The taxpayer tab for Obama and his family to live like royalty has now surpassed $74 MILLION; Obama once said ‘a president must be prepared to give up taking vacations for the sake of the nation.’ Obviously, he was not referring to himself.
The information comes from Judicial Watch, who has been demanding public records from the government and filing lawsuits to get the information about the Obamas’ wasteful spending on travel.
Judicial Watch found taxpayers have spent at least $74,124,562.48 on the family’s down times.
“Now that we’ve sued, the Secret Service has stopped ignoring our requests for details on more of the costs of Barack Obama’s luxury vacations,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said on Wednesday.
“Taxpayers, the U.S. Air Force and the Secret Service are being abused by Barack Obama, who too often treats Air Force One and his security detail like some of sort of kingly entourage. Does Barack Obama really think that over $5 million for two family vacations, which include nearly $1 million in Secret Service hotel bills for a two week Martha’s Vineyard vacation, is an appropriate use of tax dollars?”
The latest spending total comes after Judicial Watch obtained records from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security revealing that the August 2014 Martha’s Vineyard and Christmas 2014 Honolulu vacations cost taxpayers $1,243,057.80 for Secret Service accommodations alone.
Many of the costs associated with the president’s vacations are not ordinarily released. The government defines many of them as secret to protect the president’s security detail and its methods.
The Judicial Watch report said: “According to the newly obtained records, accommodations provided by Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Reservations for the Secret Service detail accompanying the Obama family on their two-week Martha’s Vineyard vacation in August 2014 cost taxpayers a total of $946,435. The documents show that ‘GSA Lodging variance’ was obtained in order to approve the high costs of accommodations in the ‘high season’ of travel in Martha’s Vineyard. The documents provide no other details about the Secret Service accommodations.”
The report said accommodations for the Secret Service detail accompanying the Obama family on their December-to-January Christmas Honolulu vacation cost taxpayers $296,622.80.
The Hawaii trip included $39,575.95 at Paradise Luxury Rentals; $34,827.57 at The Kahala; and $209,218.25 at Cabana Girl LLC. ”
Earlier, Judicial Watch revealed the Obama family’s Christmas vacation to Honolulu cost $3.67 million in flight expenses alone.
The total for known expenses for the 2014 Martha’s Vineyard and Christmas Honolulu vacations was $5.3 million.
Judicial Watch said that in Martha’s Vineyard, the Obama family stayed a in a “plush, secluded seven-bedroom, nine-bath, 8,100-square-foot house in the exclusive Chilmark neighborhood.”
Judicial Watch said an outing for Obama and his daughters to New York, “hanging out with his girls,” cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
“President Obama evidently cares not one whit about the costs to beleaguered taxpayers of his personal and political travel. Why would any public servant think it appropriate to use an Air Force plane (and an army of law enforcement) to take his daughters sightseeing in New York? Barack Obama is enamored with the presidency’s trappings of power and taxpayers are left holding the tab,” the earlier JW report concluded.