Obama Family Flights to/in Africa, Hawaii Cost Taxpayers $15.8M

Michael W. Chapman | March 26, 2014 | 4:08pm EDT
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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama disembark Air Force One. (AP)

(CNSNews.com) – For President Barack Obama and his family to visit Africa in June 2013 and then Honolulu in December 2013, the cost to taxpayers for flight costs alone were $15,885,585, according to Air Force records obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by the government watchdog Judicial Watch.

The flights to, from, and around Africa in June-July 2013 totaled 35.5 hours at a cost of $228,288 an hour, which totals $8,104,224, reported Judicial Watch in a press release.

The flights for the 17-day Christmas vacation in Honolulu in December 2013-January 2014 totaled 36.9 hours at a cost of $210,877 per hour, which totals $7,781,361.

Combined, flight costs for those two trips were $15.8 million.  (See Africa, Honolulu Trips.pdf)

In addition, Judicial Watch reported back in February that the flight costs for the August 2013 Obama family vacation in Martha’s Vineyard were $1,164,268.

“The costs to taxpayers of President Obama’s travel, especially his luxury vacation travel, are beyond the pale,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.  “And the secrecy surrounding these costs shows that Obama’s vows of transparency are rubbish.”

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