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Obama's latest vacation cost US taxpayers at least 1.5 million $$

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posted on Dec, 30 2010 @ 02:42 PM
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Hawaii Reporter

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


I get that a POTUS needs a vacation. But ANOTHER one already? (and there was Maine and Florida and FLOTUS in Europe and .... ) And couldn't he have stayed somewhere cheaper? Oh wait .. yes he could have. Bill Clinton figured out how. (OMG .. I'm actually missing Bill Clinton!!
) This on top of his kabillion dollar trip to Asia a few months back ... boy he really likes to spend taxpayer money on himself! Yeah, yeah .. supposedly the Asia trip was all business. Booking the entire Taj Mahal hotel ... 2,000 person enterage .. etc etc ... that was all business I'm sure (Sarcasim).

How Much Did Obama's Family Vacation Cost Taxpayers?

They could have chosen a less expensive and more secure place to stay such as a beachfront home on the Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station – just a two-minute drive away from the Kailuana Place property where they are now. The president visits the military base daily to workout, bowl with his kids or enjoy the more private beach there. He also could have stayed at a home 15 minutes away on the beach fronting Bellows Air Force Base as President Bill Clinton did.




posted on Dec, 30 2010 @ 02:48 PM
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While on vacation,obama called up the owner of the philadelphia eagles and congratulated him for giving michael vick another chance.I think that tells all you need to know about this guy.Michael vick is a mass murderer,he belongs behind bars.



posted on Dec, 30 2010 @ 02:50 PM
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Better than wasting trillions on two wars...

One of which (some might argue both) was based on complete fabrications.

Also his India trip did not cost the hundreds of millions right wing media personalities claimed (you can look this up yourself instead of just taking Rush Limbaugh's word for it).



posted on Dec, 30 2010 @ 03:07 PM
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Originally posted by brindle
While on vacation,obama called up the owner of the philadelphia eagles and congratulated him for giving michael vick another chance.I think that tells all you need to know about this guy.Michael vick is a mass murderer,he belongs behind bars.


The guy did jail time, lost millions, lost respect of his fans, went bankrupt, still owes money, lost two years of football life, has people like you and the media antagonizing him, PETA made a scapegoat out of him (as if that would affect CURRENT dog men) - how much more punishment do you want for the guy? Get over it.
edit on 30-12-2010 by DevilJin because: no reason



posted on Dec, 30 2010 @ 03:09 PM
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I'll let his use TWICE as much if he promises to stay away from the country.
Really, more benefit comes if he isn't here.



posted on Dec, 30 2010 @ 03:12 PM
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Originally posted by lightworker12
Better than wasting trillions on two wars...

Wasted money is wasted money. He's wasting our tax payer $$$ by the millions on his unnecessary high-end lifestyle. As Bill Clinton showed, there are other ways to have a family vacation than what obama's doing .. over and over and over ...


Originally posted by brindle
While on vacation,obama called up the owner of the philadelphia eagles and congratulated him for giving michael vick another chance.

... and then right after that call they played on Tuesday night and Vick had the worst game he's ever had (in my opinion). The POTUS phone call about Vick (which I thought was a strange thing to do to begin with) looked like Obama put the whammy on Vick. It was an awful day for Philly fans.



posted on Dec, 30 2010 @ 03:20 PM
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It's no big deal, just throw it on the "tab". Just think about how "they" all work. Well, if I spend $1 million dollars we can just increase taxes .025% to cover it, no big deal!!! That is what it seems like to me anyways, anyone else out there agree??


On top of that, everyone keeps bringing up Clinton's name....I really miss him seeing now how bad it actually can get in the office!!! Bring back the guy who gets head in the oval office, I really don't care, it's much better than what we are forced to deal with recently...

edit on 12/30/2010 by Chrisfishenstein because: I miss Clinton....



posted on Dec, 30 2010 @ 03:20 PM
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I remember people bad mouthing Bush about worsening US debt, but at least when Bush went on vacation, he just goes to his ranch in Texas, not costing the taxpayers millions of dollars by jet-setting around the globe.

SM



posted on Dec, 30 2010 @ 03:24 PM
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Don't even get me or anyone else started on Bush for that matter!! You must not visit this site too much sir.....Bush is the biggest mistake ever created by the American people....Money hungry, daddy's boy, idiot, who couldn't even finish a sentence but somehow people liked him....Let's invade Iraq so my vice president can get rich and hand me some money (oil), OHHHHHH but wait, he saved money on a vacation.....COME ON!!!



posted on Dec, 30 2010 @ 03:33 PM
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Originally posted by DevilJin

Originally posted by brindle
While on vacation,obama called up the owner of the philadelphia eagles and congratulated him for giving michael vick another chance.I think that tells all you need to know about this guy.Michael vick is a mass murderer,he belongs behind bars.


