One of Donald Trump’s campaign promises was to reel in and reduce Presidential spending on vacations taken by the first family, and his approach can’t come soon enough.
President Obama was notoriously absent from the Oval Office during some of America’s toughest times. Often found on the golf course instead of standing with the nation during these frustrating vacations, the Obamas did make an annual trek to Hawaii during their 8 years in the White House. The cost to taxpayers for this yearly trip will blow your mind.
“Judicial Watch announced today that it obtained records from the U.S. Secret Service revealing that its travel expenses for the First Family’s 2015 Hawaiian vacation cost taxpayers $1.2 million, which bring the total cost of the vacation trip to at least $4.8 million. This was the Obamas’ eighth Hawaiian family vacation. The trip has become an annual event for the Obamas. To date, Obama’s and his family’s travel expenses total at least $85,029,819.
“The records obtained by Judicial Watch for Obama’s Secret Service travel to Hawaii reveal the following expenses totaling $1,234,316.67:
- Hotel and lodging costs totaled $1,000,458.63
- The Secret Service spent $165,893.88 on car rentals.
- Air and rail expenses totaled $67,964.16.
“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. 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.’”
All of this ridiculous expense serves to remind us that our next president is thankfully a successful, wealthy businessman, with all of the business acumen that comes with that position.
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