Obamas set new record for vacation travel expenses; stonewalled documents finally released

It took filing a lawsuit, but Judicial Watch discovered Friday that President Obama has set a new record for travel on the taxpayer dime.

The conservative watchdog group obtained travel records from the U.S. Department of the Air Force that show the Obamas racked up $7.4 million during just three trips in 2013 – in flight expenses only.

The records, revealed Friday, include the Obama family’s Christmas vacation in Hawaii from Dec. 21, 2012, to Jan. 5, 2013. During that stay, the president took a short break and flew back to Washington to work on a budget deal, then returned for the rest of his vacation.

Obama vacation Marthas Vineyard

Photo credit: Cape Cod Times/Steve Heaslip

The second trip was in early August, 2013, when Obama flew to California for a private fundraiser with DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, then appeared with Jay Leno on the “Tonight Show.” Later that month, the Obama family vacationed in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit in August 2013, after repeated stonewalling by the White House. The group reported:

*    The outbound flight to Honolulu for the Obamas’ 2012-13 Christmas vacation cost taxpayers $2, 214, 393.60. The return flight to Washington cost $1,871,961.60. Flight expenditures alone came to $4,086,355.20.

*    The outbound flight to California in August, 2013 for Obama to dine with Katzenberg and appear on the “The Tonight Show” cost taxpayers $1,209,926.40. The return flight to Washington cost $935,980.80. Flight expenditures alone came to $2,145,907.20.

*    The outbound flight to Martha’s Vineyard for the Obama family’s August vacation cost taxpayers $890,323.20. The return flight to Washington cost $273,945.60. Flight expenditures alone came to $1,164,268.80.

*   The grand total of $7,396,531.20, Judicial Watch pointed out, only accounted for flight expenses for the three trips.

“The fact is, the Obamas are abusing the public trust and the taxpayers with unnecessary luxurious vacations and travel,” Judicial Watch said in its report. “These staggering costs show why these documents were covered-up and we had to sue in federal court to get them.  Another transparency fail for the Obama gang, but thanks to our federal lawsuit it is another accountability win for the American taxpayer.”

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  • Jerry

    Just think of how many poor people could have been fed with the unnecessary lavishness the Obamas have spent money on?

    • RedDog

      “Comrades!’ he cried. ‘You do not imagine, I hope, that we pigs are doing this in a spirit of selfishness and privilege? Many of us actually dislike milk and apples. I dislike them myself. Our sole object in taking these things is to preserve our health. Milk and apples (this has been proved by Science, comrades) contain substances absolutely necessary to the well-being of a pig. We pigs are brainworkers. The whole management and organisation of this farm depend on us. Day and night we are watching over your welfare. It is for your sake that we drink the milk and eat those apples.”
      ― George Orwell, Animal Farm

      • Gnowark

        very apt. How many will thank him for his ‘sacrifices’? Not I.

        • RedDog

          But G., why such hatred and narrow mindedness? It was plainly stated the need for pigs to consume milk and apples is settled science.

          • curmudgeon

            ROTFLMAO! Thanks.

        • cuzinlukey

          A leader doesn’t necessarily have to sacrifice. He must, however prove leadership beyond compare

          • Notbuyingit3337

            I think we can all agree, there is no comparison.

      • curmudgeon

        Just finished rereading it fifty years after the first time. Orwell and rand sure saw what life under the want to be dictator. Also just reread “Atlas Shrugged” and am currently revisiting “1984″ and am amazed by how close they came to forecasting what is becoming reality today.

        • RedDog

          It certainly is amazing what one can find in dusty old book.

          R.D.

        • 7loubro_4

          Science fiction has often become science fact and Jules Verne, George Orwell were way out front of many events that actually are now facts. I have read lots of science fiction that I really need to read again, just to compare that with the NOW.

        • Bruce Lombardo

          Brave New World

          • rxantos

            That’s the next step.

      • Jacqueline Gilmore Estrella

        OMG…Red Dog, from the word “Comrade” I knew it was going to be Animal Farm. One of my favorite books of all time. And it’s so appropriate!

        • cleopard

          Animal Farm used to be required reading in Jr. High School in my days…now its probably banned from the schools, you know the Liberals don’t want kids to read and compare

      • cuzinlukey

        Gotta say it again! our president shall go down in history as one of ( if not the) greatest leaders of the entire world. He will lead the world into the NWO expertly. The world shall give him the respect he so desparatly deserves.

        • Wayne Willard

          cuzinlukey, you need to lay off the crack, its making you stupid

    • Richard F

      Do you post as a guest too..wow. Great trick. That could feed 2 people alone.

      • Jerry

        I posted it the first time and it didn’t post so I posted it again. When it was up 2 times I tried to delete one of them. Later it popped up that way. I don’t know why. I do not post under any other name.

        • Eric G

          A back and forth w/ Jerry is a complete waste of time. As you can see, he completely avoided the context of your initial post and instead attempted to take a cheap shot (at a feeble one at that). Personally, I enjoy seeing Jerry’s posts, as they add some levity to the discussion.
          Regarding your first post, don’t worry. There will be another round of food stamp increases before BHO leaves office. I’m sure they had plenty of apples and milk on AF1 to feed the elites.

          • Jerry

            I think you mean Richard F. Either way though.

          • Eric G

            I stand corrected, thanks. Richard F., EliseR, Ole Man, seazen; all the same stuff.

          • Richard F

            Eric is the dying breed of Repubes. All the Archie Bunkers are dying off. LOL

          • Jerry

            We will see who’s dying off in November.

