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Judicial Watch announced today it obtained records from the U.S. Department of the Air Force revealing that the Obama family’s 2014 Christmas vacation to Honolulu, Hawaii, cost taxpayers $3,672,798 in flight expenses alone. Christmas in Hawaii is an annual tradition for the family and their most recent visit, from December 19, 2014, to January 4, 2015, marked their seventh Hawaiianvacation. The documents came from the Department of the Air Force in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed on January 5, 2015. Costs for the trip to Hawaii, to the West Coast, and to Martha’s Vineyard last year, cost nearly $3 million alone in transportation.
According to the documents, the Obama’s spent 17.8 hours in the air round-trip at $206,337.00 per hour, bringing the total cost to taxpayers to $3,672,798.60.
During Bush’s two terms, the cost of operating Air Force One ranged from $56,800 to $68,000 an hour. Bush used Air Force One 77 times to go to his ranch in Crawford, Texas. Using the low end cost of $56,800, Media Matters calculated that each trip to Crawford cost taxpayers $259,687, and $20 million total for Bush’s ranch flights.
Is anyone on the left actually capable of dealing with the present?
I understand that it is expensive to move the president around-but I think that future presidents should only be able to spend their personal vacations in the U.S. Same with congress.
Those tax dollars need to be spent in the same country that they were snatched from the citizens.
The shell for the new bus was produced by Prevost, a motor coach manufacturer based in Quebec. This heavy-duty shell was then customized by Hemphill Brothers Coach Co., which is based in Nashville, Tennessee, then assembled into a completed motor coach by that same company.
A second bus — also costing $1.1 million — was put together at the same time. Plans for the second coach include using it for the eventual Republican presidential nominee.
Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said of the decision to purchase a Prevost shell for the Presidential bus that "The vehicle had to support the weight of security and communication equipment that we had. Our understanding was that was the only model that could do it."
originally posted by: BlueJacket
I am sure that all parties, in either political party are over joyed at all of the bickering about how this Democrat, or that Republican did it too...the fact is NOBODY should be doing it at all!