Let’s see: Barack Obama in AF1, Mrs. Obama in AF2, completely separate Secret Service details, massive entourages, cargo planes to carry armored presidential and first lady vehicles, rock bands, catering, adoring and salivating press, etc. Golly. This could run into some real money! But how much? The Washington Examiner provides perspective:
Judicial Watch told Secrets that the sky-high jet travel costs for the first family’s 2012-2013 Christmas vacation in Hawaii, their beach vacation on Martha’s Vineyard last summer and President Obama’s brief trip to California in August totalled $7,396,531.20.
The Air Force said it costs $228,288 an hour to fly Air Force One, a massive $48,535 jump from the last estimate of $179,750, or 27 percent.
Keep in mind, gentle readers, that these astronomical costs do not include the costs of Mr. Obama’s escorts. No, not those kinds of escorts, though I suspect we’ll one day learn about legions of those. Is it possible a narcissist like Barack Obama, a man so many still think a god, would not avail himself of, ahem, opportunities? I speak of the top of the line jet fighters, AWACS radar jets, and the tanker(s) that keep the fighters aloft. Remember too that Mr. Obama’s helicopters accompany him wherever he goes, and helicopters are wickedly expensive to operate.
The Examiner–this was a 2014 article, things are doubtless more expensive circa 2016–provides even more perspective:
— The outbound flight to Honolulu for the Obama 2012-2013 Christmas vacation cost taxpayers $2,214,393.60. The return flight to Washington was $1,871,961.60. The total price for flight expenditures alone came to $4,086,355.20.
— The outbound flight to California in August 2013 for Obama to dine with fundraiser and DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and appear on the “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” cost taxpayers $1,209,926.40. The return flight to Washington was $935,980.80. The total price for flight expenditures alone came to $2,145,907.20.
— The outbound flight to Martha’s Vineyard for the Obama family August vacation cost taxpayers $890,323.20. The return flight to Washington was $273,945.60. The total price for flight expenditures alone came to $1,164,268.80.
Since 2014, Mr. Obama has has many, and surely more expensive vacations and publicity jaunts around the globe. Oh well. At least this time–as far as we know–the President’s pooch, the First Dog Of The United States–FDOTUS–didn’t have his own jet aircraft. There’s that, at least. Maybe…