Obama Vacations, Campaigning Costs Still Rolling In, More than $114 Million

Michael W. Chapman | November 29, 2017 | 11:24am EST
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Air Force One. (YouTube)

(CNSNews.com) -- The latest batch of records from the Air Force and the Secret Service, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit by Judicial Watch, shows that travel expenses for President Barack Obama and his family totals $114.6 million, including trips in 2017, and that travel costs for President Donald Trump and his family, so far, total $10.3 million.

Neither the Air Force nor the Secret Service would release these cost numbers voluntarily through a regular FOIA request, thus Judicial Watch had to file FOIA lawsuits, whereby a federal judge ordered the Air Force and Secret Service to release the data.

"It shouldn't require federal lawsuits to prod the Secret Service and Air Force to produce information about the costs of presidential travel -- whether the travel is necessary or not, it's a massive amount of money," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton in a Nov. 27 press release. 

President Obama and his family exiting Air Force One. (YouTube) 

"We will continue to monitor this spending while taxpayers continue to pay the bills for presidential travel," said Fitton. 

Judicial Watch reported that data obtained from earlier FOIA lawsuits showed that travel costs for the Obamas equaled $9,028,346.34.  When combined with the newly obtained data, the known travel expenses for the Obamas is $114,691,322.17. 

Some of those costs included the following:

-- During the weekend of Feb. 14, 2014, Michelle Obama and her daughters went to Aspen, Colo., which shut down the airport for an hour. The costs were $6,970 in air/rail; $5,614.99 in car rentals; and $76,078.30 in hotels.  Total: $88,663.29.

-- During the weekend of Feb. 14, 2014, President Obama went golfing in Palm Springs, Calif., and also met with Jordan's King Abdullah II. Air/rail cost $10,951; car rentals cost $10,166.79; and hotels cost $162,411.80.  Total: $183,529.62.

-- In 2016, Michelle Obama made two trips to North Carolina to campaign for Democrat Hillary Clinton. Air Force total costs, $40,902.40. 

-- In 2017,  President Obama flew 6.2 hours, which cost a total of $882,756.

-- Secret Service records show costs of $3,804,401.78 for President Obama and several trips he made to Chicago between 2011 and 2016. (Those expenses were for hotels, car rentals, and miscellaneous expenses.) 

President Trump exiting Air Force One.  (YouTube) 

-- Post-presidency, Secret Service costs for Barack Obama include $936,742.56 in hotels; $159,393.40 in air/rail; $2,684.11 in car rentals; $819.70 in overtime; and $814,062.44 in miscellaneous expenses.

Judicial Watch also reported that earlier data for President Trump and his family revealed costs of $2,821,367.34.  When added to the newly obtained records, the known travel costs equal $10,381,792.35.

Some of those costs included the following:

-- April 6-9, President Trump went to his house in Mar-a-Lago, Palm Beach, Fla., where he met with Chinese PResident Ji Jinping. Total Air Force cost: $583,758.

Air Force One.  (YouTube) 

-- April 14-16, President Trump flew to Mar-a-Lago to celebrate Easter. Total Air Force cost: $541,044. 

-- May 5-8, President Trump flew to the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. Total Air Force cost: $224,765.80. He flew to the same club again June 9-11, which cost the Air Force $199,332.

-- July 14-16, Melania Trump flew to the golf club in Bedminster, N.J.  Total Air Force cost: $22,391.60.

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