          • wa2pu

            Yup I remember in January 2009 how the libtards were all chanting that the Republican Party was dead…then the libtards got their asses handed to them in the 2010 midterms. Now the socialist sword swallowers are starting that b.s. again because after the fiascos such as ObamaCAIR, the failed Stimulus, Obamacations, Obama Muzztardary, Obamaeconomy recovery, F&F, Benghazi, IRS, Gun Control, Attacks on religious freedom, Common Core…just every American is going to back of the Democraps. /sarcasm It’s well past time to put that piece of garbage bad idea known as liberalism out of its misery.

            Why do you think they attack the Tea Party? For over 160 years the libtards have struggled to build their disgusting movement, in less than five years the Tea Party has surpassed them. Libtardry cannot stand “progress”, seeing as all they have done is regressed.

          • Richard F

            Your double personality of “Guest” or NoCrud :)

          • Jerry

            Prove it anus. Is that all you can come up with. You must make stuff up you flake because you cannot dispute the facts.
            We will see who’s dying off in November you immature flake. Why can’t you comment on that you loser with the record number of down votes. Furthermore you jerk the second comment has been pulled down. I already explained how that happened. Prove I did that intentionally you anus or shut your loser face.

          • Richard F

            Name calling? Shows that you hate when you get called out.

          • Jerry

            You are the one who makes up accusations and won’t address my topic.
            How can you even show yourself on this site. Did you notice I had over 200 up votes on that comment you cried about.
            Do you know that I got more than half the votes on this one article than you have ever gotten. Are you a fool or are you insane?

          • Brenda

            I can’t wait for November Jerry. I can’t wait until this lame-duck president is even lamer so he can do no more harm! He’s a disaster!

          • Jerry

            I think he is demonic.

          • Theresa Lorenc

            Better look again!

    • evalderramaster

      It isn’t the cost of Nero’s lavishness that mattered; it was the BURNING OF ROME!
      What do a few million dollars matter when the whole country is going down the drain?
      Our directors are masters at keeping us ‘entertained’ and ‘diverted’ while they empty our pockets and enslave us. I see a theater full of people watching the show in chairs with armrests. The cuffs grasp their wrists and ankles while they blithely continue to watch the puppet show.

      • Ken Averitt

        This is the cover story so we won’t notice the USA burn-down

    • manikajo

      Let them eat cake.

      • Jeff

        Yep, Louie the 16th & Marie Antonette, and when asked about what the starving people should eat, she said “Let them eat cake”!!!

        • ImNoDhimmi

          Actually, Marie Antoinette was a young and naïve girl, whom history has treated most unfairly. And she never, ever said, “Let them eat cake”.

          • pat ange

            Obama is a middle aged man, who acts like a stupid spoiled brat bully. He can’t use being young and naive as an excuse.

          • ImNoDhimmi

            I was defending Marie, not Barry. He, and his actions, are indefensible.

          • Marilyn Z

            He has done a damned good job of bringing this country to its knees. Exactly, what he and Mrs. BO set out to do.

          • Marilyn Z

            She actually said…LET THEM EAT BREAD and, supposedly, she was not trying to be mean, but in her sheltered life, eating bread just made sense.

          • Eric G

            Bread was the staple of the diet that French in the 18th century subsisted on. There is so much more to the French revolution of 1789 than the food issue. Thanks for your accurate historical reference (not being factious).

          • ImNoDhimmi

            Actually, she never said “let them eat bread” either. The truth is out there!
            http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2011/12/marie-antoinette-never-said-let-them-eat-cake/

          • Jack Riley

            THEY ATE THE BREAD AND DID NOT GET SICK=IT WAS MOLDY. OFFSHOOT OF PENICILLIN

          • Thomas Ratcliff

            she still lost her head so naive is no excuse ,plus the two would be rulers can not use it as an excuse

          • ImNoDhimmi

            Marie didn’t deserve her cruel fate. Me-chelle and Barry deserve worse.

          • Thomas Ratcliff

            that could be cool they could put it on TV as a pay per view ,i would pay 50 buck’s to watch them go down

          • Eric G

            Thanks for getting the historical record straight (and I’m not being factious).

          • Jeff

            Maybe, it was bread but you’re an idiot for defending her! Now go defend Michelle!

          • rxantos

            How do you know?
            Do you have an account of everything she said since the first word she pronounced?

          • ImNoDhimmi

            Actually, I read history, something you apparently do not. Google is your friend, why not do some research of your own?

          • Ennis Dobbins Karns

            Similar to Palin being misquoted about seeing Russia from her house. That was Fey in a spoof on SNL.

      • LittleRoot_48

        Let THEM go back to Cheecargo!

        • annette

          no…….Kenya.

          • Thomas Ratcliff

            how about any where but this Country

          • annette

            That’s right.

      • Thomas Ratcliff

        yeah but you know how that little deal ended ,wounder if they do

    • Ole Man

      That is without a doubt the most hypocritical statement ever posted on these blogs.

      • Jerry

        That comment nails you libtarded, libturded, hypocrites. I see how upset you all get by it. Notice the 63 up votes I received so far. You have 0 up votes so far you insane union flake. You have no voice here.
        The tables are turning on you and yoBama.

        • Ole Man

          Whoop-ti-do. Guess you’re all the rage of the tea baggers on this page.
          ROFL.
          You’re still a freakin’ hypocrite.
          How many people could have been fed with the subsidies to big oil sponsored by the GOP?
          How many people could have been fed by the trillion(s) spent on the unnecessary Iraqi war?
          The list goes on and on?

          • Pamela K. Cahoon Laub

            You mean the war the DEMOCRATS fully supported? The one where more military have died since BHO took office than the entire time GWB was in office? The war BHO has undercut what the military are allowed to making them sitting ducks?

          • Ole Man

            Sorry Pam, I don’t debate people who are brainwashed.

          • Marilyn Z

            YOU, old man, are the brainwashed one. How can you overlook all this man has done to us as the muslim he is? How can you? You cannot be a patriot and defend him.

