President Obama’s vacation cost is the buzz in Oahu
With President Obama and his family headed to Hawaii for a long vacation, the Hawaii Reporter takes a look at the cost to taxpayers and concludes this year’s trip is more expensive that previous trips:
[T]he 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.
Blogger Keith Koffler calculated that First Lady Michelle Obama’s decision to leave a few days early without her husband will cost more than $100,000 — a charge that the White House would not address directly in Friday’s daily press briefing.
“I wanted to ask, isn’t it quite an extravagance — four people to go in two jets to Hawaii — particularly given the state of the economy, the state of the budget, and also given the directive that was just put out about limiting air travel by the administration?” one reporter asked Press Secretary Jay Carney.
“As previous First Ladies have done, they will travel on a military aircraft. As previous First Ladies have done, they will travel separate from the President,” Carney said.
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