President Obama and his family have taken many vacations over the eight years that he has been President. It has also provided for much controversy surrounding how much they actually cost the tax payers. However, it is reasonably something people are upset about. New reports total their vacationing costs at $96 million according to Judicial Watch.
The site is a type of government watchdog foundation and it has reported the organization has filed two different Freedom of Information Act lawsuits in order to obtain the Secret Service costs related to the vacation travels of the Obama family. Secret Service and U.S. Air Force costs total $96,938,882.51.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said,
“President-elect Trump can immediately save taxpayers money by reforming presidential travel. The Obamas’ notorious abuse of presidential travel perks wasted military resources and stressed the Secret Service. Judicial Watch estimates that the final costs of Obama’s unnecessary vacation and political travel will well exceed $100 million.”
Originally, the figure was reported as $85 million. However, the Obamas’ recently took their last White House vacation to Hawaii which increased the estimate. The travel expenses themselves were debated by a panel on Varney & Co. this past Thursday. They discussed how this issue will effect the President’s legacy.
Reporter Adam Shapiro of Fox News said vacation travel costs for President Obama were extraordinarily higher than that of George W. Bush’s two terms. The Bush’s vacations often entailed visits to their ranch in Crawford, Texas. U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) said,
“Any money we spend getting Obama away from the seat of power is money well spent.”
Here’s the video from Fox News.
Donald Trump has already promised he will not take a single vacation during his tenure in the White House. Only time will tell if he is actually capable of keeping this promise. However, if he does it will certainly be a relief to the taxpayers and a welcome surprise to all Americans.
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