          • Eric G

            Ole Man will never admit or acknowledge any factual statistics unless they work to his advantage. His initial defense of BHO went to the classic liberal mantra-BHO isn’t as bad as Bush. Well, that sure cleared things up.
            Thank you, Ole Man, for enlightening us as to why anything our current president does cannot fall into a negative light or detrimental impact on this country, because in your single-minded argument, Bush was worse.

          • Iron Tub

            Obviously that means you cant debate yourself

          • curmudgeon

            Actually you don’t debate you try and lecture like your “Lord and Savior”, Obozo. You also need to find a cure for your sub room temperature IQ before trying to lecture your intellectual betters.

          • Jacqueline Gilmore Estrella

            Nothing is as pitiful as an unpaid troll. You haven’t debated squat. Don’t even bother to respond to this post Ole man. You have ceased to exist for me. Be gone fool. ;-D

          • curmudgeon

            Shhh! The liberal lap-dog media is trying to sweep that under the rug with the not a smidgen IRS scandal, the murders in Benghazi, Solyndra and the other scams by Bam’s cronies in the green energy business and the rest of the garbage these liberals are continually foisting on the masses.

          • LittleRoot_48

            Those big oil companies provide a lot of jobs for the people. The Dems voted in favor of the Iraq War. What have the lavish vacations done for the people of this country?

          • RV Mike

            you mean like the $50million GWB spent on vacations. He went to Afrika 7 times..

          • Richard McGrath

            Look a Bush comment. Is that all you liberals have besides the race card?

            Bush went on vacation, Obama went on vacation, is that the change you voted for? Because that’s the change you got

          • Jack Riley

            BUSH IS GONE MIKEY!

          • RV Mike

            Thank goodness, Jack, but the hypocrisy remains…

          • lovinspoonful

            Tell thedemocratic congress of 2006-2008 that. Iraq was their war. The Afghanistan War is also the democrat’s war and Obama’s.

          • Ole Man

            You are totally mindless. Repeating lies over and over doesn’t make them true.

          • curmudgeon

            Then why do you RAT followers waste so much time with the practice. Must work or even a democRAT strategist would try something new.

          • rxantos

            You are right, no mater how many times Obama tells a lie, it doesn’t make it truth.

          • Michael

            Oh yea ole man, and just how many could be fed with the billions that odumbo spent on the failed green energy companies he backed?

          • Jerry

            Terrific comeback. At least when they spend money on wars Americans get jobs and money comes back and taxes get paid. That green money is in other countries now.

          • RV Mike

            So the lives of Vets don’t mean anything to you???

          • Jerry

            Figures you liberals would convolute my comment into something I didn’t say.

          • Ole Man

            A drop in the bucket compared to the other give-aways.

          • frank96740

            Do you ever do any research or do you just mouth off because you have your head up obamas butt?

          • Ole Man

            Do you ever think or do you just mouth insults?

          • frank96740

            Ole Man, I pay ATTENTION to what is happening to America. The destruction this Race baiting President and his gang of thugs have been causing – YOU might want to wake up!!

          • Marilyn Z

            You must understand, he is a paid troll and is giving over his country for a few dollars. Everyone has their price, I suppose, and ole man came cheap.

          • frank96740

            I forgot they pay people to be butt kissers! Thanx – aloha

          • curmudgeon

            They just keep parroting the DNC playbook.

          • Iron Tub

            We all know the DNC playbook doesnt cover common sense and logic

          • frank96740

            That IS all they seem to know how to do. Never thinking for themselves….

          • Jerry

            I see you have 3 up votes now to my 117. By the way democrats also voted for the Iraqi war.

          • curmudgeon

            The idiot from Kalifornia, Barb Lee Dummy-Ca was the only one who voted against it.

          • curmudgeon

            And you are undoubtedly a mental retard. Much rather be a hypocrite than a retard like you and besides hypocrisy is the normal state for those of the liberal persuasion like yourself.

        • pat ange

          Best way to deal with something like Ole Man is to ignore him; maybe he will leave and go “flyfishing” with Obammy.

      • LittleRoot_48

        What’s hypocritical about it? It’s the absolute truth.

        • Ole Man

          Hypocritical to call out the Obamas when you support politicians lavishing far more money on their “business supporters.”

          • curmudgeon

            Your beloved democRAT politicians are every bit as bad with their special interest groups like the Goldman Sachs crowd, Fannie and Freddie and don’t forget the elite leadership of the labor unions.

    • Myrtle Linder

      Oboma is a dirty word!! Still they keep using it!!! I dirty’s the air as it passes through.

    • lovinspoonful

      Look how many could have gone off food stamps and welfare?

      • Jerry

        Are they monitoring all your comments? There seems to be a new group of liberals on this site and I suspect they are flagging all our comments. Several of mine have been deleted lately and they even deleted some of Alondras biblical quotes.

    • Mary Fetch

      How many could have been given health care instead of having it destroyed for all of us.

      • francesca9

        I imagine all of them!

    • nativeamerican

      Feeding the poor and their vacations comes out of taxpayer pockets not the 1% Obama’s pocket. So we are getting screwed twice as much. They go on vacation, we stay work because we can’t afford one.

      • Jerry

        And the people on welfare are off work drinking and fishing while we are working.

    • bobby

      Think of how many poor people could have been fed with the 7 trillion Bush spent on wars that were not necessary.

    • Richard McGrath

      The Obama’s and Democrats don’t care about the poor, it’s the left who tries to say it’s the Republicans who don’t care.

      • Jerry

        Everything the demonrats accuse the republicans of is what they are and do.

  • Jerry

    Just think how many poor people could have been fed with the unnecessary lavishness the Obamas have spent money on?

