The White House has shared some shocking information with the public that might have the Obama family and their supporters a little ticked off after they see the stunning irresponsibility just exposed. Taxpayers especially won’t be happy to read this as this comes directly out of their pockets, one way or another, and they don’t even get to taste the fruit of their labor as the Obama family sucked them dry for $114 million – the amount the Obama’s used for their own personal luxury and campaign funds.
The White House revealed on their website that the Obama family cost taxpayers about $114 million to pay for family vacations and campaigning. Some of the details were revealed and the numbers were quite staggering. One could only imagine spending even a small portion of that on a vacation. Some families struggle to make it to one vacation per year, but sure would love the chance to go on vacations that cost millions!
This numerical disaster might tie into the fact that Congress may go after Barack’s pension. They were somewhat prompted to look into this after he charged $400,000 for a speech, but Obama had done something to put a stop to that. He previously vetoed a bill that would curb the pension of former presidents if they earned $400k or more in income. Sounds sneaky, right? Now that he put that bill on hold while he was in office, he was free to earn more than $400,000 – especially at once, something many might consider a ripoff just to have a single person give a speech. The logic here is that there’s no need to pay someone a six figure pension when they’re already making six figures on their own. Obama blocked that from becoming a reality and now he’s taking advantage of it.
Some political figures would like to rip that pension from the hands of Barack and Michelle, and any other president who finds ways to earn over $400,000 on their own. Do a former president and his wife really need $200,000 pensions if they’re making an extra $400,000 on the side?
USA Today reported: “Last year, then-president Barack Obama vetoed a bill that would have curbed the pensions of former presidents if they took outside income of $400,000 or more.
So now that former president Barack Obama has decided to accept $400,000 for an upcoming Wall Street speech, the sponsors of that bill say they’ll reintroduce that bill in hopes that President Trump will sign it.
The Obama hypocrisy on this issue is revealing,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and sponsor of the 2016 bill. “His veto was very self-serving.”
Chaffetz and Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, the sponsor of the companion Senate bill, say they will re-introduce the Presidential Allowance Modernization Act this month. The bill would cap presidential pensions at $200,000, with another $200,000 for expenses. But those payments would be reduced dollar-for-dollar once their outside income exceeds $400,000.
The issue isn’t a partisan one — or at least, it wasn’t last year. The bill passed both the House and Senate with no opposition, and no veto threat had come from the White House.”
The information from the White House that discloses the amount spent by the Obama on travel and campaigns simply adds insult to injury as people slowly realize that President Trump has been more fiscally responsible. The numbers don’t lie.
As provided from the White House: “Judicial Watch announced today that it obtained records from the U.S. Department of the Air Force and the Secret Service in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and two FOIA lawsuits for travel expenses by the families of former President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump.
The total for Obama travel is $9,028,346.90 for this production of documents. Added to the previously released costs, the known total for travel expenses for the Obamas is now $114,691,322.17.
The total for President Trump’s travels in this production is $2,821,367.34. Added to the previously released costs, the known travel costs are now $10,381,792.35.
Judicial Watch obtained new Obama travel records from the Secret Service as the result of a May 2017 FOIA lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security (No. 1:17-cv-01007)). Judicial Watch’s lawsuit produced the following travel records showing a total of $9,028,346.90 for Obama travel:
A pair of Obama family vacations the weekend of February 14, 2014, cost the Secret Service $272,192.91:
Michelle Obama’s annual trip to Aspen with her daughters – where she shut down the airport for an hour – cost $6,970 in air/rail, $5,614.99 in car rentals and $76,078.30 in hotels for a total of $88,663.29
President Obama’s annual golfing trip to Palm Springs included a meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah II and cost $10,951 in air/rail, $10,166.79 in car rentals and $162,411.80 in hotels for a total of $183,529.62
Michelle Obama made two North Carolina trips in 2016 to campaign for Hillary Clinton. Air Force expenses total $40,902.40. In both trips, she took a C-40C military jet operating at $5,312 per hour.
Michelle Obama flew to Charlottesville then to Raleigh on October 4 for 2.1 hours at a total of $11,155.20
Michelle Obama flew roundtrip to Belville and then Salem on October 26 and 27 for a total of 5.6 hours at $29,747.20.
In July 2017, Judicial Watch filed a separate FOIA lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, for the Air Force and Secret Service travel expenditures for the Trump family during April 2017 and Obama family between January 2009 and January 2017 (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Dept. of Defense and Dept. of Homeland Security (No. 1:17-cv-01341)).
Air Force and Secret Service records show President Obama’s annual trips to Chicago cost $7,444,780.78
During fiscal year 2015, Obama flew 9 hours at an operating cost of $206,337 per hour for a total of $1,857,033
During fiscal year 2016, Obama flew 5 hours at an operating cost of $180,118 per hour for a total of $900,590
During fiscal year 2017, Obama flew 6.2 hours at an operating cost of $142,380 per hour for a total of $882,756
Secret Service records show a total of $3,804,401.78 in costs between 2011 and 2016 for the Chicago trips. The Secret Service spent $3,372,399.07 in hotels, $423,428.28 in car rentals and $8,574.50 in miscellaneous expenses.
Secret Service showed expenses for Obama’s post-presidency travels of $1,913,702.21 including: $936,742.56 in hotels; $159,393.40 in air/rail; $2,684.11 in car rentals; $819.70 in overtime; and $814,062.44 in miscellaneous expenses. The destinations of these trips were withheld under “privacy” and “law enforcement” exemptions.”
Give me a few hundred thousand to play with and I could go on a few more vacations than this! It seems like the Obama family sure made the best of the taxpayer’s money, but people thought the Democrats were supposed to be the caring and responsible type. It sure sounds like they were quite capitalistic of the situation and figured – hey, they’re in the White House, they can do whatever they want and everyone else pays for it.
Any of us would take a few family vacations, but it would be fairly hard to find a way to waste over $200,000 on a single vacation. The Obama family somehow did it and if Congress and President Trump have their way, then they might be taking away that freebie pension from the Obama family.
Michelle might have to settle for a little bit less.
Do you think former presidents who earn over $400,000 on their should be paid a pension? Or should it be removed since they clearly don’t need it?