There’s nothing Michelle Obama has loved more about being first lady than spending millions of tax dollars on her own lavish vacations. Unfortunately for her, however, her free ride is about to be over.
Now, the total cost of the Obama family’s 2015 trip to Hawaii has been released, and the numbers are shocking. CNS News reported that the Obamas spent $4,823,206.88 on their 2015 vacation to Hawaii. This marked the eight straight year that the Obamas headed to Hawaii, where they have spent a whopping $85,029,819 in tax dollars on themselves.
This comes as the Obamas are in Hawaii for their final Christmas of Barack’s presidency. Their latest vacation is scheduled to end on January 3, at which time the family will have spent 17 days at the Kailua mansion they are renting.
The costs of the Obamas’ vacations goes far beyond just their family, as they must also pay for their large entourage of Secret Service agents and reporters to join them. Last year, they spent $245,993.12 on rooms near the Marine Corps base at Kaneohe Bay for the Secret Service. The Obama administration also purchased rooms at the Moana Surfrider resort on Waikiki Beach and the Ala Moana Hotel, which cost a total of $40,249.28 and $671,895.99, respectively.
Throughout their time in Hawaii, the Obamas have dined at some of the most expensive restaurants in the state. The president himself has spent most of his vacation playing golf with his friends at extravagant courses.
“The Secret Service and the Air Force are being abused by unnecessary travel,” Judicial Watch president, Tom Fitton, argued. “Unnecessary presidential travel for fundraising and luxury vacations on the taxpayers’ dime would be a good target for reform for the incoming Trump administration.”
This is why it’s so refreshing that President-Elect Donald Trump has said he won’t be taking any vacations during his time in office.
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