  • homer1057

    YEAH: this man has this nations best interest at heart, and Roosters where high heels too! That’s a stinking TRAVESTY! I NEVER VOTED FOR THIS man and I sure didn’t tell anyone that this man deserves to vacation on our tax money! Does he pay for any of “hIS” vacation???

    • pat ange

      The only vacation he has earned; maybe 2 nights at a local ‘no tell motel’ and a couple of happy meals from micky-ds, and thats pushing it’

    • francesca9

      none that I have ever heard of, he takes his daughters and puts them down as senior advisors so he won’t have to pay for it himself. presidents are supposed to pay certain personal expenses!

  • art

    screw you shut-up and pay your taxes

  • pevans1

    “The Obama’s gonna party like it’s nineteen ninety nine!”
    Dah daaaaa dah da dah… Dah daaaaa dah da dah…
    (EVERYBODY SING….)

    • Peter Stillasavage Billiot III

      He’s gonna party even MORE when he takes welfare and food stamps from people !!!

      • Richard F

        That’s right and raises the min wage.

        • Iron Tub

          raising the min. wage is very destructive as well. sure it will help people that already have a job , but it will cut potential jobs and increase the price of product and services

          • mogul264

            As do TAXES! And ALL taxes, including CORPORATE taxes, will be paid by the final, or end user. And, guess just WHO is the final, or end user?

            Dear taxpayer, it is YOU! In the final tab, YOU pay ALL the taxes. Corporations, companies, and shops INCLUDE any taxes into the cost of their product/service, which YOU then pay!

            So, think of this when the Democrats want to RAISE CORPORATE TAXES! You will be paying them, sport!

          • LittleRoot_48

            They tax us to death and then when we’re dead, they tax us again!

          • Iron Tub

            alot of libs even get to vote again after they are dead ! :)

          • pat ange

            If obama & the demoncrats indorse it …… IT IS Destructive to Ameria .

          • Allen Wood

            It will also hurt many of the prople who already have a job – who will lose their jobs or have their hours cut back.

      • pat ange

        It will be interesting to see the reactions of the sheep he has used, when he leads them to slaughter. Too late.fools. He gives some now so he can take ALL later.

    • philips66

      Picture the FLOTUS doing the miley twerk while y’all sing…

      • LittleRoot_48

        Thanks for ruining my dinner!

    • pat ange

      Your picture has an amazing resemblance to moochell. Any relation?

  • Russell Smith

    These people f#cking stink out loud! They are going to have to fumigate the White House when they finally pry his hands off the door knob!

    • tedlv

      Yeah, reefer smoke hangs on a while.

      • 68gto

        Bill Clinton will be glad to get back. Leave the smoke.

        • Richard F

          Leave some coke for GWB.

          • mac12sam12

            That’s barry’s bag, as he said, ”when he could afford it.”

          • falling321

            And I imagine we are paying for coke and pot by the truckload for this man now! Have you seen those glazed over eyes of his!?

          • pat ange

            not if you get there 1st. How much did you sniff on the way to vote in 2008 & 2012 Demo-lib

          • lovinspoonful

            Why do you need it Richard F?

          • Richard F

            No but 68 says so.. :)

    • Doug

      My sources say they’re sure to be gone in January of 2017.

      • Doug

        Oh wait I forgot. The GOP will impeach him long before that.

        • Eric

          The Obama’s could cover you with their feces 10 feet deep and you would beg for more.

        • Gnowark

          or the next day, or tomorrow, SOON!

        • Peter Stillasavage Billiot III

          Not going to happen,,,the roles of oppression has changed,
          Negro’s are in charge…At least it wasn’t My people who Let them out of their cage… J.S.

        • Deana Cavender

          The GOP’s will NOT impeach him! He’s lasted this long and I imagine he will try his best to change the law so he can run unlimited times and my gut feeling says if he would run again that he would win. I voted for him first term because I honestly felt there was no other choice. BIG MISTAKE on my part. I also felt he would have been assassinated way before his first term ended. He is the devil. I don’t care about the color of his skin, but people we have to do a better job of researching backgrounds before we allow another traitor in office! This is beyond stupidity on the American citizens part. With that amount of money he could have purchased cars for people in need, housed many homeless and fed our own children in need. Now it’s all fun and games and spending our hard earned money on his luxuries! And the luxuries of his family! I can understand security of our President, but this is beyond security, this is gluttony! Why haven’t we impeached the pig already?

          • philips66

            Because the GOP doesn’t have the votes in the Senate. Obviously…

          • lovinspoonful

            You might be surprised.

          • pat ange

            Mooshell stated that she was going to show America JUST HOW MUCH MONEY CAN BE SPENT. She tiol the truth ONE time

          • pen44

            Totally agree, Deana Cavender!! That he will call for martial law and take over is a real possibility!!! The Democratic Party died decades ago, we now have, and have had for a while, a Socialism/Communism mix, but until 0, we had not elected a born&bred Communist to the Presidency.

        • frank papcin

          when pigs fly

      • falling321

        Oh no he won’t. He will be out of our WH, but he won’t be gone. We’ll hear this fool giving speeches for decades, because he loves the adoration of you fools who fawn over him only second to the amount he loves to hear himself talk!

        • Mary Hunter

          Provided he can find someone cheap who can write them for him- he sure cannot and right now he is spending our money getting them written!

        • LittleRoot_48

          When he leaves, he’ll probably steal the teleprompter because he can’t give a speech without it.

      • pat ange

        you wish he would still be there then. God might send him to hell by then; with the liberal King Satan. Be funny when obama tries to steal the devils throne. At least you will be able to watch it.

  • Peggy Joseph

    And neither one are worth a dime

  • bobby

    Every President vacations, past Presidents were all white and not monitor like this one.

    • Teresa

      This one is so in your face with it. He knows he can get away with it because he is part black.