The guy did jail time, lost millions, lost respect of his fans, went bankrupt, still owes money, lost two years of football life, has people like you and the media antagonizing him, PETA made a scapegoat out of him (as if that would affect CURRENT dog men) - how much more punishment do you want for the guy? Get over it.
edit on 30-12-2010 by DevilJin because: no reason
I guess i place the same value on a dogs life as a human life.If somebody killed your family,would you want them playing in the nfl?



posted on Dec, 30 2010 @ 04:12 PM
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Originally posted by brindle
Michael vick is a mass murderer,he belongs behind bars.


He is no more a mass murderer than I am for going fishing or swatting flies.



posted on Dec, 30 2010 @ 04:58 PM
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That number has to be LOOOWWW.

I just read an article that it costs like $184,000 to operate Air Force One for one hour.

I am saying WAY low.



posted on Dec, 30 2010 @ 04:59 PM
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I love when you idiots say so and so uses tax payer money as if we can decide how it's spent.



posted on Dec, 30 2010 @ 05:19 PM
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so what? i don't see the problem...what would you have him do...drive to disneyland by himself with his family? you sir, have a screw loose, how about george bush's almost 3 YEARS OF VACATIONS....oh yeah...he's white and republican...i almost forgot



posted on Dec, 30 2010 @ 09:58 PM
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I don't understand right wingers on this kind of issue. Why do they get so upset about these tiny expenses? Bush spent $700 billion on Wall Street, don't you think that changes the scale? Don't you think that one and a half million dollars for a two week vacation is a drop in the bucket compared to two to three billion dollars per week to fight the Iraq war? Obama's vacation cost $750,000 a week. That is 0.00035% of what it costs to run the Iraq war for the same period of time.

I ask 'fiscal conservatives' this: Why do you nickel-and-dime America like some broke old pensioner?



posted on Dec, 31 2010 @ 06:10 AM
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Originally posted by SmedleyBurlap
Why do they get so upset about these tiny expenses? ....I ask 'fiscal conservatives' this: Why do you nickel-and-dime America like some broke old pensioner?

A million and a half dollars thrown away on yet another high-end vacation isn't a 'tiny expense'. And as far as 'nickel and dime' ... a million and a half here and a million and a half there all add up. Geeeeze .. didn't you learn fiscal responsibilty as a kid ... don't piss away your money on useless triffles or you won't have it for the big things. This country would be better off if 'broke old pensioners' ran it.



posted on Dec, 31 2010 @ 06:50 AM
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Wow, still alot of Bush bashing on here. Seems if Obama was so much more intelligent he'd not be keeping so many the former persidents policies in place. Ah well, Obama needed this vacation, it's only his 12th this year, I mean don't we all get vacation 12 times a year?



posted on Dec, 31 2010 @ 12:43 PM
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What do you suggest instead? Most of these listed expenses are because the President has to take his entourage with him. Even when he is on vacation, he must be on call at all times. The only really bizarre expense is the high cost of the flight itself. What should he do instead? Leave his security behind? Leave his office behind so that he is unable to respond to a crisis? All of these things are a necessity for a travelling POTUS and they become more expensive every year as the cost of operating everything inflates. Maybe you think he shouldn't have gone to his family home for Christmas?



posted on Dec, 31 2010 @ 12:50 PM
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OMGTUS


Check it out:

■Police overtime: $250,000 (2009 costs reported by Honolulu Police Department)


How is that possible? Let's say they get 50$ an hour when it's time and a half (overtime).

This means they worked 5000 hours in one week, but that's only overtime. So you could realistically on do about 8 hours max of overtime per day.


So this equates to 625 police officers working 8 hours of overtime a day for 7 days at 50$ an hour average.


Did they need 625, or did these guys get paid like 5000$ and hour????????????



posted on Jan, 1 2011 @ 06:54 AM
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Originally posted by SmedleyBurlap
What do you suggest instead?

Already answered. Dont' take 12 vacations a year and do a Bill Clinton. Instead of going to an expensive private place, stay at the military installation on the beach. They have nice places and the security is better, easier and cheaper. It was good enough for Bill Clinton .. it should be good enough for Obama.



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