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Obama Jet Sets on $70 Million Tab for Taxpayers

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Monday, 19 Oct 2015 12:48 PM Current | Bio | Archive

As Senator Everett Dirksen once said: “A million here, a million there, pretty soon, you’re talking real money.” Everyone knows that golf is an expensive sport, but when two golf outings alone cost $1,836,555 in travel expenses alone, that’s a bit much.

If it’s your own money, that’s one thing, but who other than President Obama would spend someone else’s millions that way? And by “someone,” I mean you and other taxpayers already oppressed by confiscatory federal taxes.

When Obama went on a series of costly fundraising and entertainment trips this spring, the total bill paid by American taxpayers was close to $4.5 million dollars in travel expenses! We still do not know many of the other costs involved in these trips.

For one, it is unknown what the elaborate security required to cover presidential travel cost taxpayers because the Secret Service has not provided the requested information, as required by the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), regarding its security expenses.

This week, Judicial Watch released records obtained from the U.S. Department of the Air Force revealing that Barack Obama’s spring fling travel for golf vacations and fundraisers totaled $4,436,245.50 in taxpayer-funded transportation expenses.

Using the Air Force’s official cost estimate of $206,337 per hour, the newly released records obtained by Judicial Watch show:
  • Obama’s February 14, 2015, golf outing to Palm Springs required a five-hour flight, costing taxpayers a total of $1,031,685.
  • Obama’s March 28, 2015, golf outing to Palm City required a 3.9-hour flight, costing taxpayers $804,870.30.
The Washington Examiner noted that the golf outings cost almost $20,000 per hole. These trips were not to the local pitch and putt. They were elaborate trips to premier golf courses.

In Palm Springs, Obama played golf at the luxurious Sunnylands country club, located on the former estate of the late ambassadors Walter and Leonore Annenberg. Obama reportedly spent the weekend on the exclusive, gated property, where he has twice stayed before.

In Palm City, Obama played golf at the “spectacular” Floridian National Golf Club, where members pay a $50,000 initiation fee and $15,000 in annual dues. According to the resort’s website: “This stunning, yet formidable par 71 will certainly impress. At 7,114 yards, the 18-hole course offers perfectly manicured rolling fairways and greens, demanding hazards, breathtaking views of the St. Lucie River, and is surrounded by a natural preserve and native wildlife.”

And then there were the fundraisers.

Taxpayers, regardless of party affiliation, ponied up over $2.5 million to jet Obama around the country in an effort to – of all things – raise money!

The White House attempted to paint Obama’s jaunt to Chicago as a non-political event to declare the Pullman Historic District a national monument. Members of the press on the scene, who usually grant Obama the benefit of the doubt, reported that the trip was heavily political in nature.

As reported by CNN, “Obama gives Emanuel re-election boost:”

President Barack Obama went to Chicago bearing gifts Thursday for his former chief of staff, Mayor Rahm Emanuel . . . But the day had all the trappings of a campaign – and Obama even made an unannounced stop at a Kenwood campaign office for Emanuel on his way out of town. “I’m glad he’s my mayor, and I’m glad he’s going to be my mayor for another four years,” Obama told volunteers.

There is no getting around that fact that Obama’s travel to California was solely to raise money for the Democratic National Committee.

In a show of solidarity nationwide for fellow Democrats, Obama began his visit to Los Angeles with an appearance on ABC’s late night comedy program “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and followed that up later with a “roundtable discussion” fundraiser hosted at the Santa Monica home of ICM Partners cofounder Chris Silbermann and his wife Julia Franz.

Guests paid up to $33,400 per couple for attendance, donations that are being used to aid DNC political activities.

As noted by The Los Angeles Times: “In 2015 the DNC is focused on investing resources in opposition research and press, the voter file and analytics infrastructure, voter protection, and building our state networks.”

Obama’s March 12 fundraising trip to Los Angeles was his 32nd fundraiser in L.A. County since he became president.

To date, the known travel expenses of the Obamas and Vice President Joe Biden: $69,944,325.75! And counting. . . 

Tom Fitton is the president of Judicial Watch. He is a nationally recognized expert on government corruption. A former talk radio and television host and analyst, Tom is well known across the country as a national spokesperson for the conservative cause. He has been quoted in Time, Vanity Fair, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and most every other major newspaper in the country. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.


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When Obama went on a series of costly fundraising and entertainment trips this spring, the total bill paid by American taxpayers was close to $4.5 million dollars in travel expenses! We still do not know many of the other costs involved in these trips.
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