      • le80

        In your face with it? Does he have a presidential vacation blog somewhere? As of May last year Obama took 92 days of vacation versus Bush who was at 323. Why weren’t you crying foul then???

        • Revis56

          Because the Bush family usually went to his own home right here in the U.S.,and didn’t cost the tax payers an arm and leg to pay for it..How many times has the Obama family went home to Chicago?

          • le80

            Did you forget that the Bush’s went to Africa SEVEN TIMES (GW twice, Laura 5 times) for “goodwill trips”?! Ironically the financial statements of those trips miraculously disappeared. Did you forget about Crawford as well where he basically used AirForce One as his personal taxi between “meeting locations” and his vacations spot? Republicans have such selective memories!

          • Eric

            Pull your head out of Obama’s rectum.

          • Abagail Spencer

            I heard Obama had a window installed in his navel so that when the sheeple had their heads up his ass they could look out.

          • AnnaGraceS

            Bawhahahahaha… window to the world.

          • Gnowark

            obamao’s night out on Sep 11, 2012 (during Benghazi attack) and michelle’s NYC night out et al. weren’t considered vacations, but they sure as H*LL weren’t working days.

          • william russell

            Hey progress liberal democrat you could all all the costs of bush and first lady trips in 8 years and it would not close to what the obama spent in one year on trips and vacations. Get your facts straight before you open your month but i forgot liberal do not think before speaking. When bush went to crawford and camp david he did not hava to take a ton of cling ons at taxpayer’s expense.

          • Buzzbw2

            Everyone’s still blinded by Right v Left. It’s all the same. they ALL get and take what they want or can take. Lets talk about congress and their waste and vacations using tax payers and donated “campaign” $ to go to Hawaii, Vegas, golf resorts, etc, taking some of the same donors with them. Both sides do things like this and more.

            When Bush was in office we had a Democrat majority in congress now Obama and we have a majority Rep congress. Nothing ever really gets done. Everything keeps getting worse for the average person. The middle class keeps shrinking, the rich get richer the poor get poorer. Both sides are fine outsourcing jobs and have passed legislation to make it easier for companies to move overseas. My point is that if you think things will get better just because we get rid of Obama your crazy. The whole system is diseased and needs a complete makeover. I’ll never vote for any Rep or Dem, Independents only or at least someone that honestly wants to change the status quo.
            Rep or Dem it’s a joke!

          • pat ange

            You choose the lesser of the 2 evils or you trow away your vote; sad, but that is the facts. If you don’t vote for the lesser you are voting for the worse. The Obama Administration is hands-down the worse thing that has ever happened to the US. They have made lying & corruption the norm, and will not let it be questioned. We have never befor had an administration who is totally not accountable for anything. Complete Amorality.

          • faye Paolino

            Revis56. You said it right. Goodwill trips, not vacations that cost us millions. That is why we didn’t yell about it and we knew GWB loved his country and did not tear it down like Obama is doing. We had freedom of speech and didn’t worry about him doing things he should not do.

          • falling321

            Where on earth do you liberals get this crap? Financial records of presidential travel do NOT disappear. Every one of the Bush trips are recorded and the amounts were known…because the Judicial watch requested those records just as they do with Obama…the only difference is that the Bush’s didn’t force the judicial watch to go to court for those records! BTW, the Bush’s are STILL traveling to Africa several times a year, overseeing the educational outreach program Laura Bush began in African orphanages during her trips to Africa . AND Bush’s HIV/AIDS program saved lives in Africa…what has either Obama accomplished with their foreign ‘outreach’?

          • pat ange

            Mooshell is so jelous of Laura Bush. Laura was a beautiful, eligant , REAL First Lady. She did wonderful things for schools and children around the world. She is so loved. Now, what about mooshell; She looks like a gangsta mama, no class ( You can put a pig in a silk dress but she is still a pig) She plants fake gardens( has pros come in the middle of the night and put full grown veggies in the ground) while she claimes she did it with the kids.Destroys school lunches. She is a fake, she doesn’t care about anyone & thats why she accomplishes nothing. She can’t compete with Laura because Laura loved people & did good things. Mooshell is an embarassment to America, she looks the fool when she goes public.

          • pat ange

            Not one time were the Bushes booed & heckeled & protested while in Africa ;As the obamas were (Africas own son too) Obama is hated not only in the US, but all over the world. ALL of his foreign trips have been totally worthless. A complete waste of tax dollars. Bushes trips WERE Productive. We had “Goodwill” results. This is neaver true with Obama. Egypy; Obama told to stay out of Egypy & keep his money and to get his ambassador out too.

          • william russell

            Hey you are right obama and family does not go back to chicago because it is to dangerous.

        • MSG L

          Bush, and most real Presidents did not make a burden on the Nation.

        • Dina Jones

          Don’t think Bush took constant campaigning trips to Hollywood.Makes no time 4 Benghazi,remember.

        • Dina Jones

          All other Presidents were Americans and had homes & family here. O’s estranged family is Kenya & Indonesia

        • Dwayne Jackson

          They vacationed in Crawford Tx, They flew together. They never took separate planes. They did not fly all over the world. Stop attacking Bush he is no longer the president. Try defending Odestructo instead.

        • Abagail Spencer

          Bush didn’t cost anywhere near as much, plus bush would ho home and work, and Bush’s trips were more like weekends and when he got home he paid his own expenses. Besides Bush is old hat, you need to find another whipping boy. Obama isn’t fit to lick Bush’s boots.

        • Gnowark

          I read Bush only took 3 hours of vacation and obamao took 1289 days so far, from the same presidential blog you where make up your ‘facts’ I believe that 92 days was only in his first month on the job.

          • Ole Man

            Hard to take “92 days” of vacation in his first month which was only 28, 30, or 31 days.
            Education is not your enemy.

