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Sure He Has To Travel, But Should Obama’s Flights Cost This Much?

Posted on March 27, 2014

President Barack Obama has spent more time traveling abroad than other U.S. president in history at this point in their presidencies, according to a forthcoming study from the National Taxpayer Union Foundation (NTUF) provided exclusively to Breitbart News ahead of its public release.

“The most internationally well-traveled President, through five years, is also flying the most expensive-to-operate Air Force One to date,” NTUF wrote.

After five years in the White House, Obama has taken 31 trips for a total of 119 days abroad. At that point in George W. Bush’s presidency, Bush had taken 28 trips for 116 days, while Bill Clinton had taken 27 trips for 113 days. Ronald Reagan, after five years, had taken 14 trips for 73 days while Richard Nixon had taken 12 trips for 60 days after five years in the White House and Lyndon Johnson took 10 trips for 34 days at the half-decade mark. Dwight Eisenhower took 8 trips for 31 days after five years in the White House.

Citing a recent report in the Washington Examiner that found through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that taxpayers are on the hook for about $228,288 per Air Force One flight hour in 2013, a 27 percent increase from the previously confirmed cost of $179,750 per fight hour that NTUF used in its last study, the taxpayer watchdog concludes that Obama’s flights have cost taxpayers more than any other president.

“Taken on its own, the $48,535 jump may not sound all that significant,” NTUF added about the cost increase for Air Force One. “However, when trips are many thousands of miles and span several time zones and continents, the difference can quickly add up.”

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7 thoughts on “Sure He Has To Travel, But Should Obama’s Flights Cost This Much?

  1. Yes, reasonable trips are necessary to meet with other countries leaders. However, there needs to be some restrictions on such unnecessary trips as; world tour after first election to apologize to world leaders, traveling around the country to campaign for his fellow democrats and his policies, separate travel for his family and pets while vacationing, date night in NYC, and other extrainous travels of the first family. It is not just the cost of Air Force One, but of the helicopter, the bus, the SUV's and Limos, the inclusion of unnecessary staff and other free spending that adds up. The first family are enjoying many abuses with their travel and parties, all at the expense of the tax payer. The President makes enough money and should be able to pay the cost of family member that travel, birthday parties, and extranious parties out of his own pocket.

  2. Truer words were never spoken

  3. I think that is one of his goals to spend as much of our money as he can to put us in more debt.

  4. Ben Dover says:

    Every required trip of National Importance should be at the approval of Congress and ratified by the Senate. Any extras he could pay for himself. Golfing by Marine Corps helicopter is one such perk that needs grounding. Family vacations should be at personal expense.

  5. They think they are entitled!!!! They are so pathetic, including moochelle's mother. Why do we pay for her?????????????

  6. John Hand says:

    Anyone taking bets on where Obama will fly to on his last day in office? Will it be Chicago? So far I have heard no word on where he plans to set up his 'presidential library.' Me, I think he plans to stay on at the White House and Hillary's campaigning is just a subterfuge.

  7. He and his family and descendants should be required to pay it ALL back because it has done NOTHING to help the nation .