President Obama and his family arrived in Hawaii late Friday night for their annual vacation on the Pacific Islands. The first family emerged from Air Force One at 10:45 p.m. on a balmy, 70-degree night.
The president was greeted by Gov. David Ige (D-HI), Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Sen. Brian Schatz (R-HI), and Adm. Harry Harris, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The Obamas were then transported to the northwest side of Oahu, where they will remain for the two-week holiday getaway.
While the Obamas folic and rejuvenate on the Pacific island, many American taxpayers will only be growing wearier from picking up the tab for the first family’s extravagant vacation, including the annual Christmas visit to Hawaii, which can be costly.
OBAMA & FAMILY HEADED TO HAWAII 4 ANOTHER VACAY!
THINK HE CAN OUT SPENT THE 8 MILLION FRM LST XMAS?
✔STAY IN DC, 1 MONTH LEFT✔
— Jennifer cox (@jenncox24) December 7, 2016
Expenses for the Obama’s secret service protection during their 2013 Hawaiian excursion surpassed $316,000, while the entire bill to taxpayers for the trip exceeded $8 million.
Another $5 million was spent on 2015’s Hawaii trip, as discovered in records reviewed by Judicial Watch, via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Those records included the following expenses:
Hotel and lodging costs totaled $1,000,458.63
Air and rail expenses totaled $67,964.16
103 rental cars for the two-week vacation totaled $165,893.88
The Obamas’ stay at the Hale Reena Estate cost upwards of $10,000 a night
In addition, the Obamas dined out frequently at Hawaii’s finest restaurants, played multiple rounds of golf, and went hiking and snorkeling, accompanied everywhere by a security detail.
Judicial Watch reports that, to date (not including this month’s Hawaiian vacation), Obama family’s travel expenses alone have totaled at least $85,029,819.00.
It certainly has been eight, long years…
Before departure on Friday, Obama held his closing press conference of the year. In it, he defended the legacy of his presidency, naming accomplishments his Republican successor to the office has promised to reverse. Obama then touched on a variety of topics, to include Russian hacking and the 2016 election.
His final words before leaving the podium were “Mele Kalikimaka.”
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