Well the numbers are now in and it would seem that Barry’s recent trip back to the homeland, one that had him paying a visit to both Kenya and Ethiopia, provided him with a total flight time of 29 hours and left the taxpayer to pick up the tab which totaled $5,983,773. And visiting this region of Africa also required some additional security measures be taken for Barry, as well as the 20 Members of Congress and additional members of the Executive branch who traveled with him, which, of course, added to the total cost to taxpayers. But hey, that’s what we the taxpayers are there for right? To pick up Barry’s tab.
According to the National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF), which launched a presidential travel study entitled “Still Up in the Air”, on the day our ‘Dear Beloved Leader’ returns from his trip to Africa, he will have spent a total of 161 days abroad during his presidency, with 41 of those trips being international. NTUF found that Barry has traveled internationally as much as any U.S. President through July of the seventh year in office, having now equaled ex-president ‘Slick Willie’ Clinton with 41 trips. However, Barry has tended toward shorter stays, falling just shy of the ‘Slickmeister’s’ 178 days spent overseas.
NTUF estimated that the hourly cost of flying Air Force One during 2015 has been $206,337 per hour of flight. However, the press release did add, “This figure, obtained by Judicial Watch, represents a slight decline from 2013.” And a rather interesting fact that most people may not know, but was emphasized by NTUF, is that vacation trips by presidents are considered as official travel and are funded by tax dollars. And we all know how many vacations ‘THIS’ president has seen fit to take during his tenure, as well as the high dollar destinations he has seen fit to visit with the family in tow.
Study author and Policy Analyst Michael Tasselmyer stated, “While flight costs can be estimated, the rest of the expenses associated with travel, including security, lodging, food, and more, not just for the President and Air Force One, but additional staff and airplanes, remains opaque.” NTUF is currently researching and analyzing the First Lady’s international travel record. NTUF previously found First Lady Laura Bush in the lead in comparison to Moochelle Obummer on international trips and days spent overseas. But Moochelle has more than enough time to catch up and, very likely, surpass the former First Lady.
Now if there is one thing that Barry has proven himself to be quite proficient at, it’s the spending of taxpayer money. Whether he’s spending it on his many useless trips such as this recent one to Africa, or on his numerous vacations or golf outings, or even a date night in the ‘Big Apple’, Barry has demonstrated little regard for the fact that we out here beyond the beltway have to work very hard for the money that must then turn around and hand over to the government in the form of taxes. It would appear that as far as he’s concerned our purpose in life is to fund his many extravagancies and to subsidize the increasingly parasitic Democrat voter base.