Obama’s Hawaii Vacation Costing Taxpayers $4 Million


Because he’s worth it.

The biggest expense is President Barack Obama’s round trip flight to Hawaii via Air Force One.

A Congressional Research Service report released in May 2012 said the plane typically used by the President, a Boeing 747, costs $179,750 per hour to operate. The U.S. Air Force has listed the cost of travel as high as $181,757 per flight hour.

Travel time for Air Force One direct from Washington D.C. to Hawaii is about 9 hours or as high as $1,635,813 each way for a total of $3,271,622 for the round trip to Hawaii and back.

The cost for USAF C-17 cargo aircraft that transports the Presidential limos, helicopters and other support equipment to Hawaii has never been disclosed in the years the President has traveled to Hawaii. However, the flight time between Andrews Air Force Base and Hawaii is at about 21.5 hours roundtrip, with estimated operating cost of $12,000 per hour. (Source: GAO report, updated by C-17 crew member). The United States Marine Corps provides a presidential helicopter, along with pilots and support crews for the test flights, which travel on another C-17 flight. That is $258,000, not including costs for the 4 to 6 member crew’s per diem and hotel.

The rentals are fronted by the ocean and backed by a canal. So, the taxpayers must cover the costs for housing U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Coast Guard and Navy Seals in beach front and canal front homes around where the President stays.

Last year, that added up to about $200 per bedroom per day, or $21,600 per average home for a nearly three week period, with special forces renting at least 7 homes. Security arrives ahead of the President costing taxpayers about $176,400 for the length of the visit.

The President’s staff and White House Press Corps typically stay at one of Hawaii’s oldest and most elegant hotels, the Moana Surfrider. Besides its stunningly beautiful view of Waikiki, and its traditional Hawaiian architecture and decor, it is one of the most pricey hotels in the state and government rates are not available during the holiday season. Rooms  start at around $270 but can cost as much as $370 a night for an ocean view before Christmas, and climb much higher around the new year.

A conservative estimate with rooms at $270 (excluding a 9.25 percent Transient Accommodation Tax and a 4.712 percent General Excise Tax on each bill, meals, internet charges and other charges) means the taxpayers are covering more than $129,600 in hotel bills for some two dozen staff.

Local police are paid over time for the President’s visit, which has historically cost Oahu taxpayers $250,000.

The city ambulance the accompanies the President 24 hours a day through his entire visit is about $10,000 to city taxpayers.

There are several costs the White House annually refuses to release, citing security.

For example, the President’s security usually rents an entire floor of an office building in Kailua on the canal during the president’s stay.

There are security upgrades and additional phone lines to several private homes where Obama and friends are staying. That includes bullet proof glass installed, home security systems disabled, new security measures put into place and additional phone lines added.

There is the cost for car rentals and fuel for White House staff staying at a Waikiki Hotel. And there are additional travel costs Secret Service and White House staff traveling ahead of the President.

The total cost (based on what is known) for a 20-day round trip vacation to Hawaii for the President and his family and staff and security is more than $4 million.

Thank goodness our government isn’t run like one of those evil corporations where the CEO lives high on the hog while workers and customers get screwed and the company gets trashed.

  • David

    You forget that our fearless leader needs loads of recovery time for the hard job of ruining, i mean, running the lives of clueless folks like us. Also, notice that the fine print of liberal wealth redistribution seems to exclude all the elites.

  • carrie

    I know people who work 3 times as hard as Barry,
    Their job performance is 60% more efficient and effective than Obama's.
    And those are drug dealers.

  • Choi

    As so many who voted Democratic (in FALSE hope)AGAIN,are opening canned food for Christmas Dinner,IF THAT, a question is :Are they ENJOYING Obama's vacation vicariously?
    What inspiration he must be giving them.
    After all,vacationing in Hawaii is hard and difficult work,and somebody "has to do it",so who better than the "Vacationer in Chief",to keep Public Morale high as the Financial" Cliff" approaches?

  • Janice

    Has the "family" heard about Camp David? Or, there is a Military Hotel in Oahu that has got to be less expensive than the Surfrider. How many trips did the family make to Hawaii prior to Mr. Obama becoming President?

  • rick

    What a bunch of horse crap. I get sick and tired of these freeloaders spending our money for there vacation. They should pay for this out of there pocket.

    • BS77

      Rick…it's "their" vacation and "their" pocket………..

  • Steve Martin

    News release: To add to the holiday spirit, BO & MO send Glad Tidings to da Worker BEES of ‘Merica -
    FO allowing dem to confiscates yo $6. MILLION av yo worker bees’ dollars, tuz share YO the wealth..
    so day kin vax in Lugsurry on the Big EYE-Lund.

  • Carol Verny

    He is the President of the United States, and security accompanies him wherever he goes. That is customary for all U.S. Presidents. This president has taken fewer vacations than any immediate past president. Yes, we are responsible for providing security for the President, his family, and all officials that are needed to carry on state business. You may not like it, but what's the
    alternative – a sitting president with no security. That's absurd! It's hardly a vacation when the affairs of state accompany this – and all – presidents.

  • Guest

    Sure would be nice… I've never been to Hawaii, and probably won't be going for quite a long time seeing that I make under 30K/year.

    Actually, I haven't gone on a vacation since the recession hit in 2008. Mr. President, some people have had to make quite a few sacrifices in recent years, it's not like you would understand that. Can I have my $5400 that I paid in taxes this year back? Then I could take a pretty nice Hawaiian vacation, too.

    • Andrea Hammond

      Same here!! A vacation would be nice.

  • AnOrdinaryMan

    Whatever happened to the Harry Truman ethic? That goes something like, "I never wanted power, I never had any money, and my wife is waiting for me at home." Right after Eisenhower was sworn in, in January 1953, the Trumans drove back to Missouri, with no Secret Service escort. They encountered no trouble, and I can't imagine that any of Truman's vacations, while in office, cost more than a few thousand dollars.

  • BS77

    Just read Animal Farm….it's all there.

  • Bill Johnson

    Since first lady and kids are staying until Jan 6th, 2013, who is picking up the tab? Like another poster said, have the Obamas not heard of Camp David; if security is such a concern perhaps they should vacation at Fort Bragg.

    • Francesca

      I think Obama is going back to Hawaii, but this could be incorrrect. Does anyone know?

    • boater31

      Has anyone thought about the first lady's expences?? she has muliple assistants, and for what??
      Bill is right he should vacation in a base where he is safe. It is not just the "vacation's" he pops over to war zones to say HI to the troops or anyplace he want's to go for a visit !! flying all over the world IS a vacation when the comander and chief should be here in the white house working on our problems like a budget! He is the only president to never have signed one ?? why not ? At a cost of 4 million dollars a day when he is out of the white house on a "trip" of any kind he could do more for our budget than anyone else in the world by simply staying home.

  • Andrea Hammond

    President Obama,
    Shame on you! Get back to Washington and do the job you were elected to do!!
    Andrea in Indiana

  • http://www.surfgroms.com/ Natalie Nickel

    The backlash was started after it was made public. I think Obama will think twice in visiting Hawaii after this one. He did not even mingle with the locals or tried surfing. $4 Million wasted on his part.

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  • David Brady Sr.

    Priceless vacation for a worthless president, who continues to print money, we don’t have!

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