‘Obamas are abusing perks of public office,’ WH in cover-up mode, says Fitton

In the wake of President Obama’s 23rd vacation, Judicial Watch estimated the first family has milked the public trough for more than $18 million in hotel and resort expenses, security costs, car rentals and airfare. And the “most transparent administration in history” has been anything but cooperative, the Washington Examiner reported last week.

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The Washington, D.C.-based watchdog group has been forced to file a stream of Freedom of Information Act requests because of White House stonewalling.

“The Obama administration has simply stopped voluntarily producing information about the costs of travel,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton told Secrets, according to the Examiner. “It is radio silence. They are in cover-up mode.”

On Jan. 13, Fitton’s group sued the Secret Service and the Department of Defense for details on how much taxpayer money was spent in 2013 on seven lavish Obama trips to global destinations, including Spain, Ireland and Africa.

Secret Service FOIA responses proved anemic, stymieing Judicial Watch’s efforts to fulfill its stated mission to “ensure that political officials do not abuse power entrusted to them by the American people.”

“The Obamas are abusing the perks of public office,” Fitton said. “Taxpayers shouldn’t be footing the bill for their luxury travel.”

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Richard Berkow

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354 thoughts on “‘Obamas are abusing perks of public office,’ WH in cover-up mode, says Fitton

  1. tullmargaret says:

    he has been abusing that office since before he got in to the office

  2. Defiant says:

    “The Obama administration has simply stopped voluntarily producing information about the costs of travel…”
    LOL! Why should travel-cost information be any different!?

  3. Rick Carufel says:

    How about all those tax-payer financed trips for congress to go to Israel to be subverted by the Zionist government? Maybe we should start with the trips that are not in the interest of the United States.

  4. The Ronster says:

    Anytime anything is or will be brought up about this in the future (i.e. abusing perks), he (the prez) will take out his platinum and diamond encrusted “race-card” and have the MSM charge it up to the max…

  5. jerrynAtl says:

    If you do or say ANYTHING you HAVE to be raceist!

  6. Thomas Nelson Hicks says:

    It’s a Hell of a lot more than 16 million, It’s well over 160 million without streatching it ! Period !

  7. abinico says:

    Not nearly as bad as murder like Hillary is guilty of.

  8. Defiant says:

    “In the wake of President Obama’s 23rd vacation…the first family has milked the public…for more than $18 million in hotel and resort expenses, security costs, car rentals and airfare.”
    Wow! It only took you until his FIFTH year in the Oval Office to stumble onto this travesty? COME ON! And STILL…nothing gets done about it…

    1. Stan H says:

      Number of vacation trips taken by Obama at 51/2 years into his
      presidency – 14. Number of vacation trips taken by Bush at 51/2 years
      into his presidency 57 !!! http://www.vosizneias.com/138381/2013/08/11/2259-washington-by-the-numbers-obamas-and-bushs-presidential-vacations/

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