Judicial Watch has totaled up the first family's travel expense for 2013 and it is nothing short of decadent. It obtained the flight expense from the Air Force by a FOIA lawsuit which it filed after much stonewalling on the part of the Air Force. Note these numbers only include travel expense and do not include other expense such as security and hotel accommodations for staff.
The outbound flight to Honolulu for the Obama 2012 – 2013 Christmas vacation cost taxpayers $2, 214, 393.60. The return flight to Washington was $1,871,961.60. The total price for flight expenditures alone came to $4,086, 355.20.To put the $7,396,531 total into perspective, it is enough to pay the average EBT per person benefit for 4600 recipients for 1 year.
The outbound flight to California in August, 2013 for Obama to dine with high-dollar fundraiser Jeffrey Katzenberg and appear on the “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” cost taxpayers $1,209,926.40.The return flight to Washington was $935,980.80. The total price for flight expenditures alone came to $2,145,907.20.
The outbound flight to Martha’s Vineyard for the Obama family August vacation cost taxpayers $890,323.20. The return flight to Washington was $273,945.60. The total price for flight expenditures alone came to $1,164,268.80.