President Obama is the “most well-traveled, expensive president” in history – and his term isn’t even close to being finished, according to a study released exclusively to Breitbart News Sunday, prior to its public release.
Comparing Obama to other presidents at this point in their terms, Breitbart said the National Taxpayer Union Foundation’s report found:
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.
The study doesn’t include Obama’s upcoming trip to Europe and the Middle East, which the group says “is going to cost taxpayers millions of dollars.”
The foundation also found that the cost of one flight hour on Air Force One increased by about 27 percent in 2013 over the previous year, greatly adding to costs estimated in its last study.
“Taken on its own, the $48,535 jump may not sound all that significant,” the foundation said about the cost increase for Air Force One, according to Breitbart. “However, when trips are many thousands of miles and span several time zones and continents, the difference can quickly add up.”
The National Taxpayer Union Foundation noted that costs were estimates and that it did “not account for the additional (and likely greater) expenses of transporting the President’s Secret Service and diplomatic entourage, backup aircraft, land vehicles, and advance security teams.”
Earlier this month, a Judicial Watch report found the Obama’s had set records for vacation travel expenses paid for by taxpayers.