Vacationer-in-Chief: Obama Spends $1.75 Million to Visit Hawaiian Chums




by Ben Johnson

This Christmas season, as an increasing number of American children wrote letters to Santa Claus asking for necessities instead of toys, the American people can rejoice that at least one family has not floundered upon hard times. The Obamas spared the taxpayer no expense to live it up on a Hawaiian vacation during the seven days of Kwanzaa. The (UK) Daily Mail reported that on New Year’s Day alone, Obama required a 20-man, 10-vehicle motorcade through closed roadways so he could visit an old friend. The small fleet trailed the president from his rental property in Kailua to Bobby Titcomb’s beachfront home. This was perhaps the most overt and least egregious example of the first family’s self-indulgence at your expense.

The Hawaiian Reporter, which had the story before anyone, estimated the known expenditures of the trip alone cost at least $1,754,200 — not including unknown expenses. The paper breaks things down thus:

  • Mrs. Obama’s early flight to Hawaii: $63,000 (White House Dossier)
  • Obama’s round trip flight to Hawaii: $1 million (GAO estimates)
  • Housing in beachfront homes for Secret Service and Seals in Kailua ($1,200 a day for 14 days): $16,800
  • Costs for White House staff staying at Moana Hotel: $134,400 ($400 per day for 24 staff) – excluding meals and other room costs
  • Police overtime: $250,000 (2009 costs reported by Honolulu Police Department)
  • Ambulance: $10,000 (City Spokesperson)
  • TOTAL COST: $1,474,200

UNKNOWN COSTS

  • Rental of office building in Kailua on canal
  • Security upgrades and additional phone lines
  • Costs for car rentals and fuel for White House staff staying at Moana Hotel (Secret Service imports most of the cars used here to escort the president)
  • Surveillance before the president arrives
  • Travel costs for Secret Service and White House staff traveling ahead of the President

Editor’s note per a reader – add another $280,000: Hawaii Reporter was informed that we left out a major expense from this report.

Another unknown cost is how the president’s visit negatively impacted local businesses. The Daily Mail reported the Obamas’ visit shut down Dillingham Airfield. “Bill Star, one the operators of Original Glider Rides, lamented the lost business as it was the first day of excellent weather this week.” Obamanomics at work.

Ironically, as the president lounged at beachside, his sycophantic advisers presented him as a restless advocate for the people. Valerie Jarrett told Meet the Press last weekend Obama had to “spend almost every waking hour in Washington focusing very hard on solving that [economic] crisis” (which he also spent every waking hour creating). The Washington Examiner‘s Byron York reported that Obama had in fact spent nearly half his time in office outside the Beltway. Barack Obama had been president 712 (excruciating) days as of yesterday. York reported, “According to figures compiled by CBS News reporter Mark Knoller, who serves as a sort of unofficial White House record-keeper, Obama has spent 339 of those days — nearly 48 percent — outside Washington.” However, only 45 of those days passed without a public event or statement to keep Obama before television cameras.

None of this counts the first family’s penchant for self-indulgence at other times. One is forced to think of the first lady’s $75,000-a-day trip to Spain, followed by a 10-day family vacation to Martha’s Vineyard (with a 26-hour “vacation” to the Gulf Coast thrown in).

Merely being in Washington does not mean Obama is actually working. NBC Sports reports Barack Obama has played nearly twice as much golf in two years as President George W. Bush played in eight. Obama hit the links 56 or 57 times over the last two years, while Dubya played 32 rounds from 2001-2009. The sportscasters announced the president’s prodigious putting exceeds the number of rounds in which of many employees in the golf industry indulge. The Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman said, “That’s more than I’ve played in the last ten years combined!”

Thankfully, Obama is not a one-dimensional loafer. After an injury requiring a dozen stitches, Obama reassured a breathless country, “I will continue to be playing basketball whenever I get a chance.”

The media have not analyzed the president’s inattention to work, promiscuous expenditure of tax dollars on leisure, or exacting exercise regimen quite as it assessed his predecessor’s habits. In the previous administration, the press ridiculed President Bush’s “obsession with exercise that borders on the creepy,” deriding it as a lingering symptom of alcoholism. Incidentally, Barack Obama confessed marijuana and cocaine use in his 1995 autobiography Dreams from my Father. “Pot had helped, and booze,” he wrote; “maybe a little blow [cocaine] when you could afford it.”

Whatever the origin of the president’s generous sense of free time and habitual participation in sports, one thing is clear: he has no similar esteem for the hard-earned dollars of his taxpaying subjects.

