Obama Family Spends More Than The Queen On Travel

“Without precedent” is how one member of Congress described it.

Another member announced it was “nearly unbelievable.”

No, they weren’t talking about the latest Obama girls’ outing to China. They were talking of the more than $1 billion spent on travel every year by Obama and his family.

Or, as Britain’s Daily Mail reported, Obama is spending 20 times what the entire royal family spends for travel. That sort of luxury and excess would make the sovereigns of any European nation wince.

The latest trip to China includes all the must-see sights, such as the historic city of Xi’an, the southern district of Chengdu, and the home of China’s beloved panda bears. American taxpayers should be in open revolt, as they’re footing the bill for this opulence and grandeur.

Adding insult to injury is the simple fact that Michelle Obama won’t answer a single question about the entire trip. And still we’re paying the freight….

Living Large in Spite of the Times

When the Obamas travel, they never seek to lower the bill. They stay at the finest private homes, rented for top dollar, or they check into the most luxurious resorts.

Figures and details are often hard to obtain, but the Washington Post estimated that the Obama’s June 2013 sojourn to Africa cost taxpayers $60 million to $100 million. The legendary size of the entourage forced the government to pay for 4,000 “room-nights” for the single stop in Johannesburg, South Africa. They also rented a mind-boggling $2-million worth of cars – that must have been nearly every auto in town!

Back home, Obama keeps a 747 at his disposal, ready to take off at a moment’s notice. He’s used the plane so frequently that the White House had to expand the number of pilots available since Obama was elected. As Andrew Malcom reported in the L.A. Times, “At an Air Force-estimated cost of $181,757 per flight hour (not to mention the additional travel costs of Marine One, Secret Service, logistics and local police overtime), that’s a lot of frequent flier dollars going into the president’s carbon footprint.”

The perks of the office don’t end with a plane, either. Not only does the White House have a theater; they have a projectionist available on standby 24 hours a day. Chefs, gardeners, and personal trainers are available for any family member at a moment’s notice.

Bored with the movies? How about a party? The Obamas have thrown the most ostentatious parties in White House history, including Michelle Obama’s infamous 50th birthday party. Beyoncé headlined the party, but it included musicians like John Legend, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Jennifer Hudson, James Taylor, Gladys Knight, and Mary J. Blige. Celebrities lined up to attend, including Magic Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson, Rachel Ray, Billie Jean King, and Al Roker.

Meanwhile, our defense budget and foreign policy are in shambles. Our economy has sputtered and sank while Obama has been in office. Deficits are out of sight. Obamacare is on the ropes. Yet our First Family parties and lives large, passing the cost off to hard-working Americans.

It’s no wonder that Obama’s popularity is in the toilet.

 

This commentary appeared at CapitolHillDaily.com and is reprinted here with permission. 

Photo credit: A Richie (Flickr)

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Comments

  1. Peaver Bogart says:

    He's living large on our dime. He knows it's gonna be over soon. Or at least everyone hopes so.

    • Edwardkoziol says:

      What hurts he's been doing this for 5 years and not 1 stinking republican or the press is calling this a crime. This money could be spent on road construction or deporting illegals back to Mexico.

  2. MuslimLuvChrist says:

    $1 billion a year, and the lyon king doesn't think that is enough. Meanwhile millions of Americans don't have jobs. Shame on the king, death to the king.

  3. Edwardkoziol says:

    Isn't it a shame that the Obuttholes have no regards for the American people and how we have to be told to tighten your belts but the monkey family can go on vacations for a billion dollars a year.He will screw the military but won't keep Grape Ape from wasting money to keep the niglets happy and granny along with 70 others.

  4. Linda From NY says:

    This is so sickening while millions of Americans are jobless these lowlifes in the White House act as if the we owe them. I blame it more on the morons who re-elected this Fool for when we had a chance to be rid of him. Obozo does NOT care about our Country with his foolish spending while our Military has been cut down to size and leaving us vulnerable for attacks.

    Coming November 2014 Harry Reid and Nancy Pelsoi the Dingbat along with every other Rat must be voted OUT if we want to take back our Country.

  5. nexgenesis says:

    WHY WOULD ANY ONE BE SURPRISED AT THE WAY THE OBAMA'S WASTE TAXPAYERS MONEY? THE TRIP THAT MICHELLE TOOK TO CHINA SERVED NO PURPOSE AT ALL EXCEPT TO WASTE MILLIONS MORE OF TAXPAYER $$$$.

  6. opinioner60 says:

    Pot damages the brain———–we have a president with no heart, no brain and no legal birth certificate. We also have a congress who need to have term limits for this is where the true problems lie. When are we going to wake up and follow our good people in Nevada and take a stand????? Anarchy isn't such a bad idea against a government that is so far out of control we are becoming prisoners in our own land. Wake up and stand up America—–we're running out of time!

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