          • pat ange

            he ment year mr. perfect, oh you are a left-wing demoncrat, you can’t be perfect maybe not even human. Hard to see the forrest for the trees ain’t it.

        • Sam Haynie

          The difference is most of Bush’s vacation time was spent at his ranch in Texas. Perhaps Obama could follow suit and vacation in Chicago!

        • falling321

          Those counts of Bush’s vacations include the times he took heads of state back to his ranch and Camp David instead of giving the lavish parties at the WH that the Obama’s love to give. And they include the times the Bush’s traveled to foreign countries on official trips. The truth is that the Bush’s took the month of August and went home to their ranch, taking along a limited cabinet and limited secret service personnel. Bush took the month of August and went home to his ranch, coordinating his vacation with the Congressional shut down in August. The Obama’s take lavish vacation all over the world, including sending their daughter and all her friends to Mexico for a week…a long with enough Secret Service to baby sit the whole gang! BTW, going to Camp David for a weekend, does not count as a vacation either…that is exactly what Camp David was built for…down time for a very busy sitting president. BTW, Bush showed up in the Oval office at 7 am, ready to work and didn’t leave until 7 pm. Obama shows up between 10 and 11 and is usually gone before 3. He admitted himself that he is lazy and it has sure shown the last six years!

          • pat ange

            Bush also dressed like a president when in the oval office; not like a teenage punk. Obama should have an office in a kennel. At least Bush has an American home that he is proud to take dignitaries to. Obama may as well be a past homeless. Obama spends more time on airforceones than the oval office(that cost $860,000 an hour to fly & campaign in) He has been campaigning for 6 years. G.W. Bush is a Patriotic American; Obama IS NOT.

        • AnnaGraceS

          Bush took many many working vacations at his own ranch… they didn’t cost the tax payers millions and millions of dollars!!!

    • tedlv

      Yeah, Bush vacationed AT HIS OWN HOUSE! Wake up.

      • Gnowark

        But obamao’s mansion is in Chicago, NOBODY wants to vacation there (THAT one I can understand).

      • le80

        So you think that’s free? 77 vacation trips to Crawford cost the US $226,072 per trip. That’s $17,407,544. Wake up.

        • EdWatts

          You do realize, don’t you, that the numbers mentioned in the above story were for only three trips. Barry’s trips to Africa and South Asia each cost nearly $200,000,000. Let’s not mention m’lady’s trip to Spain, Barry’s disastrous rip to the UK (To her majesty, the queen…) and dozens of others.

          • le80

            Uh, that 17 million only includes the flights he took back and forth on “official vacation” travel. It’s well known that Bush would take day trips ala Air Force One while vacationing in Crawford to distract the public from the amount of days that he was spending on vacation. It’s reported that totaled north of $120 million not including the 7 trips to Africa.

          • faye Paolino

            lego80 Where in the name of God do you get your information from. Bush is not our President. Why do you keep harping on him. Because I guess it’s easier for you to justify obama’s million dolllars vacations.

          • falling321

            Where on earth did you pull that little tidbit from? Bush took the month of August, while Congress was on recess, and went to his ranch in Texas. He could not have been taking all those day trips you talk about because he met with the press daily at his fence and talked about the days issues! Both President Bush and Laura traveled to Africa on outreach programs, REAL outreach programs. She started an educational outreach in some of Africa’s orphanages and they still travel there several times a year to encourage and help that program grow. Plus, Bush’s HIV/AIDS program meant a trip to Africa as a good will ambassador. The difference between the Obama’s trips and the Bush’s trips is that the Bush’s actually did real international outreach, did real visitation with foreign dignitaries and they didn’t take along a massive entourage or stay at only the most expensive places! Nor did they leave the WH over Christmas because the wanted as many of their Secret Service to have that time with their families as possible. In other words, the Obama’s travel is ALWAYS all about the Obama’s, whereas the Bush’s travel (except their August vacation and even then he took a small cabinet office with him and he kept in touch with the media daily) was all about international outreach.

        • Bill Bush

          Bush spent 17 mil on 77 trips over 8 years and your boy has spent 7 mil for 3 trips alone, talk about hypocrisy, try learning math….that’s right the government will take care of that for you, because you don’t need to burden your useless brain with something as hard as math.

        • GBaumann

          The difference being Bush was WORKING. Not playing.

        • tbird90sc

          $226,000 per trip vs. 1.2 milliion per trip ? 10 times more, TEN TIMES! So your point is ?

        • Iron Tub

          lmao.. Do you really want to do a comparison of the Americans tax dollars wasteful spending? Wake up your own self !

    • Anthony

      Someone keeps a record somewhere and when it goes over what past presidents have done…

    • tedlv

      Yep. Nothing substantial to say, so you throw the race card.

    • MSG L

      “you hate me ’cause I’m black” got old a long time ago racist. obama could be plaid and he would still be a blight on the Nation.

    • Larry Morris

      I agree – this one is only half white which is why he hasn’t been impeached yet.

      • bobby

        You hve to commit a crime to be impeached, believe me if that were the case Issa would be all over it, the Rep have a majority at least untll the next Congress, than it will be bye bye whakos.

        • acers2

          Hey d umb A$$$$, why don’t you learn the procedures for impeachment before opening mouth and inserting foot. Now that you’ve opened your mouth, everyone knows you’re a fool!

          • bobby

            You are the fool, it is up to the house to bring a case, the Senate to hold hearings and the final vote requires 2/3 of the Senate to remove from office, at last count the Republicans did not have a majority in the Senate let alone 2/3. Guess who the fool is, you. By the way, Harry Reid woul have to be the one to even let it reach the chamber.

    • Eric

      That was a racist statement.

    • Gnowark

      YOU RACIST!

    • Dwayne Jackson

      Anything else intelligent you would like to say?

