The government watchdog group Judicial Watch has once again shined a light into the dark parts of the Obama presidency. This time, the D.C. based organization has exposed over 110 million taxpayer dollars WASTED by Obama while in office.
It took Judicial Watch one Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and two FOIA lawsuits to get the numbers on the Obama expenditures, and when the dollar amounts were totaled, the amount of wasted money was astounding and disgusting: over $114 million spent by the former president while in office on campaign trips, golf, and family vacations.
The records came from the Secret Service and the Air Force.
Among the expenses taxpayers footed the bill for were campaign trips by former First Lady Michelle Obama so she could stump for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Two campaign trips to North Carolina, last October, by Mrs. Obama cost taxpayers over $40,000.
One weekend, two vacations, double billing taxpayers: Mrs. Obama also sent taxpayers the bill for some pricey vacations while her husband was running up tabs on separate vacation getaways AT THE SAME TIME. Valentine’s Day weekend 2014 must not have been a romantic time for the Obamas because she went to Aspen, Colorado, while he went golfing in Palm Springs, California.
Secret Service costs for Michelle Obama’s trip to Aspen that weekend totaled nearly $90,000, and on top of that, her visit shut down the Aspen airport for an hour. Meanwhile, President Obama was running up greens fees while teeing off in California. His weekend getaway (from both the office and the missus) cost $183,529.62 in Secret Service expenses—a total that does not include the approximate $140,000 (or more) per hour travel operating costs of Air Force One.
Notably, Mrs. Obama and the Obama children also spent Valentine’s Day Weekend (which is also President’s Day weekend) in Aspen in 2012 and 2013.
Obama also gouged taxpayers for over $7 million flying back and forth to Chicago during the last three years he was in office.
Of course, most Americans are well aware of the massive amount of time former-President Obama spent on the golf course while he was in office. He earned the title of Golfer-in-Chief for the time he spent on the links. One website logged 306 separate golf outing during his two terms. That’s nearly a full year he spent chasing his balls around the yard while taxpayers picked up the costs of his trips and the expense of towing his Secret Service cavalcade around with him.
His campaigning expenses were almost as bad. He frequently hit the trail to stump for liberal Democrats across the country, and he was commonly seen at extravagant Hollywood fundraisers. And often the issue wasn’t that the President played golf and campaigned around the nation as much as it was WHEN he played golf and campaigned.
Most of America was horrified to learn that on September 12, 2012, immediately after delivering a highly misleading White House press conference on the Benghazi terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya which left multiple Americans dead, Obama flew to Las Vegas for a fundraiser.
In another baffling show of his failure to “get it”, Obama even had the Washington Post questioning whether he was engaged in his own presidency. “Playing a round at the Farm Neck Golf Club was appropriate. Giving a speech after the murder of James Foley was necessary. It is the immediate juxtaposition of beheading and golfing that should have raised questions,” Michael Gerson said in his article.
Also, President Trump’s travel expenses did not escape scrutiny in the report from Judicial Watch. The group reported that President Trump has spent over $10 million in travel expenses so far, but this total includes office-related trips, like the President’s meeting with China’s President Ji Jinping at Mar-a-Lago in Florida in April, as well as weekend getaways.
However, Obama is STILL sending bills to U.S. taxpayers. Secret Service expenses for the former president total nearly $2 million, including nearly a million dollars for hotel accommodations, since he left office in January.