January 4, 2016

Obama’s Obscene Travel Bill

$50 million for his seven trips to Hawaii.

We’ve often noted the lavish expense of Barack Obama’s vacations to Hawaii and other places. But the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard did some inconvenient math: “Added up, their seven vacations to the island could total over $50 million, and he still has one more likely as president at the end of next year.” Last year’s Hawaiian vacation cost a cool $8 million. According to Judicial Watch, “The known total expense to the American taxpayers thus far for all Obama travel is now $70,880,035.78.” But that’s the known cost. There are myriad hidden expenses — everything from military services to snarled traffic and lost economic productivity — that bring the cost much higher. That’s what happens when the First Family lives like royalty.

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