    • william russell

      Hey Bobby get your facts straight before you open you liberal democrat African American mouth’ there is no president that comes any where close to the vacations, the money spend and the places that obama has gone. I do not care if obama is african american or white i would be saying the the same thing. Obama never walks the talk. He talks about reducing spending and cutting costs and than just goes out and does the same. He is using tax payer’s money and i would suspect you do not pay taxes ,so you do not cre. It is a disgrace what he is doing and than refuses to release information on the cost of his trips. &.4 mill can feed alot of people.

      • bobby

        I like the way a one liner gets 9 responses. Most of you idiots thought I was refering to Bush, I had Reagan in mind, if you know how to read check that one out. Most of these comments called me a racist, read your first line and by the way I am white and 100 per cent American which is more than I can say for the people posting on this web site. I will not insult my intelligence by responding to all 9, only your stupid remarks. I am guessing my taxes are more than your pay check each year. Feed 4 million people, I thought your side were against feeding anyone except yourself. The other stupid statement you made, Obama refuses to release information about his trips, if that were the case how did these figures get on this web site or are they just made up as well. You have a nice day in fantasy land.

        • acers2

          JW had to sue in federal court to get the figures.

          • bobby

            Believe what you want, better yet, make up what you want.

          • acers2

            A little bit of reading comprehension and you would of seen it in the article. As usual, a sick liberal makes up his or her facts as they go along, Liberalism=a sickness and dude, you are one sick puppy.

          • bobby

            First, you are a little behind the times, we are Progressive Democrats, that would be the majority of Americans, we are not Liberals, we believe this Country must keep moving ahead, you believe in maintaining the status quo and doing nothing like fixing our infrastructure, think about that one the next time you go over a bridge or under a over pass. Our beliefs are molded after one or the greatest Progressive, he was a Republican, Teddy Roosevelt. Open up a book and dump that stupid mentality. You forgot to call us what we really are, winners, with the majority of Americans on our side we will continue to be winners. You have a nice day but try to get help before you hurt another person.

          • acers2

            The ole I’m not a liberal bit. You’re as sick as the name liberal implies. Don’t forget to take your meds. Your mama, has your dinner ready for you. She will be feeding you on her left teet this evening. Sicko. By the way, here’s two words that send a liberal into fits. SARAH PALIN. “Winners”? Why are so many democraps not running this election?Could it be they remember the 750+ democraps who lost their job in 2010 and see another one in 2014? That’s what some democraps have told me. Oh, well, keep on drinking your koolade.

          • pat ange

            Truth, that be Degressive Democrats destroying America. Problem with your majority, hundreds of them are voting from their graves, others have multiple personality disorder and vote 6 or 8 times. others have homes in more than one state and fraudelrntly votes in each state. Then you have the dumbed-down #s who sell their votes for intitlements,& ect.&ect,&ect.

          • bobby

            Do you have any idea how stupid your remarks are, I guess not on this web site. To pull something like this off it would take a hundred thousand people working around the clock four years to come with 5 millon fraudulent votes, that is the number Obama won by in 2012. Homes in more than one state, I only know of Republicans, like Romny, that can afford that luxury. I am not sure how a person would sell ther votes for entitlements. We Democrats have a life, don’t have the time to vote 6 or 8 times, that would be impossible to pull off. I am surprise you did not mention we rig the voting machies. Please don’t repeat these stupid remarks to intelligent people, they will put you in a straight jacket. Have a nice day.

          • pat ange

            You are the stupid one. Every thing I said is true and much more. You are delusional or brain-dead. if you don’t see the corruption and destruction going on in thios country. When you have election districts with 150% to over 200% more votes than you have registered voters: Fraude (5 of these in Fl. alone) in many states. Ca. had a large amout of dead voters(some dead 50 yrs. or more)FRAUDE. Do you not know what a snow-bird is? That is the when northerners come south for the winter. There are hundreds of thousands of them; from most mid. to east northern US states. The majority are yankee democrats. They brag about voting in 2 states:FRAUDE. Have plenty of time, retired. Obama is buying votes by bankrupting America, giving intitlements to leaches on society in exchange for their votes. You are right about voting machines(all the companies who make ones used all over the US are owned by George Soros) People voted for Romney and looked back after finishing their ballott to see their votes had been changed to obama. Ain’t it strange that COMPUTERS can be programed to do that? This country is being destroyed and fools like you facilitate it. Where do you think you will be if this crap continues? With no “RICH” people to make Jobs and no working class to work & both to pay taxes, How do you think America will survive? Pull your head out of obamas butt and get some air. Maybe with obamacare madicaid they can salvage a few brain cells. Good luck with that.

