President Barack Obama’s Christmas with his family in Hawaii has cost the tax payers of this country more than 3.5 million in flight expenses alone, with nearly $28 million being spent on the trip in total.
The GOP Daily Dose reports According to information obtained by conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch from the U.S. Air Force via a Freedom of Information Act request, that trip to Hawaii cost taxpayers more than $3.5 million in flight expenses alone.
Those expenses include the fuel, maintenance and crew costs for Air Force One for the president, as well as for a separate military version of a Boeing 757 that was used for the first lady, according to Judicial Watch.
What those expenses don’t include are the millions of taxpayer dollars spent on things like advance teams and vehicles, Secret Service and other security, specially positioned Navy and Coast Guard assets, or the food and lodging consumed by the dozens upon dozens of individuals who accompany the president and first family wherever they may go.
It has been estimated by Judicial Watch that more than $78 million has been spent on family trips and vacations by the Obama’s and Vice President Joe Biden, with nearly $28 million being spent on trips to Hawaii alone.
The group also discovered more than $286,000 in expenses for four separate trips in 2014 and 2015 that were not official White House business, but rather included two fundraising efforts in Los Angeles and New York for the Democratic National Committee, a campaign assist for Chicago Mayor and former aide Rahm Emanuel, and a golfing getaway in Florida.