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

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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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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.
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435 thoughts on “Obamas set new record for vacation travel expenses; stonewalled documents finally released

  1. jet says:

    See, that’s what you get for keeping him/them in office. I just love spending my money for their vacations, etc. that my family and I can’t take because we have to work, so we do not starve, or are homeless.. Thanks Obama’s… You all suck…
    I hope you are fined, and ripped from office. This is just pure bull crap. I am sick of seeing you socialize on television and wasting our time!! I do not want to see you, your family and your animals on t.v. Unless you are addressing important things going on in the world, and not your basketball picks.
    why don’t you use that money and re-fix what you did to our insurance policies.. Your healthcare plan stinks…

  2. The Al says:

    Cut back-share the wealth-do as I say & it goe’s on,Obammy’s like a drug dealer guarding the warehouse-an juicer owning a bar-a coke head finding a kilo of blow. When the hell is someone going to clip his wing’s & ground air farce 1?Cut our military-screw seniors over -veterans-retired military but spens-spend-spend,isnt anyone else sick of this muslum in our house??

  3. Chris Jonsson says:

    The real waste of taxpayers’ money was when the GOP shut down the US government for seventeen days. I think they win the contest for biggest tax wasters.

  4. Sp4 Jack L Walker US Army ret says:

    Obama indicated that the american people know how hard he works and how difficult his job is. They will understand our need to have a vacation. But it seems like he is on vacation full time and takes a little time off vacation for some work. If we take a vacation we have to drive 10 or 15 hours with a car full of kids. Stay at a Motel 6 and get the family one day pass. He is so out of touch with reality that he actually believes he needs these all expenses paid, nothing but the best retreats and we will all be happy at motel 6.

  5. mzungu says:

    This is what common ordinary n-words do, they rape the System. Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy the n-words are there to rush the stores and shoplift and vandalize. No class, low class n-words that we voted into office in order to get even with whitey.

  6. waybackwhen says:


  7. jbanana says:

    Where in the constitution does it say the pResident even gets a vacation? IT DOESN’T. Then where does it say “as many all expenses paid, to any destination, for family and friends one can fit in between golf, and basketball? Everyone I know pays for their OWN vacations.

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