President Barack Obama and his family have spent in excess of $44 million on travel expenses, according to a new report from the Daily Caller on Saturday. The report states that President Obama has spent more money on his leisure time – vacations and travel - while being the nation’s commander in chief than any other president in the history of the country. This story follows last week’s Quinnipiac Poll which names President Obama the worst president of the past 12 presidents over 69 years since World War II.
The total amount was calculated prior to this past weekend, the Fourth of July weekend. Obama is being referred to as the most well-traveled and expensive president the United States has ever seen. Supporters of the president who don’t accept such criticisms keep comparing to length of vacations to those of recent presidents such as George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Ronald Reagan. While, time-wise, those presidents give Obama a good run for his time, they don’t give him a run for his taxpayers’ money spent, according to Yahoo! News.
President Obama is vacationing a lot, according to the report. Specifically, of the $44, 351,777.12 worth of expenses on travel, most of it is said to have been charged to the American taxpayers. Naturally, the president is worth $10 million, so he can't logically be paying for even near a quarter of that travel expense. As of four months ago – March 2014 – the current president has spent more time traveling internationally than any other president in history. He took 31 trips since assuming office in 2009. A total of 119 days overseas has cost American taxpayers millions upon millions of dollars. Comparatively, George W. Bush spent 116 days on 28 trips, Clinton spent 113 days on 27 trips, and Reagan spent 73 days on only 14 trips overseas.
The increased travel of our presidents – when critics assert that they are needed here at home more than elsewhere during their presidencies – is unexplained. Obama knows it is a point of contention for many Americans, yet he continues to travel overseas and vacation domestically. Obama has blown aboard Air Force One an incredible 172 times in 2010. This equates to almost every other day. Cost-wise, that is very expensive. The cost of the president flying on Air Force One to Obama’s home in Chicago costs approximately $180,000 per hour.
This report follow criticisms in the recent past of Obama’s dog even traveling on a separate plane to an Obama vacation location. Obama’s vacation travel with dogs and the family is in addition to his international travel. The vacations include travel to private clubs in Key Largo, his homeland of Hawaii, and presidential vacation along the exclusive beaches of New England.