As a family of four, President Barack Obama and his family have spent a staggering amount on vacations over the last eight years. Each year, they spend about $10 million for a total reaching higher than $85 million and since Christmas is coming, their spending spree is not yet over.
Judicial Watch did the heavy lifting to uncover the astronomical amount the Obamas spend on their personal, luxury vacations. The conservative watch dog group has tracked President Obama’s spending over the last few years and disclosed the information based on bills they have received this week.
Last year, the Obamas spent about $5 million of taxpayer money on their annual Christmas vacation to Hawaii. Their Christmas vacation will start on December 18 and since they’re leaving the White House, they’re planning on spending every last taxpayer dollar…
From December 18th to January 3rd, the Obamas will be basking in the sun on the sand of Hawaii’s most luxurious and decadent beaches. They’ll be blowing through taxpayer money so fast the budget for this year’s trip is undetermined. And since it’s the last free vacation they’ll get for a while, they’re planning to “live it up”.
The exact total for the Christmas 2015 trip was $4,823,206.88, which includes the robust U.S. Secret Service detail, flights and transportation and lodging for the security officials.
“The Secret Service and the Air Force are being abused by unnecessary travel,” Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, said in a statement on the matter. “Unnecessary presidential travel for fundraising and luxury vacations on the taxpayers’ dime would be a good target for reform for the incoming Trump administration.”
Judicial Watch released the following in their report:
“According to bills obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Secret Service also paid for rooms at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club. The Secret Service also reserved rooms at the Moana Surfrider resort on Waikiki Beach, and the Ala Moana Hotel, which cost a total of $40,249.48 and $671,895.99, respectively.
“The Secret Service rented cars from Avis, Alamo, and Hertz — 103 cars for the two-week vacation, totaling $165,893.88 in taxpayer money.
“Reportedly, the Obamas stayed at the Hale Reena Estate, which ‘rents for anywhere between $5,000 to $10,000 a night, depending on the season.’”
The watchdog group also said: “Although the vacation officially lasted from December 18, 2015, to January 3, 2016, the Secret Service rented several Kailua homes for 19 nights, starting from December 16. The total for the rentals, located near the Marine Corps base at Kaneohe Bay was $245,993.12.”
Readers on TheBlaze contributed their comments about Obama’s lavish vacations.
“Camp David was built specifically as a retreat for the President and his family, instead of the man in the street being security serviced to death every time the POTUS decides to vacation in some exotic location and of course, footing the bill.”
“I didn’t mind them leaving the country on vacation but they kept coming back.”
“I can’t see how people are surprised by this. Why do you think they jacked up the taxes over the last eight years?”
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