The Obama family is planning another three week vacation in Hawaii for Christmas and New Years. The Hawaii Reporter added up the costs to the taxpayers associated with the trip, and as usual, it’s quite pricey – about $4 million. Plus, the visit is a headache for the locals who just want to go about their business.
While many residents welcome the First Family, others are disheartened by the restrictions put on air, water and road travel while the President and family are in town, especially because it is the holiday season and many families on vacation want to use their boats or surf and paddle in the welcoming ocean waves fronting the Kailua homes. In addition, the President’s caravan of at least 22 vehicles including an ambulance can easily overwhelm the community that typically has single lane streets.
Adding to the controversy surrounding the President’s visit is the cost of the trip.
With the staff, special forces, local police presence and equipment, the President’s visit adds up annually to at least a $4 million vacation courtesy of the Hawaii and federal taxpayers.
While the President and his friends pay for their own rental homes, taxpayers pick up the cost of security and waterfront housing for the Secret Service, Navy Seals and Coast Guard as well as staff accommodations at a plush beachfront Waikiki hotel.
Read the whole thing, there are a lot of other expenses we (as well as local taxpayers) are footing the bill for. But hey, Obama’s been really busy campaigning, and after the campaign ended he continued to campaign. That really wears a guy out. So what if we have to borrow the money from China to pay for these vacations.