According to Judicial Watch, the $1,539,402.10 total included: flights for fundraising trips to Westchester, N.Y., and Providence, R.I., which cost $527,192.50; transportation for a round trip flight from D.C. to Westchester to attend a wedding, which cost $358,490.90; and another flight to Milwaukee, Wis., to speak at “Laborfest 2014,” which cost $653,718.70.
These taxpayer-funded flights helped Obama attend two fundraisers for the Democratic National Committee in New York; another fundraiser in Providence, where tickets cost up to $32,400; a high-profile wedding of the White House chef Sam Kass to MSNBC host and liberal commentator, Alex Wagner; and finally a trip to Milwaukee to deliver a campaign speech at Laborfest 2014, according to Judicial Watch.
Obama even cost taxpayers an extra $295,227.80 just so he could go home to “spend the night in his own bed” before returning for a wedding.
“Obama was originally scheduled to fly back to Westchester, New York, Friday night, spend the night there, then return to D.C. after attending the high-profile wedding,” explained Judicial Watch. “However, he changed plans last minute and flew to D.C. for the night – and then flew back to New York.”
“White House’s Press Secretary Josh Earnest explained that this change allowed Obama to ‘sleep in his own bed, do a little work tomorrow, spend some time with his family, and then travel back to New York..’ The difference between flying to Washington, D.C., instead of New York created an additional 1.4 hours spent in Air Force One, which adds up to $295,227.80 more in taxpayer dollars,” reported Judicial Watch.
“The Labor Day back-and-forth shows President Obama seems to confuse Air Force One with Uber,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
“President Obama abuses not only taxpayers with this unnecessary travel – he strains an already overstretched military and a Secret Service that is in crisis and can’t even guard the front door of the White House. The new Congress could do worse than to reform presidential travel so taxpayers aren’t gouged by candidates and campaigns benefitting from the political use of Air Force One,” Fitton added.