehold on Treasury via COS Rahm Emanuel's dual role
THE TARGETING PAPER TRAIL BEGINS: Soon as they occupied the WH, Obama and the Chicago con artists (a) took control of the US Census; (b) Obama placed his COS Rahm Emanuel in control of the US Dept of the Treasury (the IRS).
THE SMOKING GUN---WSJ REPORT--On Jan 20, 2009 Timothy Geithner was appointed Obama's Secy of the Treasury. But within three weeks, the Obama White House tightened its grip on Treasury. Obama put his COS, Rahm Emanuel, in charge of Treasury---Rahm Emanuel's dual role was an unusual move.
When he got to Treasury, WH COS Rahm Emanuel was so involved in the inner workings of the Treasury that the phrase "Rahm wants it" had become an unofficial mantra among subservient govt staffers, prostrate in obeisance, scurrying to accede to Rahm's wishes, according to Treasury government officials. Reported by WSJ / 05/31/09
More here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124113406528875137.html
<><> In his new book "Extortion" author Peter Schweitzer writes about Obo, Holder (and other insiders), using the Justice Dept "and assorted govt agencies" to extort and steal billions of untraceable dollars.
<><> Obama/Michele's Chicago mentor, Valerie Jarrett, was Mayor Daley's former chief of staff, and hired Obama's wife, Michelle, to work in Chicago City Hall. Jarret is now ensconced in Washington, as Obama's chief policy advisor----NOTE: in Chicago gangland vernacular, chief policy advisor means "wire-transfer artist".