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Obama vacation costing more than $1.4M

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Last Edited: December 31, 2010, 9:06 am

Dec 30, 2010

Obama vacation costing more than $1.4M, paper claims

 

02:29 PM
USA Today
 

 

 

No one knows exactly how much President Obama's vacation in Hawaii is costing taxpayers -- neither the White House nor the Secret Service like to provide such information -- but one local news outlet is putting the tab at more than $1.4 million, at least. 

The Hawaii Reporter did some calculating, though, as we've explained before, it's almost impossible to assess the true cost of these kinds of trips.

For example, most of the cost of the Reporter's estimate is the president's Air Force One ride to Hawaii on the night of Dec. 22; Air Force One is under constant maintenance, and could well be used even if the president wasn't on vacation. (The paper also points out that Mrs. Obama and the Obama daughters flew out early to the islands.) 

Secret Service costs are included, but they would be guarding the president anyway, though their housing has to be paid for when they are on the road. The same applies to the president's staff. 

We should also point out, as the Reporter does, that Obama is paying his own house rental.

And there are also a host of unknown costs, and one basic truth: Being president is expensive, especially when they are on the road.

Here's part of the paper's breakdown:

With estimates secured from a host of professionals, city officials and law enforcement, Hawaii Reporter estimates costs to taxpayers will at least include:

Mrs. Obama's early flight to Hawaii: $63,000 (White House Dossier)
Obama's round trip flight to Hawaii: $1 million (GAO estimates)
Housing in beachfront homes for Secret Service and Seals in Kailua ($1,200 a day for 14 days): $16,800
Costs for White House staff staying at Moana Hotel: $134,400 ($400 per day for 24 staff) -- excluding meals and other room costs
Police overtime: $250,000 (2009 costs reported by Honolulu Police Department)
Ambulance: $10,000 (City Spokesperson)
TOTAL COST: $1,474,200

UNKNOWN COSTS:

Rental of office building in Kailua on canal
Security upgrades and additional phone lines
Costs for car rentals and fuel for White House staff staying at Moana Hotel (Secret Service imports most of the cars used here to escort the president)
Surveillance before the president arrives
Travel costs for Secret Service and White House staff traveling ahead of the President

(Posted by David Jackson)

Entry #3,680

Comments

1.
reddogComment by reddog - December 31, 2010, 8:02 am
I will be the first to post on this blog. Good for him. Well desearved vacaction for a Prez who in two years has put this country in more debt than all Prez combined. He has taken more away from home vacations this year than my family has taken in ten years. Talk about abusing tax payers money. That's right. everyone here knows I am a Oboma hater. Proud of it. Tried to warn these puppet supporters two years ago but, no, all I heard was WE won, YOU lost and get over it. 2012 won't come soon enough. I hope he took his prompter with him to Hawaii also because that clown worked hard this year also.
2.
konaneComment by konane - December 31, 2010, 9:00 am
With people losing their jobs to his 'economic policies' of bailouts, then losing their homes to Foreclosure-gate which he's done nothing to stop .... 2012 won't come soon enough as Reddog aptly stated.
3.
Comment by louise black - December 31, 2010, 2:39 pm
It idiots like you, hate monger that give people in your culture a bad name. We didn't hear you bigots saying this when George Bush spend most of his time on Kennebunkport and in Crawford Texas, when we were being bomb. Yes, this President need a vacation as well any one in a stressful job as this one. Oh! yes boys you show me anybody with two Bush's wars still going , also a financial melt down, which had nothing to do with President Obama. He is handling it just fine , do you have another administration you could compare this one to. No because it unprecedented,I can't wait for 2012 to prove all you haters wrong , with your borderline Treason talk. Get over it, it's hard to keep a good man down.
4.
TheBox1225Comment by TheBox1225 - December 31, 2010, 9:58 pm
WELL SAID LOUISE BLACK
5.
reddogComment by reddog - January 1, 2011, 6:57 am
It was idiots that voted that puppet in, and that was well said.
6.
Comment by clef1125 - January 2, 2011, 1:11 am
64,414,843 idiots to be exacted; by the way the electoral vote, voted him in...
7.
Comment by clef1125 - January 2, 2011, 1:21 am
Bush spent 487 Days At Camp David over a 8 year period...all at the tax payer expense...what's that tally???

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