(CNSNews.com) – Information obtained by the government watchdog group Judicial Watch shows that the Obamas spent $3,115,688.70 in taxpayer money for travel expenses on two vacation trips and a one-day visit to New York City in 2015.
Judicial Watch filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with the U.S. Department of the Air Force to obtain the travel costs of those trips.
On June 20, Obama took Air Force One to Palm Springs, Calif., which required 10.6 hours of flying time. At a cost of $206,337 per hour, the flight (and return) cost $2,187,172.20.
During that outing, Obama played golf with Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison, on the latter’s 249-acre Porcupine Creek estate. Obama also reportedly did some fundraising and gave a speech to the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
On July 18, reported Judicial Watch, Obama went to New York City with his two daughters and several of their friends. That flight on Air Force One was 1.5 hours long and, at $206,337 per hour, cost taxpayers $309,595.50.
In New York City, Obama and “his girls” attended the Broadway musical “Hamilton.” Three days later, Obama flew back to the Big Apple to appear on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show and speak at a Democratic fundraiser. That was Obama’s seventh appearance on The Daily Show, reported Judicial Watch.
Aerial vieww of Blue Heron Farm in
Martha's Vineyard, Mass. (AP)
On Aug. 7, the Obama family flew on Air Force One to Martha’s Vineyard for a summer vacation. Flight time was 3 hours and, at $206,337 per hour, it cost $619,011.00.
At the Vineyard, Obama played golf with Bill Clinton and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, as well as Democratic adviser Vernon Jordan. The Obamas stayed at the same house they’ve rented in the past, the Blue Heron Farm, which rents for $50,000 a week.
As for security costs for all three trips, the Secret Service has not provided those numbers yet, reported Judicial Watch. “To date, the total known expenses for travel by the Obamas and Bidens are currently $70,563,336.75,” reported the watchdog group.
“President Obama evidently cares not one whit about the costs to beleaguered taxpayers for his personal and political travel,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton in a press release. “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.”