Obama vacation in Hawaii: over $4 million
Barack Obama’s annual vacation in Hawaii this year is likely to be his most expensive ever – and the majority of it is being funded by the taxpayer.
The President will travel separately to his family this time because he wants resolve the payroll tax cut issue before leaving Washington D.C.
First Lady Michelle took their children this weekend in a flight that cost an extra $100,000 – and her husband’s round-trip journey will be $3,271,611.
The U.S. Air Force calculates it costs $181,757 per flight hour to operate Air Force One.
Travel time direct from Washington D.C. to Hawaii is about nine hours, which gives a total of $3,271,611 there and back.
- Obama’s Air Force One flight estimated at $3,271,611
- Total travel costs for Hawaii holiday are $3,629,622
- Housing comes to $151,200 and hotels at $72,216
- Hawaii Reporter estimates total cost at $4,113,038
Additionally, the cost for a USAF C-17 cargo aircraft is required to carry Presidential limos, helicopters and other equipment.
Flight time between Andrews Air Force Base and Hawaii is a 21.5 return, with estimated operating cost of $12,000 per hour, a GAO report said.
A four-to-six member Marine Corps unit is on a separate flight for extra security, at an estimated cost of $258,000 – not including their hotel costs.
According to the White House Dossier, Mrs Obama’s early trip to Hawaii cost about $100,000 including travel, security and personnel.
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