“I’ll be home for Christmas. You can plan on me. Please have snow and mistletoe. And presents on the tree.” The old song, written by Kim Gannon, Walter Kent, and Buck Ram, was made famous by Bing Crosby in 1943 amid the turmoil of WWII. The beloved Christmas favorite is surely a familiar favorite of the Obama family this time of year as the president and his family plan to return to the president’s home state for Christmas. Going home to Hawaii for Christmas has been an annual tradition for the Obama’s since before they moved into the White House.
It’s rumored that the Obama family will be staying in the old Magnum PI estate, recently purchased by The Obama Foundation chairperson Matt Nesbitt for a price of 8.7 million. Even if the they get to stay in the mansion, which is located on the East side of Oahu, for free, there’s still a massive cost for the Obama’s to travel home for the holidays.
While many Americans may be griping about the high cost of traveling during the Christmas holidays, their gripes are nothing in comparison to the costs the Obama’s will incur to be able to enjoy Christmas in Hawaii. Last year, the Obama Christmas in Hawaii trip cost the American taxpayer a reported 3.7 million in flight expenses alone. Housing and security costs were placed atop that figure.
This year should be no different and the annual tradition doesn’t come without criticism. Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch said, “The Obama’s travel is out of control. They are treating the Air Force One like an Uber ride. Our military deserves better. The Secret Service is stretched to the breaking point by President’s Obama’s abusive travel … And President Obama seems oblivious to the burden he is placing on Americans with his continuous vacations, getaways, and political junkets at taxpayer expense.”