The known total expense to the American taxpayers thus far for all Obama travel is now $70,880,035.78.
by Geoffrey Grider, Now The End Begins:
SECRET SERVICE EXPENSES FOR OBAMA’S 2013 HAWAII CHRISTMAS VACATION COST TAXPAYERS $316,698.03, TAXPAYERS PAID OVER $8 MILLION FOR 17-DAY VACATION
Washington, DC – Judicial Watch announced today that it recently received expense records from the Department of Homeland Security revealing that Secret Service expenses for the Obama family vacation to Honolulu during December 2013-January 2014 cost taxpayers at least $316,698.03. These new expenses bring the total for the Hawaii Christmas vacation trip to $8,098,060.33. The Secret Service waited nearly two years to produce the requested numbers to Judicial Watch.
REMEMBER WHEN OBAMA PROMISED THAT HE WOULD NOT TAKE VACATIONS IF ELECTED PRESIDENT?
The heavily redacted records were obtained on December 28 in response to a January 6, 2014, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. According to the records:
- $91,751.78 in car rental expenses were paid
- $224,974.05 in accommodation expenses were paid to Cabana Girl, LLC and Paradise Luxury Rentals
THE DOCUMENTS ARE HEAVILY REDACTED AND THE SECRET SERVICE IS WITHHOLDING 28 PAGES IN THEIR ENTIRETY.
Saying he was “eager to skip town” Obama took his family to Honolulu on December 20, 2013, for a 17-day Christmas vacation. As reported by The Washington Post:
THE PRESIDENTIAL MOTORCADE FERRIED THE OBAMAS ACROSS OAHU, THE STATE’S MOST POPULOUS ISLAND, TO THE WELL-TO-DO OCEANFRONT NEIGHBORHOOD OF KAILUA, WHERE AS IN YEARS PAST THEY HAVE RENTED A PRIVATE HOME FOR WHAT THIS TIME WILL BE A 17-DAY HOLIDAY VACATION.
FOR THE SIXTH STRAIGHT YEAR, OBAMA PLANS TO SPEND CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S IN HAWAII, GATHERING WITH EXTENDED FAMILY AND FRIENDS — AND, YES, PERFECTING HIS GOLF GAME.
In March 2014, Judicial Watch released flight expense records from the U.S. Department of the Air Force revealing that for this Hawaii vacation the Obamas incurred $7,781,361.30 in flight expenses alone (36.9 hours at $210,877 an hour).
This was the first Judicial Watch FOIA request about Obama’s security costs the Secret Service has answered since July, 2014.
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