          • bobby

            Nothing you said is the truth and it is really sad that this right wing garbage has infiltrated the brain of so many Americans, the good news, you are still in a very small minority. There were only three Republican Presidents worth their salt. Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Eisenhower, if these three men were alive today they would all be Democrats due to their progressive thinking. In fact, I was a Republican in my early days. When I was a senior at the University of Wisconsin I intern with a Democratic Wisconsin State Senator, he also use to be a Republican. Nixon was elected in 1968 and picked Melvin Laird as his Secretary of Defense, that Open up a Congressional seat, the State Senator I had intern with ran in a special election for that vacant seat and won. In May of 1969 when I graduated the new Congressman invited me to work in his DC office as a Congressional aide, I spent the next 40 years fighting for Americans, when I left Washinton in Feb 2009, counting my 4 years in the Air Force, I had spent 44 years in the service of my Country, in all that time I had never voted more than once in any election, in all those years and the thousands of contact I had made, not one time did anyone ever talk about or entertain the possiblity of voting more than once in a single election. What you are posting here are right from the right wing talking points. I now own a home in Florida, I am very familiar with snow birds, In most states you now need a valid drivers license to vote, snow birds would keep their home states driver license and would not have the ID necessary to vote in Florida. I am very active in Florida politics, right now we have a Governor, Rick Scott, he is at a 29% approval, he is rated the worst Governor of all 50. In Jan 2017 he will be gone. If what you say is true about voting machines changing who you voted for why did that person not report it, in the past 20 years there has only been 67 cases of reported voter fraud, only one case was found to be legitimate. The other point which I would dispute is that voting machine don’t flash any kind of display, a person voting can not look back and see who they voted for, your vote is secret, if it were flashing who you voted for and you could see that then everyone else walking by could also see it. Rich people don’t make jobs, the middle class make jobs. There are more small businesses in this country than large ones. The struggling entrepreneau are the back bone of our economic system. I am receiving a government pension and healthcare due to my many years of service, those are entitlements that you don’t think I should receive. The one thing you can look at that tells the whole story about the Financial health of our economy are investments. I had a great deal of money invested during the Bush Administration and lost a majority of it, in March of 2009 the dow was at 6500 points, when I retired I put what I had left back into the market, Thanks to Obama the Dow today is over 16,000 points, I made all my money back and much more. You go ahead and keep supporting these rich Republicans, if they were in complete control there would be no min wage, women would go back to being a second class citizen, our infrastructure is falling apart now due to a Republican Congress, next time you go over a bridge think of that, I know your side don’t like regulations but when I open a can of tuna fish I want to make sure it is safe to eat, I fly a lot and when I get on a plane I want to be assurd there was some over sight on that planes maintenance. You go ahead and keep repeating this right wing garbge you are getting from Fox News and people like Sean and Rush, or that nut case Ted Nugent. You will never convince any Intellegent person of these talking points, there are smart Republicans but your side is divided between the nut cases and the responsible Americans. One more point, the only election in my life time where there was fraud commited on the American people was 2000, if the Supreme Court had not intervene and let the recount play out, Bush would not have held that office and we would not had the financial melt down, 7500 Americans would still be alive, we would be 7 trillion dollars better off, you see elections have consequences. Don’t listen to these right wing liars because when you repeat their garbage you become a liar, go to factcheck.org and get the answers for yourself don’t relie on these web sites to tell the truth about anything, they take one line from a story of the day and make up their own so called facts. You have a nice day and may God Bless.

          • pat ange

            Do you really think I will waste my time reading your crap. You do not exist to me. reply to someone who gives a crap what you babble on & on & on about

          • bobby

            With your mindset, I doubt you have any reason to consider facts, you are right I should have known better than to try and educate you, it is quite obvious education was not one of your goals in life.

      • Stan H

        Bush spent more in travel in his first two years, than Obama has in his 5, even counting the Hawaii vacations. http://www.vosizneias.com/138381/2013/08/11/2259-washington-by-the-numbers-obamas-and-bushs-presidential-vacations/
        Where was your outrage then?

        • pat ange

          you are a flat out liar, just like your king

          • Stan H

            Facts, please. And, I don’t have a king. I have a President, and, though you can’t stand it, he’s YOUR President, too.

          • pat ange

            I repeat you are a liar just like YOUR KING. I don’t have a president. Your president King has a fool; YOU!

          • Stan H

            Apparently you’re devoid of both facts and civility. You can scream “liar” ’til you’re hoarse, and it still won’t change the facts. It seems that (like many right-wingers) you’re not concerned about the facts at all.

          • pat ange

            You must have been looking in a mirrow when you said everything (except being right-wing) All of it is a self portrate of you.

          • Stan H

            As you can see, I’ve given you FACTS without the name calling. What do YOU have?

          • Stan H
          • pat ange

            you forgot to add the comments you got off the bathroom wall in the jail.

          • Stan H

            “My bad.” Reality checks don’t work with someone who doesn’t have any contact with reality.

          • pat ange

            Ahhh, don’t talk about your self like that stanly. Don’t worry, Obamacare pays for a special psychiatric group for democrats. They can’t cure you but they can anesthetize you to make you oblivious to your condition.By By now, our conversations are over.

          • Stan H

            I’ll really miss your insightful analysis. LOL!!

    • mae.sutherland@yahoo.com

      Past presidents mostly vacationed at their own homes or Camp David.

    • LittleRoot_48

      Still playing the race card I see. I hope the next president is Ben Carson, who happens to be black.

  • lonecracker

    This is obscene! These expenses are only for flight costs. For three vacations!! What do the other expenses relating to these vacations total? Food, hotel rental, secret service protection? The Obama’s have abused taxpayers in so many ways by living like royalty. And before a troll writes that I hate this because the POTUS is black, save your breath. I don’t care what his color is. The Obama’s just plain don’t care what the rest of us think. For all of them, it’s easy come, easy go.

    • tedlv

      I think I recall reading that bullet proof glass was installed in a hotel that Michelle stayed in, was that in Paris? The cost was something astronomical, like $6M.

      • Gnowark

        I didn’t vote in any First Lady election, and SS protection for family should only be domestic unless necessary accompanying the president (HI being domestic). Almost seems like vacationing at home would help her (them) get in touch with “we, the real people” that they purport to love..

        • Stan H

          Funny, I didn’t hear much of that when the previous First Ladies were globe-trotting.

      • tbird90sc

        Can’t imagine why they are so paranoid that they need the most intense security in presidential history. Doesn’t everyone love them and what they are doing ?

    • RedDog

      There’s a good chance the flight cost only count Air Force one. There are usually other flights to haul Secret Service details/presidential motorcade/Marine 1.

      • Donna Beard

        And another airplane just for the dog – separate flight!

  • RE Hafner

    This is what happens when you put a Chicago ghetto pimp in the White House. Nothing but a buffoon who acts as if he had the real life lead role in the Jefferson’s,