America cannot afford to give Obama Fore! more years.



About Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson is the editor of several conservative websites. A seasoned journalist, he has broken a host of news stories of national importance and written sizzling editorials that started the nation talking. A former talk show host, he has been a guest on The Michael Savage Show, Nothing But Truth with Crane Durham, Crosstalk on VCY America, The G. Gordon Liddy Show, The Bob Dutko Show, and scores of local programs. The Managing Editor of FrontPage Magazine (2004-2010) and previously its Associate Editor (2003-2004), he is the author of three books. He maintains his own website, TheRightsWriter.com, which you can view here. You can contact him here.
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10 Responses to Vacationer-in-Chief: Obama Spends $1.75 Million to Visit Hawaiian Chums

  1. 05Magnum says:

    Obama & his family, have spared no expenses, when it comes to what ever they want to do, but in the mean time Obama tells the people of the USA, to tighten their belts, & put up with a little less. Amazing what an Illegal in the Presidents Office has been allowed to get away with, & so far our so called Reps in Congress, & our wonderful court system have done nothing about it. These people are the most corrupt people in the USA.

  2. GenEarly says:

    This is a First if the taxpayers paid for Obummer's house rental. Bush stayed at his own ranch,other presidents either went to their OWN homes or Camp David. Ah….. but the trapping of Royalty from Obummer to Pelosi jetting about with her family in tow. Not to worry your tax dollars aren't paying for it, it's all Borrowed Money from the FED Stash,and its never going to be repaid.Soon only foolish people will even bother to pay their bills,mortgages,etc. Collapse of the fiat "money" is on the horizon,there is NO recovery,CYA.

  3. freefalling56 says:

    LOL what did we expect from someone different! Obama could have made history but instead chose the greedy group to no where and still thinks he can get away with it.. NOTTTTTTTT!!! This is America and soon to find out what "We the People" will not tolerate!!

  4. freefalling56 says:

    I wonder if I can bill the WhiteHouse for my expenses and take some trips around the world??? You were not elected Mr. O to run up our debt to furnish your loved ones a peace of mind with OUR MONEY. I certainly hope when the time comes….YOUR or OUR money will not save you from the disgrace you have caused the American people!

  5. bjcoop says:

    ATTA BOY OBAMA, YOU SAID YOU WOULD SHOW AMERICA WHAT A "REAL PRESIDENT " WOULD DO TO CHANGE AMERICA. AND BY GOLLY SO FAR, WE HAVE TO GIVE YOU CREDIT, YOU ARE CHANGING IT SO MUCH, I HARDLY KNOW IT ANY MORE, AND BELIEVE ME I HAVE LIVED UNDER A BUNCH OF PRESIDENTS, STARTING WITH FDR. SO I HAVE SEEN ALL YOU COME AND GO, A LOT OF THE OTHERS, HAVE "PISSED AWAY" OUR RIGHTS, OUR FREEDOMS, AND I GOT TO TELL YOU BOY HOWDY, YOU RANK UP THERE WITH THE BEST OF THEM, PERSONALLY, I HAVE ABOUT ENJOYED ALL OF THESE GIVE AWAYS I CAN STAND. WHAT IS IT YOU DONT UNDERSTAND ABOUT PEOPLE GETTING OFF THEIR ASSES AND GETTING A JOB? STOP ALL THE GIMME, GIMME.

  6. Highsider says:

    “maybe a little blow [cocaine] when you could afford it.” ???

    I think he can afford it now and that explains a lot. If we can't get a tox screen on the tweaker in chief, I hope that at least someone will tote up all the taxpayers dollars he's spent on vacations since he's been in office and publish it widely!

  7. mpotzer says:

    What is taking so long to impeach this so-called president?? This latest vacation by Obama is the last straw.
    It makes Nixon's reason for impeachment look like a tea party. Obama has done so much damage to our country it will take a miracle to survive! The miracle of "impeachment" is what is needed. Wake up, everyone, we do not have to put up with this scoundrel any longer! Let us join forces and boost this person out pronto!!!

  8. CBSpin says:

    Corruption + Spending = Impeachment

  9. Edwardkoziol says:

    No drilling for oil in America what does he care we have to pay for this bum to take him and his family on vacation.He wants to be treated as King Obuma and we the public have to believe he is doing his best for us.I just wish he'd flap those big ears and fly away to Mexico and take those illegal aliens with him.

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