During the course of two terms in Barack Obama’s stint as president, he and his family racked up a few frequent flyer miles on their lavish vacations all over the world, at tremendous cost to American taxpayers.
When most golf enthusiasts play a few rounds, they go to the local golf club nearest to them, but Obama took advantage of his presidential privilege by using Air Force One as his own private taxi service to jet all over for many of his golfing excursions.
Now, the watchdog group Judicial Watch is suing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for failing to respond to a March 24, 2017, FOIA request for Secret Service records pertaining to Barack Obama’s post-presidency trips that he has taken on the public dime since leaving the White House.
From Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch announced that it obtained records from the Secret Service and the Air Force in response to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests that show Obama family travel cost taxpayers a grand total of $99,714,527.82.
The new Obama White House era travel records show:
- The March 2014 trip to Key Largo during Spring Break – where the First Family stayed at the exclusive Ocean Reef Club – cost the Secret Service $247,827.50: $182,120.33 for hotels and $65,707.17 in travel expenses. The total cost of that trip with previously released $885,683 in flight costs from the Air Force is $1,133,510.50.
- Other documents show that Michelle Obama’s February 2015 Aspen vacation cost the Secret Service a total of $64,807.41: $47,109.28 for hotels, $3,559.43 in rental cars and $14,138.70 in other travel expenses. The total cost of the trip with $57,068.80 in flight costs from previously released Air Force records is $121,876.21.
- Judicial Watch released documents from the Air Force concerning the 2016-2017 Obama family Christmas trip to Honolulu showing 17.9 hours flying at $142,380 per hour, bringing the total flight cost to $2,548,602.
That’s nearly $1 Billion, so far, and he’s still leeching off of Americans!
Judicial Watch also announced today that it has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for Secret Service records associated with President Obama’s movements, schedule, and activities since his departure from the White House. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security (No. 1:17-cv-00928))
The suit was filed after the Secret Service failed to respond to a March 24, 2017, FOIA request seeking:
- All records of former President Barack Obama’s movements, schedule, activities, and/or meeting for January 21, 2017 through March 21, 2017. Such records include, but are not limited to, U.S. Secret Service schedules and activity reports.
Although Obama is no longer in office, he continues to receive Secret Service protection at taxpayer expense. In January, the Obama family traveled to Palm Springs, CA. The former president also spent a few weeks in French Polynesia.
No other president in American history has continued to casually waste taxpayer money after leaving office the way he has. Obama is no longer president but he is still living like he is and, no doubt, will continue to do so until the money train stops running to his front door. There may not be much we can do about his expenses while president, but he needs to be held accountable for every last nickel of public funds he has squandered as a freeloading civilian.
Source: Judicial Watch