When was the last time you and your family took a vacation? How much did it cost you?
My last actual vacation was in 2002 when my wife and I went to Barbados to visit her family. Her dad was from Barbados and the only time my wife was on the island was when she was 2 years old. We stayed with her uncle who insisted on paying for all meals and driving us everywhere on the island. We purchased our airline tickets in December 2001 when they were at their lowest following the 9/11 attack. Even then we were barely able to afford the vacation.
When Barack Obama was first running for the White House in 2008, he stated that he would not take any vacations if elected. It didn’t take him long to break that promise and begin a long string of vacations that have cost taxpayers millions of dollars. By February 2012, the Obama family had already taken 16 vacations.
Over the 2012 Christmas holiday season, the Obama’s took a vacation to Hawaii that cost over $7 million. From 2009 to 2012, the Obama vacations just to Hawaii tallied up to over $20 million.
According to a recent report from Judicial Watch, the Obamas aren’t slowing down on wasting millions of taxpayer dollars for their vacations that Obama promised not to take. The government watchdog organization reported:
“According to the newly released records obtained by Judicial Watch:
- Obama’s June 20, 2015, golf outing to Palm Springs required 10.6 hours of flying time at $206,337 per hour, costing taxpayers $2,187,172.20.
- Obama’s July 18, 2015, trip to New York City with his daughters required 1.5 hours of flying time at $206,337 per hour, costing taxpayers $309,505.50.
- Obama’s August 7, 2015, family trip to Martha’s Vineyard required 3 hours of flying time at $206,337 per hour, costing taxpayers $619,011.”
Mind you that this is just the cost of flying Air Force One. On many of these vacation trips, a large number of staff and security flies on ahead to prepare for the Obama arrivals. Then you have the cost of where they stay. For instance, their trips to Martha’s Vineyard where they stay at an estate that rents for $50,000 per week.
Let’s not forget that we also pay for Vice President Joe Biden’s family vacations. During the infamous Sequestration when the federal government selectively shutdown some departments and programs, what did Biden do? He took a 5 day vacation on South Carolina’s Kiawah Island.
On an earlier travel, Biden spent just one night at the Hotel Intercontinental in Paris at a cost of $585,000 to US taxpayers. He rented several floors in the hotel plus there was the cost of feeding all of the staff and security that traveled with him.
According to Judicial Watch:
“The Secret Service has not yet provided requested information on these trips, as required by FOIA, regarding security costs.”
“To date, the total known expenses for travel by the Obamas and Bidens are currently $70,563,336.75.”
“‘President Obama evidently cares not one whit about the costs to beleaguered taxpayers for his personal and political travel,’ said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. ‘Why would any public servant think it appropriate to use an Air Force plane (and an army of law enforcement) to take his daughters sightseeing in New York? Barack Obama is enamored with the presidency’s trappings of power and taxpayers are left holding the tab.’”
Not only has Obama broken his campaign promise to not take any vacations if he was elected, but he also has no regard for your hard earned tax dollars. Obviously Obama has no concern about spending our tax dollars or paying America’s debt. Consider the fact that our national debt was $10.6 trillion dollars when Obama was sworn into office. Under his 6 years of leadership, the debt has increased to just over $18.5 trillion, an increase of $7.9 trillion of 57%, far more than any 5 presidents in history. Barack Obama is nothing more than spendaholic who enjoys the high life paid for by others.